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- Joe Biden Is Too Timid. It Is Time For The Purge.
Joe Biden Is Too Timid. It Is Time For The Purge.
If you survive the Discourse, there's a lot of good tabs today.
M.I.A. is an antivaxxer now, so if you see a baffling reference to the creator of that one song you last heard a week after “Slumdog Millionaire” came out, it’s about this tweet. It starts with truffle fries and this is where it ends up.
Ghostwriting Tweets: “I made $200,000 last year ghostwriting tweets for superstar VCs.” The article itself is cringey #grustle-culture LinkedIn bait—you want it to be a roast but it’s a brag. But I am charmed by the idea that venture capital Twitter is just this guy tweeting back and forth to himself, forever. ))<>((
$28 Worth Of Taco Bell: Some guy lying on TV said inflation is so bad he spent $28 for lunch at Taco Bell. In Defector, Patrick Redford determined that was a 2500 calorie lunch minimum, and also that guy is an idiot.
[November 2008, listening to Kanye and MIA back to back as I celebrate the election of Barack Obama]
“None of these three people will ever disappoint me!”
— ⬅️Real Name (@FutureHasbeen)
Oct 13, 2022
The Economist went extremely hard this week, with its “Leaders” section item “Joe Biden is too timid. It is time to legalise cocaine.” I also thought the print cover raised a lot of questions that were immediately answered by the print cover.
And Sabrina Imbler is our psychopomp between the earthly suffering of Discourse and the heavenly reward of good tabs that begin now, with “We Can Do So Much Better Than Legs.”
More Good Tabs
Former Suck contributor Jake Tapper wrote a whole podcast of an article for The Atlantic, about a Philadelphia teenager serving 30 to 60 years in prison for an attempted murder he clearly didn’t commit, due to abysmal lawyering.
In this case, C. J. Rice’s lawyer did essentially no work on his behalf, not even the extremely minimal work that would have been required to disprove the prosecution’s absurd case against him. And now that he’s been found guilty there is no legal recourse for him beyond “media attention, I guess?” If this article works to get his case reconsidered, it will only prove Tapper’s father’s maxim: “We have a legal system, Jacob. We don’t have a justice system.”
In Eater, Jaya Saxena asked who pays the price for our booming social media industry of “menu hacks” and “creative starbies,” and the answer may surprise you! J/k it’s the workers, come on, it’s always the workers.
Amy Castor, “When Wells notice? Yuga Labs, the SEC is coming for you.” I can’t wait until people who think of themselves as serious are forced to say “the S.E.C. cracked down on ApeCoin today” in public.
Margaret Sullivan: “If Trump Runs Again, Do Not Cover Him the Same Way.” I mean, sure. Good luck with that.
The rise of social media has had a major effect on the way we dm and rt
— Tim Kalpakis (@TimKalpakis)
Oct 13, 2022
Let’s Talk Movies 🍿
If you just skimmed everything else today, please read these:
“American Culture Is Trash Culture” by Wesley Morris for the Times Magazine. How did America’s love of trash film seep out and become our whole culture? Morris connects the dots from John Waters to that picture of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on the oval office couch on H.B.C.U. “Listening Session Day.”
And two posts by Jude Doyle, both more or less about queerness in horror cinema:
And “Stay Woke: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978).” Body Snatchers as an allegory for being trans in 2022, as well as its dark twin “cancel culture is devouring everything” counter-reading.
Today’s Song: Soul Coughing, “Pensacola”
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Happy Gentlemen’s Friday! I thought today was gonna be short but it was not. Make yourself some pizza cereal and read those last few over the weekend, they’re really good. One fun side-effect of the two week subscription pause I did in August is that all the beginning-of-the-month unsubscribes from folks who have to cut back on their bills are rolling in now, so hey, if you like Tabs maybe pay me for it? Look I’ll even give you a button: