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A Poem by Meghan O'Rourke

Poem for My Son You were of the earth, like a lentil. The taste of quince, a revulsion at meat. The others were like a dream that scores the body long after waking— But you were sour spit, a pinched pain in the right hip.

"Piss Play Is So Mainstream Now"

While the internet facilitates the demand, success, and ultimate proliferation of sex parties (the vast majority of the invites are sent through Facebook or private email lists), cruising IRL is seen by some sex-party attendees as a direct alternative to the annoyances of geolocation hook-up apps like Grindr, which can suck up hours of your time without ever providing a fuck.

Coupler, "INVENTION 2: Pattern Recognition"

When nothing makes sense suddenly everything seems to make even more sense. Enjoy.

New York City, September 19, 2017

★★ The humid breeze was a huge improvement over the humid and crowded elevator, but it didn’t offer much to appreciate on its own merits.

Some Études

Image: Piano Piano! via Flickr Crazy when you think about it that “Brevity is the soul of wit,” is a phrase I hear all the time and hate very much, is from Hamlet, which takes a long time to watch (or read).

Watching 'The Blues Brothers' In Wrigleyville

“I got an A on my English paper!” the world’s biggest Blues Brothers fan exclaimed. Bruce Pelletier, a local TV producer, leaned forward in his picnic chair.

Things I Let Go Of

Let's Talk About 'The Art of Fielding' Lawsuit

If you remember the year 2011 when The Big Book of the Year was The Art of Fielding and you don’t want to die after reading that clause, take a moment to read over the allegations of one Charles Green against the one Chad Harbach in the matter of wrongfully appropriating elements of the former’s manuscript, Bucky’s 9th, and interpolating them into the latter’s long-languishing first novel (which then sold for $665,000 and debuted to All The Acclaim): Whether or not you liked the book. is basically irrelevant to this conversation, because the thing about The Art of Fielding is that, for some reason, all these years later, it continues to be A Case Study in Book Publishing.

Cut Copy, "Black Rainbows"

Because every day is an excruciating accumulation of moments that last lifetimes now it is even more impossible to recall recent events than it used to be back when time flowed at a normal pace and the greatest difficulty we had was with the massive amount of product by which we were constantly under barrage.

New York City, September 18, 2017

★★ A few nearly unnoticeable drops of drizzle became a soaking mist in the course of the brief wait in the schoolyard for the teachers to arrive.

Dicks Drawn

One joke in particular highlights the strength and weakness of this mockumentary. To check one witness’s reliability, Peter and Sam must establish whether or not this witness got a handjob at summer camp.

"Ancient Aliens" Is Everything That's Wrong With America

I don’t know if you knew, but the Hebrews didn’t spend forty years in the Sinai after the Exodus because they’d incurred the wrath of God.

Cars Bad

Image: Bernard Spragg via Flickr As a technology, the motor vehicle is bad at preserving human life. According to the World Health Organization, the hurtling metal machines that provide our basic transportational freedom kill about a million people every year.

Overheard in D.C.

Finally, after more than 45 minutes of my eavesdropping on their conversation by myself, Mr. Cobb picked up the check and announced to Mr.

Suzanne Kraft, "Nordsee"

This is really good, and most days there’s not a lot else you can say that about. Most days there’s not anything else you can say that about.

New York City, September 17, 2017

★★ The dull gray in the sky extended down to make a dull gray nothingness where New Jersey would be. A few ripples of blue, with unclear edges, emerged.

Don't Talk To Aliens

Image: Acid Pix via Flickr “I know humans are trying to communicate with aliens. And aliens are trying to communicate with us!

What You've Learned

Image: M.Kemal via Flickr Last week, I asked you to share something you’ve learned recently. These responses are some of my favorites ever—thank you to everyone who wrote in—so make sure to check out all of them.

Moods And What They Mean

Björk, "The Gate"

Weren’t we just here? Wasn’t it moments ago that we were waking up to a new week, full of dread and barely able to drag ourselves to the starting line?