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Twitter is often a hellscape of pile-ons and bad opinions, but once you find your people, there’s nothing like it. Here are the most thoughtful, vexing, delightful tweets I bookmarked in May and early June—with special appearances by Tom Hanks, Moby Dick, and Ellie Kemper:

Twitter avatar for @butwhyevernotKristen Richardson @butwhyevernot
If you're interested in how carnival balls like the Veiled Prophet developed during Reconstruction and lent glamour to white supremacy, I have a chapter on them in my history of the debutante ritual (including an account of my trip to one of them):

Thee Hannah @hannastasia

@ChrisQRG1917 @WB_Baskerville A fancy event put on by our local KKK, of which Ellie Kemper was once the Queen of Love and Beauty https://t.co/6xgwa788Ck

See you next week! Until then, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram, and the books we’ve mentioned on Bookshop and Amazon