The Wednesday Curator – 6/3/15

June 2, 2015

Joseph R. Biden III (Beau) died on Saturday. Mr. Biden was the former Attorney General of Delaware and an Iraq War vet. He was also the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden. Here’s the New York Times obituary and Beau Biden’s Life of Service by Matt Ford for The Atlantic. RIP!

Eric Segall wrote How an Inaccurate Soundbite Might Take Down Obamacare for The Atlantic on May 29. It’s a detailed and thorough analysis of King v. Burwell, the Obamacare challenge which will be decided this month. packaged three essays about FIFA/soccer, under the title The Longform Guide to Soccer Corruption. So what? The essays were written in April 2015, June 2014, and August 2011. So, while the world is all atwitter about the FIFA indictments—here’s A U.S. Tax Investigation Snowballed to Stun the Soccer World by Matt Apuzzo for the New York Times on May 29, with a pretty good summary—the corruption story is hardly news. (Picture Claude Rains as Luis Renault, “shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.”

I heard A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements to Lure English Majors on NPR last week. Julie Rovner covered the story, about how the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City has bene admitting students with humanities degrees. The school is looking for the right people, and it’ll teach the science and math which is necessary for success in medicine. Reports are positive.

From Kenji López-Alt, Managing Culinary Director for, here’s The Good Bagel Manifesto. Mr. López-Alt says “a good bagel does not require toasting,” and that “all else follows.” He’s right!

Tim Zimmermann has written a very thorough piece for Outside magazine, The Piscivore’s Dilemma. Mr. Zimmermann begins his story with a sandwich—rainbow trout and lettuce on a French roll—and a beer. The catch? Mr. Zimmermann is was a vegan.

Finally, for your information and for the aesthetics, take a look at Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S. from Food&Wine. I’m partial to Nos. 4 (from Clementine in LA) and 20 (from Lola in Cleveland).

Clementine's Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Clementine’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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