Today is a great, great day.
— From SF.
I just started reading Rich Cohen’s ‘Sweet and Low: A Family Story’ about the guy who invented Sweet’N Low and I’m loving it.
“When Ben was eight years old, his father, just thirty-two, was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. The next morning, Ben was sent to the hospital to bring his father a change of clothes. The room was empty when he got there. A nun led Ben into the hall and said, “Your father is with Jesus.”
Who is Jesus?
The man who fixed the boiler, is that Jesus? Or is Jesus the man who turns on the lights during the Sabbath?
Ben walked home. He stood in the doorway holding the bag of clothes. His mother said, “Well, Bennie, did you give your father his shirt and pants?” “No,” said Ben. “Pop is with Jesus.”
So begins the actual childhood of Ben.
— From London, via a recommendation by my friend Traxi.
This bit caused the biggest, frankest laugh of my weekend. In Cocaine Incorporated — How a Mexican Drug Cartel Makes Its Billions, an otherwise brilliant piece by Patrick Radden Keefe for the NYTimes.
— Thanks to my sister, from SF.
Billionaire mining magnate Gina Rhinehart buys out 19.9 percent of Fairfax Media. She wants two to three seats on the board and editorial control.
Fairfax undergoes restructuring:
1,900 staff members including 380 journalists get the boot.
Fairfax editorial workforce drops by 25% from 800 to 600.
Two Australian papers - The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald - become nationalised turning two already shallow voices into one. The drop in journalistic standards is to be matched by the new tabloid format.
Heaven help us all.