A car which isn't super enough. / Brian Snelson
The Baffler,  July 1, 2015

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A car which isn't super enough. / Brian Snelson
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• Today in Bespoke: Is your supercar failing to stand out in a sea of supercars? So make your supercar more super still! Herelet us direct you to the manufacturer now catering to that armor-plated circular thinking popularized by the superrich; it offers to “adorn every inch of” your “exotic vehicle” with some replacement carbon bodywork. The job can cost anything between 100k-200k, which, Pistonheads notes, is an astoundingly relaxed estimate, with a range of 100 percent. It would be churlish to refuse!

• Ben Schwartz recently wrote on the Baffler blog that “No one was more surprised to be booed during Vietnam than Bob Hope. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if one day, and maybe one day soon, the same thing happens to Amy Schumer or John Oliver.” 

• And, speaking of prescience, Shingy, AOL’s trend diviner and tech-world prognosticator (title: “digital prophet”), has been at the tealeaves again. Millennials are “freaky for video,” apparently—take note.

• Mostexclusivewebsite.com, the site only one person can enter at once, whose sole function is to convey a sense of special-snowflakiness to the visitors who file in, has crashed under augmented demand.

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