One of the drawbacks of having interviewed so many great people for our Election Day Oral History at Esquire was the first draft of the piece was like 20,000 words. Woops. I really liked the talks I had with people, so I’ll post some of the other stuff that didn’t make it in here. We had this big live show election night, we had to get all the shit ready for that, all the set pieces. It was going to be really fun. So I went to the gym.
A colleague wrote to me the other day surprised about something she’d seen. She’d overheard a conversation between two men in public and was shocked to find one mansplaining to the other. “I always thought mansplaining was a thing men did to peacock in front of women,” she wrote.
If it hasn't happened already, it's likely that somewhere down the line each of us will have been the mark of an attempted online scam of one kind or another. You may imagine some shadowy cabal of Nigerian gangsters targeting naïve senior citizens unschooled in Internet security, or anonymous-style hackers trolling for credit card information, and you probably wouldn't be too far off. But what does it mean when the face on the other end of the scam looks a bit more familiar? What if it's your own?
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