The family and I took a trip up to Boston over the weekend and had a great time visiting friends and family. But on second thought, since we didn’t actually set foot in the city of Boston itself, did we really go to Boston at all?
We spent most of this particular trip in Lexington, Newton and various other Western suburbs, not making to any particular attraction in the city of Boston on this particular trip. Yet, we referred to the trip, for the weeks leading up to it, as “the Boston trip,” and even called people while up there and said “we’re in Boston.”
This used to happen in high school and college; on several occasions I would go visit camp friends in “Chicago,” but actually spend the entire trip in Buffalo Grove, Skokie and Evanston, without ever actually setting foot in the Windy City itself.
I’m sure nobody minds, and I don’t regret anything about any of those visits. But next time we’re up in “Boston”? We’ll make sure we make it to Fenway, the Aquarium and/or Newbury Street.
On to the links:
Big one this week, as my very first piece for Tablet magazine was published. It’s an article 30 years in the making, about the history of the Jewish summer camp sport known as ga-ga. I had a blast interviewing everyone from old camp friends to random people in camp Facebook groups- and am happy to have definitively debunked the whole “Sacha Baron Cohen was a teenaged ga-ga champion” urban legend.
Another one I’m proud of: An essay for CSNPhilly on why there was nothing at all wrong with Phillies fans cheering for Chase Utely.
At Splice Today, I reviewed the two best movies of August: Hell or High Water and War Dogs
Another new outlet: I’m going to be doing weekly local-in-Philly pop culture pieces for Farm Dog Productions. Here’s the first, previewing last week’s showing of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
For Blasting News:
No, Hillary Clinton’s rally crowds aren’t small
Why Rudy Giuliani didn’t “forget” 9/11, what he actually said was much worse
Why I don’t buy that there will ever be a Trump News Channel
And at Screenrant:
– Amy Schumer implied that her Comedy Central show is ending, but clarified the next day that it’s merely going on hiatus.
– Trailer for the new season of You’re the Worst:
– Ah-nuld is the new host of Celebrity Apprentice, and I’ve got a feeling I’ll like him more than the previous guy, whatshisname.
– Jim from The Office is the new Jack Ryan.
– Game of Thrones Season 7 casting call.
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