As a people we have lost the plot. Because we can document everything, we will, and we can't stop. Every event is now a sea of people with their arms held up in a triangle, forming an illuminati symbol with our phones at the apex. We've gone too far. It has to stop. Like a Beyoncé concert, the New York City fireworks were a nightmare of phones, and for what? For nothing. Data for your cloud. You can fully understand why performers—and brides and grooms!—want to ban all cellphones at events.
Take a picture of a flower, a baby, a cat, a sidewalk, an airplane, a painting, please. [...]
Great news! Tom Wolfe's papers will be available to researchers at the New York Public Library. 100 linear feet of terrific history, of great use to scholars and students alike. Hooray! The price tag? North of $2 million dollars, paid by private donor, and accruing to Mr. Wolfe, who is now 83 and also quite wealthy. So first, to be polite: thank you for making this happen. And now. So many questions: Why not take the tax donation? Why send out our troubled libraries to secure seven figures for what should be a gracious gift? Also: Just, why?
The New York Public Library's wonderful Stephen A. Schwarzman building is [...]
"We're not going to back away from tactics that work," says @MikeBloomberg on stop&frisk.
— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) May 18, 2012
It's your Friday morning fun time with Mayor Mike on the radio, and he's serving it up hot as usual today. And he's not doing any favors for the presumable next mayor, Chris Quinn, who wants to know about how banks treat poor neighborhoods before the City keeps its money there.
Harsh words from @MikeBloomberg on Quinn's banking bill: "city going into regulatory business of banking sets probably a new low for idiocy"
— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) May 18, 2012 [...]
Surprising news! "HuffPost Parents," formerly known as "ParentLode," after the Times' blog MotherLode, which disapproved far beyond the point of cease and desist, will now be known as… Parentry. (It could have been worse.)
Please make a note of it.
“They are not against the banks; they’re against society,” said John Costalas, manager of Essex World Café, located about a block from the park, on Liberty Street. “Who gives them the right to come and use my toilet for half an hour?”
—Um, nobody! Lock your bathroom, fool! You're a private business, this is the United States of Amerikkka, put your bathroom key behind the register and grow a pair! Also maybe work on your terrible Yelp reviews, eh?
"1921 Upon learning that President Calvin Coolidge had been out of Washington on vacation in Marion, Ohio, for a week, Dorothy Parker's less clever sister is reported to have remarked, 'How could they tell?'" —Since everyone is FREAKING OUT about Barack Obama going to Martha's Vineyard on vacation, here is a brief history of Presidential vacations. The best is that everyone's all upset about how ELITIST his vacation choices are. The dude grew up in HAWAII. And also, it's not like he owns a 1500-acre ranch in Texas? Also am I going to be the one to point out that Martha's Vineyard, much like Cape Cod, is pretty much [...]