George Steinbrenner, 1930-2010: This morning the legendary and often controversial owner of the New York Yankees died at his home in Tampa, FL. Since he purchased the franchise in 1973, the Yankees have become one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball, earning 11 pennants and 7 World Series titles. Among the customer reviews (nearly all 5 stars) of Bill Madden's recent biography--Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball--one reader notes: "Certainly, there will be no one quite like George Steinbrenner again."
Move over, m-dash: Says the Millions, in an article designed to delight unrelenting grammarians: the colon is a "paragraphical Red Bull."
If you need a reason to return to the classics... Adam Langer's sobering look at the 21st century fiction writer's plight ("Why We Lie") may be just the motivation you're looking for. I'm not convinced that this generation of writers is boring (he notes that "our generation never invaded Normandy" which is, I agree, somehow more noble than a generation raised on "Survivor"), but perhaps his point is that writers aren't boring, lately, but bored?
Movers & shakers: Are beachgoers getting serious about their shell-seeking? The Book of Shells ascends our daily Movers & Shakers list to the #2 spot.
PS: I write like Leo Tolstoy. How about you?