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November 20, 2019 10:34 AM   Subscribe

Daniel Mallory Ortberg returns with this year’s instalment of his pop-gothic celeb-horror serial fic People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Emphasis on the alive. This year: underdog John Legend takes on Idris Elba. [previously, previously-er]
posted by sixswitch (4 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Daniel Mallory Ortberg is a legit cultural treasure.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:44 AM on November 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

A few years back, I dropped my stepson off at elementary school, and all the kids lined up to go inside, and just as the bell rang, I looked back. I knew that he was a tall kid for the second grade, but there they all were in a line: ---------'-------

He was an entire head taller than everyone else.

That's what I think of, when I'm reminded of the Idris Elba SMA story. It's the ' in a line of very good -s. This one is a good -, but that one kid is taller.
posted by Etrigan at 11:01 AM on November 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

This is one of the all-time greatest things I've ever found on Metafilter. Thanks for destroying any productivity I'd thought I'd get out of my morning coffee.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 4:46 AM on November 21, 2019

I immediately looked for this when I saw the Legend announcement. I'm so glad that the tradition lives.
posted by pykrete jungle at 5:03 AM on November 21, 2019

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