1) THIS PHOTO FROM THE FIRST SUPER BOWL
Check out this old-school grid iron reviver: a smoke, a metal folding chair, and an “explosively tart, yet sugar-free” Fresca. That’s all Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson needed to bring himself back to life during the first Super Bowl. (Well, maybe he needed a little more—the Green Bay Packers beat Dawson’s Chiefs 35-10.)
2) GAWKER RREVIEW OF BOOKS’ 50 BEST FIRST SENTENCES IN FICTION, WHICH INCLUDES THIS ONE: “SHIPS AT A DISTANCE HAVE EVERY MAN’S WISH ON BOARD.” (ZORA NEALE HURSTON, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD)
“There are thousands of classic opening lines in fiction—A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison come to mind—but often the most well-known are not always the best. First sentences, of course, have different functions—to amuse, to frighten, to mystify—and the mechanics a writer uses to achieve this connection vary from genre to genre. In looking for the best opening lines, we took all of this into consideration. What follows are the 50 best. These are the sentences that say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.”
3) SKATEBOARDING MAKES AFGHAN GIRLS FREE
“UNICEF identifies Afghanistan as one of the worst places to be born a woman in the world. Of the 4 million children not enrolled in school, 60 percent are girls. And, as international forces continue to withdraw from Afghanistan, violence against women is still prevalent. When Nelofar steps on a skateboard, she’s breaking gender boundaries.”
4) STANLEY KUBRICK’S NYC SUBWAY SHOTS
This week, dangerousminds turned us on to a series of photos by the young man who would go on to direct Dr. Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange. Published in 1946 in LOOK magazine (when Kubrick was just 16), the black and white photos of the day-to-day and night-to-night activity of regular folk remind us a lot of ourselves—if we wore suits and dresses everywhere.
5) VIVID DREAMS OF SWIMMING IN SPRING-FED POOLS
We try to live in the moment. But now and again there’s nothing wrong with wishing away the time to get to summer. Lately we’ve been dreaming of taking a dip in one of the most beautiful pools in America, the one built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s in Balmorhea State Park. Located north of Marfa in the high desert of West Texas, the spring-fed pool is up to 25 feet deep with water temperature of 72 to 76 degrees year-round. We’ll see you there.