In the absence of someone else posting today, I submit the following, for your reading pleasure. Inside Job is a Hugo-award-winning story by Connie Willis, who writes rather decent science fiction, to put it mildly. Asimov’s has it available for free right now, (and possibly forever?,) and I’ve been reading over the course of the day. I don’t remember where I ran across the link to it this morning, but it has done an excellent job of distracting me from work and from having real conversations ever since.
Anyway, go, read, enjoy, and begin to idolize H.L. Mencken. He plays a large role in the story, and you will get to enjoy many of his fine, skeptical, cynical quotations, such as these:
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.
Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
That’s it. Really. Go read. I have nothing else to say.