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Post Week in Review: August 3–9

Published: August 8, 2014

The New York High Times

Everyone is talking about the changing position of The New York Times on the subject of legalizing marijuana. In several articles and editorials recently, the Times says that in the same way the government repealed Prohibition, it should “repeal the ban on marijuana” because the ban had inflicted a “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.”

This is a big change from what they said in the 1960s:

New York Times pullquote

For the record, The Road to Heroin was the absolute worst of the Hope/Crosby movies.

Jim Thompson

If you’re like me and you love the gritty, dark noir of Jim Thompson, I’ve got great news for you. Mulholland Books is reissuing Thompson’s novels with new and fantastic covers. The books are also being released in audio and e-book formats — though I’d argue that books like his are made to be read in print with the pages yellowing over the years like his characters. If you’ve never read Thompson, pick up The Killer Inside Me, The Grifters, and After Dark, My Sweet. (You may have seen the movies based on those novels.)

Speaking of books: Barnes & Noble is partnering with Google Shopping Express to offer same-day book delivery in Manhattan, San Francisco, and West Los Angeles. Meaning if you live in one of these cities, you can have your Jim Thompson books before you go to bed tonight.

The Best Potato Salad in the World

By now you’ve all heard the story of the man (with the great name Zack Danger Brown) who just wanted to make some potato salad. So he started a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter to raise $10 for ingredients. Well, contributions soon went up. First $5,000, then $10,000, and when the Kickstarter campaign finally ended this week it had reached the total of … $55,492! Who knew so many people liked potato salad?

Brown will use the money for a big event he calls PotatoStock 2014, which will be held in Columbus, Ohio, on September 27, complete with bands and artists and other entertainment. And potato salad, of course.

James Corden (Who?)

The Wrap is reporting that British actor James Corden (who?) will replace Craig Ferguson as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show when Ferguson steps down at the end of the year. Corden (who?) starred in Gavin & Stacey, as well as the films Into The Woods, The Three Musketeers, and Begin Again. He also won a Tony for One Man, Two Guvnors.

CBS hasn’t confirmed that Corden will be the new host, only that he is one of several people they are talking to about the job.

Not A Euphemism

Today is Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Otherwise known as We’ve Run Out of Food Holidays Day. But you can celebrate the day if you want to by, well, sneaking some zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch. And when they inevitably call the police to report it, I hope someone uploads the audio to YouTube so we can all enjoy it.​

Upcoming anniversaries:

August 10
Happy birthday, Mr. 31st President! Herbert Hoover, former president and Post contributor, was born in 1874. (d. 1964)

August 13
Aw, shoot. Annie Oakley, an American target shooter and star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show was born in 1860. (d. 1926)

August 15
A war hero returns. One hundred years ago, the Post covered the arrival of the Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving French general of the American Revolutionary War, as he arrived in New York and began a tour of 24 states in 1824.

Enjoy a croque monsieur in honor of Julia Child. The American chef and author who introduced French cooking to the U.S. was born August 15, 1912. (d. 2004)

August 16
Make a pilgrimage to Memphis for Elvis Week. August 16 marks the day American singer, guitar player, and hip-shaking legend Elvis Presley died in 1977. (b. 1935)

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  • Mr. Mayor

    I liked “The Road to Nowhere”. Oh, sorry. That was Talking Heads.