"It may seem like you’re giving yourself a few extra minutes to collect your thoughts. But what you’re actually doing is making the wake-up process more difficult and drawn out. If you manage to drift off again, you are likely plunging your brain back into the beginning of the sleep cycle, which is the worst point to be woken up—and the harder we feel it is for us to wake up, the worse we think we’ve slept.”
Brutal assessment of the Knicks by Will Leitch in the new issue of New York magazine. Of his various critiques, this is perhaps the most depressing:
"When you take a step back, the Knicks look a lot like Carmelo’s February 2011 Nuggets: stuck with an unhappy superstar who can be a free agent after the season, with an aging roster in dire need of youth and a whole new approach (one paralyzed, in fact, by its ties to that superstar), with no real hope of a championship as currently constituted. Those Nuggets found the Knicks, a team that thought it was one player away, and bilked them for every penny. (Then–Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri did the same thing to the Knicks this off-season, getting a first-round pick out of the Knicks for Bargnani at his new post in Toronto.) And it worked for the Nuggets, by the way: Since the trade, Denver has had a better record than the Knicks and finished last year near the top of the stacked Western Conference. If the Knicks were a different organization, a more inventive one, a more realistic one, a more honest one, they might recognize they are in the same spot: in need of trading Carmelo Anthony. Maybe they’d look at Atlanta or Detroit or the Lakers and try to figure something out. They’d try to find their Knicks—their sucker."
Is this what has to happen? All this time and money spent just to blow the whole thing up again?
The New Yorker’s Richard Brody on why this fantastic doc from the Safdie brothers should’ve been nominated for an Oscar. Hear, hear!
It appears that when you slow down crickets’ voices, they sound like a haunting human chorus. This is beautiful.
Liverpool —> Bristol
"I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel." - E.B. White
A classic of the genre.