As Jay-Z got older and more powerful, the marginal benefits of such battles declined and the costs increased even as the number of would-be rivals escalated. Just as the U.S. attracts resentment and rhetorical anti-Americanism simply by virtue of being on top, so did Jay-Z attract a disproportionate number of attackers. “I got beefs with like a hundred children” he bragged/complained on one track.
It’s a really interesting piece from Marc Lynch who blogs at Foreign Policy. (It’s sort of funny to me to be linking to a blog entry at Foreign Policy. Growing up it’s the only magazine I every remember seeing at my grandparent’s house and it was endlessly intimidating.)
Happened upon this photo collection while searching for a client clip… and am in absolute shock that all these celebs are jewish! Really, I had no idea about half of these, and some I even had to double check in wikipedia because I didn’t believe it. As if I couldn’t love the Gyllenhaals more…
Fantastic article discussing the Grant Men, a group of a few hundred “healthy, well-adjusted Harvard sophomores” chosen in 1937 who have had their lives deeply analyzed from every angle for more than 70 years.
“From his earliest days, he was one of the hungriest reporters around, wildly competitive, no one was going to beat Walter Cronkite on a story, and as he grew older and more successful, the marvel of it was that he never changed, the wild fires still burned.”—
“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping; For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together; For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”—Kahlil Gibran