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Existence of super spreaders has been proven: there’s no way Smash Mouth has 100 fans.

Thanks @replyall … what we really needed right now is for you to re-air a story that hasn’t changed, and in which corrupt assholes like Dave Degroot still revel in their hollow, craven victory.

One nice thing about leaving Alaska: not having to witness people repeatedly surprised that Lisa Murkowski has no principles, no spine, and no real care for the state. Wake up!

No one seems to appreciate my attempt to create a new rhyming slang vocabulary.

📚 Finishing The Book of Delights (Ross Gay). I started this, a year of tiny essays, one week before my mom died by suicide. I’ll finish it on the first anniversary of her death tomorrow. Prose written by a poet, micro to macro, real and absurd…awesome in the classical sense.

📚 Finished The Last Emperox (John Scalzi). I couldn’t very well take a break after 2/3 of this trilogy. And, confounding my expectations, it was not only the best of the three, but threw in more than a few surprises along the way to an immensely satisfying conclusion.

📚 Finished Embers (Sándor Márai). It’s been a long time since I’ve encountered a book this constrained (essentially one meal between frenemies, almost all of it a monologue, deep in philosophy) and this intense. An ember fanned to magnficent flame and a true masterpiece.

📚 Finished The Consuming Fire (John Scalzi). As a friend here promised, the 2nd in the trilogy is no let-down. None of the saggy middle that haunts trilogies (and me) here! A clever space opera whose fun isn’t in the mystery of the outcome, but the entertaining voyage there.

📚 Finished: Vanity Fair (Thackeray). I can’t believe it took me this long to read this sharp novel. An (anti-)heroine, an unreliable narrator, a two-decades long saga, a satire, an instruction manual, a brilliant take on Fielding. So, so good.

Scrolled past a headline that Sarah Palin has advice for Kamala Harris. Here’s some advice for @SaraPalinUSA: no one, on either side of the aisle or in between, wants your advice or cares about what you have to say about anything.

There is one remarkable thing about The Daily’s two-parter on “cancel culture”: no one mentioned in it who didn’t break the law was cancelled. More power to consequence culture!

TL;DR should go before the article that is TL. That is all.

📚 Finished Diary of a Nobody by the brothers Grossmith. Wickedly funny. My triumvirate of British comic novels now includes this, Three Men in a Boat, and pretty much any Wodehouse. Pooter, Perkupp, Cummings and Gowing, Lupin…indelible characters every one.

📚 Finished The Collapsing Empire (John Scalzi). Fast-paced, fun, intelligent and funny space opera. I expect nothing less from Mr. Scalzi. The premise is such that I have high hopes the next installment(s) in the trilogy will actually be better than the first. That’s rare.

📚 Finished Eclipse (John Banville). A re-read. If I ever read it a third time there wll be hardly a page left unhighlighted. There is no finer crafter of sentences than Banville. His writing is so good it makes me despair of my own.

🎵 Man, I forgot how much I love Stanley Turrentine’s playing…especially the Blue Note recordings with Blue Mitchell and Sugar (the first CTI album)…and anything else with Freddie Hubbard.

Politics do/don’t kill people in the same way guns do/don’t kill people. I’m neither celebrating nor saddened by Cain’s death. I am sad for others he likely infected, without consent, through his choice of selfishness and denial of science →

There are many good reasons not to require students to turn their cameras on, but in Zoom, at least, the potential trauma of the mirror image (cf isn’t one of them. Just show them how to disable self-view (

Representative Dolt @RepLouieGohmert is operating on a whole different level of stupid:

“I can’t help but think that if I hadn’t been wearing a mask so much in the last 10 days or so, I really wonder if I would have gotten it.”

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