Not as many things to share this week.
Who do you think the greatest American athlete of the current age is? LeBron? Peyton? Tiger, before his fall? Ian Crouch argues it’s the perpetually underrated and unfairly maligned Serena Williams. I’m not sure I agree, but I’ve always liked Serena and I think she’s in the conversation.
For fifteen years, over two generations of tennis, Williams has been a spectacular and constant yet oddly uncherished national treasure. She is wealthy and famous, but it seems that she should be more famous, the most famous. Anyone who likes sports should love Williams’s dazzling combination of talent, persistence, style, unpredictability, poise, and outsized, heart-on-her-sleeve flaws.
I hope I haven’t shared this one already, because it’s been sitting in my Instapaper queue for quite awhile. But if you’re looking for some good music that you may have missed in the first decade of the century, this is a fine list to start with. I’m particularly fond of the Doves album. And although I prefer their later *Putting The Days To Bed”, the Long Winters disk is fine, too.
Finally, journalism at its finest. Trying to figure out who exactly has the world’s biggest ball of twine. Clark Griswold would approve.