Hacker Romance, Sad Microwaves, and You’re Not College Material

By Hazlitt

The lowly microwave is dying a slow, excruciating death and your precious farm-to-table lifestyle is to blame.

Jason Segel is playing David Foster Wallace in a movie and this is what he looks like and we don’t know if we should laugh or cry.

Meanwhile, sounds like Lupita Nyong’o may be up for a role in the rumored adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. We like all of these words.

“I try to funnel whatever hurt I might be feeling back into my work. I tell myself that one day I am going to write something so fucking amazing it will melt the eyeballs of whoever hated on my stuff in the past. I watch the Honey Badger video. Over and over. WHAT WOULD THE HONEY BADGER DO?” How writers deal with negative criticism.

“Something from a witch’s cauldron rises up your gullet. From your face, emotions sprout in warty patches. I’m going to devour you alive. Your brain has dried up. You’re a space cadet.” The diary of a woman getting dementia.

What’s life like as America’s top male escort?

People on television love fighting.

“What if our own hyper-credentialed life experiences and ideologies are blinding us to alternative pathways to the middle class? Including some that might be a lot more viable for a great many young people?” On why more high school students should be told that they’re “not college material.”

Paul Ryan’s much-reviled and understandably tone-deaf explanation for urban poverty, Ta-Nehisi Coates figures, is not actually substantially different from Barack Obama’s take.

“The hackers’ chat-room formulation of an endemic conflict between work and romance—where relationships interfere with work but sex, especially the emotion-free kind associated with rock-stars and ‘ballers,’ assists productivity—has become a kind of startup conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley. And it is squarely in investors’ interests to maintain a conflict between romance and work: once the hacker is imagined as helpless to develop relationships, his romantic life becomes something that can be managed and also controlled by the community.” Sex and the Startup: Men, Women, and Work by Model View Culture’s Kate Losse.

What if we, as a society, were at Peak Content and we didn’t know it? Without comment: The uncomfortable gender politics of “My Husband’s Stupid Collection.”

A guide to the most obscure Muppets Most Wanted cameos, which is a list of people you do not know.

“For months, there had been a persistent rumour that PKP, as Mr. Péladeau is known, had his eyes on the PQ leadership, hoping that he could become the first president of the Republic of Quebec. I heard the rumour at a social event last fall but couldn’t believe it—even though my informant was former premier Lucien Bouchard, who knows everybody in the business community and is not known as a joker.” Lysiane Gagnon relays this scary anecdote while dissecting the PQ’s latest dip in the polls.

TRAUMA is the first part of an ongoing film project between digital artist Jesse Kanda and white-hot producer Arca, “[following], a nonlinear narrative about the death of a salaryman, a drunk driving infant and takes place within a subconscious world.” Fun!

Why is Pixar making so many sequels? And how can we get them to not make Cars 3?

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