• Stephen Curry pushes shoes, peddles religion

    Do you believe that the world was created by an old man in a white beard, who, despite being omnipotent, decided to remain aged 82?

    Or perhaps your conviction is that a former carpet salesman from Kalamazoo, Michigan discovered the way, the truth and the life some time in the 1920s.

    It could be that you’re one of those who thinks the world is absurd and was the result of a very loud explosion in outer space, an explosion caused by a gas leak in a green person’s house.

    Please, I am happy if any of these beliefs make you happy.

  • Why The Bay Area Is Now America’s America

    I’m going to break something to you gently.

    It’s going to hurt.

    It’s going to hurt some of you quite a bit. In fact, as much as having your spleen removed by tractor, rope and very angry Texan.

    But here goes: America has moved. It’s no longer epitomized by Texas or New York. Its heart is no longer in the Heartland.

    America’s America is in the Bay Area.

    While you spit what looks curiously like a mixture of blood, Linda Blair’s remaining entrails and a starter from one of my less favorite restaurants, please consider some truths.

  • Why I Write

    The other day, a drunk man at a bar asked me why I do what I do.

    “What? Drink Honig Sauvignon Blanc?” I asked, my personal bartender Windsor rolling her eyes in dismay.

    “No, wretch. Write,” he replied. Yes, I know him a little.

    I’ve never really stopped to think about why I write. But now that I have a moment, and encouragement from someone on his fifth Pinot, I’ll try.

    I grew up without money. We had no phone and no car. It was a little more difficult, therefore, to encounter other people.

  • Why Being Picky Gets You Nowhere

    Some people like to flatter themselves.

    It could be that they simply don’t get enough flattery from others.

    Or it could be that self-delusion is the only way they can get through from dawn to porn.

    There’s one phrase that you hear self-flatterators use quite often: “I’m very picky.”

    This, they assume, shows them in a good light.

    They believe it expresses discernment. They believe it speaks of them like bow-tied experts, examining a myriad objets d’art and deciding that only one or two are worthy of note.

  • Subaru. Sanctimonious Or Sanctimonious?

    Disaster can come in twos.

    First, there was the sanctimonious Subaru commercial that covertly encourages you to buy one, drive recklessly and live forever.

    Of course, it doesn’t say that.

    Instead, you see several actors proclaim that after a nasty accident, though the Subaru still looked like a Subaru, only slightly uglier, the occupants “lived.”

    What sort of living state they were in isn’t made clear.

    But they didn’t die. So rejoice. And while you’re rejoicing, buy a Subaru. So you can live too.

    One can only imagine the reaction of a family whose loved ones died in, say, a Subaru.

  • Why Thomas Mueller Should Be Banned From The World Cup

    'Hullo. Nice to see you.'

    ‘Hullo. Nice to see you.’

    In many arguments, there are two protagonists.

    There’s one who cheats and the other who gets angry.

    As experience in politics, business and even love will teach you, cheats tend to prosper more than the angry.

    Cheats are underhand, the angry are overt. Cheats maintain control, the angry lose theirs.

    So in countless sporting events, it’s just as it was when you were seven years old, thumping the living daylights out of your older brother who’d just stolen your favorite toy.

  • The Strangest Thing About The World Cup So Far

    Robin Van Persie can't quite believe it either.

    Robin Van Persie can’t quite believe it either.

    It’s as if your mother got divorced, took tango lessons and took up with a Swedish artist.

    It’s as if your local vicar stood in the pulpit and railed against “that damned God person who’s raining disaster and misery on us all.”

    It’s as if Hillary Clinton actually said what she really meant.

    The first few days of the World Cup have thrown up something so strange, so painfully bizarre that they might drive the average soccer fan to (additional) drink.

    All these teams are actually trying to win.

  • Nishimura: When A Referee Becomes A Spectacle

    Neymar scored. But not for the right reasons.

    Neymar scored. But not for the right reasons.

    Referees are like goalkeepers.

    Make one mistake and the whole world comes down upon you.

    In the goalkeeper’s case, you can retrieve your error with a later save, or even a headed goal in the last minute.

    In the referee’s case, the only real way is to make another error favoring the team whom you’ve unjustly punished.

    You’d think, therefore, that a referee’s chances of redeeming themselves would be greater.

    I gave an unjust penalty? Oh, that’s OK, I’ll give another one for the other team a bit later and we’ll all be fine.

  • The Stupidity Of Living Life To The Fullest

    You’ll see it in dating profiles and works of self-help.

    Well, I suppose dating profiles are works of self-help.

    You’ll see it in hagiographic profiles of those who have overcome adversity or merely succeeded beyond normal people’s wildest dreams.

    You’ll even see it in some modern religions, desperate to be relevant, as well as to take money from your spirit.

    At heart, it’s a warning and a prescription: Live Life To The Fullest.

    Implied is, of course, that your life is empty.

  • One Man’s Insane Love For House Hunters International

    They come from all over the place.

    They behave as if they’re all over the place.

    Especially some of the Americans, who arrive in Europe and are overcome with a patronizing nausea that European fridges are the size of wine fridges in North Carolina.

    Those particular Americans know exactly what they want and they’re damn well gonna get it.

    In the end, they don’t.

    But they shriek a lot along the way, as if to register their resistance.