Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Thursday Night Links

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* If the Hill’s reporting is accurate, this is major news, demonstrating the depths of the Democrats’ desperation to win me back: Reid triggers nuclear option to change rules, prohibit filibusters. I can’t find anything else about this yet. I assume this is some sort of procedural bluff, but if not—or if the bluff is called—that’s huge. UPDATE: TPM says it’s big, but not titanic.

* Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is coming to TV. My guess is the whole series takes place at Brakebills; we’ll never hit the second half of the first novel.

Steve Jobs was a good man who loved and was loved, and earned every accolade he’s garnered. But he doesn’t deserve a hagiography, and I doubt he would have wanted one. Apple wasn’t built by a saint. It was built by an iron-fisted visionary.

* Against Tranströmer: But most healthy of all, a decision like this, which we all understand would never have been taken by say, an American jury, or a Nigerian jury, or perhaps above all a Norwegian jury, reminds us of the essential silliness of the prize and our own foolishness at taking it seriously. Eighteen (or sixteen) Swedish nationals will have a certain credibility when weighing up works of Swedish literature, but what group could ever really get its mind round the infinitely varied work of scores of different traditions. And why should we ask them to do that?

* How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community.

* And the headline reads, “Body suit may soon enable the paralyzed to walk.”

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  1. I’m outsourcing the rest of my Jobs commentary to Adam Kotsko.


    October 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

  2. Nice work, Gerry! Keep playing hard to get… tell Reid you’re saving yourself for a public option and a constitutional convention.

    Alex Chaffee

    October 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

  3. As much as I’m on record as having hated The Magicians, Grossman seems like an intelligent and likable guy in person, and I think the book will adapt reasonably well to television. Largely because I think you’re right, that it will never leave Brakebills (except, maybe, for occasional forays into Fillory). I’d be very surprised — and not at all interested in watching — if the show followed the book more closely.


    October 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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