The giant of Fort Lupton was born, like a cowbird’s chick, to parents of ordinary size.
—“The Strongest Man in the World,” The New Yorker, in which Burk Bilger, one of my favorite writers of all time, profiles Brian Shaw, the guy one of my best friends used to have to guard in high school basketball games.
Must see soon.
This is brilliant.
Overheard walking to the train this morning: “This is a motherfuckin job; this ain’t no adventure.” I get it that sometimes work is just work. But shit, if you can make your job an adventure, do it.
Richard Bausch, brilliant writer, teacher and friend, on the occasion of his move from Memphis to California: “Nowhere else, in no other English speaking city I’ve traveled in around the world—and it is in fact around the world—have I ever heard this expression, which is common only in Memphis, indigenous to Memphis: a form of greeting used in the polite sense of ‘How are you?’ or ‘How’s it going?’ In Memphis, unfailingly, it is expressed this way: ‘You all right today?’ Or, ‘You doing all right today?’ There’s something so generously concerned in it, as if the speaker and the listener are engaged in a struggle for better times. I think it is beautiful, and I intend to spread it all over California.”
Holy crap, the boys at Everynone (who made Symmetry for us) won $25,000 from Vimeo last night! Congrats, guys!