Day: September 12, 2014

⦿ Friday Links

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.

Serena Williams Is America’s Greatest Athlete

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.

20 Criminally Overlooked Post-2000 College Rock Albums

Finally, journalism at its finest. Trying to figure out who exactly has the world’s biggest ball of twine. Clark Griswold would approve.

Twisted: The Battle to Be the World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Friday Vid(s)

“Alex Chilton” – The Replacements
Nearly 30 years after being banned from NBC for their notorious drunken performance on Saturday Night Live, The Replacements returned this week and performed on The Tonight Show. Sure, it’s only two of the original members. And they’re clean and sober and that sense of danger that was key to their early performances is gone. But it’s still a great song.

And, in case you don’t know who Paul Westerberg is singing about, one of the finest power pop songs ever, written and sung by the late Alex Chilton.

“September Gurls” – Big Star

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