First, New York’s profile of the graduating West Point class. You know, a few weeks ago, I remember an ROTC guy and someone else discussing the Army. I forget the specific topic about that, but the other guy kept on referencing his video game knowledge. Which was kind of a funny, tragic and absurd moment all at once: the main way the vast majority of Stanford students know of the military is via a) video games and b) movies and TV. This has two effects: one, we have no idea about the military’s problems and struggles; and two, we tend to idealize the military. These two things are probably related and highly unfortunate. Well, I won’t claim that this article will solve all our problems, it’s certainly very good.
Second, New York Times Magazine’s profile of Judd Apatow, the creator of Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman, and all that other good stuff.
Third and finally, The New Yorker’s profile of Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of LA. I used to be pro-Villaraigosa, but this profile, if true, is pretty damning: he seems to be afflicted by Bush-itis policy-wise, which is marked by instincts for big theatrical actions without much thought about the small nitty-gritty details. Say what you will about Hillary or Barack or Bill Clinton or even a guy like Richard Lugar or Chuck Hagel, but they care deeply about the small details that are truly important, and not just about the political theater of it all (although they’re all politicians, so clearly they care about that too).