‘A student asked Donald Barthelme how he might become a better writer. Barthelme advised him to read through the whole history of philosophy from the pre-Socratics up through the modern-day thinkers. The student wondered how he could possibly do this. “You’re probably wasting time on things like eating and sleeping,” Barthelme said. “Cease that, and read all of philosophy and all of literature.” Also art, he amended. Also politics.’
Got that? Yeah?
Also, if that’s too snooty for yourself, a little Drew Magary and Chas. P. Pierce give you the necessary and proper perspective to put these self-important vulgarians in their rightful place. Good stuff.
Free ones: Rundown…
Aqueduct 2, 5, 6
Gulfstream Park Proper 6, 7, 9, 11
Santa Anita 1, 2, 7
Fair Grounds 6, 8, 9
Golden Gate 5
Sam Houston 1, 2, 3, 9
Laurel 5, 7, 8, 9
Oaklawn 1, 2, 6, 7, 8,
Tampa 3, 4, 7, 9
Today’s Stakes Pageantry: None today, but the good matchup this evening in the Big-League Hoopball appears to be taking place in Memphis, which The City will invade.
Track (Win Mutuels $20+/Gettable)
Chas. Town (2/0) — Berkeley Co. seeks harm-reduction programme.
Delta (3/2) — Race 4 was contentious, and players of all stripes took a swing with Miss Ardyn, Fair Odds of 5-1 and a bare-minimum 80 on the LifeLiner Speed Column analysis; she rallied mildly to win by a clean nose at $34-even. In the finale, also contentious, players of all stripes again were rewarded, this time via first-timer Toga’s Margrock, Fair Odds of 4-1 atop the conventional V6 Betting Line and with a connection-line/slashline readout of 16pc/10pc/33pc. Good work.
Fair Grounds (1/0) — NASA facility in New Orleans East vows to reopen after tornado damage.
Golden Gate (1/0) — Visiting Sharks doubled-up by Boston, 6-3; Tomas Hertl had 2 assists for San Jose.
Gulf (2/1) — Race 2 was not contentious, but High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads already knew Dual Qualifier Who’s the Lady (84, 84); she raced tail-to-wire to win by a clean half-length at $20.80. Good work.
Oaklawn (0/0) — Amazon to start collecting Ark. sales tax in March.
Santa Anita (0/0) — Visiting Kings double-up on Florida, 6-3; Jeff Carter had 2 goals and 2 assists for La-La Land.
Tampa (2/½) — Old-School Champeens only in Race 6, contentious, and headed up on the standard V6 Betting Line by Signal Ridge, Fair Odds of 2½-1; he won by a clean half-length at $32-straight. Good work.
Turfway (0/0) — ’Shirt mask bandit’ pleads guilty to 16 counts of robbery.
Chas. Town 4½f
Sam Houston 6f
PennNat 6f, 1m70y
Gulf 7½f (T)
Nocturnal Submission: Sifting through the wreckage…
Thank you. Best wishes. Goodbye. Just because everyone else is LCD does not mean you have to similarly abase yourself.