I Should Just Start a Column Called Poe’s Law | Vol. 3 / No. 11.1

The letter handed out on the bus | Photo: Katelyn Sweigart
The letter handed out on the bus | Photo: Katelyn Sweigart

On Tuesday of last week in San Luis Obispo, California, a Cal Poly student apparently calling himself a performance artist “in the spirit of Shia LaBoeuf” got on a bus, announced he was a performance artist, handed out a crazypants letter, and then told everyone he had reason to believe there’d be a bomb on a bus later in the day — not that bus, mind you, but another one — so everyone should avoid public transportation for the rest of the day. He was, of course, arrested, and all the buses were then searched (with no bombs being found). A slightly-less crazypants letter titled “Watching the Words Go By” was also sent to a local newspaper, which has republished it.

I don’t really know what to make of it all: but then, maybe that makes it art.

Doesn’t mean the guy’s not loopy, of course. But he might not be as loopy as he would at first seem. Might.

Happy Monday, everyone.


Richard Ford Burley is a writer and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as an editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.