Alt text from xkcd:
I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.
THE STORY OF THE MEAN JAR as told by Alex Goldman of TLDR
There is a pretty regular volley of abuse between me and PJ. He makes fun of me for being a milquetoast suburbanite with a terrible sense of social cues, and I make fun of him for being an immature, disorganized mess with terrible taste in music.
The whole thing was getting a little exhausting, so I came up with an idea – The Mean Jar.
The way it worked was every time one of us was unnecessarily mean (and that means overtly abusive, wryly sarcastic, even in drawn form, which happens more than you’d think) the mean one would have to put 50 cents in The Mean Jar.
Our colleague Chris Neary would be the meanness referee, which was a benevolent act, seeing as we often contested his rulings.Once we reached 20 bucks, we were going to go out to lunch with our Mean Jar earnings.
Unfortunately, it was really only effective for about a week. PJ quickly began to see it as an excuse or even a provocation to be mean, dropping a dollar in to belt out a couple of epithets here and there. It wasn’t long before The Mean Jar experiment ended unceremoniously.
Time for #fridayreads! With special guests codeswitch and NPR Founding Mother Susan Stamberg:
Nicole, Petra and Camila: Finishing Grapes of Wrath for Monday’s last book club meeting.
Rose: I’ve just started All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s a tome … but I’m excited!
Colin: History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. I’m not sure how this book found its way to my leaning, cluttered stacks, or why out of everything else it was this I picked up — though I fear the choice may bring down upon my head another mini-bottle of gin — but I’m loving it so, so much right now.
Susan Stamberg: The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back From The Dead by Alison Leslie Gold
Kat Chow: I just finished The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner and am now starting to read Yiyun Lee’s Kinder Than Solitude.
Karen Grigsby Bates: Finishing Julia Glass’ And The Dark Sacred Night and an advance reader of Kathryn Ma’s The Year She Left Us.
Luis Clemens: After editing Camila’s essay on boxing and poetry I had no choice but to read Adrian Matejka’s The Big Smoke. I was sold once I read, "We can bathe // in champagne, dry / ourselves with hundred- / dollar bills like those // Rockefellers do."
Matt Thompson: I’m reading a draft of a friend’s novel and Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide.
Gene Demby: I’m currently reading The History of White People by Nell Irving Painter and it’s melting my brain.
Shereen Meraji: I’m reading Kindred by Octavia Butler.
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