Today’s Fortune: You might not be the nominee.
If you recorded your Twerking routine, and released teasers on TikTok, and then put the full sessions behind your paywall, you'd instantly become a millionaire and Substack's favorite author. Trust me, I have an MBA I don't use.
I started doing Pilates again but instead of HIIT Pilates taught by an energetic young Asian American woman, I'm doing 10 minute slow-and-precise videos taught by a middle-aged white woman physical therapist. I'm honestly starting to believe it's going to keep me from deteriorating as quickly as my peers as I sink into middle age.
I miss a university library. UNH's was a gorgeous monument to books. The one at SNHU was more like a stylish study space with a sprinkling of books for plausible deniability. Completely lacked soul.
The manga highs, the manga lows, the manga-me-throttling-the-English-language-licensing-and-publishing-world.
The isekai trend is interesting to think about as an abstract thing and maddening as someone who wants to read a fucking comic because at it's core it's just the same trend that brings us Ready Player Ones and a lot of mid- to low-tier self-aware nerd shit that's being written by people who have only read the sort of thing they're writing for people who only read that particular thing. The isekai trend really jumps out in English, I think, because our previous exposure to specifically targeted titling like that is porn and pulpier romance novels; it would be wild if you went to the bookstore and "Taken by the Amnesiac Oil Magnate" was on the shelf next to "Crime and Punishment" and in this essay --
Re and in conclusion your 1900hotdog article this week: motherfucker.
You’d better tell us what is under the dean’s. Since only paid (and gifted subscribers) will see it, spill the beans! Lol.
Which manga you have in mind for highs or lows?
I think I'm forever stuck in a hate loop of isekai. It's an entire genre that feels like every author is taking a good prompt for and then racing to see how quickly they can make it derivative.
The exception is Killer Shark in Another World. Obviously, the title caught my attention. The vulgar, juvenile language of the writing and horrific violence of the first chapter threatened to drive me away. It felt needlessly cruel. Then I reached the end of the chapter and the series showed its thesis: this is what would happen if Hello Kitty randomly had scenes from Friday the 13th. I hope it makes its way to the states, because it's a delight.
Or maybe we’ve initiated an impeachment of your NotColumbia position. I hear you send text messages AND emails. Where there’s smoke there’s something burning - we KNOW IT.
Came for the Newsreel -- the rest is always a pleasant bonus. This is the only place on the internet trolling the laugh track of O-Chem. My submit for editorial comment.
Children want to be compensated when school is done. They wish to accomplish this while avoiding math and chemistry (OChem). Companies come along and answer any question we might have. They even endeavor to explain how every protein in the world folds (that IS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY MY FRIENDS) and the catchier name is AlphaFold -- the latest GIFT to humanity of knowledge freely offered. For all of this, envy flourishes against Mountain View. Meanwhile a company in Cupertino makes a prettier teapot and flourishes -- presumably in the eyes of people who might rather avoid O-Chem it seems to me. What, exactly, have the teapot makers provided that answers questions about our world? They've grown quite large and built a wonderful monopoly by using PRC dexterous hands. What am I missing?
Can't go wrong with "Buns of Steel" with Tamilee Webb circa 1993.
Best wishes on your gluteal renaissance.