Saturday, January 30, 2016

How Enduring Is This France Joke?

This week's Sports Illustrated features Ben Reiter's story about Rudy Gobert* and the proliferation of good French players in the NBA. Reiter argued that Gobert and his countrymen are changing stereotypes about "soft" French basketball players.

Friday, January 29, 2016

"How Come You Don't Write As Much Anymore?"

In the past few months, a couple people have asked me that question: "How come you don't write as much anymore?" Sure, it was only two people, but that's what I said -- a couple.

Reason one for my weak output, of course, was the arrival of our baby Sean last April. I'm too busy hanging out with my new best friend, roughhousing, and reading him books to write anything -- although I did find time to write about some of those crappy books.

The second reason you haven't seen me pondering as many of the universe's least pertinent questions here at How Blank is that I got a new job. In addition to my teaching gig with the New York City Bureaucracy of Education (Excuse me, Board of Education. Oh wait, Department of Education. There it is.), I'm now writing lesson plans for the Website NUSKOOL. The mission of the site is engaging kids in schoolwork through pop culture, sports, and other interesting avenues.

Monday, January 25, 2016

How Flawed Are These Baby Books?: An Illustrated Guide

I've written before about some of the absurd products on which new parents waste their money. Buying gizmos like the Shampoo Rinser, Wipe Warmer, and Pacifier Wipes is the equivalent of flushing your money down the Boon Potty Bench Training Toilet. With that being said, I don't mind spending some scratch on baby books. Some of them (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, anything written by Dr. Seuss) are pretty much unimpeachable. But we're not here to talk about the good ones.

Here's the thing: The authors of many baby books are getting away with murder. Just because your primary audience consists of people who diarrhea themselves daily doesn't mean your books should abandon any hint of common sense.

To show you what I mean, here are the top eight instances of baby books insulting your (and your child's) intelligence: