The Wednesday Curator – 5/25/2016

May 24, 2016

Crain’s New York Business is a really fine newspaper. Aaron Elstein, for Crain’s, wrote Trump Qualified for a Tax Break for New Yorkers Making $500K or Less last week. Mr. Elstein reported on the intersection of Donald Trump and the New York State School Tax Relief Program. Mr. Trump is, well, you know who he is. The tax relief program—STAR is its acronym—offers a $300 tax break for married couples making less than $500,000. Well, guess which “I try and pay as little tax as possible, because I hate what they do with my tax money” candidate claimed the $300 credit? Go on, guess! Of course, and I know this will shock many, his campaign manager—Corey “I hit women” Lewandowski—blames New York City for the error. (Mr. Trump was quoted by the Wall Street Journal in the last day or so, claiming “I’m always right,” so blaming the city fits.) Here, though is the good part: Mr. Lewandowski says the Mr. Trump stopped asking for the credit in 2009 “when tax authorities began checking on applicants’ income.” Just what you’d expect from this momzer. Cash the checks, blame the city, and cheating was fine until getting caught was possible!

I read Dear Bernie Bullies, I’m So Over You by Connie Schultz after my friend LM posted it on FB. Ms. Schultz is a great writer who happens to be married to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). If you want a reminder about the American experience, read this piece!

Eli Saslow wrote From Belief to Outrage: The Decline of the Middle Class Reaches the Next American Town for the Washington Post last week. Mr. Saslow reports on Huntington, a city of 17,000 in Indiana. Sadly, while the story focuses on one city in one state, there are Huntingtons in every state. And while plenty of keystrokes get devoted to rants, along with blame and solutions—no, not really; just a lot of noise—reading about real lives matters.

Pop culture maven Chuck Klosterman wrote Which Rock Star Will Future Historians Remember? for the New York Times on May 23. It’s an entertaining and thoughtful essay, mostly because it delves into why we remember who we remember. Honors to anyone who emails me the “to be remembered” rock star BEFORE reading the essay. I actually got it right, by the way!

Here’s The Trouble with Fries, written by Malcolm Gladwell 15 years ago. And with it, a picture of some really fine fries.

Harvest Fries

And, finally, Michael Pollan wrote The 36-Hour Dinner Party almost six years ago for the New York Times. It’s a piffle, but it’s fun!

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