Week Around The Ists
Over at Chicagoist, Art Shay shared some never-before-seen mementos of his friendship with Nelson Algren in honor of what would have been the author's 102nd birthday. They gave readers a sneak peek of the new Lake Bluff Brewing Company, interviewed author David Sirota, weighed in on Screeching Weasel frontman Ben Weasel's punching of a female heckler at SXSW,and started getting stocked for this summer's Downtown Sound series lineup.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the ist-a-verse...
- Seattlest this week saw one of Starbucks’ numerous competitors shed another in a long line of CEOs. Had the celebrated local foodie wunderkind, Nathan Myhrvold, discuss his new book on the Colbert Report. Observed as the pro- and anti-tunnel combatants publicly declared themselves in the coming battle over the much debated viaduct replacement referendum. Meanwhile, a local band sells its naming rights for a quarter of a million dollars on Ebay.
- Shanghaiist was amused by a report by the New York Times that said a Beijing entrepreneur had his phone calls cut off each time he quoted Shakespeare’s "The lady doth protest too much, methinks," in both English and Chinese. The report sparked off an epidemic of China expats calling each other and quoting the Bard before the Times finally issued an editor’s note to clarify itself.
- Gothamist was amazed when cops started using radar guns to ticket bicyclists for speeding in Central Park (see this video too). Then the police revoked the tickets and apologized to most of the cyclists.
- DCist’s week was all about fast food drama and anticipation -- whether it was a large demonstration against mass firings due to immigration status at Chipotle, U.S. Park Police hassling food trucks in Farragut Square, Shake Shack beginning to hire, or readers just getting really, really excited about Bojangles’ returning to the District.
- Bostonist witnessed justice being brought upon one Christopher Gribble for the brutal 2009 murder of a New Hampshire woman and the attempted murder of her daughter. The jury rejected his insanity plea and the judge said Gribble got life in prison without parole because she couldn't choose "infinity." There was good news, too. Brigham and Women’s Hospital performed the first full face transplant ever in the country.
- We reminded everyone to save the date for the end of the world, which, according to a California-based billboard campaign, is slated for May 21. Oh joy. Oh rapture.