It’s distressingly close to convention season, and even though Donald Trump clinched the delegates for the Republican nomination this week, I can’t imagine something won’t be worth covering in Cleveland this July. Fuse and Voto Latino are close to the end of a contest to send a young reporter to each party’s convention, and my friend Theresa Avila needs your help to get there.
You can vote for her once a day until June 1, and I strongly encourage you to do so, early and often, in the finest Chicago tradition. (Only this time, it’s totally above-board.) No matter what, if she’s a top-five finalist, Rachel Maddow will judge her entry, and holy cats, isn’t that an honor all on its own?
- It’s so cool to see your friends do well. For everyone wondering how to get there yourself, The Walking Dead star and Tony-nominated Eclipse playwright Danai Gurira shared some fantastic advice for burgeoning writers and artists, which, of course, applies to all professions and paths.
- You’ve heard about this Peter Thiel and Gawker thing, right? Worrisome for press freedom indeed. Gawker rarely makes headlines for occupying the moral high ground, but you should really read CEO Nick Denton’s return volley to the revelation that Thiel was financing the multimillion-dollar Hulk Hogan lawsuit. It lays out a case against the libertarian billionaire and asks some good questions about his endgame.
- For a good screed on another press freedom issue of the day, whether Facebook and other social media platforms have too much control over who sees what news, the Baffler fires shots at the whole industry.
- If you’re more in the mood for elegy, Politico has a long, disappointed look at the fall of Salon.
- There’s still some good news in the world, right? Well, Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs exists, which is always cause for celebration. Esquire has a long profile (with great accompanying photos!) up now. Me, I just always love that he’s one of the Tribe.
- Speaking of Jewish stuff, Nazi Captain America is still going strong (check the Twitter hashtag #SayNoToHydraCap for the latest). Watch this space next week, but if you only read one response to the controversy now, make it Jessica Plummer’s at Panels: “On Steve Rogers, Antisemitism and Publicity Stunts.”
- I could never read Preacher — it was just too violent for me as a comic. However, the first episode of AMC’s Preacher series dropped last weekend, and it’s beyond phenomenal: fun, stylish, dark as hell and totally self-aware, with fabulous starring turns from Ruth Negga, Joe Gilgun and Agent Carter’s Dominic Cooper. Vulture’s excellent comics writer Abe Riesman has a long piece up now about how producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg adapted the title for TV. Excited? Looking for Memorial Day plans? AMC has the premiere available to watch online free right now.