Fries & Ketchup: Mandela & Other Things

Fries & Ketchup: Mandela & Other Things
by B. Harvey

In the Time of Volunteers: Ignoring the Shadow of Bruce

In the Time of Volunteers: Ignoring the Shadow of Bruce
by M. Langston

What Oscar Forgot: The Economics behind Greengrass' Captain Phillips

What Oscar Forgot: The Economics behind Greengrass' Captain Phillips
by B. Harvey

A Spanish Consolation Prize

A Spanish Consolation Prize
by B. Brody

Fries & Ketchup: Mini-Review of Galaviz-Budziszewski's 'Painted Cities' & Some Ballin' Links

July 26, 2014

A book suggestion, some basketball links, and some literary thoughts from elsewhere:


In the story "Childhood" from Alexai Galaviz-Budziszeski's collection Painted Cities, which reads as much like a novella as it does a story collection, is the following description of sunsets in Chicago:

Late Summer Reading Recommendations; Novels

July 16, 2014

I've read about a hundred plus books--some required, some not required--since I last posted anything about reading materials. The following is not an arbitrary round number of books, just a list of which novels now, after some time has passed, feel like phantom limbs that every now and again my imagination reaches for with strained emotion:


Illustration from K. Baker's graphic novel, _Nat Turner_.

Soccer is Addicting as Hell

July 13, 2014

I thought there wasn't any room in my brain. I'm more addicted to sports than mostly anyone I've ever met. I've been following the NFL college football, college basketball, baseball, and the NBA since 1987. I'm the geek who sits and keeps score while watching a baseball game at home. I talk about sports constantly. So every four years in the past, when the World Cup came along, I jumped right in. Coming from a school like Chancellor helped me know and appreciate the game a little more than most. A good number of my friends were really good soccer players and our program when I was in school was one of the best in the state of Virginia. I went to almost every game during my four years at CHS, so I had a general understanding of how the game was played. But once the World Cup was over, soccer and me went out respective ways, knowing that we'd see each other again in four years.

A Spanish Consolation Prize

Being a Bulls fan has been trying over the last five years. Not trying in the sense of what someone who likes Sacramento or some other shitty team that hasn't made the playoffs in years, but trying because I thought there would have been at least one championship by now. While Chicago has been a gritty, tough-minded team that has been easy to cheer for, ultimately they've failed to deliver what they were assembled to do. It seemed as though as little as a week ago the team was poised to add a proven veteran scorer that they sorely needed, someone who can create his own shot and generate offense without any help. But Carmelo Anthony decided to choose money over rings, which led to the team signing Pau Gasol away from Los Angeles. Much like in the summer of 2010 when the team signed Carlos Boozer after missing out on the free agent prizes of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, this feels like settling for a secondary option. Gasol brings a good number of positives to the Windy City however, and the Bulls can still win the East with him on board.

Fries & Ketchup: The Force of Georgia Football & Other Things Baller

July 7, 2014

Retribution is a Star Wars film made by UGA wide receiver Christian Conley. I first heard of the film on Clay Travis' site Outkick the Coverage. The film features cameos from prominent figures in the Georgia program, including running back Todd Gurley and head coach Mark Richt. (In fact, Richt's cameo could be interpreted as a strange bit of commentary on how unaware college coaches are of their players' extracurriculars.) Perhaps, though, what the film sells best, beyond Star Wars and Georgia football, is the Classic City itself. Sanford Stadium is the perfect setting for action, the campus is idyllic, and the city streets made me long with nostalgia for sleepy autumn mornings in the breast of the south. Enjoy:


 

Fries & Ketchup: Mandela and Other Things

April 14, 2014

Catching up ont hings that probably could've been discussed at a greater length here or have been discussed at a greater length elsewhere:




 

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