In which I Pretend to Take Buzzfeed Seriously

Normally, I would avoid listicles like this one like the plague, but oh, what the heck, let's have a little fun and answer these allegedly hard-hitting questions: 1. Our flag is not on every corner, but we do happen to think our flag looks lovely, we are a patriotic lot, we enjoy flying it, and therefore, …

All You Need Is Money (Warren Zevon Edition)

With all due respect to the late, great Warren Zevon, there was never any need for anyone to send him lawyers, guns and money, and I write the foregoing as a lawyer. Let us consider the lyrics to his song: If one is "gambling in Havana" and gets in trouble as a consequence of taking "a little risk," then …

Why I Can’t Stand Kanye West

All summarized in one interview. Some extra appalling bits: You’ve won a lot of Grammys. “[My Beautiful] Dark [Twisted] Fantasy” and “Watch the Throne”: neither was nominated for Album of the Year, and I made both of those in one year. I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the …

How the Creative Class Created

Quite fascinating:Nikola Tesla typically worked from noon until midnight, breaking at 8:00 p.m. for dinner every night at the Waldorf-Astoria. Among the many peculiarities of this ritualized repast was his practice of not starting the meal until he had computed his dinner's cubic volume, "a compulsion he had developed in his childhood." Truman Capote, who …