“It doesn’t make a difference whether you live it or you don’t. I can write about stuff I don’t live, the person who wrote Harry Potter you think they lived all that shit?! I don’t have to physically own a Rolls Royce to talk about being in one. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with talking about cars or clothes, but shit, make it interesting.”—Some real talk from the GZA. (Via HTMLGIANT)
On June 23, 1963 the New York Mets’ Jimmy Piersall hit the 100th home run of his career. He then proceeded to run the bases backwards. He tagged them in the correct order, first to second to third, but he did so in a backwards running position. If you think this could be the craziest thing…
No matter your opinion of Grantland, you owe it to yourself to read Tom Bissell’s “review” of LA Noire. I use scare quotes there because to use that term doesn’t fully explain what Bissell does with the piece. It’s a take on whether or not the game works, but it also discusses what video games do well, how story functions within them, and the future of storytelling in any kind of art. It’s a long and essential read, so it give it the time it deserves.
Although I don’t play video games often, or at all anymore really, I enjoyed this. It’s probably the best thing Grantland has published so far.
The Tolstoy Cup is an annual football match played between the students of the Peace Studies department at the University of Bradford and the War Studies department at Kings College London. (via bestofwikipedia)