WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful

Any page of It Came From Something Awful would be the most shocking page of most books. Reading Dale Beran’s chronicle of 4chan, the anonymous imageboard where some of the internet’s worst scandals have been fomented, feels like scrolling through the forum itself. Each page turn sucks you ever deeper into chan culture, from emoticon cats telling you to “Please die” to harassment campaigns levied at adolescent girls to a man describing how he murdered his girlfriend. “Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks in the movies,” that man said, alongside images of the woman’s dead body. Eventually, in Beran’s aggrandizing telling, 4chan’s crescendo of furious nihilism delivers President Trump to America. In 2017, …

Protest seeks to stop US libraries supporting Drag Queen Story Hour

Nearly 100,000 Christians have signed a petition to end backing for the events that present kids with unabashedly queer role models Nearly 100,000 Christians have signed a petition to the American Library Association protesting against its support of Drag Queen Story Hour, but the ALA has said it strongly opposes any effort to limit access to information, ideas and programmes that patrons wish to explore. First established in San Francisco in 2015 by the writer Michelle Tea, a Denver bookshop was targeted by far-right groups for hosting a story time, while Republican Larry Householder saying that it wants to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society, which includes a commitment to combating marginalisation and underrepresentation within the communities served …

The Walking Dead (Comic) Is Over

Happy Fourth of July, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture news roundup. This time around we have big news about The Walking Dead comics and a lot of updates on the lives of directors, from long-timers like Quentin Tarantino to newcomers like Andy Muschietti. Lights, camera, action. The Walking Dead (Comic) Is Over Fans of The Walking Dead, ready your tissues: The comic book series, which serves as the basis for the AMC show, has come to a close. Creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard surprisingly wrapped up the series this week with The Walking Dead #193. The conclusion, which serves as an epilogue for the Rick Grimes story, came with little to no …

Walt Whitman: celebrating an extraordinary life in his bicentennial

The poets life and works are being explored in three exhibitions in New York, the city that saw him create some of his most profound poems In July 1855, a pair of Scottish immigrant brothers, Andrew and Thomas Rome, published front cover, which made no mention of its author, critic for Life Illustrated claimed at the time. Readers cracked open Leaves of Grass to find an the body. Within weeks of the initial publication, Ralph Waldo Emerson Fanny Fern, Americas first professional female newspaper columnist job in the Department of the Interior in 1865, and was Walt Whitman: Americas Poet examines the people, places and experiences that most influenced Whitman. The Morgan Library & Museums Poet of the Body: New …

Siege: Trump under Fire by Michael Wolff review

Michael Wolffs second bite at the Trump presidency speculates on how the fiasco will end The Trump presidency began as Kim Jong-un, Michael Wolffs siege of Mafeking, let alone that of Leningrad. The war of attrition waged by Wolff and his fellow journalists has hardly worn Trump down; he retains the freedom of the air, tweeting out a daily barrage of lies and insults and jetting off to stoke up bigots in midwestern arenas or embarrass foreign heads of state who wince as they welcome him on to their soil. Mostly Siege retells scandalous stories that are pretty familiar, with few fresh disclosures. Despite the indiscreet tattle dribbled into his ear by the disgruntled Melania in hospital for a week …

Neal Stephenson’s Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

In its 880 pages, Neal Stephenson's Fall; or, Dodge in Hell navigates many of the themes the science fiction author has become known for. The history, and future, of science. How knowledge engenders power, and how that power perpetuates itself. How technologies that sound far-fetched are in fact inevitable, derived as they are from a centuries-long process of incremental breakthroughs. What’s unique to this go-round is that Stephenson’s pet ideas about our digital lives and afterlives overshadow his book's urgency. Nearly 30 years ago, Stephenson envisioned the metaverse; at the start of Fall, he sees a culture cleaved in two, its divisions reinforced by AR-enabled filter bubbles. It's a pressing, plausible future—and one Stephenson ultimately leaves unexamined. Early in Fall, …

Mueller drew up obstruction indictment against Trump, Michael Wolff book says

Spokesman for special counsel denies existence of document at heart of revelation in Fire and Fury sequel, Siege: Trump Under Fire A new book from Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff says special counsel Robert Mueller drew up a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against Donald Trump before deciding to shelve it an explosive claim which a spokesman for Mueller flatly denied. The stunning revelation is contained in Siege: Trump Under Fire, which will be published a week from now, on 4 June. It is the sequel to Fire and Fury, Wolffs bestseller on the first year of the Trump presidency dysfunction within the Trump White House and engendered huge controversy after the Guardian Fear: Trump in the White House …