Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // September 15, 2017

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // September 15, 2017

How's it going, Invaders? We're in NYC this weekend, throwing a little party, and we had some entrepreneurs in the house last night talking about the future of work in America. We had some ideas about what that meant, as we continue to push the boundaries of legality hosting surreptitious dinners across the country. So much government interference in our lives, or is it helpful regulation that keeps us safe and free from being swindled? Geez, tough to say. While you chew on that, here are some interesting items to think about this weekend at the table:

Still Processing: We Debate NPR’s Greatest Albums by Women

A couple weeks ago in our all lady issue of TableTalk, we included NPR’s recent list of the 150 Greatest Albums by Women. So did you talk about it? What did you think? As happens on the Internet, everyone had opinions, but it's a real treat to listen one of or favorite podcasts, Still Processing, give their hot takes. Bonus content in the form of an aside on the (still) hotly debated (it's September!) Song of the Summer 2017. You know, we too are still conflicted. Despacito may actually be losing ground to Feels. May this serve as our vow to never debate this topic/beat this dead horse again… until next summer!

Single-payer isn’t the whole answer

A bunch of senators got on the single-payer train this week. It seems like an obvious next step for our country, knowing that we’d all pay less for healthcare with clear, fixed prices. If you’ve got a libertarian friend who doesn’t believe in giving any and every freeloader free stuff, ask them who they’d rather have set the prices for their helathcare: a cadre of insurance and pharma companies, or a tightly regulated, centralized, but still market-driven bidding system? We know that isn’t all addressed in the proposed bill, but this article points out how broken the system is and some ideas about upending it.

Is the Electoral College Doomed?

Yes, please be yes.

The saddest streets

What are the primary motivations for people to name a place? Maybe there’s a beautiful flower unique to the area, a particular view (or lack thereof for an ironic twist), a family name or remembered hero, or maybe there’s another option... Some kind of melancholy the namer was feeling when they named the streets for Sadness or Despair. Perhaps a tribute to government malfunction in Worthless Road. Maybe frustration in not being able to build anything on Useless Island. This Instagram rounds them all up for you; if you’d been down on your street before, maybe this is just what you need to believe that it ain’t that bad.

The David Carr Generation

David Carr was a great writer, and by all accounts from those who knew him, a lovely person. He steals the (very good) show in the 2011 documentary Page One, and his memoir is a phenomenal read. The Atlantic has a series on mentorship that includes a round of up anecdotes from folks in journalism whose careers and lives he had a positive impact on. He had a singular voice you couldn’t help but hear reading his column Media Equation every week, and when something interesting happened in the media, you couldn’t wait to read what he had to say about it.