I've become addicted to longform.org. It's a website that links to various kewl current and past longform articles—i.e. 1000 word or more pieces—collated from across the web from publishers and magazines such as Rolling Stone, Slate, Salon, The New Yorker, and Mother Jones. Hell—even Wikipedia articles get a shout-out. The site is designed so you can readily download the articles into various formats for saving on devices or specific formats but I just use it for the link function, skipping across to articles of interest as I delve into it.
Longform was a (god)send (1) on the trip to my hometown. I was able to surf through the site late at night whilst on a mattress on the floor and unable to sleep. Or dial up an article into Safari on my loaner phone, switch to Airplane mode whilst back in the hospital (where theBoy had alas had to go to due to breathing difficulties on the trip up) and have it ready to read for when theBoy was resting.
Recently, via Longform, I read this Rolling Stone article about hazing at Dartmouth, a venerable ivy league school in the US (i.e. a Snooty McSnoot factory). The article focuses on the story of one student, a victim and perpetrator both, breaking the Omerta about frat house life. Stuff how they had as pledges had to eat '... vomulets...', forcing those coming behind them to do the same when they were confirmed '...brothers...'
Yes, a vomulet is as bad as it sounds.
Anyway, whilst cruising through the article I came across the part where they talk about the conservative nature of the school.
Dartmouth was one of the last of the Ivies to admit women, in 1972, and only in the face of fierce resistance from alumni. In 1986, conservative students armed with sledgehammers attacked a village of symbolic shanties erected on campus to protest South African apartheid. More recently, students assailed members of an Occupy vigil at Dartmouth, heckling them with cries of "Faggots! Occupy my asshole!"
Just how fucking awesome is that taunt?
I bet they totally chanted it over and over without at all realising the overt invitation they had presented to their opponents to have at their likely lily-white rectums with a mighty fury.
(1) I put (god) in parenthesis to indicate the expression as opposed to a stated belief in a bearded sky father. But rock on my bearded sky father believing brothers and sisters, I envy your faith. Plus your loving, supporting communities.
(2) Admit it Cass (slash) GametesRhyme! You thought that was funny!