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Luke O'Neil
Weekly dispatches from the pit of despair
Created 25 Jul 2018
  • A massive feedback loop of disenfranchisement
    06 May 2021about 17 hours ago • 10 min read • 7 0
    It was my birthday yesterday thank you very much for all the kind wishes from those of you who observe the holiday. If you’d like to do me a favor please tell a friend about Hell World or share it on ...
  • Could you patent the sun?
    04 May 2021 • 13 min read • 16 2
    Thanks for being here. The next two issues of Hell World will be paid-only including a dispatch from Tennessee on their Republican lawmakers’ penchant for passing goofy stunt bills to own the libs and...
  • How did Hawaiʻi handle the pandemic?
    30 Apr 2021 • 12 min read • 3 0
    Today’s Hell World feature is a dispatch from Hawaiʻi on how the island state has fared during the pandemic. [Movie voiceover guy] On this island paradise… not everything is quite as it seems… Obvious...
  • How did Hawaiʻi handle the pandemic?
    30 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    I tried for a few minutes to remember who was who in the Giuliani Ukraine thing they got going on again now and I'm just not going to do that. I wish everyone luck in whatever it is that is happening....
  • I want them to imagine Black cowboys too
    26 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 3
    A little something different for our main story today. Different in that it’s still about racism but not entirely as punishing and bleak as we normally get around here. It comes from Zaron Burnett III...
  • Let me see another doctor for a follow-up before you start coming up at me with bills
    22 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 0
    Two weeks ago today Josh Albert was set to take off on a trip to South America. He was walking out of a FedEx in New York City after getting his passport and vaccination papers in order when the right...
  • What the hell is going on in Canada right now?
    18 Apr 2021 • 32 min read • 15 3
    Things in Canada look pretty fucked right now in terms of Covid. It’s honestly disorienting to hear about from an American perspective just as it seems like we’re starting to see the light at the end ...
  • As the protagonist of reality you don’t expect that you’re ever going to die
    17 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 16 6
    God this one is depressing. Even grading on a curve for what I normally cover in here. It’s a discussion with a palliative care nurse practitioner at a hospital in New England. We talked about what th...
  • Consider the Lobster Roll
    15 Apr 2021 • 12 min read
    It’s the eight year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Here are some things I wrote about it at the time and in the years since then. The first, originally in Vice, is a favorite of mine then...
  • Alive in the dying embers of someone’s mind
    13 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 1
    When you’re very old and perhaps near the end of your life — if you are fortunate enough to make it there — what memories do you suppose you’ll still hold onto as the lights fade? What do you hope tod...
  • It’s no fault of my own that I have this disease
    10 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 0
    Oftentimes people will send me stories saying something like “this is some real Hell World shit right here man” and I appreciate that because I love to be constantly angry all the time and to never kn...
  • Why do so many people get cancer at exactly age 65?
    08 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 3
    Thanks for reading. Please subscribe to the paid or free versions of this newsletter to support my work. Get 20% off forever Amidst all the perversions of decency and the indifference to suffering emb...
  • You can’t even hold their hand and be the nurse you want to be
    05 Apr 2021 • 13 min read • 11 3
    Nurses in Massachusetts have been on strike for five weeks now. Bill Shaner, formerly a reporter for Worcester Magazine, who now writes the newsletter Worcester Sucks and I Love It, reports on what th...
  • I do kind of want to do some stuff I was too much of a chicken to do before
    01 Apr 2021 • 19 min read • 11 4
    Please throw a few bucks a month into the pot buddy. Thank you for reading either way. Get 33% off for 1 year “I’m fascinated by the ways politicians use social media,” Ashley Feinberg explained in th...
  • I can't shake the feeling that you must have saved me for something greater than this
    27 Mar 2021 • 14 min read • 17 0
    The most recent issue of Hell World was for paid subscribers only. It was about the latest mass shootings and featured a piece by Dave Infante about what the hell has been going on in South Carolina t...
  • We want you to suffer and die :)
    23 Mar 2021 • 10 min read • 8 7
    I’m not sure exactly when the switch happened but last night the full force of it hit me when I realized that the standard line you hear from survivors of mass shootings now has changed from “We never...
  • It feels like it’s a story that we were born with
    19 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 15 1
    She loved Tiesto. Jesus Christ I don’t know why but that is the line that broke me in this story about Hyun Jung Grant one of the victims of the shootings in Atlanta. “She would always try to convince...
  • It’s a simple thing to do to be less horrible to human beings
    14 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 0
    Lot of interviews lately because I no longer have interiority. More on that below. Other people still seem to have motivations however. Other people still seem to want things. Like Emma Goodman who I ...
  • How much having lived is going to cost her
    11 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 0
    Thanks for being here. Please purchase a subscription to support my work. Get 20% off for 1 year Having suffered from seizures since she was very young Mary von Aue has become all too familiar with th...
  • How much having lived is going to cost her
    11 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 1
    Having suffered from seizures since she was very young Mary von Aue has become all too familiar with the cruelty of the American healthcare system. Sometimes almost as scary as the seizures themselves...
  • The legal system is stacked against your grandparents
    07 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 2
    On Friday I wrote about the new film I Care A Lot and the type of utterly maddening and downright evil elder abuse it depicts. Since then I still haven’t stopped being fucking pissed off about it in a...
  • I felt like I was in a grave buried alive
    05 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 1
    Also be sure to read the follow up piece to this one. It’s an interview with a person who works on these type of elder abuse cases regularly in Arizona. “There are some evil people in this world,” Bil...
  • I think we’re getting to a tipping point
    28 Feb 2021 • 17 min read • 29 0
    Today we have an interview with a fella who works in medical billing. He’s the type of guy who is the conduit between your doctor and your insurance company and you who figures out what stupid imagina...
  • Some inaccessible other version of my life
    25 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 0
    What were you doing one year ago today? It’s an uh…hold on… Wednesday morning as I’m writing this I believe so likely you were just getting into work — hump day baby! — or school or wherever it is you...
  • As if they were servants trying to steal the family silver
    22 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 1
    Hello. Kind of a quick one today with mostly some suggested reading. I’ll be back shortly once I figure out how to remove the claw hammer some foul brigand seems to have sunk into the back of my skull...
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