the eighty-sixth digest post
That song fucked me up. Phosphorescent’s vocals set off a vibe in my body that seeks to convince me that all the misanthropic and nihilistic things I think are true.
“Speaking for myself, I have tried to learn my craft not only from politically irreproachable writers like Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, but also from imperialists like Kipling...” It’s amusing to me when people like Roy try to turn Morrison into some kind of front yard sign liberal (they did it with Didion, too). If one really spends time with Morrison’s books, she’s deeply conservative in a lot of ways.
If anyone missed this, it’s why FDB called him essential reading a few months ago: https://open.substack.com/pub/samkriss/p/wokeness-is-not-a-politics?r=3lvt5&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
Support for the Iraq War is what first rendered the NYT a total shitrag. Other issues since (Russiagate, for example) made it even clearer how pathetic that newspaper is, but it was their absolutely vile handling of the Iraq question that destroyed their credibility entirely.
>Her genius was in creating a simulacra of what a tech founder looked like; that there was no there there was of little interest to investors.
Now that the dust has settled somewhat and we're far away from those post-GR ZIRP days...I'd like to think everyone's a little wiser, and we'll see less of this going forward? Fewer pure-grift startups, fewer investors extending credulity as much as credit. One wants to believe this exit valve from The System works, that smart people can skip the song and dance of formal ed credentialism and succeed anyway. (Recently read SA's book review of "Paper Belt on Fire", Michael Gibson's hagiography of Saint Peter Thiel, so this has been on my mind.)
I thought Bad Blood was a gripping read even though I was completely familiar with the story going into it.