Looking around the internet

Check out "Backbone", a previously unpublished piece of short fiction from David Foster Wallace in The New Yorker.  It’s about a boy whose goal from age six is to press his lips to every inch of his own body.  (That’s not a spoiler, I think, since it’s revealed in the opening sentences.)  It’s beautifully written and thought-provoking, but also creepy and disturbing IMO.  The boy and his father are both contortionists, one physically and one emotionally, and they are torturing themselves, although the boy is doing so systematically and with medical caution and guidance.  And yet they blend right into their community without a ripple.

Anna Holmes’ op-ed piece in the New York Times about misogyny in media through the filter of that CBS sitcom and its asshat lead actor is very good, too.  I don’t watch the show — it’s not funny to me — and I’m avoiding as much media about it as I can, because I find it disgusting that mainstream media is pandering to this drug-addled, violent, egomaniacal loser.

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  1. What’s that old horror story, if you say someone’s name you attract their attention? While I don’t believe that’s the case, I think enough media attention has been wasted and there are more important things that could be reported on in the news.

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