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Rich People Made Polyamory Boring
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The book promotion machine is dating every influential New York publication at once on behalf of Park Slope Momoirist Molly Roden Winter’s open-marriage memoir “More” and the verdict is: rich people have made polyamory boring. “How a Polyamorous Mom Had ‘a Big Sexual Adventure’ and Found Herself” promises the Times review, but the whole thing sounds more administrative than adventurous. New York Magazine put out a panoramic poly-author polyamory package, with a long feature by Allison P. Davis about a gaggle of pseudonymous but indistinguishable Nicks and Annas and Sarahs and Alexes who are all in some kind of tedious relationship and/or therapy with each other. I read the whole thing and never managed to sort out who was married to whom but don’t worry, Davis assures us “they are all hot.”
If “managing relationship drama” is your hobby, this seems like a great way to pursue it. NYMag also offers something unreadable that appears to be a podcast transcript (but poly themed!) and a soul-crushing list of jargon and best practices that reads more like a scrum master training manual than sexy inspiration for your love life. To be clear, I think this is a public service. People need to understand that the sex is just an excuse to raw dog someone else’s Google calendar.
In the New Yorker, Jennifer Wilson’s review focussed on the upper-crust vibes of all this:
I’m glad we have The New Yorker to call out rich people, I guess???
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I told Kyle that two days was all it would take to put his new book Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture in front of all of you, so don’t make me a liar. The book asks “what if we let the algorithms turn everything into AirSpace?” and personally, I don’t care for that idea.
Of course personal freedom is possible. Here I am using my human meat fingers to recommend you buy this book… that Kyle is paying me to advertise. Oh no.
How’s It Going?
How’s it going at Substack? Well, Jonathan Katz left, Casey left, Ryan Broderick is leaving, Hunter Harris sounds like she’s out, David Farrier sounds ready to go, and Anne Helen Petersen is… working hard to create change from the inside, I’m sure. Slug boy Freddie and former journalist Jesse Singal are big mad, for reasons that they aren’t competent enough to express clearly using their words. And Josh Drummond took an hour to cruise around the Substack recommendations and discovered that “Substack’s business is built on — and, I argue, depends on — enabling horrific amounts of racism, disinformation, and hate speech.” If this whole Substack thing has felt abstract to you, this is the post that makes it very clear what the problem is.
How’s it going in journalism? Max Tani reports that Pitchfork will be folded under GQ. Pitch…forq? More like Pitchfuqed. Alden Global Capital sold the Baltimore Sun to Sinclair executive chairman David Smith, who hates newspapers and appears to have bought this one purely to kill it. In a three hour meeting with staff, report The Baltimore Banner’s Cody Boteler, Lee O. Sanderlin and Giacomo Bologna, “Smith seemed to try and pit reporters against each other, asking them to rank who was the best in the newsroom. Several times throughout the meeting, he said he has ‘no idea what you do.’” And the Instagram co-founders hobby news curation app Artifact is dead, less than a year after its big launch.
How’s it going in Steve? OpenAI’s Sam Altman, who I now know primarily as “the guy who gave himself scurvy” (thanks a lot Allegra) said artificial general intelligence “could be developed in the ‘reasonably close-ish future.’” If you’ve never been a PM or worked in engineering management, that’s a euphemism for “lol, never.” And Carpet Vocalist took a look at what Amazon is advertising to be a “SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS” of his book OPPOSABLE THUMBS: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever. The allegedly AI-generated scam book begins:
Yep, AGI is definitely in the reasonably soon-ish, quarter after the quarter after next, two or three sprints from now kind of time frame, for sure. Learned a lot today, love Galactus, we’ll talk next week about adding middle names to the profile.
Today’s Song: Fucked Up, “Stress (Justice Cover)”
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