The Wednesday Curator – 8/5/15

August 4, 2015

The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win by Quil Lawrence for NPR’s Morning Edition on August 4 is an excellent story about how private-public partnerships can work, even in a city as beaten down as New Orleans. (When you read or listen to the story, look for the Katrina element.) Lots of people thrive on governmental failures, so successes deserve notice, especially in those instances where service to our nation plays a big role in creating the problem.

No one wants dirty air, or warmer temperatures, I expect, but plenty of people don’t like the notion that government might play a role in forcing cleaner air on us. David Graham has written The Politics of Obama’s Greenhouse-Gas Rule for The Atlantic on August 3. Mr. Graham never mentions the United States Supreme Court and, of course, MRW will never make a public wager, but I’d be about as “shocked, shocked” as Captain Renault (Claude Rains) if this matter does not get decided in the Supreme Court, probably after January 20, 2017.

Here’s something thoroughly unpleasant: The Cop, by Jake Halpern for the New Yorker for the August 10 issue. Mr. Halpern spent time with Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. We’ll surely never know exactly what happened on August 9, 2014, just days shy of a year ago. Regardless, this piece leaves me stone cold about Darren Wilson and the town that employed him.

Comedy Central and the rest of us say goodbye to Jon Stewart this week. Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff, and Kathryn Shattuck put together Jon Stewart and ‘The Daily Show’: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at 9 Essential Moments. I haven’t waded through it completely, but it’s worth a bit of time, both for its subject and for a creative way of dealing with such a situation.

Serious Eats is a big player in the food blogosphere. Its website has been redesigned. I don’t like it … but I don’t like new websites. This week’s Pete Wells’ review for the New York Times features the Danny Meyer/Union Square Hospitality Group place, Untitled. Two stars. Nice looking food in a great venue, and the place exemplifies the museum revolution which is going on in NYC.

Teriyaki is not my favorite flavor, but the Teriyaki Burger at Serious Eats—I know, I know, I already dissed it—looks like Some Burger.




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