Eating Pringles is only one tiny step up from eating paste from a tube.
— Alex Pounds (@acreature) November 13, 2014
Someone finally found the key to the storage closet where departed Racket would-have-been-founder Matt Taibbi locked Alex Pareene, Edith Zimmerman, and the rest of his staff way back in August. Once released it took them approximately five minutes to create Racket Teen, which is literally the best Tumblr I have ever seen, and I don’t mean that merely to damn them with faint praise. With the latest on intelligence-news hotties like Jeremy BAEhill, exclusive Marco Rubio cover pics, and even stylish aspirational sponcon from hot #brand Ralph Lauren Horse Champagne, Racket Teen is what Racket should have been all along. Pareene & co could have launched this, even allowing for very generous weed-smoking breaks, about two days after they were hired, so I can only imagine what kind of nightmarish Event Horizon-type conditions must prevail inside the First Look offices to have prevented them from doing so.
Also launching an escape pod from starship First Look is Intercept EIC John Cook, who is going back to Gawker to be their Head of Hastily-Invented Job Titles. Cook was last seen co-bylining this Intercept article about how great it is working at The Intercept. Michael B. Kelley checks in with the day’s hottest take on that move. Glenn Greenwald also posted about it, and Cook is clearly burning no bridges. Best of luck to him on his new adventure at the home of his old adventure.
The Greek myth of Tantalus is about the first thirsty rando.
— Mark Wunsch (@markwunsch) November 11, 2014
Paper Mag, which despite being around for 30 years and having a Wikipedia page is somehow un-Googleable, published pictures of a naked and well-lubricated Kim Kardashian yesterday, illustrating an article that is probably made of words. Thinks were thunk: Erin Keane did an Instagram comment close-read for Salon which is more enlightening than it sounds. In The Grio, Blue Telusma excavates the racist history of that champagne picture. At press time, the internet remains regrettably un-destroyed.
It’s Thursday, and that means a new episode of Serial. Jay Caspian Kang wrote about “Serial and White Reporter Privilege” in The Awl. Paul Laudiero made a Serial parody which is a lot funnier than it has any right to be. The podcast boom continues, with former TLDR host PJ Vogt apparently getting drunk last night and doxxing the name of his new Gimlet Media project, Reply All from the bathroom of a dive bar.
Random Darknet Shopper is like Darius’s Amazon shopper but with more drugs. Bots on bots on bots. Twitter’s secret weapon is definitely not its incomprehensible new mission statement. Elizabeth Spiers is hiring an editor-in-chief for a mattress company. The 60-second Choire. In his “Hot Takes from the Jazz Age” column, Nick Bilton discovers that fame can have a dark side. Time asks which girl word should be banned, “feminist” is winning by an enormous margin. Maybe it’s just a coincidence!
— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) November 13, 2014
I was terribly remiss on Tuesday in forgetting to tab the intern’s Vanity Fair interview with Anil Dash. It’s quite good. Today he brings us Adrian Chen on Anonymous:
Bijan’s mentions are a thirst-trap 24/7. I have a Tweetdeck column just to watch them.
TV On the Internet: I hear that High Maintenance is very good
~I got holes in my pockets, so all my tabs fall out.~
I use FastCoLabs! You do?…