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The Linkstravaganza: Revenge of the Links Edition


I've been gone for a while, and that's mostly because work has been hectic and I haven't had as much time to catch up on my internet reading as I used to. But it's also in part because the world has been hectic, and it's produced a veritable ton of stuff to read. So I'm back with a vengeance: 17 whole links for you this week! Better get to it.


As the war between Donald Trump and his supporters and the NFL rages on, two things worth reading: Jelani Cobb’s New Yorker piece on how “ungrateful” has become the new term used to refer to black people with the gall to protest while also being wealthy, and Jeremy Scahill’s Q&A with professor Jeanne Theoharis for The Intercept, which unpacks how Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks have been co-opted by those who disagree with the anthem protests.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern examines a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ruled that there is no constitutional right to sell firearms, and what might happen if (actually, when is probably more appropriate) that decision is appealed to the Supreme Court.

With a new season just around the corner, there’s a ton of NBA content out there. Start with Baxter Holmes’s piece for ESPN the Magazine about how Steve Kerr turned the Warriors from the league’s worst passing team to one of its best ones. I know, everyone has Warriors fatigue, but trust me: come for the offense being diagrammed on a charcuterie board, stay for then-assistant Alvin Gentry’s croquet celebration.

Dion Waiters drinks pink moscato. I am simultaneously repulsed and enthralled by this information.

A video history of the legendary God Shammgod crossover, and its legacy in today’s NBA.

Cam Newton’s sexist remark to a female sportswriter is far from the first of its kind. Melissa Ludtke, who was banned from reporting in MLB locker rooms during the 1977 World Series by commissioner Bowie Kuhn, writes about female reporters’ ongoing struggle for access and acceptance in the world of sports for espnW.

I haven’t watched HBO’s new series The Deuce, so I don’t really have anything to say about it. But it brought us this neat Esquire photo gallery of New York City in the 1970s, so that’s pretty cool.

The Guardian’s Paul Lewis talks to software engineers who are as concerned as you are about how addicted we all are to our smartphones.

Does the gig economy/side-hustle culture have you stressed out? Apparently you can find soothing relief in, of all things, the logical organization of graph paper.

Ever heard of a cutty bang? I hadn’t either—until I read Hilary Pollack’s piece for Munchies.

The Ringer’s Rob Harvilla looks at the fascinating history of MTV’s Unplugged, which I bet you didn’t know was being rebooted (or that it ran as long as it did the first time around). He also recently wrote about a series that’s taken over Unplugged’s mantle as the ultimate intimate-performance venue: NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts.

Noisey relays the news that regularly going to concerts may make you a happier person. Um, duh.

Blast from the past: In the dying days of Grantland, Steven Hyden wrote about how Radiohead’s Kid A was the spark that fueled the streaming revolution.

And the Netflix recommendation of the week: I was going to cheat and say catching up on Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, but...that's not Netflix, so instead, I'll go with another show that Ted Danson is on. No, not Cheers. It's The Good Place! Seriously, who doesn't love Ted Danson?

-Sean McGoey

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