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Major League Is the Most Accurate Baseball Movie

It’s what ‘Veep’ is to politicsContinue reading on The Ringer »

Cleveland Indians

Disagree or Be Fired?

I will never fire someone for voicing an opinion — especially if we disagree.<p>The senseless killings over the past week have been horrifying. Many of …

Censorship

Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear

Cable news has functioned as the harrowing background soundtrack to much of 2015 and 2016. In covering terrorist attacks, protests against the police and a presidential election whose daily antics seem tailor-made for the overheated ethos of cable, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all won huge …

Streaming

Forget Beanbag Chairs. Amazon Is Giving Its Workers Treehouses.

REDMOND, Wash. — Just off a remote stretch of road here, near wineries, horse stables and farms, Amazon is secretly growing something, but it’s not what Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, calls the “tiny seeds” that could become the company’s next big businesses.<p>No, Amazon is growing actual …

Amazon

Lin-Manuel Miranda Takes His Final Bows in ‘Hamilton’

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s final bows for his farewell performance as the title character in “Hamilton” on Saturday night seemed routine, if not overly humble for the departure of the show’s star and mastermind. He even shared his bows with the other cast members who were also exiting the show, including …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone

WASHINGTON — “Are you up?”<p>The emails arrive late, often after 1 a.m., tapped out on a secure BlackBerry from an email address known only to a few. The weary recipients know that once again, the boss has not yet gone to bed.<p>The late-night interruptions from President Obama might be sharply worded …

Barack Obama

A New Map for America

THESE days, in the thick of the American presidential primaries, it’s easy to see how the 50 states continue to drive the political system. But increasingly, that’s all they drive — socially and economically, America is reorganizing itself around regional infrastructure lines and metropolitan …

Maps

In the rough

A diamond is for ever. But its allure comes and goes<p>“I’VE seen grown men with tears in their eyes” in front of it, an auctioneer from Sotheby’s said …

UK News

By Jove!

A mission to Jupiter is designed to investigate the giant planet’s history—and the histories of its cousins in other solar systems<p>IN 1543 Nicolaus …

UK News

The Garrison Keillor You Never Knew

ST. PAUL, MINN. — Garrison Keillor was riding shotgun in a rented Chevy, motoring east through the steamy Midwestern heat.<p>His linen suit was appropriately rumpled — everything about this public radio legend suggests disregard for crisp lines — and his gangly legs were jacked up against the glove …

Garrison Keillor

A Literary Bromance, Now in Its Sixth Decade

SAN FRANCISCO — The poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti was sitting at his kitchen table in his North Beach apartment on a drizzly morning, telling a story about Allen Ginsberg, when he hopped up suddenly and bounded out of the room to retrieve his hearing aid.<p>“At my age, if it’s not one thing, it’s …

Poetry

The Good News at the Washington Post, Trump’s Least-Favorite Paper

<i>Good News at the</i><p>Washington <i>Post</i><p>Inside the paper Jeff Bezos bought<br>–&–<br>Donald Trump banned.<p>Photograph by Christopher Payne<p>One of the first things you …

Journalism

Kevin Durant Could Be Pat Riley’s Final Conquest

And it could cap an undeniable careerContinue reading on The Ringer »

Kevin Durant

Everybody Wants Their Own Theo Epstein — The Ringer

<i>In the Internet Age, monoculture is unachievable. But there remain a few things that we can all agree on.</i> The Ringer <i>is looking at this rarefied group</i> …

Theo Epstein

Kick turn

More and more Americans like watching people kick round balls<p>DESPITE its name, the Copa America has never been played north of the Rio Grande before. …

NHL

Seeking Answers, Michael Phelps Finds Himself

COLORADO SPRINGS — The guide enthusiastically led his guest from room to room in the barracks-style building, pointing out features like the emotion tree and providing thumbnail sketches of the people they encountered. He seemed to know everyone, and everyone returned his greetings in kind with a …

Team USA

C-Span Delivers on Sit-In, Even With Cameras Off

WASHINGTON — C-Span knew it had a problem.<p>Democrats had unexpectedly sat down in the middle of the House of Representatives chamber to demand a vote on gun control legislation, and with the body officially in recess, C-Span, the cable network known for “gavel to gavel” coverage of Congress, had no …

Cameras

Trailers in an Age of Internet Video — 500ish Words

The notion of Vine-as-a-trailer makes sense to me…<p>I’ve always been fascinated by movie trailers. They’re such an interesting concept: a 30-second to …

Movie Trailers

An Amphitheater. A Laptop Bar. It’s a New York Library Like No Other.

More a theater for learning than a citadel of research, the new 53rd Street Library offers one surprise after the next as it unfolds below the sidewalks of New York.<p>Monday is opening day.<p>The 53rd Street Library is the long-awaited, long-delayed replacement for the Donnell Library Center, a beloved …

New York City

Remember the Ozone Layer?

<b>Q. Whatever happened to the ozone hole, and should we still be worried about it?</b><p><b>A.</b> What is called the ozone hole is an area of severe depletion of the gas ozone in the upper atmosphere above the Antarctic. It still appears every year, though it gets less publicity than it did when it was first …

Science

“Westworld”’s promising preview: HBO could have its next great show on its hands

The series could be great if it weaves its nature-of-realty musings into the action without flubbing it<p>Not long ago, HBO was considered the most prestigious, most intelligent, most risk-taking network on television. But recent trouble – the low ratings and bad reviews for the $100 million series …

Westworld

Apple's Brain Trust -- Iovine, Reznor, Cue and Kondrk -- on Streaming's New World Order and Why 'We All Should Be' Worried

Twelve months of Apple Music have brought the service 15 million paid subscribers and, for its architects, a sense of optimistic, if slightly …

Apple News

Only The Onion Can Save Us Now

Two decades after it made its online debut, "America's Finest News Source" remains the one place to turn to during times of trouble. The post Only <i>The</i> …

Conan O'Brien

The Venmo Request: A New Wrinkle in Modern Dating

I’ve recently had occasion to think about dating and its attendant rituals for a piece in this magazine, and so my eye was caught, the other week, by an article in the New York <i>Post</i> that suggested that one of the institution’s foremost traditions might be undergoing some change. “Cheap Bros Have …

Yes, There Have Been Aliens

LAST month astronomers from the Kepler spacecraft team announced the discovery of 1,284 new planets, all orbiting stars outside our solar system. The total number of such “exoplanets” confirmed via Kepler and other methods now stands at more than 3,000.<p>This represents a revolution in planetary …

National Academy of Sciences

Superheroes Versus Movie Stars

Anybody raised reading comic books has probably wished for two things: the immediate arrival of the next issue and serious flesh-and-blood movies of favorite titles.<p>The first was impossible. The other didn’t happen, for me, until “X-Men” opened in 2000, after I’d become an adult. Halle Berry was …

The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society

In the latest 'Geek's Guide to the Galaxy' podcast, writer Manu Saadia discusses what we can learn about post-money life from the 'Star Trek' …

Science Fiction

The Cubs’ Quest for History — The Ringer

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?<p>If you’ve spent any time living in Western civilization — or if you’ve watched <i>The</i> …

Boston

Ingress Has the World as Its Game Board

POINT BONITA, Calif. — On a chilly Monday afternoon in May, just before the lighthouse here closed for the rest of the week, the three Ingress players met and hustled across the metal bridge to the 19th-century landmark.<p>They were determined to retain control of the lighthouse for their team, the …

World of Warcraft