It Came from Something Awful - Dale Beran
It was absolutely surreal to find myself reading the passage in this book about killers leaving their last words on 8chan and then seeing the news, as it was unfolding, of the shooting in El Paso, Texas this past weekend (August 3rd, 2019). I sat there wondering if the shooter had left their last words on that site only to find out a few hours later that he, in fact, did. So I navigated over to 8chan for the first time to see this all for myself. 8chan was shut down only a few days later but in the short time I was on the site I witnessed the very things this book describes. The El Paso shooter was being hailed as a saint. They were reciting his name just like in that memorable scene from Fight Club when one of the members died during their nefarious deeds. Everything Mr. Beran describes in this book is spot on accurate. It was just so bizarre to read about it and then watch it play out in real time. I’ve never before experienced that with a book on current affairs.