Looking in, once again, on the devolving culture: Luckily, the people at Slate keep "working while other folk sleep. We say that because they offered these posts, in rapid-fire succession, on today's "Recently in Slate" basic contents page:
STOYA / OCT 23, 2019 / 5:55 AMAt that point, the people of Slate scattered in maybe three reports about actual news topics. Soon, though, we were returned to our floundering tribe's rapidly evolving idiocratic culture:
My Hang-Up in Bed Is So Basic that I Feel Like a Freak
JAMILAH LAMIEUX / OCT 23, 2019 / 6:00 AM
Dear Care and Feeding: My Boyfriend's Daughter Forbids Us From Having Sex
JAMILAH LAMIEUX / OCT 23, 2019 / 6:01 AM
I'm 23, and My Mom Wants Me to Visit Every Weekend
STRATEGIST EDITORS / OCT 23, 2019 / 6:30 AM
My Secret Winter Moisturizer Is Meant for Pregnant Ladies
DANIEL MALLORY ORTBERG / OCT 23, 2019 / 8:00 AM
Help! My fiancé falls asleep on the couch almost every night.
NICHOLAS CANNARIATO / OCT 23, 2019 / 10:55 AMAt that point, the afternoon shift took over! Question: Does anything about this topic selection seem peculiar to you?
Celebrity Food TV Has Gone Too Far
METCALF, STEVENS AND TURNER / OCT 23, 2019 / 11:15 AM
Dolly Parton May Be the Least-Disliked Famous Person in the World
MARISSA MARTINELLI / OCT 23, 2019 / 11:15 AM
Here's What's Disappearing From Netflix in November
DANIEL MALLORY ORTBERG / OCT 23, 2019 / 12:00 PM
Help! I Need My Mom to Start Wearing Underwear When She Visits
Then too, we have the Here's to Help section in today's New York Times. Kidding you not, the feature today on the paper's page A3 (hard-copy only) starts exactly like this:
Here to HelpParker-Pope is back to puzzle the world again with her never-ending advice about the various complexities involving in selecting and maintaining a hobby.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HOBBY
How do you decide on a hobby? Here are some ways to figure out what is best suited to you. TARA PARKER-POPE
Today, she offers an array of suggestions about how to choose a hobby. Her suggestions seem so inane that it's hard to know what to say about them. Here's one example, exactly as it appears in today's print editions:
Increase your reading. You might decide to collect rare books or make it a point to explore independent bookstores. You can take a writing course, attend story slam events or start a blog.You might decide to collect rare books! Who knows? Maybe that inexpensive hobby would be "best suited to you!"
Aristotle is widely said to have said it: "Man [sic] is the rational animal."
The Times has been working very hard to debunk this time-honored bromide. Day after day, we think of the things we've learned from Kevin Drum's work about the very high blood lead levels which prevailed, all over the country, when today'a adults were kids.
"Idiocracy," Mike Judge said. To us, he's the new Aristotle!
Full disclosure: We were assisted in this analysis by Future Anthropologists Huddled in Caves, a despondent group of international experts who report from the years which follow the global conflagration they describe as Mister Trump's War.
They report through the nocturnal transmissions the haters refer to as "dreams."