Day’s End and Night Watch

En route back to Cali on Monday, I picked up an airport copy of Mark Leibovich’s This Town, which I forgot to read earlier. It’s a fine send-up of many of Washington’s cherished illusions; I’ll probably offer some impressions shortly.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Congrats to Jamaal Abdul-amin for being named a finalist for a National Association of Black Journalists award for his September-October 2013 WaMo article, “Dropouts Tell No Tales.”

* Fine interview of Ta-Nehisi Coates by Isaac Chotiner at TNR>

* Praising with faint damn: Democrats running “attack ads” on Tom Tancredo in CO that are transparently designed to boost his stock among Republican primary voters.

* At Ten Miles Square, Chad Stanton offers some concrete ideas for boosting real opportunity among African-Americans–as a matter of justice.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks critically at Conde Nast “partnership” with colleges to offer courses on publishing industry.

And in non-political news:

* Handy-dandy World Cup Beginner’s Guide ideal for Americans just tuning in or who forgot what they half-learned four years ago.

That’s it for Thursday. Let’s close with one more Elvis clip from Uncle Miltie’s show, this time performing “I Want You I Need You I Love You.”

Selah.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.