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  • Good artists copy. Lindy artists steal.
    24 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 15 9
    What in the world is this illustration? I’m obsessed. From The Lights of Canopus (1847). Source. Tweets are intellectual property! Yeehaw. As I’m sure you’ve already seen, Chaos Monkeys-author Antonio...
  • The next frontier of porn.
    23 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 5 7
    Sommonte (19th Century) A curious trend has been emerging online over the past few years. Highly eroticized videos of women doing mundane things without any explicit sexual content. The videos go some...
  • 🔒 The first wave of digital natives.
    22 Nov 2021 2 2
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  • 🔒 Hipster reactionaries and beyond anti-wokeness.
    22 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Photo: Plamen Petkov. Source: NYMag John Pistelli is a writer and culture commentator, and the mind behind the wonderful Tumblr Grand Hotel Abyss, which I found, embarrassingly enough, Googling my own...
  • 🔒 Untitled Novella
    20 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 3
    Dans le lit (In the Bed), by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892 — Source. They had met in the fall of 2009, in Paris, at a house party. D. was eighteen. D.’s friend Lorenzo (or at least, that’s what he’d...
  • Old-timey freak shows and handlebar mustaches.
    19 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 3 6
    I’ve got to just get a Tumblr, I think. Or maybe a Pinterest? Sometimes I just want to share photos, convey a vibe. Maybe this is what TikTok is for. I’m a great consumer of TikTok, not as good at cre...
  • #MeToo'd in cyberspace.
    19 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 9 14
    Coloured engraving from Joseph Racknitz's 1789 pamphlet which attempted to reveal the secret workings of William Kempelen's alleged chess-playing automaton "The Turk" — Source. #MeToo’d in cyberspace ...
  • The pro-anorexia memory hole.
    18 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 19 15
    I had the pleasure of being a guest on Incel this week. Host Naama Kates and I discussed a wide range of topics—of course, incels, porn, the trajectory of the dating industry, looksmaxxing, and whethe...
  • 🔒 The Hot Take fandom
    17 Nov 2021 5 2
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  • 🔒 What is "right wing art"?
    16 Nov 2021 11 13
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