More articles I'd like to devote a whole post to - but can't due to time constraints. It appears that the theme this week is "Hillary's childhood."

THINGS I RECOMMEND, AUGUST 24th EDITION

  • I endorse any and all coverage of Kenan Thompson. In fact, I'm just glad he's on SNL, which is probably the best possible career outcome for any child comic actor. Is Rembert Browne harsh? Maybe a little. But his summation of the Jean K. Jean skit is spot-on, and I could not stop laughing even though it's clearly not even that funny. (Full disclosure: RB is a friend of a friend, but we've never met.)
  • Actually, all of Grantland's SNL coverage is worth a look. And if you, like me, spent a lot of your high school weekends watching SNL reruns on Comedy Central with your best friend, you might also like Splitsider's series "Saturday Night's Children."
  • Related: Browne links to an early-'90s Bernie Mac routine in that article. Here is a Bernie Mac outfit from that era. 
You're welcome.

You're welcome.

  • "Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world": an interview with the astonishing Lois Lowry.

  • Speaking of authors who changed my life, I recently came across the New Yorker's tribute to E.L. Konigsburg, who died last year. I LOVE their description of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler:

    Konigsburg granted Claudia a perfect answer to the great childhood what-if—what if I leave behind my family, which is all that I know? The answer is that Claudia will learn to tell her own story.


May we all learn to do the same.

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