At McSweeney’s, Teddy Wayne’s “Feedback From James Joyce’s Submission of Ulysses to His Creative Writing Workshop.”
KimKierkegaardashian: The philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard mashed with the tweets and observations of Kim Kardashian.
This gem could have been a headline-only piece, but The Onion goes the full nine:
Even when presented with softballs like production stills from The Proposal, the marine animals exhibited no discernable reaction.
A gem by Marco Kaye at McSweeney’s:
In my portfolio, you will see that unproduced package redesign for Squirtburst, inspired by kinetic typography popular in the West Coast concert posters of the 1960’s. In this designer’s opinion, it creates a visual appeal unprecedented in the beverage aisle. The client called it “uninspired” and said it would make kids “vomit if they stared at it for too long.” Next time you’re at the grocery store, please, pick up any Squirtburst drink and compare our taste levels.
“Fresh Air 2: 2 Fresh, 2 Furious,” a really great short film written and directed by comedian Mike Birbiglia.
A sharp summing up. It’s interesting to learn that Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion stated, presciently, that “fiction and caricature can be a powerful force.”
Terrific cover story in today’s New York Times Magazine. I was usually just annoyed (and fast-forward-prone) when Colbert started in on “Colbert super PAC” segments, but I get it now.
According to sources, Outkube boasts thousands of articles and forums carefully crafted to draw in dim-witted web users and effectively quarantine obtuse, uninformed comments on topics such as gay rights, Ryan Gosling, the threat of Sharia law in the U.S., health care reform, whether Kobe is better than LeBron, Jewish control of the government and media, the New York Jets, the Second Amendment, and professional wrestler John Cena.
Most stories on the site are reportedly preloaded with several witless and profanity-laden comments specially designed to incite retaliatory remarks.
From The New Yorker’s News Desk blog: “To celebrate the release of ‘The Talk of the Town Visits Fifty Interesting People,’ a special issue, the editors invite you to see just how a Talk of the Town piece is made. With special guest stars.”
A headline-only piece on writing and Microsoft Word.
As usual, funny stuff from The Oatmeal.
“Dear People Who Don’t Work Here” begins this post, a response it seems to Jezebel’s attempt to diagnose what it sees as the show’s “woman problem.” (I hadn’t seen Jezebel’s post, but I read Slate’s criticism of it this morning.) As you’d expect, this new response is sharp and funny, from start to finish. (Even before the start: There’s a great teaser for it up now on thedailyshow.com.)