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David Carr didn’t believe that John Oliver’s HBO show would succeed. He wrote today about how he got that wrong.

This is a good article about a great show.

Kevin Baker showed up to a book club discussion of his novel Dreamland unannounced. He wrote about what happened for The New York Times.

In The New York Times, David Carr writes about the war on journalists being waged by their fellow journalists:

So, too, are the journalists who aid them. It’s not surprising that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who brokered the publishing of Private Manning’s documents, and Glenn Greenwald, the columnist for The Guardian who has led the Snowden revelations, have also come under intense criticism.

What is odd is that many pointing the finger are journalists. When Mr. Greenwald was on “Meet the Press” after the first round of N.S.A. articles, the host, David Gregory, seemingly switched the show to “Meet the Prosecutor.” He asked, “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”

Anna Gunn wrote an op-ed for The New York Times about reactions to her Skyler character on AMC’s Breaking Bad:

I enjoy taking on complex, difficult characters and have always striven to capture the truth of those people, whether or not it’s popular. Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad,” wanted Skyler to be a woman with a backbone of steel who would stand up to whatever came her way, who wouldn’t just collapse in the corner or wring her hands in despair. He and the show’s writers made Skyler multilayered and, in her own way, morally compromised. But at the end of the day, she hasn’t been judged by the same set of standards as Walter.

Why does it feel like our lives play out faster as we get older? Richard A. Friedman explains in The New York Times:

Don’t despair. I am happy to tell you that the apparent velocity of time is a big fat cognitive illusion and happy to say there may be a way to slow the velocity of our later lives.

Dan Kois profiles Jack Handey for The New York Times:

Maria Semple, a writer for “S.N.L.” and “Arrested Development” and the author of the novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” spent a long time on the phone with me trying to explain what it is about Handey’s comedy that makes him different from almost anyone else writing comedy today. “In the rewrite room,” she finally said, “we used to say, ‘It smells like a joke.’ That’s the scourge of comedy these days. It smells like a joke, but there’s no actual joke there. I’m not the comedy police, but you watch a movie, and everyone’s laughing, and then you shake it out and you realize, ‘There’s no joke there!’ ” But in Handey’s novel, she said, “I don’t think four lines go by without a killer joke. These are real jokes, man. They don’t just smell like jokes.”

David Streitfeld wrote this story about Amazon’s dwindling book discounts, particularly for books released by small presses. I long assumed this was Amazon’s strategy: if they priced out the competition, they could charge margin-friendly pricing at a future date. Of course, I also wonder how long this can last: there will eventually be an alternative that attempts to undercut Amazon in the same way that Amazon has undercut others.

If you’re interested in the topic and Streitfeld’s story, you should read a follow-up piece he wrote for the New York Times Bits blog.

House of Un-Representatives →

Timothy Egan, writing for the Opinionator section of The New York Times:

You may wonder how he gets away with this. You may also wonder how Gohmert can run virtually unopposed in recent elections. The answer explains why we have an insular, aggressively ignorant House of Representatives that is not at all representative of the public will, let alone the makeup of the country.

(via my brother, Oh Dan Carroll)

All The Classic Symptoms →

Vatsal Thakkar has an interesting column in The New York Times about ADHD, tech devices and sleep:

Many theories are thrown around to explain the rise in the diagnosis and treatment of A.D.H.D. in children and adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 percent of school-age children have now received a diagnosis of the condition. I don’t doubt that many people do, in fact, have A.D.H.D.; I regularly diagnose and treat it in adults. But what if a substantial proportion of cases are really sleep disorders in disguise?

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