1. A long profile of Mike Judge
in the New York Times Magazine
labels him “The Bard of Suck.
” I’ve long been a fan of Judge, creator of “Silicon Valley,” one of the funniest shows on TV – which returns for season four
on Sunday, as it happens. And before that he created not just “Beavis and Butthead” but the (prescient?) film “Idiocracy
,” which you must watch if you haven’t yet seen it.
…Meanwhile Buzzfeed takes an in-depth look at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
, who has been traveling the U.S. to speak with everyday folks
amid a softening of his carefully crafted public image
. “At a time when Silicon Valley’s influence rivals Washington, DC’s, Zuckerberg is using the framework of a political campaign (and its mix of the personal and the professional) to build a playbook for the modern-day CEO-statesman,” writes Nitasha Tiku.
3. The New Yorker’s Lauren Collins looks at racism, food writing, and South Carolina barbecue
. The story centers on Maurice’s Piggie Park in Columbia
, and the opening anecdote contains this memorable statement: “Men are the new carpetbaggers of Southern food writing.”
5. “Berkeley Campus On Lockdown After Loose Pages From ‘Wall Street Journal’ Found On Park Bench.” Classic stuff from the Onion
teasing the famously left-wing school.