Monday afternoon, two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon exploded, killing three people, one of which was an 8-year-old child. More than 100 people were injured.

Marc Maron, a comedian who began his career in Boston told the Twittershpere how he felt about yesterday’s tragedy, succinctly: Evil fucks did this. Sad. #Boston

Patton Oswalt offered a slightly more pragmatic take on the event:

patton oswalt reacts

Former co-host of the Adam Carolla Show Teressa Strasser channeled a well-known doctor’s thoughts: To paraphrase @drdrew on @DrDrewHLN tonight, leaning into close relationships is the best way to handle trauma and grief.

Joe Rogen retweeted another MD’s sentiment and linked to the Instagram below: Hug your kids a little more lovingly today. Pray for Boston & remember that it could’ve been any of us.


Joe Rogen retweeted this photo

Dave Anthony, founder of the Los Angeles Podcast Festival, and host of Walking the Room, weighed in as well: Horrible day. Remember to hug your kids and then spend the rest of the day and night on twitter seeing what people you don’t know think

It probably says a lot about me that I look to others to know how to react to national tragedies.  But growing up in a country unfamiliar with this brand of violence, I’m prone to a unique viewpoint. I compile an assortment of logical opinions before I lock in on my own.

Note, I said “logical opinions.” The self-serving shit makes my gums hard. Not at other countries, or the people living in those countries, mostly just at the people who react inappropriately. I had to block about five “friends” who used the bombing as an opportunity to show off their keen insight into global politics. Let the dust settle before the sanctimony begins, people.