Tristan Jass’s YouTube channel has over 2.8 million subscribers.

The biggest basketball player on YouTube isn’t Lebron James. It isn’t James Harden, Kylie Irving, or even Steph Curry. It’s a shaggy-haired 21-year-old from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

If you came across the most prominent basketball player on YouTube, you wouldn’t give him a second glance. Standing at a mere 5’9”, Tristan Jass’s pickup games at parks and rec centers dominate the YouTube algorithm receiving hundreds of thousands of views each with some topping out in the millions.

Jass is one of several basketball YouTubers dominating local parks across the U.S. to small gatherings of adoring fans and ruthless hecklers. Only former…


Who would have guessed that Chess would become a top e-sport in 2020?

The Queen’s Gambit Netflix series catapulted the ancient sport into the zeitgeist, but it also coincided with a pandemic where everyone is at home and an era when technology made it more accessible to play and learn about than even ten years ago. Chess was always obscured by its complexity. It was something to be studied in books. It was the realm of true genius, a pastime for polymaths.

As a child, I played friends over the board a few times, but every move and its significance…


As if this year needed to feel more surreal, I tested positive for Covid-19 on election day.

Los Angeles Times

As if I needed any reminder of how vast and connected our world is, a virus that began its journey through the human race in some part of Wuhan, China, found its way, nearly a year later, to me.

Not for lack of effort either. I faithfully wore my mask, limited my exposure to friends and family, never dined in at a restaurant, refused wedding invites — but still, it found me.

Feeling sick a few days after celebrating my son’s birthday with my parents and brother’s family, I took a test. Four days later, my results read positive. …


As protests and violence hit every major American city at once, a country still reeling from a pandemic finds itself alone once again.

It’s hard to describe what the moment feels like. Since the country woke up to the reality of the Coronavirus in early March, there have been several anxiety-filled days and sleepless nights. Uncertainty and fear dominate the American psyche.

But in the moment of crisis, rather than bringing us all together to confront our fate, America is pulling itself apart.

Then there was George Floyd's death on video, another black man killed by police in plain view of the whole country. …


By the end of the week, most of the United States will be rolling back the self-imposed shutdown. But it‘s starting to feel like it was all for nothing.

LA Times

By the time California lifts its quarantine order on May 8, we will have been in quarantine for more than 50 days.

For my family, it’s slightly longer. My wife is a teacher. When the school district officially shut down, a week before the state, we decided to cloister ourselves away.

I remember feeling at the time that our country had no plan for the virus and feeling somewhat legitimately afraid that judgment day had come — the evangelical fears of the tribulation never quite leave you.

As the days blurred into each other and smeared by, I began to…


LA Times

Birthdays, like days of the week or wearing different clothes, have lost meaning in the soft quarantine of coronavirus.

We stay at home, like hopefully, everyone else is, and hope for a card in the mail or a few texts or notifications on our long-dormant Facebook profiles we never got around to deactivating.

The history books will likely record April as the heart of the United States’ infection as most people are staying home, most businesses are closed, and millions of people are out of work or working from home. …


Millions of Americans have been told to stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Now we wait for the oncoming storm.

Los Angeles Times

“We have barred the gates but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes…drums, drums in the deep.”- Gandalf, Lord of the Rings

So much has changed in a week.

Millions of Americans are under orders to stay at home, and all non-essential businesses have shuttered their doors. Once busy streets are now nearly empty save for families taking their children out for walks.

It wasn’t so long ago that this was unimaginable. Now it feels risky for it not to be this way. …


The President made a show of his newfound commitment to mitigating the coronavirus outbreak, but if he fails to follow through, what then?

Is this the last weekend Americans will be able to move around freely for a while? It seems insane to suggest, but as one country after another in Europe moves toward restrictive lockdowns to contain the exponentially growing coronavirus pandemic, the probability has certainly increased.

What it may hinge on, sadly, is whether the Trump administration’s all-hands-on-deck press conference Friday afternoon was a real commitment or just a show.

After the spectacular failure of Wednesday night’s presidential address, Friday was something of a make-up call. The markets, both grocery and financial, listened to what the president had to say on…


As the President finally addressed the nation about the virus - which has been spreading throughout the world and country for several weeks - little did he know that an NBA game scheduled to start at the same time would nearly overshadow what he said.

Coronavirus is here to stay. The weeks of pointless political posturing, erratic stock market trading, and declining normalcy have come to a head in this country.

The President ran through his outline seated at the Resolute Desk, talking travel bans and economic leniency for sick workers and tax breaks for businesses. …


Coronavirus feels like a serial killer that we are no closer to catching.

Lombardy. The region in Italy that is home to as many as 16 million people has been cut off from the rest of the boot to save it.

Months ago, we expressed astonishment that China could wall off its megacities. It seemed like the hallmark of an authoritarian government, an overly aggressive and anti-citizen response to a problem that its leader’s own ignorance had created. Trying to apply that to the U.S. was unfathomable. What would Los Angeles look like if nobody could get in or out? …

Steven Martinez

Born mobile. @day4bananafish

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