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December 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm (gynomite's reading room)

Hot guys in glasses. Dig.

Kumail and I made a video about our favorite pop culture moments from 2013 for AV Club!

This is fascinating: that old “turn the other cheek” expression doesn’t mean that you deal with violence to you by asking for more violence. In Biblical times, doing such a thing would present an extremely vexing moral quandary on the slapper. Read all about it!

A fantastic collection of the best Internet reads from 2013.

Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, and myself are coming to DC, Philadelphia, and Boston in January! Get some tickets! (DC on sale soon)


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December 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm (gynomite's reading room)

A great post from my pal Louis Peitzman about how free speech doesn’t mean you get to be a bigot. Free speech means you get to say whatever you want and then receive whatever  repercussions individual businesses want to impart upon you.

I wrote this for Rookie about being afraid of infinity.

I loved this answer about adult children being annoyed at visiting their families for the holidays. Loved.

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail is coming to SF Sketchfest! Get tickets!

Eddie Murphy NAILING it at the 60th annual Academy Awards.

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December 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm (gynomite's reading room)

I love Porn Hub Comments on Stock Photos, and you will too.

These cartoons made in opposition to the women’s suffrage movement are horrifying. What’s more horrifying: how the way we try and stifle women hasn’t changed a bit.

The year in bad cop behavior, from VICE.

I was on Jordan Jesse Go with my pal (and husband) Kumail!

These autocorrect fails made me laugh until I was crying and my eyeliner was ruined.

This is not a world I live in, but I found this post from a tattoo artist to hopeful tattoo apprentices really interesting. People often think that careers that seem “fun” or “cool” therefore have no rules, but anyone who is good at what they do works fucking hard and is incredibly professional.

Male burlesque at the height of its game. Seriously, enjoy this man’s incredibly sexiness.  

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December 12, 2013 at 9:38 am (gynomite's reading room)

In Texas, they are looking to pass a law that says your name has to be correct on your drivers license. Seems innocuous, if not a little prissy, no? Well, men don’t ever have to worry about name changes, but women who get married/divorced do. This could exclude up to 1/3 of women who just haven’t gotten around to updating their licenses.

Twenty ecstatic dogs on their way home from the shelter for the first time. Adopt, motherfuckers.


Geena Davis’ easy two-step program to making Hollywood less sexist.

One of the funniest things I’d seen in a while- Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Conan get into a Lyft car together. Yeah, it’s basically an ad, but a funny one.

Obsessed with this:

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December 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm (gynomite's reading room)

The celebs who came out in 2013. Big year! Ben Whishaw is gay?!

Fascinating story about an Ayn Rand obsessed guy who took over Sears and has now run it into the ground in five years.

I’m on the podcast Yo Is This Racist? all week long! Tune in every day!

This woman made an art project out of being “kindly” harassed by men on the street.

I wrote a thing for Rookie about how it’s okay; nay, a good thing to change your mind!

Corgi. On. A. Carousel.

These things are normally cheesy, but I like this list of things that mentally strong people avoid doing.

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December 6, 2013 at 8:58 am (gynomite's reading room)

A guide to hipster racism. A must read, despite whatever opinions you have about Jezebel.

Carrboro NC! December 23rd! Kumail does a show at Local 506- get tickets now!

Glen Danzig gave birth to twins!

This is fascinating: purebred dog breeds from 100 years ago and today. The way we’ve molded these dogs into freak shows is startling.

Starting Tuesday, you can get tickets to The Meltdown/Grawlix mashup in Denver on January 10th!

I don’t care about the stuff for this season of Real World, but I do care how zeitgeisty that show was in my adolescence.

Jay-Z and Beyonce went vegan, and went to Cafe Gratitude mere minutes after I did. Sooooooo we’re friends.

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December 3, 2013 at 10:38 am (gynomite's reading room)

Three horrifyingly racist news stories to start out your morning angry.

I was on the podcast How Did This Get Made? discussing that old gem Hudson Hawk.

The Elan Dale/Diane plane note-passing off was a hoax. Soooooo, there’s that.

These reviews for a 5 lb bag of gummi bears are great.

Kim Kardashian had a charity auction for the Phillipines, and she gave them a whole 10% of the proceeds!

Kumail and Jerrod Carmichael are doing a show on 12/23 in Carrboro NC! Come on down!

A very sexy picture of Lady Gaga nude after the jump! No bits, I just genuinely think it’s hot. NSFW

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Book Talk.

December 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm (book)

I read a lot of books, and I get asked about books I read a lot, so I thought I’d put together this list of the best books I’ve read this year. This doesn’t mean the book was published this year, mind you, so hush up your corrections. I offer no links to buy them, because I’d prefer you bought them at a bookstore. Get in there.

The Devil in the White City- Erik Larson

An epic simultaneous tale of the Worlds Fair in Chicago and a horrifically efficient serial killer. Nonfiction.

