Thanks, Browser, for this great piecehttp://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/April-2018/God-Save-Austin-Lawrence-Wright/

Been watching “Billions”: it’s become a really good show. 

On the other hand, the new Tiger Woods book is a zero. Gives new resonance to the epithet “journeyman.” 



Makes sense: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-03/silicon-valley-and-washington-are-now-in-



Friends in the hospitality industry in NYC are very concerned abut this: https://www.eater.com/2018/3/23/17109608/airbnb-short-term-rentals-new-orleans-neighborhood-restaurants

Terrific Stuff! https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-keynes-played-art-buyer-1522422454

The way we cruise now. In 1055-56 I crossed on the Constitution and Independence. now this: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ms-symphony-of-the-seas-royal-caribbean-largest-cruise-ship


Today’s NYT has a front page story on the vulturization of The Denver Post by a NYC hedge fund called Alden Global Capital. In typical fashion, NYT  tiptoes around the story, exuding high-minded virtue like Old Spice, but dodges the essential bullet: who the hell is Alden Global Capital? The sort of thing that makes me wonder if the Alden people are tight with the Sulzbergers.  Fortunately, Bloomberg’s Joe Nocera, a good and gutty writer-reporter, supplies the stuff NYT should have: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-03-26/alden-global-capital-s-business-model-destroys-newspapers-for-little-gain


“Gosh Dad, if you make me take Professor Auden’s course I’ll have to give up the webinar in Gucci,” (lament of a Brown sophomore): https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Hardest-Course-in-the/242896?key=HnRoS7rGU2F1XrEi2rMQqrwppoXgIr2IjPSPFLl4HVIE1frNERzrIPfrUG_b1dn6MnVXVnp5UlpoWWRPN3FBMkpHaXROZ3JnOTB2WWc3a1RxSG9ld01hRjhDMA

A useful survey that makes a good point. I got off FB because I lost tolerance for the stupidity and triviality on offer, but I can see that for many, leaving aside personal tics, FB is a business and social necessity. My novel Fixers probably might have done better if I’d promoted it more astutely on social media. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/04/deletefacebook-or-not-deletefacebook-not-question

Inevitably, this: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/08/captain-america-patrick-reed-mastersOK, Reed isn’t the physical type the “patrons” go for; he walks with a bit of a waddle; is a regular “chubby cheeks.” But he can flat out play. This Masters opened Sunday with the strongest Top Twenty I can remember. Reed hung in there and made the shots he had to make. This Guardian piece fails to mention that the “finger to the lips” incident (sic) occurred after Reed dropped a longish birdie putt on top of one McIlroy had just made in their famous Ryder Cup mano a mano, which sent the gallery into an uproar that Reed’s gesture quelled: “…But one scornful look from Casey and the multitude was awed.” Never forget that the game’s great idol, with Palmer gone, is now Nicklaus – who when he came out, a fat kid who could play, whom Arnie’s Army resented and made that animus known.  Throw this into the mix: http://www.golf.com/knockdown/2018/04/08/masters-patrick-reed-estranged-family-complex-mix-emotions?utm_source=Subscribers&utm_campaign=a20c4f4be9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28a08c87c2-a20c4f4be9-149972881

So whither Farhad Manjoo? Not seen in NYT since his purported (but NOT!) disconnect from social media and other things back in early March. It would seem that the paper of record has caused its star tech columnist to disappear – either banished forever or relegated to witness protection of a sort until it’s OK to reemerge. 

Good rock-and-hard-place stuff: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/06/hill-and-dons-honduran-caravan/

I may have to take up this practice. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/library-mystery-scotland-old-people-books?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ef1d40f4de-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-ef1d40f4de-63378865&ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_4_9_2018)&mc_cid=ef1d40f4de&mc_eid=52a8ddceb0

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me, the old saying goes. So, tread carefully through the minefields of propaganda laid for the credulous in such low organs as The New York Times. There are excellent reasons to suppose that the American Deep State wishes strenuously to keep meddling all around the Middle East. The record so far shows that the blunt instruments of US strategic policy produce a consistent result: failed states.” Ironically, I made this very point to Madam before reading the foregoing in Kunstler: http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/state-of-failure/


Working on my memoir – finally.

Indeed, indeed: https://nypost.com/2018/04/10/yet-more-evidence-of-de-blasios-corruption/

So f*****g what! http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/04/09/the-troubled-truth-behind-masters-champ-far-more-revealing-than-packaged-pageantry/KkKi7l635MlJRo7s0vaIJM/story.html?s_campaign=breakingnews:newsletter


To quote a woman who makes matches for billionaires: It all depends on how discrete you want us to be, how much travelling you want me to do, how much of my team you need. The more tailored you want it — the more we charge. A lot of people need to be hand held and we’ll look after them from start to finish.” I guess spelling doesn’t count. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-billionaires-date-according-to-an-elite-matchmaker-2018-4?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=StrategySelect&pt=385758&ct=Sailthru_BI_Newsletters&mt=8&utm_campaign=BI%20Strategy%202018-04-11&utm_term=Strategy%20Select


At BAM last night, we saw “King Lear” Anthony Sher. I rate it among the best “Lears” I’ve seen (which in recent years include Plummer, Jacobi and McKellen). Sher shows Lear descending into dementia for the very beginning, as opposed to being driven mad in the course of the action. Very convincing.