Charles Kenneth Roberts

Politics, History, Culture

Links to Read: April

The LeBron Paradox: This is a good LeBron James article because it gets at what I think is the fundamental aspect of James, something that’s applicable to him and just a tiny handful of living human beings: it’s impossible for normal people to imagine what it’s like to be him. It’s easier for me to imagine being the president, who is in the end no more than a particularly busy and public bureaucrat, than to imagine being LeBron James. As Brian Phillips puts it: “I can’t imagine what it’s like to be him. Can you? With any confidence? To have gone in the blink of an eye, while still an adolescent, into a state of almost unfathomable fame, cameras everywhere you turn, so many people to tell you ‘yes,’ so few people to tell you ‘no.'” And that doesn’t even consider the transcendent physical talent.

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind: Whether or not you are a prison abolitionist, I think a general policy that aims us toward prison abolition, even if we never got there, would be better for society.

How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks: “They complained about being overloaded with information, and about how, even once you finally settled on something to read, it was easy to get bored and turn to something else. They were frustrated by their desire to stare out of the window, or to constantly check on the time (in their case, with the Sun as their clock), or to think about food or sex when they were supposed to be thinking about God.”

The Raisin Situation: I wondered why everyone kept talking about raisins on the internet. This is why. It’s good! Raisins are serious business.

 

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