1. “Jon Stewart: Why I Quit The Daily Show.” Stewart’s decision to retire as host of the satirical news show after 16 years has left liberal America in mourning. So why is he leaving just before an election—and what will happen when he steps out from behind the desk?
“When I catch up with him again, I ask if he knew he’d be leaving when we had that conversation. ’No, no—but some of it had been in the back of my head for quite some time. But you don’t want to make any kind of decision when you’re in the crucible of the process, just like you don’t decide whether you’re going to continue to run marathons in mile 24,’ he says. He switches to a chewy exaggeration of his native Noo Joi-zy accent, deflating his seriousness with a comedy voice. ’You wait until you’re done, you have a nice cup o’ water, you put the blanket on, you sit and then you decide.’ I had assumed that, as well as the metaphorical cup o’ water, he had decided to quit because he had so much fun making Rosewater. But Stewart says not. ’Honestly, it was a combination of the limitations of my brain and a format that is geared towards following an increasingly redundant process, which is our political process. I was just thinking, ’Are there other ways to skin this cat?’ And, beyond that, it would be nice to be home when my little elves get home from school, occasionally.’”