The Dinner- Herman Koch

Translated from its original language, which I think is Dutch, this is the story of two parents who are slowly and quietly revealed to be overprotective of their son. The less I say, the better. Fiction.

Guns- Stephen King

Short, well-reasoned essay from a gun owner about the responsibility of guns. Essay.

I Would Die 4 U- Toure

An insightful look at Prince, and where he fits into American culture, and why he’s still a genius. Biography.

Lost at Sea- Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson writes books you can’t really describe easily. In this one, he interviews many people who have fantastical lives, and he waxes poetic about those lives. Essays.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls- David Sedaris

Still the master. That’s all. Essays.

Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy- Ophira Eisenberg

I loved this memoir about a woman who is unabashedly slutty that doesn’t try to retcon her life to rationalize why she liked to fuck a lot of dudes. She just did. And then she fell in love. Memoir.

11/22/63- Stephen King

A great novel about time travel and the JFK assassination. It’s Stephen King, so it’s problematic, but no one tells stories like this man. Fiction.

20th Century Ghosts- Joe Hill

A collection of modern day ghost stories from Joe Hill, of Locke & Key and Stephen King’s loins. Some are stronger than others, but definitely worth a read. Short stories.

Top of the Rock- Warren Littlefield

Fucking fascinating look at the rise and fall of NBC, starting with Cheers and moving through today, with insight into how shows were made (or almost not made). Nonfiction.

Heads in Beds- Jacob Tomsky

Amazing book written by a guy who has worked in hotels his entire life. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll love this guy’s voice. I do. Memoir.

Lost Girls- Robert Kolker

Someone murdered several prostitutes in the NYC area in 2010, and their bodies were all found in Long Island. The killer is still at large. This book looks into the lives of the women who were murdered, and the facts of the case. Maddening. Nonfiction.

Orange is the New Black- Piper Kerman

A lot of people don’t know that the show is based on this memoir. I didn’t until I saw the show. It’s different enough from the show to keep you interested, and it’s got way more stuff about prison culture. Memoir.

John Dies at the End- David Wong

A balls-out insane novel that I read after watching the movie. The movie is insane, and the book has things in it that are completely unfilmable. Plus all you wanna do is hang out with the two protagonists. Fiction.

The Invention of Murder- Judith Flanders

A book about Victorian England’s obsession with murder. It covers the legal system, the murders themselves, the pop culture that bloomed around crime, and somewhat boringly, the plays that were often “what ifs” about actual murder cases. Like old school Law & Order. Nonfiction.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves- Karen Joy Fowler

The less that is revealed about this novel, the better, but it’s my favorite of the year. It starts in the middle, when a young woman is grappling with losing two of her siblings under mysterious circumstances. It’s funny, it’s sweet, and it’s deep as shit. Fiction.

The Corner- David Simon and Edward Burns

Another book, along with Homocide, that spawned The Wire. This book dives deep into a year in the lives of people in Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods. Tough to read, but really good, especially if you have no sympathy for drug users or drug dealers. Nonfiction.

Doctor Sleep- Stephen King

The sequel to The Shining that I thought I was going to hate turned out to be pretty good. Does it stick the landing? Maybe not 100%. But I still loved being in that world. Fiction.

We Are Water- Wally Lamb

I love the shit out of She’s Come Undone, and how amazingly Wally Lamb can channel a female character. He must have been told this a lot, because in this book he channels several women and men of varying ethnicity. He does a pretty good job, and the story was pulpy and paid off well. Fiction.

Hyperbole and a Half- Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh started a blog where she told simple, funny stories with words and MS Paint. Then she started struggling mightily with depression, and continued to make comics. This book tracks that journey. It’s funny and sweet and resonate. Nonfiction.

The Fault in Our Stars- John Green

Probably the most popular YA novel right now. This story is sad and moving and so wonderfully depicts teenage love that it made me homesick. Fiction.

The New Jim Crow- Michelle Alexander

A painstakingly researched and argued book about how we didn’t rid ourselves of Jim Crow laws, we just started calling them our penal code. Staggeringly eye opening. A must read. Nonfiction.

World War Z- Max Brooks

I haven’t seen the movie, but the book is a series of interviews of survivors of the Zombie War, and it makes you patiently tease out the story of what happened by eavesdropping. Fiction.



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Discoveries of a Has-Been

December 2, 2013 at 10:07 am (music)

San Fermin- Sonsick

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

December 2, 2013 at 9:52 am (gynomite's reading room)

The lead singer of a band called LostProphets pled guilty to attempting to rape a baby this past week, which calls into question: can you separate the art from the artist?

Evan Rachel Wood is correct.

Any musician who is a gay icon should at least be able to speak about the gay community without this much weirdness- Britney Spears, everyone.

The sweet story behind the photo that humanized AIDS for a lot of people in the 80s.

Drew Barrymore in Playboy in 1995. NSFW.

The passion of parenting. I loved this essay in NY Times.


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