Give up your inquiries which are completely useless, and consider these words a second warning.

Human Resources: Work Friendship and the Hidden Legacy of ‘Mad Men’ — AMC The last episode of Mad Men is over a day old, which means - in Internet time - it aired during the Korean War. All of the recaps have been filed and all the "Shakermaker" jokes have been logged, and the predictable question of "What did it all mean?"

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories — The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan: In 2012, Marina Keegan wrote a commencement essay for her college newspaper called "The Opposite of Loneliness." A few days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, she died in a car accident. This deeply moving posthumous collection contains that hopeful essay along with...

The Hazards of Other Planets — The company Mars One is trying to establish colonies on Mars by offering one-way trips there within the next 10 years. I've gotten into heated debates about the ethical implications of sending people on these trips.

His Qualifications - and Mine — While volunteering at a local charity, I became friends with a fellow worker. I considered recommending him for membership to a local service club. The club requires vetting, so I checked him out and discovered that he had been convicted of tax fraud, disbarred from practicing law and sentenced to three years in prison.

Two Cents, Too Late — On public transportation, a young man entered my train car and made an announcement requesting money to pay for medication he needed. Three college-age men teamed up to contribute around $20. After the man left the car, a person sitting next to the trio told them that the man was actually a scammer who had used that pitch on a regular basis for a long time.

The Case for Throwback Baseball Uniforms — Some Major League Baseball teams wear retro uniforms as alternates, allowing for increased opportunities to market jerseys to fans. I've seen some teams wearing Negro league jerseys as retro alternates. Ostensibly, they're celebrating the tradition of Negro league baseball - but it's an odd premise, given that Major League Baseball is the same organization that didn't allow black players until after World War II.

Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley — Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick: From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past...

D-List Doppelgänger — I share a highly uncommon name with a very minor celebrity who hasn't worked much in decades. A fan, mistaking me for the celebrity, sent me a note offering praise for his fine work several decades ago and asked for an autograph on an enclosed publicity photo.

Jimmy Page--GQ Men of the Year--Rock God — Sure, you can ask Jimmy Page about all the groupies and drugs and why Robert Plant seems like such a standoffish dick, but he might throw a television at you. (And then give an answer that's as awesome as it is unexpected.)

Should Free Office Food Be Taken Home? — My company offers certain food items free in our office pantry. Every morning, my co-worker Brandon eats a serving of Cheerios from the pantry while getting settled for the day. Would it be acceptable for him to take the cereal home the night before and eat it before going to the office?
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May 26, 2015

RT @rolldiggity: As a writer, a big fear is that my suicide note won't be eloquent enough and people will think, "I get why he did it."

May 22, 2015

A 1983 FM radio programmer describes the condition of his industry in fascinating detail. [ h/t @matoswk75 ]

May 19, 2015

RT @KBAndersen: A first: read 3 @nytimes pieces in a row by one writer, @ditzkoff. All excellent, especially his Jon Hamm interview.…

May 15, 2015

RT @andygreenwald: I would like not to thank the traffic on the West Side of Manhattan for preventing @CKlosterman from joining us. "Not great, Bob."

May 12, 2015

RT @rembert: list of grantland pieces about deadspin, since 2011:

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