Summary of “The Story of Dave Dahl and His Killer Bread”

Another confesses, “We tell perfect strangers about it in the bread aisle at our Safeway! They always take our word for it and buy it.” What kind of sliced bread inspires such fervor? Dave’s Killer Bread has become a prism through which people see their own comeback narratives, be it from addiction, or homelessness, or being in abusive relationships.
The tale of Good Seed has been so thoroughly indoctrinated into Dave’s Killer Bread culture that, even today, the employees I’ve talked to and Dave tell the story nearly verbatim.
He met his then-girlfriend, Michelle Bain, when he was still that caricature, Dave of Dave’s Killer Bread. His rough past and the years in prison had made it hard for Dave to form long-term relationships with women.
Dave stopped getting paid hourly and became president of the Dave’s Killer Bread brand, which came with a much larger paycheck.
Ladd Justesen, who met Dave in 1998 during that last prison stint, was hired as a personal assistant but soon became Dave’s driver, chauffeuring him around town in the black Escalade so Dave could work or relax during these commuting breaks in his hectic schedule.
Just over five years after its birth, Dave’s Killer Bread had grown so big that Glenn and Dave had to either sell a share of the company to afford to keep growing or leave it a fairly small regional business.
Part of the sale of Dave’s Killer Bread included a negotiation for life story rights; after all, Dave’s tale is synonymous with the company’s.
For the rest of his life, the story of Dave’s Killer Bread would have been erased from his timeline.

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Summary of “Oklahoma City Thunder star Carmelo Anthony is learning to accept a new role”

Through training camp and the first six weeks of the season, that was the unofficial mantra of the Oklahoma City Thunder, or at least its three headliners, Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Anthony.
After the Thunder lost to the Cavs on Feb. 13, amid the forced quiet of the locker room, Anthony walked from the shower to his locker carrying his phone.
“I’ve been on teams with bad guys,” says Thunder backup point guard Raymond Felton, who played with Anthony in New York.
Sept. 22, three days before the start of training camp, Anthony got a call asking if he would be willing to add the Thunder to his list of approved teams if a deal could get done.
Hundreds of them showed up at the airport to greet Anthony when he arrived from New York after the trade.
“In New York, there was so much going on with the organization and the city,” Anthony says.
Never in his career – not in his eight years in Denver nor his seven in New York – had Anthony been open to the idea of reducing or even altering his role.
Without saying the words, he said he would make every effort to bring Olympic Melo to OKC. The next day, Anthony called Westbrook and George together and told them the new plan.

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Summary of “The Afterlife of Pablo Escobar”

Known as El Osito, or Little Bear, he was the older brother of the narcotrafficker Pablo Escobar, who was then among the richest men in the world, responsible for a drug-smuggling empire that extended from Colombia to a dozen other countries.
Along with the narcotours that operate out of Medellín, there are souvenir venders selling Escobar baseball caps, ashtrays, mugs, and key rings; Escobar T-shirts are displayed next to soccer jerseys and Pope Francis memorabilia.
The Semana story had spoken of his “Desire to be the country’s number one benefactor.” Old comrades told me that they were attracted by his professed commitment to building a “Medellín without slums.” Popeye insisted that Escobar “Was really a socialist-he just had a different kind of socialism in mind, where everyone would have his own little car, his own little house.” He had paid for the construction of a neighborhood that became known as Barrio Pablo Escobar: five hundred houses and several soccer fields.
On December 2, 1993, police traced a phone call between Escobar and his son, Juan Pablo, to a safe house in the Los Pinos neighborhood of Medellín.
In 2001, after several years of interviews with Escobar’s relatives, friends, and enemies, he published “The Pablo Parable.” Where García Márquez had suggested that Escobar had subjected Colombia to a kind of national hypnosis, Salazar suggested that he had merely been a conduit for the country’s bigotry and violent impulses.
At a panel discussion in 2013, Uribe recalled, “A woman once asked me, ‘Why did you portray Pablo Escobar as loving with his children?’ And I told her, ‘Because that’s how psychopaths are: loving with their kids-and murderers.’ And we need to understand that, if we’re going to stop falling in love with psychopaths.” She insisted that she had not wanted to make Escobar a hero.
Juan Pablo, who was sixteen years old when Escobar was killed, is now forty-one, a brooding, heavyset man with an unmistakable resemblance to his father; the image on the jacket of “In Flagrante” seamlessly melds their faces.
“The country likes to say that it has forgotten Pablo Escobar, but it’s not true,” he told me.

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Summary of “The Secret History of the Plot Against Gawker”

Bollea v. Gawker isn’t just one of the most consequential lawsuits in the history of modern American media.
Behind the scenes of this tawdry affair, a more shocking story was playing out, in which Peter Thiel, the billionaire investor, seemed to be exorcising a deep grudge against Gawker by bankrolling Hogan’s lawsuit to destroy the media company that published the sex tape.
In the book’s biggest revelation, Holiday reports for the first time that a twentysomething acquaintance of Thiel’s, identified only as Mr. A, not only came up with the idea in April 2011-before the publication of the Hogan video-to target Gawker through an open-ended legal fund but also spearheaded the plot to take down Gawker using Thiel’s money.
Thompson: Since Thiel’s war on Gawker bankrupted the company, that’s probably the most expensive internet comment in world history.
He says Thiel should create a shell company to fund investigators and lawyers to find causes of action against Gawker and ultimately sue it into oblivion.
They don’t realize there was another senior-level person involved in the plot against Gawker.
They notify Hogan’s lawyers that they’re willing to bankroll a lawsuit against Gawker.
It’s hard to find that same circumspection at Gawker in the events of 2007 to 2016.There is a line from Mr. A where he says the more they studied Gawker, the harder it was to find good.

