Outrageous piffle in The Daily Beast about upstanding British journalists in the US, such as Piers Morgan and Louise Mensch. A more relevant aspect of Mensch’s nationality, pertains to the way in which her career has followed a trajectory not unlike that of many other media-hungry Brits who wash upon American shores. Having either failed … More Brit chancers in the US
Barack Obama made clear in his final news conference as president that he was ready to intervene if his successor went too far. It took 10 days. Frm Pres @BarackObama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. pic.twitter.com/X5Fk3xRDEX — Kevin Lewis (@KLewis44) January 30, 2017 It’s a big … More Barack Obama’s first intervention
Two politicians, one in a book and the other a “conversation with”. One is Barack Obama, the other is Donald Trump. Not so very dissimilar in some ways… Just the level of hyperbole… Our infrastructure is terrible, and it’s only getting worse and more expensive to fix. It’s already costing the American people an estimated … More Obama or Trump?
Watching baseball involves an investment of time. Not just the three hours plus of the regular game, but an investment of months or years. It’s just like cricket in that the longer you spend on it the more you will take from it. Then there is the literature too. Fantastic. The best writing in the … More The Mets and me
I spent a chunk of last week in Chattanooga after the terrible murders of four marines and a sailor. The overriding sense in the city was one of shock: Shock at the killings but also utter bewilderment that it could have happened in a small city in Tennessee. I wrote about that sense here… Chattanooga … More Chattanooga
Fascinating piece on how the photographers of the St Louis Post-Dispatch are dealing with the biggest story on their patch in years. It’s well worth a read. And I particularly like a comment by a Mr Forbes, one of the paper’s photographers, who gets to the nub of the problem with coverage of the past couple of … More Ferguson: Who’s who?
After decades of relative calm and stability, the apartments have become a tinderbox for crime. Canfield Green Apartments and the nearby Oakmont and Northwinds complexes are a study of the slow encroachment of poverty and social distress into what had been suburban escapes. Good piece in The St Louis Post Dispatch about why Ferguson…