David Foster Wallace and John McCain

David Foster Wallace was found dead in his home on Friday.  Wallace covered McCain's 2000 presidential campaign for Rolling Stone


It's hard to get good answers to why Young Voters are so uninterested in politics. This is probably because it's next to impossible to get someone to think hard about why he's not interested in something. The boredom itself preempts inquiry; the fact of the feeling's enough. Surely one reason, though, is that politics is not cool. Or say rather that cool, interesting, alive people do not seem to be the ones who are drawn to the Political Process. Think back to the sort of kids in high school or college who were into running for student office: dweeby, overgroomed, obsequious to authority, ambitious in a sad way. Eager to play the Game. The kind of kids other kids would want to beat up if it didn't seem so pointless and dull. And now consider some of 2000's adult versions of these very same kids: Al Gore, best described by CNN sound tech Mark A. as "amazingly lifelike"; Steve Forbes, with his wet forehead and loony giggle; G.W. Bush's patrician smirk and mangled cant; even Clinton himself with his big red fake-friendly face and "I feel your pain." Men who aren't enough like human beings even to dislike — what one feels when they loom into view is just an overwhelming lack of interest, the sort of deep disengagement that is so often a defense against pain. Against sadness. In fact the likeliest reason why so many of us care so little about politics is that modern politicians make us sad, hurt us in ways that are hard even to name, much less to talk about. It's way easier to roll your eyes and not give a shit. You probably don't want to hear about all this, even.

Recommended Reading: Joe Posnanski

Joe Posnanski writes about sports at the Kansas City Star.  He recently wrote about Tiger on his blog. 

All I know about Tiger Woods can be summed up in about seven words: “I knew he would make that putt.”

I like this blurb in his mini-bio:

Joe is currently at work on a book about the 1975 Cincinnati Reds tentatively called “The Machine.” Well, no, he’s CURRENTLY at work writing some stupid blog post about the old game show Passworld Plus or Pam Dawber or he’s creating some stupid baseball statistic. But he SHOULD be working on the book.

June Vegas Trip

I will be joining some friends in Vegas June 6-9.  I see that there is a NL shootout tournament downtown at Binion's on Saturday.  This becomes a candidate for any possible "serious" tournament venture.  I suspect the trip will feature very little in the way of seriousness, but youneverknow ...