In Focus: All-Request Edition
Top: “Hemingway doing something badass”
Center-left: “I’d love to see something happy from Mexico, for a change”
Center-right: “Anything related to Haruki Murakami or books, in general”
Bottom: “2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs”
See the rest.
For this In Focus gallery, Alan Taylor asked his Twitter followers to tell him what they wanted to see. The result is an eclectic, intriguing collection of photos.
In this week’s edition of Megan vs the Atlantic:
In Focus is the one Atlantic feature that I can say I actually enjoy without having to give any qualifiers. I do like Alan Taylor and I respect him for asking his readers to participate. That being said, Atlantic readers are the worst people.
“Anything related to Haruki Murakami or books, in general”
WE GET IT. You’re a 20-year-old college student who loves Murakami and magical realism and you think it makes you look really intelligent and cultured even though you probably don’t read anything else at all. I like Murakami too but LBR, I have no freaking clue what he’s saying, ever, in any of his books or stories. Like, I get it just enough to think “oh this is really profound!” but if you press me further, I’ll be forced to admit that I have no idea what just happened. What is up with young people and Murakami? MURAKAMI IS THE GO-TO AUTHOR FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE GOOD TASTE. HE IS THE AUTHOR EQUIVALENT OF “BRICK” OR “THE FLAMING LIPS”. When you say you like Murakami, you are saying, “I like something that is a little off the beaten path but not so inaccessible as to be off-putting.”
the fact that you qualified “or books, in general” with Haruki Murakami proves that you are full of shit.
This is the kind of person who reads the Atlantic.
ETA: oh my god, the irony. the flaming lips is also featured in this collection.
ETA 2: actually, a lot of these were pretty good requests. So I’m going to blame the Atlantic tumblr updater for choosing the most irritating examples.