For London's Cabbies, Job Entails World's Hardest Geography Test

London doesn’t regulate its cabs via a limited number of medallions or permits—anyone who can pass “The Knowledge” is free to drive a taxi.

A Couple of Eccentric Guys

Profile from 1989 that makes me want to look up all the old performances referenced.  I love these guys and need to see them live.

As Jack Kennedy to hats, so Obama to helmets: Presidents can make once accepted elements of life look suddenly dated.

– Adam Gopnik on the President’s football head injury comments (New Yorker)


I did the best I could with what I had.

– Philip Roth, quoting boxer Joe Louis, after re-reading his own entire oeuvre.

In a dream there is no bluffing or pretense.

– Yasunari Kawabata

At every level in one’s progress up that staggeringly high pyramid, the world was once more divided into those men who had the right stuff to continue the climb and those who had to be left behind in the most obvious way.

– Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff

As Holland, Michigan goes, so goes the nation:


Mitt Romney made a stop in my hometown in Michigan yesterday.

He got a bite from Captain Sundae, took a stroll along the beach, and—wait a sec…

Romney, do you seriously not even know how to walk on a beach? 

I wish I could have seen this guy sloshing around in his soaked khakis, dragging them through the sand like a confused idiot. 

I googled “Obama campaigns on beach” just to see if the President made a similar gaffe, but every picture that came up looked exactly like this: