Rollins's Review, October 7
On my favorite Substack columns this week
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My feelings on Rhyd Wildermuth are mixed. On the one hand, I’ve been out of the Marxist game for a while. On the other, he and I are on the exact same page regarding both magic and abusive relationships.
(Also, damn. The man can write.)
Reading Scott Alexander’s Astral Codex Ten is like drinking from a firehose of content. The volume of good stuff in there is astounding, to the point of making your gums hurt if you try to read too much. Or something. My favorite articles are always the whimsical ones—his short stories aren’t half bad, and his dialogues (such as the one below) are choice.
I have a documented weakness for what I think of as “The Last Reasonable Man” journalism. Its exemplars include Freddie deBoer when he’s doing journalism, and of course Jesse Singal, but the purest form of TLRM journalism is probably Michael Tracey. He prioritizes The Truth, and that’s what I like about him.
BHerr is breaking down method, and doing a consistently amazing job of it. I’m a fan. (Also, I used female pronouns to refer to him the last time I boosted him in a review. When in doubt, remember: Rollins is retarded.)
Richard Hanania doesn’t pull his punches. Sometimes he doesn’t swing, but when he does, he generally connects, and he hits hard. He hasn’t left my list of “Most consistently interesting public intellectuals on Substack” (along with Freddie deBoer, The Zvi, Scott Alexander, Curtis Yarvin, and Rob Henderson) since I first found his ‘stack. I disagree with him occasionally, but less than you might think.
Matt Taibbi is a gleeful, bomb-throwing journalistic menace to the untroubled sleep of the unrighteous. I wish he’d post every day.
Thank you so much for the link and the kind words!
You are too kind mate. Thanks!