Eight years after it aired, the finale of The Sopranos continues to be hotly debated. David Chase explains how he created the excruciating tension of the last scene. What he won’t say is what happened at the end.
A more careful look at the Gospels might offer a much less sentimental, much more startling picture of the original Easter message…
In my preachin’ days, I used to remind congregants that, if they wanted to know what really was important in their lives, they should ignore those religious creeds they recited by rote, and instead look at their MasterCard statements. In those columns of black and red lie a large part of the story of our lives — decisions about bottles of wine, trips abroad, music, books, theatre … yes, even pets. Our chequebooks (together with our calendars) write a digital autobiography — things we’ve chosen to do, meals we’ve chosen to eat, friends we’ve travelled to see, and so on.
And here’s the thing. Every one of those choices has an ethical component. In the column you reference, I made the point (which, strangely, some found controversial) that we live in a world of aching human need. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.5 million deaths among young children are due to diseases preventable by routine vaccination. As many as five kids can be immunized for a dollar — that’s a hundred kids who might live, for the price of the wine I drank at dinner tonight. That takes some of the fizz out of popping a cork.
I’m not arguing we should live ascetic lives, wracked by guilt every time we see a movie. My own MasterCard statement speaks too loudly for that. I am, however, arguing that, whenever we spend a dollar, we have an obligation, at the minimum, to weigh the implications of that expenditure on the environment, our community, and our world.
Gandhi, among many other truth-speakers, taught us to live simply, so that others might simply live.
Madeon, “Pop Culture”
The folks at work were passing this around and it’s awesome.
Everything was going great until you showed up. You see me across the crowded room, make your way over, and start talking at me. And you don’t stop.
You are a Democrat, an outspoken atheist, and a foodie. You like to say “Science!” in a weird, self-congratulatory way. You wear jeans during the day, and fancy jeans at night. You listen to music featuring wispy lady vocals and electronic bloop-bloops.
You really like coffee, except for Starbucks, which is the worst. No wait—Coke is the worst! Unless it’s Mexican Coke, in which case it’s the best.
Pixar. Kitty cats. Uniqlo. Bourbon. Steel-cut oats. Comic books. Obama. Fancy burgers.
You listen to the same five podcasts and read the same seven blogs as all your pals. You stay up late on Twitter making hashtagged jokes about the event that everyone has decided will be the event about which everyone jokes today. You love to send withering @ messages to people like Rush Limbaugh—of course, those notes are not meant for their ostensible recipients, but for your friends, who will chuckle and retweet your savage wit.
You are boring. So, so boring.
- Distance Walked: 2,336 km
- Days Away from Toronto: 46
- Distance Travelled: 61,884 km
- Cities Visited: 7
- Countries Visited: 4
- Continents Visited: 3
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- Wreck-It Ralph
- Much Ado About Nothing
- The Bourne Legacy
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- Ruby Sparks
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Moonrise Kingdom
- John Carter
- The Artist
- Dear Sister
- Of Monsters and Men
- Handel’s Messiah
- Picasso at The AGO
- Frida & Diego at The AGO
- Secrets of The Maya at The ROM
- Louis CK at JFL
- Of Monsters and Men
- The xx
- Mumford & Sons
- Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne (Deluxe Edition)
- Bon Iver – Bon Iver
- Future Of Forestry – A Film & TV Collection
- fun. – Some Nights
- Active Child – Curtis Lane
- Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseih
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
- Exposing the Magic of Design by Jon Kolko
- Prayers by Michael Quoist
- Visited Africa for the First time
- Started Swimming Lessons
- Went back to Wonderland for the first time in a decade
- Rode the Extreme SkyFlyer
- Jumped off the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas
Hey America, look what we still have!
November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013
When I’m introspective about the last few years I think the biggest mistake that we made, as a company, is betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native… because it just wasn’t there. And it’s not that HTML5 is bad. I’m actually, on long-term, really excited about it. One of the things that’s interesting is we actually have more people on a daily basis using mobile Web Facebook than we have using our iOS or Android apps combined. So mobile Web is a big thing for us.