01. Helen Johannesen (Pictured)

Some great tomboy style in here. (Closet Visit)

02. The one guy who can tell Bobcats owner Michael Jordan ‘no’

“Curtis Polk is the most powerful person in the Charlotte Bobcats organization you’ve never heard of.

Only Michael Jordan, the team owner and arguably the best basketball player ever, outranks Polk in authority.

Though Polk works directly for Jordan, rather than the Bobcats, his power within the organization is clear. Here’s how a team executive, who asked to remain anonymous, described Polk’s monthly visits to Charlotte:

“Everyone is answerable to Curtis.” (Charlotte Observer)

03. Bruce Forbes on Christmas History

“Did you know that Santa Claus was a 4th century bishop in what is now Turkey? That Puritans tried to outlaw Christmas? Or Tiny Tim was originally Little Fred? We shed light on Christmas’s pagan past and consumerist present

What exactly is Christmas? It’s certainly not Jesus’s birthday, is it?

There are several surprises that people encounter when they start to learn about Christmas. One is that Jesus probably wasn’t born on the 25th, because we don’t know when his birthday was. Secondly, it’s a surprise for many people that the early Christians did not celebrate Christmas. It took 300 years or so before there was an annual Christian celebration.” (The Browser)

04. Gay Talese, The Art of Nonfiction No. 2

“In order to get to Gay Talese’s study you have to leave his Upper East Side town house and go down the elegantly curling stairs, into another entrance, with another set of keys, and down another flight of steps. The bunker, as he calls it, is a long, narrow room that is bigger than many Manhattan apartments, with a bathroom, shower, kitchen, several couches, two desks, a table and chairs. One does not, however, lose the feeling of being underground. One also has the unmistakable sense of being inside his mind.

There are shelves running up to the ceiling filled with boxes and boxes of files. Each box is elaborately festooned with a collage: photographs from newspapers and magazines, excised words, drawings, cartoons. The files contain notes for all of Talese’s books and articles, clippings, outlines, letters. The collages make the cardboard boxes look whimsical, childlike, flamboyant; there is a joy here that most of us can’t muster for file keeping.” (The Paris Review)

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