“It’s like the way you expect somebody to know what’s happening in ‘True Detective,’ ” said David Coggins, the editorial director for the Freemans Sporting Club fashion label, who writes about European soccer for A Continuous Lean and Valet.”

Soccer, Particularly England’s Premier League, Growing in Popularity in New York Creative Circles - NYTimes.com

true detective snark, freemans, european soccer, continuous lean, valet. any other cultural references you can pack in there, nyt?

“The really good creative people are always organized, it’s true. The difference is efficiency. If you have an agenda—a schedule—you will be better. In order to have moments of chaos and anarchy and creativity, you have to be very ordered so that when the moment arrives it doesn’t put things out of whack.”

Cliff JORDAN & John GILMORE “Let it stand” (1957) (by TheJPDM)

good one here.

“GDP, Coyle writers in her book, is a “made-up entity”—a product of the 1940s “designed for the twentieth-century economy of physical mass production, not for the modern economy of rapid innovation and intangible, increasingly digital, services.”

Serge Gainsbourg - Melody

“It is, Arthur sighed. It is indeed. I may be a little overwrought at the present moment, but I must confess that, to me, the countries of Europe are nothing more or less than a collection of mousetraps. In some of them, the cheese is of a superior quality, that is the only difference.”
— The Berlin Stories - Christopher Isherwood

The War On Drugs - In Reverse (by Keboy)

really incredible album. this is my favorite song.



Ben Thompson:

Nate Silver’s manifesto for his new site is 3500 words long, meaning it would take the average adult just under 12 minutes to read. That 12 minutes is then gone forever, a bit of attention taken from whatever other activity said reader would have otherwise consumed, and instead gave to Nate Silver. That is why Nate Silver is so valuable.

The implication of my news consumption being dominated by the tall skinny part of the power curve is that those who can regularly appear there – the best of the best – are going to win the zero sum game for my attention. And, for that, they will be justly rewarded.

What then, though, of the tens of thousands of journalists who formerly filled the middle of the bell curve? More broadly – and this is the central challenge to society presented by the Internet – what then of the millions of others who are perfectly average and thus, in an age where the best is only a click away, are simply not needed?

It’s a great point and question. The internet has made the “best” more accessible, so why would anyone settle for anything less?

The problem is average. Power laws are natural, bell curves are industrial constructions.