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On Try Not To Get Too Worked Up

Majestic. Also I will still forget to move my clocks forward, probably. (Sorry if it sounds like bragging that I have multiple clocks in my home.)

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 12:25 am 0

On The Great, Forgotten Sci-Fi Novel About The End Of The World

@Elpico72@twitter Should've known that. That would also explain why people are in my Twitter feed like YO CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ.

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1

On The Great, Forgotten Sci-Fi Novel About The End Of The World

@stuffisthings It's not totally the wrong word for it; the sensibility's a little darker and different, but there's a Pynchonian sense to how weird it is, and how antic. But it's a different kind of wildness, and is just fundamentally set in a less gentle and distant world. I'm not the biggest Pynchon fan in the world, or on this byline, though.

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm 0

On 'The Master': We Do Not Wish To Join Your Cult

@Matt Cornell Oh, he certainly wouldn't. I don't think Lynch is interested in that, or in people, or in anything but a very specific type of narrativity. I still like his movies, but I wouldn't watch his film on cults any more than I'd listen to his dance music.

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 12:09 am 0

On 'The Master': We Do Not Wish To Join Your Cult

@brilliantmistake He's great, and barely used. It actually made me really mad. Also he really does look kind of like P.S. Hoffman's kid.

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm 0

On And Now a Word from the North Korea Tourism Department

There's something obviously gross but also kind of queasily predictable about the authoritarian temptation among alpha TED Talkin' public intellectual types like Khanna. This is the dude that's going to move to techno-authoritarian Singapore because of how "efficient" it is, right?

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm 1

On Comedy Anesthetizing

@deepomega I think Ailes is less of a boogeyman than Soros, in the sense that he really is actively fucking with the discourse, but the rest of what you wrote is 100% correct to me.

I generally love the Baffler and fully love that it exists, but there were a few pieces in this issue that had this problem: super-strict standards enforced from the sidelines, without any of the context or perspective that could take the pieces beyond EPIC TAKEDOWN status. They should be better than that, and this.

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm 0

On Comedy Anesthetizing

@PoisonIvy Agree with this the most. The rally seemed like bullshit to me, and emblematic of all the things that Almond lambastes and re-lambastes throughout, but that was two years ago. I think there's an overdetermined and generally off sense to a piece tagging Jon Stewart for not standing up strongly against militarism on September 12, 2001, but ignoring the Super-PAC thing, which is the sharpest (and funniest) running political joke I can think of, is weaker still. One's uncharitable, but the other's an oversight that punches a hole in the whole piece.

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm 0

On It's Federal Primary Day! Let's Go Vote! (FOR CHARLES BARRON)

@kilgub Choire's loyalty to men's shirts with mandarin collars -- the only kind of shirt Charles Barron even owns, from what I've seen -- has clearly overwhelmed everything else, here. Also seriously Hakeem Jeffries is great and everyone should vote for him.

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm 3

On Free To Be... Straight White Males

@boob party Why would anyone need concrete instructions on this? Anyway, briefly: the thing to do about one's privilege is to be congnizant of it, and then be an adult about it, and then treat people as you'd hope to be treated. I'm not qualified to talk about policy, which is maybe what you meant by "concrete things to do about it." I am, tenuously, somewhat closer to qualified to talk about how not to be a solipsistic turd about things like this, so I tried to do that instead.

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm 3