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As Barbara Walters Retires, the Big TV Interview Signs Off, Too
Jonathan Mahler | The New York Times
"As the sun sets on Ms. Walters’s career, it is also setting on the form of television news she perfected and personified: the intimate sit-down with a world leader, the weepy celebrity confessional, the jailhouse interview — the 'big get.'"
How Thomas Piketty Explains American Sports
Kevin Lincoln | Pacific Standard
"The NBA’s age limit, and its almost certain increase to 20 years old, will only help the NCAA try to secure its footing as the destination for the most talented basketball and football players. College sports may finally seem set to change, but the pros have played a big part in making sure they never did."
Louie’s Manic Bossy Nightmare Girls
Heather Havrilesky | Salon
"Rather than peppy and inspiring, the Manic Bossy Nightmare Girl is forceful, neurotic and sometimes downright scary. She knows exactly what she wants, and she’s not afraid to make an unceremonious lurch for it, even if a few innocent men are emasculated or eviscerated along the way."
Memories of a Bette Midler Message Board Childhood
Jess Kimball Leslie | The Hairpin
"'Jess is the only one around here with any integrity!!! It’s so easy for us to forget what being on the Bette Midler Fan Message Board is all about!!!!!!' wrote in a board member who identified as SpinninDelores41. I didn’t ever ask for specifics about my friends’ lives (age, occupation, length of incarceration), but after 200 emails or so I was beginning to suspect that I had a pen pal who was actually born in 1941."