Kailyn Kent points out that the New Yorker recycled a gag and no one noticed, cared.

Chris Gavaler on Nicholson Baker and superpowered sex offenders.

Featured Archive Post: Matthias Wivel on comics and classical art.

Jones, One of the Jones Boys on Jack Kirby and the visual logic of superhero fight scenes.

Richard Cook on the unexpected awesomeness of Breaking Dawn 2.

Kristian Williams on means and ends in V for Vendetta.

Me on Gwyneth Jones’ White Queen and reading as science fiction.

Chris Gavaler on transhuman eugenics.

Chris Connor asks what you’ve been listening to this week.

Utilitarians Everywhere

At Reason I review Alex Sayf Cummings’ new book on the history of music piracy.

At the Atlantic I talk about:

the benefits of overpraising Dads.

childishness in Romeo and Juliet.

— the amazing crappiness of the Band Perry’s new album.

At Splice I talk about:

Steven Landsburg and the freedom to rape.

Jimmie Rodgers vs. Brad Paisley, Louis Armstrong vs. LL Cool J.

Other Links

Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell.

Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong.

Conor Friedersdorf on the cost of the stigma against nudity.

Jesse Walker on integration and Southern music.

Susan Faludi on Shulamith Firestone.

Good Grief, Charlize.

Eric Berlatsky on love triangles and homosociality in the early Superman.

Isaac Butler defends Romeo and Juliet.

Madison Moore on the downsides of grad school.

Female geeks spoil everything.
This Week’s Reading

Finished Gwyneth Jones’ White Queen; read James Tiptree’s collection Ten Thousand Light Years From Home, which is pretty mediocre. Started rereading Shulamith Firestone’s Dialectic of Sex. Oh, yeah, and reread Romeo and Juliet…which is great!


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