Abs are a full-time job

So sayeth our lord Eric Andre. Plus: the three classic rhetorical Ozempic blunders; Arnold will miss the real-world gym when he is reunited with Joe Gold at the great Gold's Gym in the Sky; you take your "fearless girl" and you shove it! This is Link Letter 89.

Abs are a full-time job
Original image by Charles Gaudreault via Unsplash

At this point, I’m sort of relieved that different publications keep putting up these hand-wringing editorials concerning people guiltily taking Ozempic for reasons that ,they painfully admit, include vanity. This week, the Washington Post rolled its own version, which was very long and surprisingly thorough. But once again, one of these “Wegovy/Ozempic/Mounjaro/tirazepatide etc. as reasonable solution” pieces fall victim to the same classic blunders they all do:

As long as no one on the Wegovy/Ozempic/Mounjaro/whatever train is not meaningfully engaging with any of the above, I feel secure in that they just don’t want to know what they don’t know. And that’s fine! Who among us, deep in the throes of received bias about where our self-worth lies, has not been on an ill-advised, hardheaded journey of self-harm only to learn at significant personal expense that we weren’t going to win against the twin demons of capitalism and misogyny? I don’t think this is all great for most[^1] of the people caught up in this. I empathize with them, I don’t blame them, and I don’t think turning this tide a personal burden on the participants or spectators. Novo Nordisk, however: Rawt in hail.

Laughing along with your friend’s fat jokes in the paper of record
Plus: romanticizing your life, scapular pushups, a growing Kayla Itsines backlash, and more. This is Links 37!

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~Discord Pick of the Week: As one Beastie put it, billionaires becoming swole does not mean we don’t eat the rich; it just means the billionaires’ bodies have better macros now, hashtag Yellowjackets~

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito swinging for the fences:

SCHWARZENEGGER: When people talk about, “I will see them again in heaven,” it sounds so good, but the reality is that we won’t see each other again after we’re gone. That’s the sad part. I know people feel comfortable with death, but I don’t.


SCHWARZENEGGER: Because I will fucking miss the shit out of everything. To sit with you here, that will one day be gone?


SCHWARZENEGGER: And to have fun and to go to the gym and to pump up, to ride my bike on the beach, to travel around, to see interesting things all over the world. What the fuck?

DEVITO: Life! It’s the best!

SCHWARZENEGGER: Exactly. What’s that all about?… I don’t know what the deal is, but in any case, it’s a reality, and it truly pisses me off.

DEVITO: You don’t want to die.

SCHWARZENEGGER: No. What the fuck? What kind of deal is that?

The “go to the gym and pump up” here rings clear as a bell in the mind, which is how you know what will happen to Arnold when he is gone (he will live forever in our hearts).

Celebrities are killing it this week. Bebe Rexha: “Yes I’m in my fat era and what?” Eric Andre: “If you see any middle aged person with abs know that they're either psychotic or unemployed, because it is a full time job.”

Rebranding getting tired at 4:30 p.m. and falling asleep until 7 p.m. from the devil’s nap to “the NBA nap [art][serious].”

YES: Bottoms, a movie about a fight club for women.

We hate bras now. In this vein, I have a rec: the Cosabella curvy bralette. It’s breathtakingly expensive, but so are all large-boob bras. If you, too, made the pivot to full-time soft bra and haven’t been quite able to bring yourself back to wired-bra life, this is what you are looking for.


Praying that the competitive instinct takes over for these women vying to be the lady version of toxic man influencer Andrew Tate, and they all eat each other. (A good primer on how weird and sad Andrew Tate and his influence is.) (Also relevant: Know Your Enemy: the crisis of masculinity.)

Drinking before a workout: Look, my nose is not clean here. I’ve gone to a reasonable happy hour and then gone to the gym, and I was hanging on for dear life. Weed, however…

The patronizing, bullshit narrative of “the fearless girl.” This piece articulates so well how a woman will try to convey a coherent, smart, urgent message, and instead of engaging with the message itself, everyone is like, “It’s so cute how you believe in yourself! How hopeful :) How do you manage to have so much hope and belief in yourself, when I’m sitting here before you, desperately grasping for purchase to take you seriously?”

Longevity is garbage (we’ve been saying!).

Soccer commentator Jeff Stelling: “Eating disorders are being swept under the carpet. No one should be dying of an eating disorder in 2023. Those with eating disorders need action and help and they need it now.”

@VenusNabs. We stan a king who rejoined the real world after living too deep in the simulation, and learned to thrive and take care of his damn self


What happened when a Brooklyn neighborhood policed itself for five days.

How some people get away with doing nothing at work. Here is the thing: If you are a W2, I believe it is your God-given right to do as little as possible, to the extent it doesn’t affect your fellow laborer.

Enjoy some photos of us (big beautiful horses of the sea).

That’s all for this week! I love you for reading, thank you, let’s go—

[F1] I know, I know, I know these medications are used for other things, and can be genuinely helpful to some people. If that’s you, or your friend, or you mom, or whoever, that’s not what we’re talking about! Be well