Male bonding

I went out for beers this evening with some fellow NYU profs, who all happened to be guys. Over the course of several hours our discussion touched upon a vast number of topics. Which is sort of the point of going out for beers.

Inevitably the conversation turned to ISIS. Whereupon one of my colleagues, a highly esteemed academic, asked whether any among us knew that ISIS has a magazine. Most people around the table expressed disbelief.

I guess we were all trying to wrap our heads around the idea that a nihilistic terrorist organization, bent on world distruction, would take time out to publish a periodical. “No, really,” he insited, “ISIS has its own magazine. It comes out regularly.”

He went on to ask whether any of us had ever read it. The topic of conversation seemed so absurd by this point that it didn’t even occur to me to give a serious answer.

“Sure, of course I read their magazine,” I offered, “but only for the short stories.”

I guess it was one of those jokes that only makes sense when you are out drinking with guys.

3 Responses to “Male bonding”

  1. Stephan Ahonen says:

    Cracked, that bastion of quality journalism, did a surprisingly good article about that magazine:

  2. Jaron says:

    I happened to read this article about their magazine (and ISIS) this AM.

  3. Jaron says:

    Oops, looks like Stephan beat me to it!

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