— NFL coach reacting to news that Michael Sam, Univ. of Missouri football player, is gay. Time for football to grow up.
— Meryl Streep on Woody Allen in 1980 (via Grantland / Molly Lambert)
I gave a talk at Sudhir Venkatesh’s sociology class at Columbia yesterday, and the response from students has been really cool. ;)
Bags bearing different stamps turn up in raids of large-scale heroin mills around the city.
They are named for popular celebrities or luxury products, or the very thoroughfares along which the drugs travel: Lady Gaga. Gucci. I-95. They reflect an increasingly young and middle-class clientele, who often move from prescription pills to needles: Twilight. MySpace. And they often indicate little about the quality or purity of the product, which is diluted with baking soda or, in some cases, infant laxatives, officials said.”
— From nytimes article on the cheap heroin that killed PSH. This description seems overly salacious, but also, I can’t really parse the two graphs above, especially the “Twilight. MySpace” bit. Is the heroin named MySpace or are those meant as stand-ins for the “young and middle-class clientele?”
Deeply inappropriate but also unavoidable. Metaphors only matter after tragedies, but then they *really* matter.