Gersh Kuntzman's serialized novel "Coup!" is notionally the memoir of a retired CIA operative ("Deep State") who, having discovered he had terminal cancer, decided to help Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment and stage a coup deposing Donald Trump and installing himself as President Handmaid's Tale, with a coterie of morally flexible billionaires who'd been bought off of Trump's cabinet with promises of special favors and steady leadership.
It's a fun mix of fiction and fact, using all the materiel generously supplied by Trump and Co as the backdrop for a sometimes-broad satire that is literally ripped from the headlines. There's ten chapters online so far, with no end in sight (save, perhaps, by the overtaking of events in the form of an actual collapse of the Trump administration).
The first volume is also available as a $4 ebook.
Though Trump probably picked DeVos because he was attracted to her, Pence liked DeVos because her philosophy on schooling hewed very closely to Pence’s own: defund public education, use public money to support private and religious schools, break the teachers union, and inject religion into public life whenever possible.
"OK, send her in," Trump said. "And get Bannon in here, too."
DeVos entered, visibly upset. White House Counselor Steve Bannon — who looked like Robert Redford, if the actor had been fed a 30-day diet consisting solely of doughnuts, then drugged and then dragged across the bottom of a river — also entered, visibly annoyed at DeVos’s apparent exasperation.
"Madame Secretary, Trump said grandiosely, what brings you to the Oval Office?"
"First of all, do you see how the blacks are always deriding me because I support vouchers?" DeVos started. "All day long, they’re under my office window with signs and chanting: ’A-B-C-D, With Devos we disagree/One-two-three-four, she’s a private voucher whore!’"h
Coup! How America was saved from Donald Trump [Gersh Kuntzman/New York Daily News]
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
McMansion Hell is a hilarious blog where Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute graduate student Kate Wagner posts scorching critiques of the architecture of McMansions — but this week, Wagner announced that she had shut down her blog after spurious legal threats from Zillow, which admits that it doesn’t even hold the copyrights to the images it […]
The Flux chair is a $130, 12lb “origami-style” polypropylene lounge chair designed by Douwe Jacobs; it sets up in minutes and is stable and lovely (there’s also a $65 kids’ version and a whole range of furnishings including a bar, coffee table, countertop, end-table, etc). (via Yanko Design)
The first time Merle Rasmussen played Dungeons & Dragons, he thought it was a Halloween game.
“It was October 1975, and I was an 18-year-old freshman at Iowa State University. My roommate got this game filled with skeletons and undead monsters. I had no idea.” The role-playing bug had bitten him, but fantasy wasn’t his genre. So that same year, he started writing a game set in a modern world, the spy game that would become Top Secret.
Despite the upfront cost, electric toothbrushes are much better at removing plaque than those freebies from the dentist’s office. For those who struggle to fill the American Dental Association’s recommended two minutes of brushing time, or anyone with limited dexterity, a sonic toothbrush can give your oral care routine a boost.To keep your chops healthy […]
Learning a new language will give your resume an upgrade, sure, but it will also provide a huge cognitive boost for mental tasks outside of translation and conversation. Bilingual brains have been shown to be better at handling multiple concurrent tasks, and gaining fluency in a new tongue is an amazing way to improve memory, […]
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider replacing your pillows before dropping hundreds on a new mattress. You can give your tired neck a break with a 2-pack of memory foam pillows, available now in the Boing Boing Store.Each of these pillows is stuffed with cooling polyurethane foam that molds to your […]