Penn State Picks Florida State's PocketPenn State, my alma mater, steals Florida State president Eric Barron and will pay him $1.2 million per year, more than double his current salary. What! Is he a football coach? Is he bringing Jameis Winston along?
Actually, Barron is a great choice. A former Dean of Penn State's renowned College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, he's a world-class climatologist and distinguished educator and administrator. (He also better be a good fund raiser, in today's climate, and I don't mean global warming).
So, sorry to Jim Born, noted FSU grad. At least we didn't get Jimbo Fisher, too.
Nice story about Barron here.
Paul Levine Revelation on the Arithmetic of AgingWhile swimming laps, this came to me. In my sixties, I have to work out twice as hard to stay in half the condition I maintained in my thirties. Jim Born, on the other hand, is still as youthful as in his rookie cop days.
True Detective: My Favorite TV ShowHBO's "True Detective," which is not about Jim Born, is my favorite show on television. Complex and layered, heavy on dialogue, seeded with literary clues, it's a humdinger, to use one of my father's expressions. To quote Andrew Romano from The Daily Beast:
"In my opinion, True Detective—the story of a pair of retired Louisiana cops and the sinister murder investigation that forever changed their lives—is not only one of the most riveting and provocative series I've seen in the last few years. It's one of the most riveting and provocative series I've ever seen. Period. The acting is brilliant. The plot is addictive. The allusions are rich. The philosophy is mind-bending."
"The One Literary Reference You Must Know to Appreciate 'True Detective.'"
And..."The Crazy Mythology That Explains 'True Detective.'"
And...an illuminating interview with show creator, sole writer, and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto: "Inside the Obsessive Strange Mind of True Detective's Nic Pizzolatto."