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The Kennedy Brothers

The Kennedy Brothers was my first in-depth exposure to the history of Bobby and Jack Kennedy, even though I had been “aware” of them in a basic way. The book was a startling and compelling dual-portrait, a study of two men so connected, yet so different – and both destined for doom. What this book offers is a holistic survey of two great American lives, a map of the moments where they exerted their greatest influence, and a chronicle of those times they sowed the seeds for their own downfall. I now understand how Camelot became an epic of our time.

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It’s time for Philadelphia to put a Lenfest statue in the Courtyard at City Hall

A statue should be erected in Gerry Lenfest’s honor at City Hall to remind future generations of this man who made it his mission to give away as much wealth as possible before he died.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

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