I Write About the Rise of Cracked.com as an Actual Journalism Behemoth Thing

for AmSpec: Gallows humor is one of the most traditional and least savory elements of esprit de corps. For cops, doctors, soldiers, social workers—anybody whose job site is the miserable human heart—gallows humor puts the “against the world” into us-against-the-world. In a Venn diagram of “jokes cops post in online forums” and “civil rights violations,” a lot of material would fall in the overlap area. Emergency-room abbreviations like CTD (Circling the Drain) or FDGB (Fall Down Go Boom) cauteri … [Read more...]

From Yumiko Kurahashi, “The Adventures of Sumiyakist Q”

tr Dennis Keene: After a soupy dish of beans and assorted cereals boiled together with giblet-like fragments floating in it, a meat dish appeared which Q was quite unable to conjecture at. The meat, cut into petal shapes, enclosed a considerably thick bone and was of very gelatine-like quality. It gave the impression of being segments of a much larger, stick-shaped object."What kind of food is this?" asked Q of the theologian, but he received no reply.The rector then leaned his body … [Read more...]


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