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What If Herman Cain Had a Kill List?

Read more. [Image: Reuters, Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg]

A one-act play of GOP fan fiction, by Conor Friedersdorf.

man fuck the atlantic and fuck Friedersdorf whoever the fuck he because this fanfic sucks ass but i’d be lying if I said this photoshop doesn’t give me life.

Why isn’t any alternate-history fiction like this??

edit: and bravo to the sir who said that Papa John would be #1 on that kill list.


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. 


One more shot of the Space Shuttle Discovery over DC. This one is awfully close.

[via Katy Daily]

OK as cool as this was, you need to stop fucking reblogging these photos because you’ve already posted like 10 of them and I’m sick of scrolling past shitty, blurry instagrams. can you just aggregate them on your website or something, KTHNX


Chart of the Day: How Deep Did James Cameron Dive?

We know and love xkcd, created by Randall Munroe, for doing these sort of big, information-rich treatments on other subjects, including spacemovie plots, and the Internet. Here’s his take on the world’s lakes and oceans, where we see the incredible depths of the Pacific’s Marianas Trench, the seas’ lowest point (about as far down as Deepwater Horizon drilled), which makes the “Great” Lakewe grew up near seem like a puddle. With both The Abyss and Titanic getting coy references, the comic also does a wonderful job of reminding us of Cameron’s obsession with the ocean. He was down in the Marianas, after all, to shoot footage for yet another film.

xkcd is the best.

We know and love xkcd,”



Here’s What a Ride in the ‘Taxi of the Future’ Will Get You

Yesterday, at the New York International Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the NYC “Taxi of the Future.” And the vehicle — most notable for the fact that it’s not a car, in the old Crown Victoriamodel, but a minivan — sounds approximately 1,000 times more user-friendly than the current NYC cab. For example:

The doors on the vehicles slide open, so no more risk of hitting a passing bicycle messenger, and they’ll all come with a navigation system, so no more getting lost in the outer boroughs. There are floor lights, to help find anything that may have fallen to the floor, as well as overhead lights for reading. Luggage can go into the cargo space in the rear.

The cabs will also feature a “low-annoyance horn,” more leg room, a skylight, and — in a move that may bring a well-deserved death blow to the strawberry-scented air freshener — odor-reducing fabric.

One of the most exciting selling points, though? The cabs will feature charging stations for riders’ electronics, including one 12-volt outlet and a pair of USB ports.

Which: AWESOME. This is great news for taxi riders — what better time to charge a juiceless phone or tablet, after all, than when you’re stuck in cab? — and it’s good news for the overall movement toward the ubiquitization of charging stations. But it also makes you wonder: How much power, actually, might one expect to get from the Taxi of the Future? Cab rides are short; charge times are long. Are the taxi-bound stations really the Amazing Life-Changers that they seem to be?

Read more. [Image: Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg]

The Atlantic’s first rage comic.

I can’t even focus on this article because I’m dying from the 2nd hand embarrassment that comes from seeing the Atlantic trying to attempt a rage comic. 

last post of the night i swear


DOCUMERICA: Images of America in Crisis in the 1970s

As the 1960s came to an end, the rapid development of the American postwar decades had begun to take a noticeable toll on the environment, and the public began calling for action. In November 1971, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a massive photo documentary project, called DOCUMERICA, to record these changes. More than 100 photographers were hired not only to document specific environmental issues, but to capture images of everyday life, showing how we interacted with the environment and capturing the way parts of America looked at that moment in history. By 1974, more than 80,000 photographs had been produced. The National Archives has made 15,000 of these images available, and I’ve spent much of the past week combing through those to bring you these 46 glimpses of America in the early 1970s, with an eye toward our then-ailing environment.

Above: Water cooling towers of the John Amos Power Plant loom over a home located across the Kanawha River, near Poca, West Virginia, in August of 1973. (Harry Schaefer/NARA)

See more gritty images at In Focus

Fascinating series. A great response to people who are against federal regulations and believe that the industry should set environmental standards — I feel like I could get an asthma attack by just looking at some of these photos. 


9/11: The Week Before

The attacks of September 11th, 2001 came as a huge surprise, shocking the world and immediately dominating the news around the world. Ten years later, the reverberations from that shock and the varying reactions to it continue to affect nearly everyone in ways large and small. While most people remember where they were on that day, it can be difficult to recall what else was happening in the days just before. I thought it would be interesting to go through the newswires and find photos of events taking place around the world during the week of September 3 to September 10, 2001. Some of the photos are directly related to the upcoming attacks, or the fallout that resulted, many have nothing at all to do with the attacks, but simply show glimpses of what was happening at that time. Gathered here is a time capsule of images taken during this week of September, one decade ago, before everything changed.

See more photos as In Focus

These snapshots of the world from a decade ago make up one of the best series I’ve seen from “In Focus” yet. The last images are chilling. 



I was the guest editor of The Atlantic for their next issue and designed the cover as well.

Nailed it.

ooh and the gender politics article is totally written by Caitlyn Flanagan, amirite folks


Our 2011 Fiction issue publishes next week. Look for it online and at your local newsstand. Above, a snippet of the Tomer Hanuka’s excellent cover. We’ll post the whole thing next week.

hey guys remember when the atlantic used to publish fiction on a monthly basis because it was a vanguard of literary and arts coverage?

yeah neither do I. it’s been way too fucking long.

Lovely, lovely cover though :P

  • Me: omfg i realized another reason why i hate the atlantic
  • Me: they hire the worst feminists in the world
  • Me: give me your arial levys, they can have their caitlin flanagans and sandra tsing lohs
  • Amber: Lol yeah they do have really shitty feminists
  • Amber: caitlin 'oh i'm just looking out for the children but also girls shouldn't be slutty slut sluts all they want is a real boyfriend' flanagan
  • Megan: LOL. caitlin "alec baldwin is really hot and that's why i forgive him for calling his daughter a pig" flanagan
  • Megan: sandra tsing "i'm a girl who's shitty at math" loh
  • Megan: honestly all they have to do is hire ayelet "i love my husband michael chabon more than i love my kids" waldman
  • [okay to be fair, ayelet waldman is sometimes okay (esp compared to flanagan and TSL) but her fiction sucks so she's still on the shit list.]