Go away from this place.

Sorry about skipping Friday. Stuff is happening at this end, i.e., a life, and I was living it — making a thousand phone calls, taking Kate to Brownies, reading “The Known World,” which I recommend to everyone who can do so.

That said, others are doing far better work these days, and you’re encouraged to seek out Lance Mannion and just keep scrolling. I was going to single out individual posts, but the first three I read — on mystery novelists, a walk through a cemetery and “The West Wing” — were so wonderful it’s hardly worth the trouble. Read ’em all.

(Lance and I go way back. I’m sure, if you ask him, he’ll find some really embarrassing picture of me to put up and end his traffic problems forever. I believe he was there the night I stuck Mr. Microphone down my pants [or was it a banana?] and did a show-stopping impersonation of one of our co-workers, but I don’t think he had his camera. BTW, I use “show-stopping” to mean “a hush of horror fell over the room.” Alcohol, source of a million regrets.)

I also liked Richard Cohen’s take on the Pacers-Pistons fight. Certainly it was better than the one I read yesterday in the WSJ, sorry no linkie, that suggested the college football fight the next day was in part inspired by the events of the night before.

Tom Boswell on Barry Bonds is worth a stop. And Sally Jenkins on the bigger picture.

Nice work by Pandagon on a Weekly Standard embarrassment.

That should hold you. Have a swell weekend.

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5 responses to “Go away from this place.”

  1. Lance Mannion said on December 4, 2004 at 2:15 pm


    Thanks for the link and the compliments. And btw I do have pictures from that party. You can have them back after we discuss terms.

    The nudes, though, I’m keeping, for sentimental reasons.

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  2. brian stouder said on December 4, 2004 at 4:37 pm

    woo hoo!!

    I’ll double your best offer!

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  3. ashley said on December 4, 2004 at 9:24 pm

    I’ll match Brian!

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  4. brian stouder said on December 5, 2004 at 8:57 pm

    Say – did anyone see Tom Wolfe on C-SPAN’s book notes? I may have to post over there in Mannion-land. He got the full three hour Brian Lamb treatment.

    He told a story about once going to pick his wife up from her workplace (Harpers in New York), and she was still busy so he wandered around a bit. He wanders into David Halberstam’s office – which was unoccupied, and pokes around on his desk(!!), and sees an invitation to a party at Leonard Bernstein’s Park Avenue apartment.

    At this point, he gave an embarrassed(?) chuckle, and added that it really wasn’t a violation of anyone’s privacy – afterall it was just a party invitation, laying out in plain sight (if you happen to be in the office, and poking around on the desk!!) – so then he returns to the story and says he reads further and the party is a fund raiser for and in honor of the Black Panthers, so he got out a pen and jotted down the RSVP phone number(!!!), and then later called it and identified himself and accepted the invitation….which worked!

    He said he got past the security and into the party (his gambit apparently succeeded in getting his name added to the guest list) – and then he goes into a name-dropping story about who was there and who argued with who, etc etc.

    I thought it was very funny….even if it wasn’t true!

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  5. Mary said on December 6, 2004 at 1:05 pm

    It’s true. It’s in the book, “Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers.”


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