Cracked.com columnist Gladstone channels Magnum PI
Who is Gladstone? He’s a humorist named Wayne Gladstone according to wikipedia. He also used to write for McSweeny’s Internet Tendencies.
I also have to admit, he’s not really famous for having a mustache, in fact even this one was only a temporary lip decoration.
The truth is I was excited to write about my friend (ok, Internet-friend) Gladstone. What I adore about him is that he is the best kind of funny: smart-funny. Whether in his columns for Cracked or his Jazz club inspired Hate by Numbers , his approach is partially self-depreciating, often satirical, and always thoughtful.
Here’s what he usually looks like:
My favorite piece of writing by Gladstone covered the infamous blogosphere Rape Joke Debate of 2013. Incidentally, it was around the same time that he gently suggested to me that I should stop arguing with everyone on the Internet. Gladstone’s practical like that. He writes:
“The rape joke debate is not like the death penalty debate where lethal injection versus electric chair doesn’t make a difference. Here, specifics matter. Art can handle any topic well and disgracefully. Answer me this: How do you feel about movies regarding radical medical techniques? Oh, before you answer I should probably tell you if I’m talking about Lorenzo’s Oil, in which a family works with a chemist to devise an oil that halts a destructive illness or The Human Centipede, where a mad scientist stitches three people together mouth to anus.”