A detail from Michelangelo's Morning Routine video. / freeparking
The Baffler,  November 17, 2015

Daily Bafflements

A detail from Michelangelo's Morning Routine video. / freeparking
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• Last month Caitlin Dewey gave Washington Post readers the skinny on #femtube, an online agglomeration of women (especially young girls) with exorbitant YouTube followings. Today The Baffler’s Lucy Ellmann notes the boring religiosity with which these “entrepreneurs” apply their daily slap in the Morning Routines they document, as they languish, Miss Havisham-like in their bedrooms: “With such pigments and priorities, these adolescents could be painting the Sistine Chapel!” 

• Why do we call terrorists “masterminds” only when they strike cities like Paris? “Perhaps it’s because readers and editors have normalized suicide bombings that take place the Middle East,” writes Jack Shafer in Politico, “seeing them as part of a long-running war and not as anything remarkable or unique.”

• Enjoy all the classic perks of communal living—West Elm furniture, catered dinners, utter harmony—for only $1,800 a month! Goodbye chore wheel, hello weekly cleaning service. It’s the coop coopted!

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