Congratulations, you’ve made it through another work week! A round of congrats to this week’s winner, Jeff Bezos, who bought The Washington Post for a cool quarter BILLION dollars. It caused a lot of hand-wringing, huffing and puffing from the old school journalists and publishing folk, such as this week’s loser Henry Allen, who wrote a bitter, cantankerous elegy in The New York Times, intoning: “The Post is dead. Long live The Post.” Allen seems mostly nostalgic for the time when The Post had “a sexy, ironic edge,” “liberal and Ivy League, Kennedy and Bogart,” populated with young men “in Levis, loafers and a Harris tweed sportcoat.” Yawn…when will the publishing brahmin stop feeling so tragic about their loss of absolute privilege? The world is changing, and life can be a whole lot tougher than being an East Coast intellectual in a bespoke sports jacket. Get over it?
-A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that high blood sugar increases risk of dementia. Another one on the list of reasons to limit your sugar intake.
-Check out these adorable cubs born to Damai, a 4 year old Sumatran tiger at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington D.C. The birth of these twins brought the world population of Sumatran tigers to (approximately) 502!! The first-time mama is thankfully bonding well with her babies, nursing them, grooming them, and letting them climb all over her. You can watch the feline family on the zoo’s webcam.
–Ashton Kutcher is generating a lot of buzz for his commitment to playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic. He adopted Jobs’s fruitarian diet and was subsequently hospitalized, which I’m sure contributed to his feeling “very volatile,” as he told reporters at a press conference this week. It sure isn’t cushy being a billionaire actor slash venture capitalist.
Photo: The Smithsonian Zoo