Rollins's Review, November 4
On my favorite Substack columns this week
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Yassine Meskhout is a hilariously evil-minded public defender with his own ‘stack, which he doesn’t post to enough. This article, which he posted to Jesse Singal’s blog, is (like are most of the bangers he writes) a romp with practical utility. Read it, laugh your ass off, and then soak PayPal for arbitration fees.
I’m always a little conflicted about asking people where they get their memes. It feels like a faux pas on a visceral level even when it actually isn’t, like asking someone in the ‘90s for their weed connection’s contact information. I don’t mind sharing one of my sources, though: Malignant from Dissident Army. His material is free-range, spicy, and satisfying.
If I may put on my “publishing industry professional” hat for a minute, I know some of my readers are writers of fiction. Aristophanes of Aristophanes Athenaeum dropped some good links this week, including to a podcast he was on by Bizarchive, which is apparently in the top ten publishers for sales volume, and who specialize in pulp horror and sci-fi. If that’s what you write, you may want to check that out.
Libs of TikTok is one of my favorite muckrakers on Substack. They’re a tabloid that revels in outrage, but damned if they don’t break stories.
I worry about Delicious Tacos from Delicious Tacos. Genuinely. Like, is he okay? Much like a derailment of a train carrying the Ringling Brothers Circus, I can’t not check out his posts as I drive by.
Erik Hoel of The Intrinsic Perspective is so fucking smart it doesn’t seem possible. I’ve been devouring his articles about aristocratic tutoring for a while. I think he’s a fantastically interesting writer, and as how to learn things effectively is one of my interests, I’m enthusiastically boosting this article. Read it, and read the ones before it in the series.
Read Holly Math Nerd. I’m serious. She’s so compassionate and so on point.
Laughed so hard to "50 ways to get a girlfriend" that I have tears in my eyes.
Hope his worldview is not contagious...
The Hoard (transgender cult leader "teacher") story reminds me of Josh Slocum's observation that we're "Living in a Cluster B World".
Fascinating interviews on Mindmatters channel with Harrison Koehli.