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The Great Outdoors

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Dig this piece my friend Ben wrote for the Daily Beast:

Many of Orwell’s books and his uniformly excellent essays feature, to one degree or another, passages extolling the quiet glories of nature: conscious respites from the grimmer landscapes of the author’s political explorations. For every bleak London slum or vile kitchen of a French restaurant, a prim, beloved garden. For every deadening trip into the suffocating dark of a coal mine, a journal entry hailing the beauty and the bounty of fruit trees Orwell planted with his own hands.

But his loveliest, longest, and, for those unfamiliar with this side of Orwell, his most unexpected hymn to nature’s wonders is a 1946 essay published under the misleadingly humdrum title “Some Thoughts on the Common Toad.” Here, in 1,600 words, all of the very best characteristics of Orwell’s essays are in evidence: his talent for launching, deftly and without preamble, into his theme; his matter-of-fact eloquence; his avoidance of cant; his empathy for the underdog; his wry humor; his reporter’s eye for the telling detail; his delight in elementary beauty.

Above all, however, the essay’s great strength and abiding charm reside in the evident pleasure Orwell takes not only in nature, but in sharing that appreciation with the reader. More so than in most of the man’s writings, one senses Orwell genuinely enjoying himself while crafting this particular piece.

[Photo Credit: Derek Hudson via MPD]

Get Well Soon

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Drag.

[Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac]

Beat of the Day

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Here she comes again.

New York Minute

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Block Party, 1977 Style. 

All freaks off the speakers…except for Jackie.

[Photo Credit: @flaviosamelo]

Morning Art

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Picture by Bags

Picture This

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Time flies. I started my tumblr site four years ago today. Man, I love Tumblr. I’ve found so many great sites there, been hipped to so many wonderful pictures.

Check it out if you’re into that sort of thing. Be aware, though, there are some images that are not suitable for the workplace.

[Photo Credit: Mariana Garcia via MPD]

Tough Week

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Well, crud. The Yanks got their asses handed to them today in Kansas City and end a long week (3-5) on a tough note.

They’ve got a couple off-days this week. Two-game series vs. the Nats starting Tuesday.

Clear your heads, boys. Time to turn this back around.

Sunday Gravy

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It’s a hot Sunday afternoon here in the Bronx. I can only imagine it’ll be hot out in Kansas City, too.

Chris Capuano, just called up from the minors, makes the start.

Never mind those ribs:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Picture by Bags

Dr. Feelgood

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Chase Headley got a 3-2 change up and slapped at it like it was a whiffle ball. He hit the ball over the fence in left field, good for a 3-run home run. That broke up a 1-1 tie. Alex Rodriguez re-directed a Joe Blanton fastball on the inside part of the plate over the fence in right for a solo homer in the 9th and the rest was left to C.C. Sabathia who was terrific. The Twin Towers polished off the Royals in the 8th and 9th innings respectively and the Yanks had a tidy 5-1 win to end their modest losing streak.

 

[Photo Credit: Charlie Riedel/AP]

Live at the Barbeque

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Yanks look to the Big Fella tonight in K.C.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Stephen Drew SS
John Ryan Murphy C

Never mind the last four games:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Lauren Condoluci/Slate]

Things That Go Thump in the Night

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Last night’s game was straight up wack. 

Let’s hope, somehow, the Yanks can end this losing streak tonight. But I’m not feeling too confident. You?

 

All Growed Up

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The Yanks turn to their ace Michael Pineda to put an end to this three-game losing streak tonight in Kansas City. The Royals are playing well. They scrubs no more.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

Never mind the bbq:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: phdonohue]

Afternoon Art

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Picture by William Stout

Beat of the Day

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More from the man.

[Photo Credit: Peter Amft]

What Becomes a Legend Most?

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Rest in Peace, Mr. King.

[Photo Credit: Danny Clinch]

Move Along

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Well, damn. The Rays beat the Yanks handily last night, 6-1. A three-game losing streak. Humble pie for the Yanks who now head to K.C.

Glad they’ve got Pineda going tonight because the sooner we forget another unhappy series down in Tampa the better.

[Photo Credit: Manuel Álvarez Bravo]

Getting Even

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Maybe Joe Pierla will play the hero tonight.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Brett Gardner LF

Alex Rodriguez DH

Mark Teixeira 1B

Brian McCann C

Chris Young RF

Chase Headley 3B

Didi Gregorius SS

Jose Pirela 2B

It’s Chase Whitley. C’mon, Hoss.

Never mind a losing streak:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Phoebe Nakry via untrustyou]

New York Minute

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I enjoy taking pictures with my phone and of course I’m not alone. Lately I’ve noticed, especially downtown, stickers and pictures are pasted to doorways and fire hydrants and the bottom of telephone poles. In an Instagram world, there’s a self-awareness about tucking things in small, semi-hidden places, so they can be discovered, photographed and shared.

I don’t know if that was the case here, but what the hell, who puts an L.A. Dodgers sticker on a subway platform in the Bronx?

Afternoon Art

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“Girl in Bed” by Irving Penn (1949)

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--Earl Weaver