Happy National News Engagement Day! Today is the day that our forefathers Jesus Christ and Albert Einstein set aside for Engaging With The News, when they met with Napoleon on Elba and determined the International Schedule of Bogus Holidays by which we still plan the bogus days and weeks of our bogus lives. David Carr engaged with the Washington Post, giving them a pat on the back and a really nice certificate for still existing:
Adrianne Jeffries is engaging with VICE‘s Motherboard, which is a big loss for The Verge. NYC phone booths have been engaging with your phone for a few months, which partly explains why phone booths even still exist. A few hours after the Buzzfeed report, the city said “lol whoops” and ordered them removed so they can be reinstalled within weeks after a token “review” process. #Brands are engaging with Ello, so I’ve already moved to Owdy.co, the only social network that “doesn’t let content get in the way of what truly makes for a good social experience: rushing to get your username before everybody else.”
Clap along if you feel like a ¯\_ _/¯ without a (ツ)
— ghost kfan (@kfan) October 3, 2014
In Hobart, Elizabeth Ellen engaged with the alt-lit controversy in a personal essay so completely awful that even I would have politely ignored it except that Mallory engaged with it. Engaged with it real hard.
Sometimes it seems like people will never stop having opinions about Lena Dunham! Ross Douthat, who should stop having opinions altogether, thinks she is secretly proving reactionaries right. How can you literally call your own side of the political spectrum “reactionary?” We should be a lot more troubled by Ross Douthat than we are, and we are already really troubled. VICE’s Kaleb Horton tricked Douthat’s fellow reactionaries with the dastardly tactic of attributing a page of words to Dunham that was really obviously not by her. And finally, if you read nothing else in this graf, do read Jia Tolentino‘s review of “Not That Kind of Girl“ which is that best and rarest kind of Dunham Take: a thoughtful reading of the book itself.
My favorite twitter picture is back: pic.twitter.com/mZ0RYuauMT
— Brett (@Brosner85) September 21, 2014
Today in Tabs: “Why I Left New York” is already the most basic genre of personal essay, but Vogue‘s Jonathan Van Meter takes it to another level with an exemplar of the form that strays pretty far into unintentional self-parody. Blake Lively‘s artisanal pregnancy raises awareness that pregnant women literally must hold their wombs onto their bodies at all times lest they fall off and roll under the reclaimed barn wood picnic table. Pumpkin Spice Condoms were apparently Caitlin Kelly‘s fault, like so much else. World not yet replete with dicks, say scientists. CDC‘s Ebola playbook is apparently just: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
What do you think, Bij, got any good ideas on Ebola?
Today’s Song: Beyoncé released a video for “Flawless (Remix) ft. Nicki Minaj“
~This tab, flawless, my tab, flawless, I woke up like this~
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