The Wednesday Curator – 4/1/15

March 31, 2015

In the Sunday New York Times, on March 22, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz posed the question Just How Nepotistic Are We? In the political context, his answer is a sad and infuriating VERY! At the non-presidential level the numbers are stunning and, with the next election 588 days away, the two people most likely to be our next President of the United States are a former First Lady and the son/brother of two former presidents.

Collaboration, from the Wright Brothers to Robots was written by Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, for the Harvard Business Review on March 23. It’s short and informative, and anyone who thinks he or she can succeed, alone, needs to read this piece.

On the Road is was a weekly column—written for 16 years, without a missed week—in the New York Times, written by my friend Joe Sharkey. Joe wrote Thoughts at the End of the Road, and a Word of Advice, his last column, for the March 31 print edition of the Times. He’ll be missed … but does report that he’ll have news shortly!

‘Twas a heckuva run for the home team! The Arizona Wildcats ended their season on Saturday afternoon, one win shy of the Final Four. Wisconsin did it again, for the second year running. WI hitting 12 of 18 three-pointers pretty much sealed it, and when you’re up against that kind of shot-making, there’s not much you can do. Alas, and paraphrasing Bogie to Bergman, we’ll always have Kerr! (Click to read Five-time NBA Champion, and current Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr’s remembrance of the Arizona victory thumping of North Carolina in 1988, sending Arizona to the Final Four for the First time.)

From J. Kenji López-Alt, here’s Kenji’s Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List), posted at on March 26. Lots of mighty fine looking food, none of which will likely ever reach my mouth! (In the picture you’re seeing an Original Smashburger with cheese.) In keeping with the fast food theme—and keeping it local—here from Jackie Tran for is Burrito Bucket List (Vol. 1): 20 Spots to Try in Tucson. (Alright, I expect I have a real foodie or two in the bunch; for you, from, I present Eleven Madison Park.)


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