The answer was there all along. / Photo by slgckgc.
The Baffler,  October 20, 2014

Daily Bafflements

The answer was there all along. / Photo by slgckgc.


• A Fox News reporter, interviewing State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on Friday about the global Ebola crisis, very earnestly asked why the government has not yet considered launching an “ice bucket challenge” to combat the disease.

• Today in Billionaires: A reader responds to the Los Angeles Times piece about “Tom Steyer’s climate change crusade,” writing in a letter to the editor that, “I don’t think we’ll solve this crisis via a billionaire-vs.-billionaire grudge match.”

• Today in Bespoke, from The Baffler’s new favorite website, Pursuitist: “Designers Pamela Love and Lulu Frost have created bespoke mailboxes for Veuve Clicquot.” Yes, mailboxes. According to the company’s press release, “Clicquot Mail is a chic gift offering for Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label that is fashioned in the shape of a modern day mailbox to celebrate Veuve Clicquot’s rich heritage of correspondence.”

• “Silicon Valley’s resident philosopher-king.”

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