January 2nd, 2018

Green Kiki

Early January Longreads

Allison Glock's The Eight Truths I Learned From Humping Athletes, reprinted at Deadspin after appearing in GQ twenty years ago, is fantastic

At Vox, Anna North writes, Historically, men translated the Odyssey. Here’s what happened when a woman took the job.

Outside Magazine's been quietly doing some damned fine journalism over the last few years, and Ryan Zinke is Trump's Attack Dog on the Environment is a great profile of a terrible Secretary of the Interior.

Remember Jen Hatmaker, the Evangelical Christian who spoke out against Trump last year? Not surprisingly, she's taken a lot of grief from a religious movement still dominated by racist and sexist men, reports Tiffany Stanley in Politico.

In Deadspin, Emma Baccelleri's Major League Baseball's Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics is a great look at the way stats in MLB continue to evolve.

I've been following the sexual harassment situation at WNYC for a while (On The Media did a podcast on it as well), but the Splinter's David Uberti covers it as well as anyone in his piece, How New York Public Radio is Dodging Accountability for its Sexual Harassment Problem.

At Kotaku, Maddy Myers says that Tier Lists Are Full of Shit, and I can't disagree. I don't do competitive fighting games because I'm terrible at them, but the argument that people should play weird and interesting characters instead of whatever strategy guides tell you is effective but boring resonates (witness the low rank Ghost Rider, who I find nearly essential, gets in Marvel Puzzle Quest).

There's been a LOT written about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which I loved, incidentally). Todd VanDerWoof, over at Vox, offers The “backlash” Against Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Explained, a good (but FILLED WITH SPOILERS) piece talking about the different kinds of fan reactions.

Back at Deadspin, Eoin Higgins asks Why Won't The FCC Let Orphan Counties Watch Their Local NFL Teams? The answer, of course, is more complicated than sports, as are the implications for local news.

And finally, if you're a fan at all of Serious Eats (and if you like food, you should be, as it's the best site out there), Jonah Weiner at Grubstreet has a fantastic profile of J. Kenji López-Alt called Kenji Dreams of Sausage that's a must-read.