"Suggesting that the fate of a busload of Hollister models might compel people to watch — and to root for anyone other than the kidnappers – suggests a massive misread of audience sensibilities."
— Andy Greenwald on NBC’s Crisis
"Never trust anyone posing as a tour guide. Learning things is hard. Do the work. Never trust that part of you that wants a tour guide. All of us are tempted by the Cliff-Notes. Decline them. Sometimes you must wander through The Louvre. Never trust that part of you that thinks you found ‘the best black’ anything. Likely, you are speaking loudly of the little you know, and not intelligently of the everything that is. And you know so little of it. This world was made precisely so that you would know so little of it. And the minute you learn anything of it, you will understand why that part of you was ridiculous. Never try to look cool and learn something at the same time. You must have an awkward phase. All of us would like to skip that awkward phase. That is not how it works. Here is how it works: Get your ass in the water. Swim like me."
— Ta-Nehisi Coates
"In Baltimore, somewhere between 20 and 40 percent of the population doesn’t have regular Internet access. The glib techno-utopians who not only foresee a paperless tomorrow, but also lobby for a paperless present, are ready to forget about these people. Alt weeklies might not always reach everyone in the city, but at least, like the dailies, they try to be available and relevant to everyone."