This weekend on the Dish, we transitioned to our new home. Andrew explained it all here. The Dish also promoted one of its interns, Chas Danner, to the job of Special Teams, primarily for his role in orchestrating the site’s migration.
In Super Bowl coverage, Michael Serazio compared sports to religion, College Humor covered yesterday’s “main event,” Dan Charles eyed the big game’s snack table, Nate Cohn imagined the NFL getting the Moneyball treatment, and Brent Cox crunched the numbers on why Super Bowl ads cost so much. (This morning you may also find yourself wishing you could have gotten hammered without the hangover.)
We also provided our usual mix of books, religious, and cultural coverage. In matters of faith, doubt, and philosophy, Dan Duray detailed the arduous fact-checking process for Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear, Claire Cameron celebrated Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary, and Noah Millman joined the debate on the fate of the religious novel. Ariel Sabar reported that Jesus’ native tongue was dying out, Stefan Kanfer noted Elie Wiesel’s grappling with the problem of evil, Peter Gajdics recounted his horrific experiences with the reparative therapy. Huw Price pondered the fate of our technological society, Sacha Scoblic dissected why addiction treatment often fails, and Oliver Sacks caught a silver lining in our tendency to misremember events.
In literary and arts coverage, Will McDavid ruminated on Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River,” Joshua Rothman found Robert Frost’s dark side, and Wes Enzinna visited a library for the unpublished. Brain Pickings turned to Virginia Woolf’s thoughts on keeping a diary, Franz Kafka meditated on the books we need, and Brooks Sterrit picked the Shakespeare lines that seem at home in contemporary hip-hop. Will Wilkinson critiqued Hitch’s writing advice, Steven Soderbergh thought Congress could learn from Hollywood, and France and Russia engaged in lingustic xenophobia. Read Saturday’s poem here and Sunday’s here.
In assorted news and views, Rob Beschizza flagged a compilation of vanity plates banned in various states, David Roberts panned the “sophisticated” objection to emissions reductions, and Kate Shaw asked if the end of syphilis spurred the Sexual Revolution. The Economist surveyed plastic surgery around the globe, Andrea Denhoed recounted the sad tale of a friend who faked a wedding on Facebook, and Regine reviewed Scott Hockings’ Bad Graffiti. Ruth Krause and Helen Whittle lamented that German was littered with leftover racism, it turned out sex doesn’t burn many calories, and Luke Kelly-Clyne praised the new web series High Maintenance. View a brilliant photo from this weekend’s nudity protest in San Francisco here. MHBs here and here, FOTDs here and here, VFYWs here and here, and the latest windown contest here.