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Summary of “‘M*A*S*H’ Oral History: Untold Stories From One of TV’s Most Important Shows”

Reassured of the show’s intentions, Alda signed on as Hawkeye.
We ended the show with Radar telling them there are choppers with more wounded on their way in.
A few shows in particular stand out with cast members for what they represent, the envelopes they pushed and the emotions that surfaced from cast and audience.
“Don’t you remember the promise we all made to each other?” He was referring to always showing the reality of war whenever possible.
He’d been a working actor throughout his life and never had what he had with that show.
According to the utility commission, when the show ended, there was an enormous drop in the water pressure because people were flushing their toilets at the same time.
So much has changed; TV, the whole concept of reality shows and the number of channels.
We weren’t a military show and I don’t think I’d want to watch one about behind the lines in Afghanistan.

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Summary of “500ish Words”

What?!Netflix had just taken my internal debate and turned it on its head. We’re used to seeing ads that preview movies coming out in the next few months.
Netflix took a complicated process and boiled it binary.
A couple years ago, I found myself wondering what was next for Netflix.
Netflix just lowered the barrier to make this happen.
Everyone knows movies and shows based on videogames are awful, right? Well, how about let’s just try to do an animated Castlevania show and see what happens? You know what? Brilliant.
Seven years ago, I offered up the idea of Netflix using its unique model to “Save” cancelled cult hits.
The point is, it’s a combination of great content, mixed with Netflix’s willingness to experiment with new formats and methods of distribution that is truly changing Hollywood’s game.
It’s not just the window or the price, it’s Netflix’s eagerness to not just bend the rules, but to defy them and to create new ones.

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Summary of “Am I Going Blind?”

I had almost certainly experienced what is colloquially called “a stroke of the eye,” whereby the optic nerve is ravaged by a brief reduction of blood flow and thus oxygen.
It would edit my right eye out of the equation so that my left eye could guide me on its own, leaving me with entirely serviceable vision.
Worse, the “Stroke” revealed anatomical vulnerabilities that meant that my left eye was potentially in jeopardy, too, and there was no proven script for protecting it.
The central vision in my right eye was compromised, in an unsubtle fashion.
For the first month after my diagnosis, I’d catch myself absent-mindedly rubbing my eyes, as everyone does, and terror would sizzle through me.
If the left eye were going to quit on me, it would probably do so then.
In the middle of the night, when my bladder screamed, I hesitated before opening my eyes.
Despite my eye disorder, I’m in clover: economic security; access to good health care; a durable relationship with a man whose face will delight me for as long as I’m able to gaze at it, after which his voice, which I also adore, will do.

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Summary of “Dread accompanies me through life but it is not without consolation”

My parents’ deaths, occupying polar positions on a spectrum of suddenness, infected my life with a persistent dread; they suffused my life with an incurable anxiety, a dread that did not require an identifiable object.
An anxiety is a lens through which to view the world, a colouration that grants the sufferer’s experiences their distinctive hue.
My trajectory through the world is thus informed, at every step, by the anxieties that afflict me.
Søren Kierkegaard suggested in The Concept of Anxiety that one of existentialism’s hard-fought rewards – our encounters with true freedom – comes with the terrible burden of encounters with dread and anxiety.
Anxiety taught me the place that death has in my life.
The upending of this world’s order by my parents’ deaths and my resultant anxiety made me suffer a conceptual shift in my understanding of its workings; it became a philosophical commonplace for me to believe in claims about this world’s malleability through our conscious, emotional, not-entirely rational understanding of it.
To believe that there was a final end to my life, a purpose, a destination, an intended teleology, was to be infected with an anxiety that I was not fulfilling my purpose in life, that I was ‘wasting’ my life.
Because of my anxieties, I have come to understand why I’m the philosopher I am, why I hold the views I do, why I do not trust that there is an inherent, essential, meaning or purpose to life.

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Summary of “How LeBron Can Finish His Fairy Tale Better Than MJ”

The question of Jordan or LeBron may live on for longer than they do.
It’s fair to argue about the start-to-finish careers of Jordan and LeBron, but LeBron will never surpass Jordan unless he reaches that specific point.
Jordan Rules author Sam Smith later wrote that Jordan “Couldn’t stand playing with Scottie Pippen anymore,” and that Jordan was “Sick and tired and burned out, just like in 1993.” Throw in Jordan’s hatred of Krause and that’s why Jordan walked away after that sixth title.
Former Jordan teammate B.J. Armstrong told me that Jordan walked away in ’93 because he was completely spent, both physically and mentally, and that he returned only 17 months later after noticing how dramatically expansion had diluted the league.
One of Jordan’s closest friends told me recently that, had the Bulls brought Jackson back after the 1998 Finals, Jordan absolutely would have stayed.
That’s how Michael Jordan ended up extending his own bizarre record: “Most times that the GOAT retired on top as an NBA Finals MVP: Two.”.
If LeBron wants to grab GOAT status from Jordan - and by all accounts, he does - then he can’t topple Jordan with anything other than rings or math.
It’s still a better choice than anything Jordan had 20 years ago.

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