Archive for February 2009

James Surowiecki will not be watching Jerry Seinfeld’s new TV show

28 Feb 2009

I’m sorry, Jerry, but, much as I loved Bee Movie, I don’t have time for film and television anymore. I’m far too busy working on the project that has become my lifeblood — the Surowieckipedia. For decades, people have asked me questions about myself — how I’m doing, where I’m from, where I went to university, et cetera. I’ve come to realize that, with the Surowieckipedia, these questions will become obsolete, and people will never need to ask me them again; I plan to use the extra time working on the Surowieckipedia.

Excerpt: James enjoys blackberry jam, but only sometimes. He finds that too-frequent ingestion can cause the sensation of having a hundred mad dancers in one’s belly. Not unpleasant, but something for which a measure of preparation is necessary. He will frequently indulge in strawberry jam, as an alternative. Also, he enjoys the music group ‘Genesis’ quite a lot.

(Actual post here)

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David Byrne at Radio City Music Hall

28 Feb 2009

Last night was possibly the best concert I’ve ever seen. David Byrne is a great musician, a first-rate showman, and very classy man. And he can still sing better than almost anyone else out there.

Approximate set list, if you dare to jump:
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27 Feb 2009

Hey, I have LPs of The Joshua Tree and War, maybe the Bono will sign them!

U2 At Fordham

27 Feb 2009

According to America’s oldest continuously published newspaper, the Hartford Courant, the popular Irish rock group U2 will be playing a show at Fordham University in the Bronx. Apparently, the band actually offered NYU $100,000 for the right to perform/occupy the third floor of the Kimmel Center, but were deemed “neither hip nor relevant.”

Yellowcard will support.

Evan Osnos discovers China’s definition of “Western food”

23 Feb 2009

Spaghetti.

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Nick Paumgarten knows why New York smells like maple syrup

23 Feb 2009

I often stroll the windy canyons of Park Avenue with scarf tight, hands jammed in pockets, and winter cap secure, leaving only my nose exposed to the New York air. This, naturally, leads me to dwell upon the scents I encounter during my flâneur, and, of late, I have noticed a preponderance of maple in the air. After some measure of investigation with my contacts within the New York Public Library and City Hall, I was unable to make any headway; it appeared I’d have to take it upon myself to solve this riddle, which at this point was keeping me up long nights, to the endless chagrin of my wife.
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Steve Coll has a hunch where Osama Bin Laden is hiding

23 Feb 2009

It’s not actually a hunch. I know exactly where Osama Bin Laden is hiding. He’s under my desk. I’ve had him since August, and I was waiting for Pres. Obama to take office, just to give him a little boost to start his presidency.

(Actual post (note: the title is a bit misleading, as Coll is simply guessing) here)