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HLG Notebook | September 2015

1. How Much Will Technology Reveal About Player Performance? Two great articles about wearable technology this month show how we are on the cusp of what might become an enormous transformation in professional sports. Both the NFL and the NBA are experimenting with wearable devices that track an athlete’s every movement. But as Grantland explains, […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | August 2015

1. Gadgets We Could Do Without  Fusion offers a brilliant overview of 11 “smart” devices that were much better when they were dumb. Some are still raising funds on Kickstarter. This example should persuade you not to contribute: Humans held their pants up just fine with leather belts for thousands of years. But now, there’s a better way. According […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | July 2015

1. Fraud, Lies, and Errors Few recent public health movements have enjoyed more success than the campaign against genetically modified foods. But as William Saletan uncovers in Slate, the anti-GMO campaign is little more than deceit and deception: The anti-GMO movement only pretends to inform you. When you push past its dogmas and examine the evidence, you realize that […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | May 2015

1. Letterman’s Last Laugh A fantastically detailed account of preparing for David Letterman’s final show, written by his longtime gag writer, Bill Scheft. A poignant reminder that writing jokes is a process: The monologue, my main responsibility (along with Steve Young), had been put together the night before. We never do it this far in advance, but because […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | April 2015

1. Journalism’s Back-Patting Obsession Jack Shafer has made it certain that he will never win a Pulitzer. In Politico, he offers what has to be the best-ever takedown of journalism’s self-important Oscars: All journalism prizes are arbitrary and self-aggrandizing, the product of insular thinking and administrative logrolling. But only Pulitzer winners expect the world to […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | March 2015

1. The Successful Eccentricities of Lee Kuan Yew The Economist‘s obituary of Singapore’s founder, Lee Kuan Yew, is full of great anecdotes, including this one: In some ways, Mr. Lee was a bit of a crank. Among a number of 20th-century luminaries asked by the Wall Street Journal in 1999 to pick the most influential invention of the millennium, […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | February 2015

1. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Case Cracked? So you don’t believe in conspiracy theories? Prepare to be converted. Jeff Wise, who spent months on CNN debating what happened to the plane that disappeared over the South China Sea, never gave up his investigation. Now, with an essay in New York magazine and a speculative narrative […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | January 2015

1. Flattery Will Get You Everywhere “The first principle for would-be networkers is to abandon all shame,” writes The Economist, in what is one of the best analyses of the fakery and flattery that lies at the heart of all networking: Shamelessness needs to be balanced with subtlety. Pretend to disagree with your interlocutor before coming around to his […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | December 2014

1. Year-End Assessment: We Have No Reason to Complain What better way to bring in the New Year than to remember that we live at time that doesn’t deserve much complaint! Andres Martinez analyzes our culture of whining. Auld Lang Syne: The “good old days” are a figment of our imagination. Life – here, there, everywhere – has never […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | October 2014

1. The Revolt Against Russell Brand The British press is doing what it does best: crafting gleeful, mocking reviews. The latest target is actor Russell Brand’s moronic-sounding new book, Revolution. “Rambling, half-baked, shifty and unpleasant,” announces The Daily Mail. “ Sub-undergraduate dross,” declares The Telegraph. Not to be outdone, The Guardian offers this analysis: His writing is atrocious: long-winded, confused and smug; […] Read More »