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“I want to unsee this,” my eleven-year-old daughter said, shuddering, when I showed her the images. It seems like this was basically what Klum was going for: as she told Vogue, “Because it is Halloween, you need the creepy factor, also a bit gross and disgusting.” But I also found that I couldn’t look away—a feeling that was obviously shared by many, as the pictures went viral immediately. The image in which worm-Klum is seen lying on the ground, immobile, with a microphone pointed at her, seemed to elicit special glee. (“This is how your email finds me,” one Twitter user captioned the image.)

If TINECUC, then there’s no ethical reason to forego a pandemic Hawaiian vacation or to buy the optional carbon offsets. As a result, most anti-capitalists currently understand consumption to be strictly personal: politicizing consumption only serves to marginalize leftists as picky eaters within mainstream society and welcomes capitalism’s salespeople at the same time. Better to insulate consumption from accountability than to set ourselves up to be played by marketers and bad-faith fellow leftists who see litigating consumption choices as an easy way to jockey for power, prestige, attention, or even money itself.

Analyzing the specific details of capitalism’s victory lap — who faced increased exploitation, where and how — went out of fashion in favor of psychological accounts of the mindset of the age. And like many other consumers, the theorists got distracted by advertising. A new “cultural capitalism,” as Zizek described it, presented ethical consumerism as a replacement good for left-wing politics, and for him that made it the worst kind of consumerism.

This year, children’s publishers are offering three new books reimagining “Anne.” They include two middle grade graphic novels (one set in West Philadelphia and one in a suburban apartment building called the Avon-Lea) and a Y.A. version where the protagonist is a queer Japanese American who loves disco. On the horizon, we can expect a fantasy remix and a graphic novel following a teenager named Dan who lives with his grandparents in Tennessee. (Yes, it’s titled “Dan of Green Gables.”)

Tyler Hellard @poploser