I don't even know where to start describing this story [from a 1995 edition of the New York Times Magazine]. It's completely insane. It involves nude photos of George Bush, Sally Quinn, Miss Manners, Hillary Rodham, Bob Woodward, Brandon Tartikoff, and Meryl Streep, among thousands of others. But not just nude photos of these people. Photos of them with metal pins glued to their spines. Taken during their freshman orientation, at the direction of a eugenicist and somatacist who once wrote that "Negro intelligence comes to a standstill at about the 10th year."Link
I'm not sure what my favorite thing about this story is. Possibly it's the way that halfway through, the writer (Ron Rosenbaum), deciding that we need a little break from the sideshow freaks, brings out the geek (Camille Paglia), lets her bite the head off of a chicken or two, and then continues with the story.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.