Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to all! It’s been a crazy fall, but I’m exciting for a long Thanksgiving weekend with family.
Here’s a roundup of some recently-published stuff:
- I returned to Philadelphia Magazine’s website this week with a piece about the so-called “Knockout Game,” which drew the most unhinged comments of anything I’ve ever written that didn’t involve the Penn State scandal. In my entire two years as a columnist on the Phillymag site I never once had the #1 story on the site; my first freelance piece has been that since yesterday.
- I also put together a list, for EntertainmentTell, of the best non-Sandler Hanukkah songs.
- I’ve been getting Oscar screeners for the first time ever, but before I delve into those, some recent movie reviews. You can see all of the latest ones at my Rotten Tomatoes page.
- Do please check out EntertainmentTell itself, as well as the parent TechnologyTell site; we’ve been growing all year and adding writers, and we’ve got much bigger things planned for 2014.
Thanks for your support everyone, and have a happy holiday season!
Sure, it’s no “ “Rosie Marries Girlfriend, Slams Bush.”
You have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to elect a shirtless vagrant as your next mayor:
That guy makes Jesse Ventura look almost statesman-like.
On Rosh Hashanah it is written…
So many contenders this week!
Was it the Daily Beast piece implying that the former Bradley Manning will enjoy going to prison for the rape? The Daily Caller HotTake that Barack Obama is the first female president? The latest Maureen Dowd disaster, this one driven entirely by an egregious misquote that spawned a correction almost as long as the column?
And that’s to say nothing about the self-righteous pearl-clutching that just about every sports columnist heaved at Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun. Good thing it’s August and half of America is on vacation.
“Charlie Manuel: An Appreciation”- Stephen Silver, The700Level.com, Wednesday, August 21:
He was as un-Philly as can be, a man who didn’t talk or act anything like a “Philly guy.” He was 60 when he was hired but could have passed for a decade older. Manuel spoke with a heavy regional accent of a region that is not ours...
“Charlie Manuel: An Appreciation”- Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial, Thursday, August 22:
Charlie Manuel’s accent is not a Philly accent. One of the skipper’s stars recently summed up the city’s initial assessment of his Southern inflections, stammering delivery, and carefree approach to grammar.
I’m still writing my weekly column for Philadelphia Magazine’s Philly Post website, and very much enjoying it. Here are some of my recent pieces:
- Why you shouldn’t worry too much about the Sixers’ owners purchase of the New Jersey Devils.
- My report from the recent convention, in Philadelphia, of the Society of American Baseball Research.
- Another look at the Obama/McNabb parallel.
- A funny look at that guy whose PayPal statement said his balance was $92 quadrillion.
- Why Philllies fans don’t hate Ryan Howard.
- Why I hate the “Stronger Than the Storm” campaign.
- On the retirement of Michele Bachmann.
- A review of the first day of Dick Morris’ local radio show.
I’m always looking for material for the column, so email me (stephensilverwriter at gmail.com) if you have any Philly stories I should know about.
I realize I’ve been way behind on posting links to my articles lately, so I thought I’d go publication by publication over the next few days. First, The Good Men Project, where I’ve been writing sports pieces lately.
First, I, like every other writer in the world, weighed in on Johnny Manziel and “Character Questions.” I really wish I’d dug more into his family, and discovered, as Timothy Burke of Deadspin did, that Manziel’s clan is basically Boyd Crowder’s family from Justified.
And last week, I wrote about controversy surrounding the Eagles’ Riley Cooper and his recent racial slur. “But,” I know you’re asking, “what about rappers?”
The meme got out there, at some point early on Friday, that the Boston Marathon bombers, during their overnight theft and shooting spree, had hijacked a car with one of those “coexist” stickers. The implication being that the owners of the car were stupid hippie liberals who believe in equality, oppose prejudice, and are generally dismissive of the notion that all Muslims are evil.
The origin seems to be this screen cap, from local news coverage in Boston:
A great story, that seems to validate the right-wing view of things. But it’s not true.
The car the bombers hijacked was a Mercedes SUV. I’m not sure if the car above is a Mercedes, but it’s most assuredly not an SUV. It also doesn’t appear to have any bullet holes. Here’s the actual car, as photographed by ABC News later that day:
It’s very clearly not the same car- it’s taller, the back window appears to have been shot out and- most importantly- there’s no “Coexist” sticker.
Sounds like a lot of conservative leading lights fell for this one, however…
UPDATE: It sounds like the suspects were driving two separate cars for part of the night, including a Honda. However, according to ABC News, the Honda was the younger brother’s own car, and was not hijacked from some clueless hippie. And once again, we have no idea if the car above was ever driven by either of the brothers.