Thursday, July 15th, 2010
My latest post over at New Geography is called “James Drain” Hits Cleveland. It’s a look at how the LeBron James decision to head to Miami is a reflection of what is ailing Cleveland and so many other places, especially the fixation on brain drain, and how Cleveland blew a huge opportunity to create a new evangelist for itself.
If I must say so myself, this is a pretty important piece on the topic of talent, so please read it.
For those who don’t know who Harvey Pekar is and have never heard of American Splendor, see this fantastic obituary by Anthony Bourdain: Goodbye Splendor. I’d also recommend the excellent American Splendor film.
Thanks to Jim Russell for a good deal of inspiration on this one.
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