Weekend Miscellany, Part II: Vincent and Matt’s Picks

For Part II of our of this week’s Weekend Miscellany, Vincent and Matt prove that they were indeed English majors — their picks are all articles and essays, no podcasts.

Vincent’s Picks

  • “Mister Lytle: An Essay” by John Jeremiah Sullivan. I read this essay as a part of writer John Jeremiah Sullivan’s excellent collection Pulphead, and among many stars, this one shone the brightest to me.
  • “The White Album” by Chuck Klosterman. Chuck Klosterman’s profile of the Rockets’ Royce White, unlike the 30 for 30 short released around the time of the NBA draft, is not overly sympathetic to White. Instead, after reading the essay, you get a sense of just how weird the entire situation is, something Klosterman does well without being dismissive of White’s illness.
  • “Kitty Enters the Real World on ‘D.A.I.S.Y. Rage’ – EP Premiere” by RJ Cubarrubia. Teenage white girl rapper Kitty’s (formerly Pryde) new EP D.A.I.S.Y. Rage is out for stream and, I’ve gotta say, I’m hooked. Kitty’s codeine teenage flow is divisive in its reception, but, for better or worse, few artists better exemplify the new minimal,  deadpan face of hip-hop.

Matt’s Picks

  • “Requiem for a Dreamliner?” by  James Surowiecki, on the Boeing Dreamliner saga. Focusing on what led to the battery issue, rather than what needs to be done to resolve it, this piece offers more insight than most on the topic. 
  • “Liberal Arts Majors Didn’t Kill the Economy” by Matthew O’Brien. Because every now and then (okay, every day), liberal arts grads need to be reminded that everything is going to be okay.
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