I came down with some sort of illness yesterday.
Woke up with a fever. Hot and cold at the same time. Stumbled around for a while then vomited. Laid back down. My kind wife put a cold towel on my head. I fell back to sleep and, now, here I am. I feel a bit better. Not quite right but better.
Anyway, your pellets.
“Weird Twitter” Explained: Everything named and explained is less weird. This doesn’t really do much of a job of explaining anything but, for good or ill, the weird tag is probably gonna stick.
THE PLEBS, ROMAN SNOBBERY, AND MARY BEARD: A history of the word pleb, which is sometimes used as a snobbish insult but shouldn’t be.
Counterparties: The Jetsons were Keynesians: Also, they were a cartoon from the future.
Ruination and retrogressive images: ” . . . it seems that we are both projecting some romance backwards onto a pre-digital era, and while also creating space for images of destruction—from the subtle to the grandiose—in those same media forms.”
Andy Warhol, Gay and Catholic: There’s something of a trend in pretending that many of our best artists are either non-religious or anti-religious. Usually, though, that’s someone else’s agenda. Real people are always a bit more complicated than the cardboard cut-outs the media constructs.
Motel Guest Pistol-Whipped And Robbed: This was the Motel 6 my wife and stayed at. It was a pretty dodgy place. The robbery occurred in the room next door. A relief to be out of there.