Louis CK, Laughing Monsters, and Peak Drake

By Hazlitt

More than 200 teenage schoolgirls are still missing one week after they were abducted in Nigeria, reportedly by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, with the intention of turning them into “sex slaves and cooks.”

An interview with 17-year-old Noor Mamlouk, “one of the brightest young activists in the Canadian-Syrian community.”

Questlove to Hip-Hop: You’ve failed us.

“Volleyball, Sunday sports and maybe fucking.” John Updike’s necessary distractions.

“It never stopped getting worse. I remember thinking, This is too much for me to handle. I wanted to give up. I knew it was my right to. But then a few minutes would go by and I’d realize, I’m still here. In other words, there was no escape from it. And I’d be a little disappointed at not being truly suicidal. I hated being ‘all right.’” GQ profiles Louis CK for the cover of the May issue.

“Am I basic?” Yes. No. Maybe? Vox explains White Internet’s favourite new insult.

Peak Drake.

“Shirley Phelps-Roper is publicly a monster, but she also gives gay guys career advice on her couch if they ask.” Mandy Oaklander on her afternoon with Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church.

So the NYPD tried soliciting some good will from its constituents

What, you thought mere mortals would carefully asses hours of security footage? Pfft! Meet AISight, the CCTV Network run entirely by ones and zeroes.

Who is it? Mansbridge? Murphy? Hebert? Coyne? Hanomansing? WHO?!?!??

Beverley Martyn was and is a distinctive and acclaimed singer-songwriter, a contemporary of Nick Drake’s and a favourite of Paul Simon’s and Joe Boyd’s, with a tragic back story. She has a new album out. Here is an article about her in the Guardian.

The new Denis Johnson novel, The Laughing Monsters, has a nice long plot summary now. Nothing to do but read this over and over again until November 4, we guess.

Did Avril Lavigne never hear of Gwen Stefani and also, cultural appropriation? (Also she is 29. She is 29 years old.)

“Who but Nicolas Cage would dare to feign unconsciousness onscreen, especially when his character is meant to be enjoying the news? It’s the weather report again, by the way. Typical Cage: This dude practically snorts the weather.”

On Tour With Rock-Star Economist Thomas Piketty.

HBO thinks it’s real cute to remind you of your worst experiences talking to your parents.

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