Oliver has no business anywhere but No. 22, thankyouverymuch.
Holy cow. That Iyer piece is like if Joan Didion were a man, and also 150 years old.
C'mon. Pimp C died in 2007. You're better than that.
Speaking of terrible columns, don't miss Friedman's from yesterday. Oh boy. Even as far as Times columns goes, this was a towering achievement. "There will be a viable third party! It will come from the INTERNET. Guaranteed, just because!" I can't remember the last time I saw someone waste Times column inches so aggressively, or with such completely fatuous arguments.
(OK, fine. I can remember. It was the last time D. Brooks talked sociology. But still.)
I would dispute your chronology in a couple of places. First, Empire State of Mind wasn't a summer 2009 jam. The two singles from Blueprint 3 released prior to the album drop (on Sept. 11) were "Run This Town" and "Death of AutoTune." No one had really heard ESoM at that point, and it wasn't released as a single until the Fall.
Also, "Fuck You" was clearly last summer's song.
Yeah, the version in the book reads like an aggressively awful fan fiction.
The ending to "Heat" stills sends shivers down my spine.
Sunburst is THE BEST