Snark is often conflated with cynicism, which is a troublesome misreading. Snark may speak in cynical terms about a cynical world, but it is not cynicism itself. It is a theory of cynicism. The practice of cynicism is smarm.
The Queen and Parliament would never have allowed this to happen back home in England," head men’s soccer coach and British native Gregg Miller may have said to himself. "They love their football too much to cancel a game over health care.
Mahattanville College press release, “Men’s Soccer vs. USMMA Postponed Due to Government’s Inability to Pay Bills”
Prince has shared the artwork for his new single “Breakfast Can Wait.” The image, featuring Dave Chappelle, was inspired by the comedian’s “True Hollywood Stories” sketch from The Chappelle Show. You can also hear a snippet of the track here.
I spend, I’d say, 98 percent of my time using Tumblr to share crazy stuff, funny stuff, rarely, rarely serious stuff. Today I break that because I’ve had two weird moments today and the punchline of them.
The first was that I ended up in a conversation about the Princess Bride - the book, not the movie. One of my top two films of all time…and I say this with all honesty, the book is even better. The back stories of Fezzik and Inigo are outstanding and stand on their own. I haven’t thought about that book in ages.
In terms of other things I hadn’t thought about in ages, my high school English teacher. He was the one who assigned that book to a 17-year-old who still wanted to be a lawyer. It was sometime after that book he told me to go enjoy the arts and writing and making creative points, things he knew I’d enjoy more and gain more from in my life. He told me to go back to Boston, he convinced me that the education of Jesuits was something special for me and he even wrote my recommendation to BC - he was the force who drove me to that decision.
He popped into my head in an unrelated manner this morning - maybe I had seen something in my news feed. I wondered where he was. An old Jesuit priest, he had stopped teaching years ago, but I hadn’t checked in on him in years. I Googled him, didn’t find anything and wasn’t sure why I had done it. It’s a random man to think of on a random Friday in a random August.
I went to a meeting, and I got back to my desk - there was a message waiting from my mother. Fr. Renna passed away this morning.
Somehow I knew. And if Fr. Renna knew he was responsible for what I’ve become, I’m sure he’d be honored and giving me a hard time about it right now. Thanks Father, may you rest in peace and enjoy your eternal life with the Lord. There is no question, for the thousands of young men like me you taught and mentored and made laugh, that you are there with God.
I spent 11 years in Hell. Now, your Hell is just beginning. I will live on; you will die a little every day
MICHELLE KNIGHT, to Ariel Castro, who kidnapped, imprisoned and raped Knight and two other women for more than a decade, during Castro’s sentencing; he will serve life with no chance of parole plus 1,000 years behind bars.
(via The Washington Post)
Someone will use this line when voting someone off of Survivor, I feel like. Wait, is Survivor still on?