"Catalog Slog"

Theodore Dalrymple writes something I've long thought:

At least as interesting, sociologically, as the clothes themselves were the models who wore them. I don’t know whether the company follows fashion or makes it, or whether there is some dialectical relationship between the two, but the models were distinctly freakish, the women half-starved and the men half–both starved and androgynous.

More than by anything else, however, I was struck by their facial expression. It was surly, sulky, sullen, sour, and morose.


"Leicester City: Dirty Dozen or Harvard Case Study?"

Entertaining article about one Leicester City fan's failure--for the first time in 20 years-to bet on his team to win the EPL this year. The odds were 5000 to 1, the same odds as Bono "being the next pope".

But "Hack Check: The Best of the Worst in Mainstream Media" thinks maybe the author is making his story up. (The piece is long but very worth reading on its onw.)