Huge Butts, Flaming Lips

By Hazlitt

“This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.”

Show some fucking respect to Yoko Ono.

“The real shock of Crash is not that people have sex in or near cars, but that technology has entered into even our most intimate human relations. Not man-as-technology-forming but technology-as-man-forming.” Zadie Smith on J.G. Ballard and Crash for The New York Review of Books.

And over at the London Review of Books, Sheila Heti on Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Writing down every meal you eat, if only so you don’t forget.

That hat? Bubble. Your disdain? Bubble. Everything? Bubble.

“Some uses of A/B testing are clearly ethical. For example, if a company wants to know which shade of blue to use in their user interface, they might use A/B testing to try a few shades and measure user’s responses. This is ethical because no user is harmed, especially if the only result is that the service better serves users. Here’s another point that should be obvious: Some uses of A/B testing are clearly unethical.”

Read William Faulkner’s one-paragraph review of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. (He liked it.)

“Either forswear fucking others or the affair is over” and other notable opening lines.

Climate Change Deniers: Experts at Being Right.

Petra Collins interviews SHOCK VALUE DJ Juliana Huxtable.

I don’t want to love this but I do, I do, I do, I do.

ICYMI, Katie Roiphe asks: what if My Struggle were written by a woman?

Who knew Stoned Homer would be such a bummer? Now you know. Here it is explained

Did you know our very own Leather Space Man Michael DeForge is in a band? Here: A smoking crater for your mind.

Not to put too fine a point on it but this massive US airship looks like a huge butt.

I couldn’t sit through this squealing, retina-burning collaboration between Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips, but if you can, tell me how it went.


The Small Wars That Ruin Major Powers
As Iraq shudders under whatever the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is calling itself this week , the inevitable response in Washington, D.C., is to figure out who’s at fault. Like the debate 65 years ago over “ Who lost China? ”, the main purpose isn’t to actually understand how we got to events currently unfolding, but mostly to assign blame among domestic US constituencies. Take a recent lengthy article in the Washington Post by Ali Khedery . The onetime special assistant to five US ambassadors, Khedery’s piece looks at the US ’s history of backing Nouri al-Maliki as Prime Minister of Iraq despite the substantial evidence that, by 2010, Maliki was more interested in preserving his own power base in Iraq than helping safeguard US interests—such as, say, using his country as a bulwark against Iranian power. Putting out of your mind, if possible, the fact that Khedery is a Bush appointee assigning responsibility to Bush’s successor, the question his article raises is simply: what the hell did Washington expect would happen?


Leather Space Man: Bubblebath Pt. 3
Leather Space Man’s bloodthirsty single has been outlawed. All that’s left are the minor celebrities (and the dead bodies).