Listicle Without Commentary: Reactions to a Photograph of Rachel Maddow & Ira Glass

Comments added to “reblogs” of the following photograph of Rachel Maddow & Ira Glass, Together, published on Autostraddle Tumblr and taken from New York Magazine:

1. “Rachel and Ira look like the same ultra attractive person at opposite ends of the gender spectrum. UNF.” (affably)
2. “If these two people had a baby i would want to look like that baby.” (besttumblr)
3. “I am exploding into a big ball of melting Ira ice cream that doesn’t even make sense.” (seaponies)
4. “So they are not the same person.” (teallikethecolor)
5. “This reminds me, I am going back to Smith College SO SOON. THANK FUCKING GOODNESS. Northern California, it’s been… chill.” (carborundorum)
6. “You are looking at my sexual desires all in one image.” (delicate bone)

[“listicle without commentary” title stolen from the awl]

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  1. J-Elizabeth

    They even go shopping together and buy the same pair of jeans!! This is wonderful!!

  2. The two people I would want to narrate my life if it was turned into a movie/radio program.

    • e

      in a photograph. not like capturing to keep. unicorns should roam freely…awkward…

  3. Hm. I wish this photo was one of those family photos you put in your hallway. But in my house. Is that weird?

  4. Brietta


    Now I want to hear them talk to each other. It’d be an explosion of smartness.

    • natalie

      My brain has just exploded from epicness. Please don’t step on any pink chunks.

  5. * gasp * Um. Host of NPR’s “This American Life.” Which is possibly the best thing ever. Or the world’s most depressing addiction. In a good way.

  6. Irish Blood, English Heart

    Give Ira’s body language, I’m not sure he wants to be in the picture!

    (Love, love, love This American Life).

  7. GiGi Jacobs

    I’m known in “dyke world” as a soft butch…much like Rachel…except Rachel is hot. I have to say, I’ve spent much of my life looking for the evasive lipstick lesbian. And now I’m thinking how is it that this soft butch intelligent, genltly funny, graceious, etc woman has so sparked such interest. I’ts like this unending desire to put my arms around her and give her the biggest hug-it transends sexy. It transends all things of which I formally had knowledge of. Amazing feeling.

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