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May 2022

The Dangers of Geek Chic

Shot: “Man is probably not a machine, but he behaves as such in a situation where the machines impose his + more

Quote of the Day

“I believe that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless + more

The Truth Is Out There

Disappointing news from Congress’s first public hearing on unidentified flying objects since 1966: While UFOs (or, rather, UAP, for unidentified + more

Things I Wish I’d Written, Part 3,481

How’s this for an opening paragraph? I am staring at about a dozen, stiff, eight-foot high, orange-red penises, carved from + more

Waxing Pedantic

So what’s the story with backstory? Though I’ve never particularly liked the word—bit on the redundant side, isn’t it?—I’m fine + more

How to Write Good

The inestimable Matt Labash has some advice for all you would-be writers out there. “Read more than you write,” he + more


Birthday-shopping for a child you hate? The Department of Homeland Security has you covered. “Institutions like the Ivies,” writes B.D. + more

When a Tree Falls in the Forest

Over at Smithsonian magazine, Ellen Ruppel Shell waxes eloquently about The Tree—a 500-year-old, 100-foot-tall mahogany salvaged from a remote forest + more

Going Down the Rabbit Hole-in-One

Apparently, hole-in-one insurance is a thing. As is insuring prizes for all manner of promotional events, like, say, guessing the + more

Autre temps, autres moeurs.

There are two reasons to post a link to this story. First, €2.6 million is a cracking bargain. Second, if + more

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