Superman Comes to the Supermarket

In November 1960, Norman Mailer first tried his hand at a genre that would come to define his career. This is Mailer’s debut into the world of political journalism, a sprawling classic examining John F. Kennedy. I came across this reference to Norman Mailer in : The Man Behind the President’s Tweets (NYT Magazine April…

l’esprit d’escalier

We have an elevator at work that is used both by patients going to an infusion clinic on the second floor and by staff with administrative offices on the other floors. This elevator usually gets very packed at the start of the workday, with staffers rushing to get to their offices and patients  hurrying to…

how it be

So much wisdom in that line by Slim. Rewind to 2005. Blogging was all the hype. Blogspot was all the rage. Bloggers could, it was widely suggested, destroy traditional media empires and newsrooms. Movies had entire plots centered around a lone blogger with mad keyboard skills, investigative reporting chops and a SONY handycam, who’d take…

Opportunity by Edward Rowland Sill

This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream: — There spread a cloud of dust along a plain; And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes. A craven hung along the…

Al Smith

Why Al Smith is this Sararīman’s hero. hint: It’s about eclectic reading. ~ I first came across Al Smith in Ric Burns – New York: A Documentary. ~ From a newsboy and fishmonger to four times Governor of the Empire State and the candidacy of his party for President, the rise of Alfred E. Smith…