The Best Stuff We Read This Week: 3/18

Above: Pool photos by Steve Nesius; Photo illustration by The New York Times

Observer: Hulk Hogan and Gawker Fight It Out in Florida Courtroom, by Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke

The future of online journalism is at stake in a case starring Hulk Hogan, a married woman, and something called "Bubba The Love Sponge."

"But what is actually at stake here, in what could become a landmark case, is a debate about the First Amendment—whether, as Gawker contends, publications have the right to publish anything deemed newsworthy or whether, as Mr. Hogan contends, even public figures should have an expectation of privacy."

The New York Times: Hulk Hogan v. Gawker: A guide to the trial for the perplexed, by Ravi Somaiya

As the title suggests, this is a more detailed breakdown for those who are unfamiliar.

Sports on Earth: Good Lesson: Clubhouse Isn't School. by Will Leitch

The baseball world has flipped on its head over an insane parenting tactic, and not in the way you might think.

"But LaRoche isn't just saying he wants to spend time with his son. He's saying a baseball clubhouse is a better place for his son than school. And I'm sorry: That's one of the most absurd things I've ever heard."

The Verge: The enduring strangeness of Twitter parody accounts, by Lizzie Plaugic

As the proprietor of a mildly successful parody Twitter account, I smugly look down upon the bots and plagiarizers mentioned here.

"Chances are, if you follow even just one parody account, several more have shown up in your timeline. That’s because the world of Twitter parody accounts is a tangled, incestuous one, where fictional characters constantly retweet other fictional characters — even ones decidedly outside their own universe."

ESPN The Magazine: Sorry Not Sorry, by Tim Keown

Bryce Harper is the latest volunteer willing to dismantle baseball's old-world philosophies. Like all others before him, he will probably fail.

"'Jose Fernandez is a great example. Jose Fernandez will strike you out and stare you down into the dugout and pump his fist. And if you hit a homer and pimp it? He doesn't care. Because you got him. That's part of the game. It's not the old feelinghoorah ... if you pimp a homer, I'm going to hit you right in the teeth. No. If a guy pimps a homer for a game-winning shot ... I meansorry.'"

Jalopnik: How Donald Trump Got Cadillac To Build Him The Most Opulent Limo Ever, by Jason Torchinsky

"These limos had rosewood interiors and were equipped with a fax machine, TV and VCR, a paper shredder, writing desks, a pair of early NEC cell phones, and a cabinet with glasses and the delightfully-named Perm-a-Pub liquor dispensing system, for keeping everyone nice and liquored up while deals are getting done."

Sports Illustrated: The Island of Kawhi: Leonard gives second wind to Spurs' dynasty, by Lee Jenkins

Each Kawhi Leonard anecdote makes him seem like the Chuck Norris of humbleness.

"Leonard earned an invitation to the three-point contest at All-Star weekend, last month, though he turned it down. The only event he attended was Sunday's game, in which he started for the Western Conference. "We got the win," he declared afterward, perhaps the only person who cared—and certainly the only one who defended."

Motherboard: What It Takes to Be A Cyborg, by Freida Klotz

Some weirdos put computer chips in their hands and stuff. It's weird.

"'Unfortunately, Hollywood has told all these stories about The Matrix and Minority Report. So people have these visions that this is evil. But in the real world, it’s not.' Cannon calls for greater scientific literacy to facilitate a better dialogue."

Ooookay, buddy. |ES|

Tim