The Wednesday Curator – 6/29/2016

June 29, 2016

Nicolle Wallace served as White House Communications Director during the second W term. Working for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008 and commenting on dissension in the campaign, she said: “If people want to throw me under the bus, my personal belief is that the most honorable thing to do is to lie there.“ This woman knows from children passing themselves off as adult leaders, so her piece for the New York Times, The G.O.P. Waits, and Waits, for Donald Trump to Grow Up, is worth a quick read. Money line? “Our voters, in decisive numbers, picked a guy who embarrasses us.” (Here’s an extra dollop of the Donald: Just Another Sinner, Born Again, by Lincoln Mullen for The Atlantic.)

Brexit, Seen from the Top of Europe, by Adam Gopnik for the New Yorker, offers some very smart thinking from an American with lots of on-the-ground experience in Europe. Big takeaway?

What was really at stake was a closed vision of the future against a cosmopolitan one. The divide was much less the prosperous versus the poor than it was city versus small towns, the well educated versus those without advanced degrees, and, most of all, the young versus the old.

Honestly, the Curator ran across and read a theory of jerks by Eric Schnitzgabel, written for aeon in June 2014, at There’s no mention of Donald J. Trump in the essay, or in any accompanying commentaries. And Mr. Trump was just a guy with a loud mouth in June 2014. Still, the match is right on!

The Curator’s alter ego is in Rochester for a daughter visit. The Curator finished this edition of the Wednesday Curator at Village Bakeries. Lovely place:

Village Bakeries

The alter ego will not be dining at Nick Tahou Hots, a Rochester mainstay. The place call itself the Home of the Garbage Plate, and the dish amounts to … well, click for details or take a look. A dish having been around for 98 years does not force one to try it.


Finally, RIP Pat Summitt and Bill Cunningham. Coach Summitt’s Tennessee Vols won more games than any other basketball team in NCAA history. Here’s Gary Smith’s piece, Eyes of the Storm from the March 2, 1998 issue of Sports Illustrated, along with the New York Times obituary, written by Jeré Longman.

Bill Cunningham took pictures for the New York Times. Amazing pictures of people and the clothes they wore. Here’s his NYT obituary, written by Jacob Bernstein, along with What It Was Like to Be Photographed by Bill Cunningham by Cathy Horyn.


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