Political pundit Ann Coulter has never been shy about her love for the Grateful Dead, but Billboard recently made her take that love to the next level by publishing what is essentially an open love letter to the grateful group. She explains that she probably saw 67 shows, though her count was imprecise, and mostly between 1991 and 1995.“Other than a few shows in high school and college, I mostly followed them as a practicing lawyer from around 1991 to August 1995 when I had a bunch of Deadhead friends and we all had plenty of disposable income, so I saw a lot of shows in those four or five years.”She explains that there was a faction of Deadheads within her community growing up, which is how she became familiar with the group. “Contrary to some people’s image of the Dead, they were huge in my very affluent WASP hometown of New Canaan, Conn. There was a faction in favor of making “Truckin’” our prom song, but the sense of the senate went for some schmaltzy rainbow song instead. I bet no one from my high school class can remember what it was. We would have remembered “Truckin.’””“But still – you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a Deadhead dancing,” she writes in the article, putting her love for the Dead on full blast. She continues to talk about Deadheads, saying, “I like Deadheads because they’re very friendly, open-minded, individualistic people — not fake-open-minded and not a “mob of individualists.” Sometimes they’d ask why we’d decline the joints friendly Deadheads would pass around, but they were so charming about it. They weren’t offended or snippy, just genuinely interested. Deadheads are intellectually curious individuals.”Then she goes back to the band and starts naming some of her many favorite tunes:I can never pick a “favorite” song, just as I can’t pick a favorite Scalia dissent, but among the ones I love are: “Tennessee Jed,” “Althea,” “Stagger Lee”, “Eyes of the World,” “Loose Lucy,” “Franklin’s Tower,” “Deal,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Unbroken Chain,” “Cassidy”, “Pride of Cucamonga,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Ripple,” “Casey Jones,” “I Will Take You Home,” “Passenger,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Good Lovin’” and of course, the famous Mickey Hart rap version of “Fire on the Mountain.”It breaks my heart that the band never played “Pride of Cucamonga” in concert. That would have been as big a story as Brexit and probably would have rocked the stock market just as much. She recalls one final Grateful Dead concert experience at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, saying, “The Dead’s best venues were the outdoor concerts. I’ve been to a few, including one outside of Kansas City on the Fourth of July, but my fave was Shoreline Amphitheatre — a beautiful outdoor arena built on a landfill. The weather was great, you could buy California chardonnay by the glass and I had a bunch of Cornell deadheads out there. By day, we’d go around San Francisco or go sailing, and, by night, we’d go to see a psychedelic rock group.”And there you have it, an inside look at Ann Coulter’s love for the Grateful Dead. Read the full letter here.
Read Full Story The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize to three graduating Harvard College seniors — Natalie Smith, Dennis Sun, and Eleanor Wilkinson — who demonstrated exceptional and original work on their theses.The 2015 Fay Prize recipients were chosen from 68 Thomas Hoopes Prize winners for outstanding scholarly work or research.“These winners exemplify the very best of transformative thinking and innovative undergraduate research at Harvard,” said Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen. “Their work not only enriches Harvard’s intellectual community but also contributes substantially to the world of academic scholarship.”
It was announced yesterday that esports juggernaut Team Liquid has renewed its partnership with Twitch, the world’s largest streaming site.We’re happy to announce that @Twitch will remain our exclusive broadcasting partner!It’ll be fun walking and working alongside them. pic.twitter.com/hFEmmYuIYd— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) April 26, 2017Team Liquid join the ranks of TSM, Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses in extending a partnership with Twitch as broadcasting rights become increasingly important in the esports world. In recent times we’ve seen huge Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments ESL Pro League and ECS move exclusively to Twitch competitor YouTube Gaming as well established tournaments and teams start to consider alternative options. The deal will see Team Liquid continue to bring broadcasts and content to Twitch, and the organisation has a plethora of teams. They house rosters across Starcraft, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Heroes of hte Storm, Smash, SFV, Halo and Overwatch. They’re renowned competitors across the bulk of esports, with their Dota 2 team currently competing in the Kiev Major. The Dota 2 team are one of the most talented rosters on paper and over the next few days they will look to take home the lion share of the $3,000,000 prize pool out in Ukraine. “Team Liquid was among the initial teams that helped cement Twitch’s role as the industry leader in live gaming video,” revealed John Howell, VP of Global Partnerships at Twitch. “We treasure the relationship we’ve built with Victor, Steve, and the entire Team Liquid organisation and look forward to continue working closely together for many years to come.”“Before many other brands came on board, Twitch’s commitment to esports in the early days helped create the spectator generation of gamers,” commented Steve Arhancet, co-CEO of Team Liquid in a press release. “John and his team have always understood how crucial it is to give the community great content, while making esports financially viable for teams and players too. Everyone at Team Liquid is psyched to partner with Twitch again in a much more comprehensive manner.”The release also revealed that Team Liquid will also provide feedback to Twitch to help “improve the platform for both professional players and casual streamers with their production services, product feedback, and creator guidance.”Esports Insider says: An important deal for Twitch and Team Liquid alike. They’ve been a long standing partner so the renewal doesn’t come as much of a surprise.