The Barn’s editors spend a lot of time online. A LOT. This online living is exacerbated by the fact that we have offices in Berlin, Toronto, Peterborough, Ottawa, Portland, and Montreal. Our meetings are held via Skype with cocktails and odd hours. The interns provide the ice and mix, as well as manage the complicated scheduling. It also doesn’t help that we’re chronic insomniacs with addictions to caffeine and good writing, but that careful mixture of drink, caffeine, and dynamic literature takes us to some beautiful places. From now on, every Thursday, we’ll bring you a selection of our favourite essays, articles, videos, and tunes that we’ve come across during the week. Link suggestions welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Play of the Week
Canadian Little Leaguer Thomas Neal Makes A Diving Grab in LLWS. After the game he peed in a cup, test results pending.
- What About Bob?
David Roth on Bob Ryan, the Boston Globe writer who “stepped down, graciously and gratefully, as a regular sports columnist at the Globe” after 44 years [The Classical]
- Relativistic Baseball
In the words of Albert Einstein upon concluding that E = mc2, “SCIENCE!” [What If?]
- Like German Fred said to German Barney: Vilma!
Jonathan Vilma really hates NFL Commish Roger Goodell, refuses to feed him [USA Today]
- Irish Sailing
In case you missed it… this is the best thing that happened at the Olympics [That Video Site]
- Just Add Mustard, You Hot Dog (Lame, I Know)
Remember pogo sticks? No, Canadians, not hot dogs deep-fried in batter from a casse croute, but rather the spring powered kids’ toy that we all played with until we got hurt. Well, surprise surprise, bored xtreme hipsters have made it into a sport. Gnarly. [via Longreads at the Smithsonian Magazine]
- The Olympics…Still
Something about the Olympics and Danny Boyle and greenery. Jesus, aren’t we in Rio, yet? [Maisonneuve]
- Scrabble Cheats
There’s nothing lower than someone who cheats at Scrabble. Slate has the lowdown on the Melky Cabreras of the National Scrabble Championships [Slate]
- Twittererer Tweet of the Week
- Dive Bars
Jerry Cohen, founder of Ebbets Field Flannels, the best vintage sportswear manufacturing company on the planet, takes time away from making excellent jerseys and caps to consider a topic very near to our hearts and livers: dive bars [Flannel of the Month]
- Song of the Week (Forbes)
It’s a little bit stupid how excited I am about this record.
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