Sometimes the bastards do grind you down but then you re-discover McSweeney’s and find this gem: “Nevertheless, He Persisted: Tales of Masculine Perseverance.” A sample:

Robert Engle, 39, loved the arts. He had a favorite female novelist, a favorite female painter, a favorite female film director, and so on. When someone in his book club asked why he separately categorized art made by women, he didn’t know how to respond. But he persisted in doing so, nevertheless.