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Purple Mountains AMA - indieheads
wow this is so bittersweet to read.

HEADSTONE: "HE WAS CRESTFALLEN UNTIL HE WAS ABLE TO RATIONALIZE IT AS A GREAT MISTAKE"
reddit  ama  indieheads  music  musician  interview  q&a  dc_berman  silver_jews  purple_mountains  writer  2019  2010s  death 
yesterday by cluebucket
Daniel Owen - Wikipedia
~are~ my dad's side actually related to this guy or was that just wishful thinking on our Flintshire-bred relatives' part back in the day? even after visiting the town where he has his own museum, the truth remains to be seen...
wales  welsh  writer  tailor  daniel_owen  history  biography  mold  flintshire  u.k.  19th_century 
july 2018 by cluebucket
5-10-15-20 | Pitchfork
might as well go through these. Jarvis C brought me here
*to_read  music  list  memory  musician  interview  song  growing_up  archive  pitchfork.com  writer 
april 2018 by cluebucket
Wow, Bob Mackey! on Twitter: "doing deep Simpsons research and noticing a LOT of notes from MG about removing racist/ableist/homophobic jokes… "
aw. current writers should take notes.

(I have now not-watched The Simpsons for 2x as long as I did-watch it, with the exception of episodes circa 2016 playing in the laundromat)
bobservo  simpsons  notebook  criticism  editing  matt_groening  writer  writing  tv  1990s  culture  racism  handwriting 
april 2018 by cluebucket
Fred Ho - Wikipedia
American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, bandleader, playwright, writer and Marxist social activist
fred_ho  biography  wiki  wikipedia  musician  writer  activism  marxism  侯维翰  1980s  1990s  2000s  jazz  saxophone  asian-american 
april 2018 by cluebucket
sad pictures for children by Ono One (deleted) — Kickstarter
"I am making the loudest sound I know how to make. I know that some people will be personally offended that I am doing this, but I am doing this in large part because our culture has developed in such a way that some of the intelligent, empathetic people who follow me will believe they feel more psychological pain because of books being burnt, their money and my attitude about them than because of the destruction of the natural world, the continuation of classist, racist, abusive patterns of behavior and representation, etc."
john_campbell  kickstarter  manifesto  writing  capitalism  money  sad_pictures_for_children  pictures_for_sad_children  comic  artist  fight  resist  privilege  herman_melville  texas  paypal  book  writer  q&a  church  calvinism  hell  fire  value  joke  change  life  social_media  internet  2000s  2010s  income  2014  breakdown 
january 2018 by cluebucket
Late Night with Conan O'Brien - The Full Wiki
might be the only place online that lists the 1997 episode with Dave Foley where the audience was all children, a.k.a. I'm not crazy
thefullwiki.org  wiki  tv  history  latenight  conan  1990s  2000s  nostalgia  character  nbc  comedian  writer 
january 2018 by cluebucket
Beckett — a Quinn Martin Production - YouTube
omg I wish I could see this. via metafilter via openculture
"Samuel Beckett: avant-garde dramatist, brooding Nobel Prize winner, poet, and…gritty television detective? Sadly, no, but he had the makings of a great one, at least as cut together by playwright Danny Thompson, cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck. Some twenty five years after Beckett’s death, Thompson repurposed Rosa Veim and Daniel Schmid’s footage of the moody genius wandering around 1969 Berlin into the opening credits of a nonexistent, 70s era Quinn Martin police procedural"
danny_thompson  oobleckboy  playwright  writer  video  parody  tv  genre  detective  berlin  1960s  1970s  samuel_beckett  humor 
july 2017 by cluebucket
GRID: Times of Crisis - John Berger and Noam Chomsky (4/22/14) - YouTube
Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth

JB: "ignore. ignore the jailers' talk. of course there are bad jailers who are less bad, and in certain conditions it's useful to note the difference. but what they say -- including the less evil ones -- is bullshit. their hymns, their shibboleths, their incanted words like 'security' 'democracy' 'identity' 'civilization' 'flexibility' 'productivity' 'human rights' 'integration' 'terrorism' 'freedom' -- they are repeated and repeated in order to confuse, divide, distract, and sedate all fellow prisoners. from this side of the walls, words spoken by the jailers are meaningless, and are no longer useful... they cut through nothing. so. reject them. even when thinking silently to yourself."
...
JB: "for the mass prison population, the aim is not to activate them, but to keep them in a state of passive uncertainty, and to remind them, remind them remorselessly, that there is nothing in life but risk, and that the earth is an unsafe place. this is done with carefully selected information, with misinformation, commentaries, rumors, fictions. and insofar as this operation succeeds, it proposes and maintains a hallucinating paradox, for it tricks a prison population into believing that the priority, for each one of them, is to make arrangements for their own personal protection, and to acquire somehow (even though incarcerated) their own particular exemption from the common fate. and this image of mankind has transmitted through a view of the world is truly without precedent. mankind is presented as a card: only winners are brave; and in addition, there are no gifts -- there are only prizes.
"but prisoners have always found ways of communicating with one another. and in today's global prison, cyberspace can be used against the interests of those who first installed it. think about it. like this, prisoners inform themselves about what the world does each day; and they follow suppressed stories from the past; and so stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the dead.
"and in doing so, they rediscover little gifts, examples of courage: a single rose in a kitchen where there's not enough to eat; indelible pains; the indefatigability of mothers; laughter; mutual aid; silence; ever-widening resistance; willing sacrifice; more laughter."
...
JB: "the fact that the world's tyrants are ex-territorial explains the extent of their overseeing power, but it also indicates a coming weakness. they operate in cyberspace , and they lodge in guarded condominiums, but they have no knowledge of the surrounding earth.
"furthermore, they dismiss such knowledge as superficial, not profound, because for them only extracted resources count. they can't listen to the earth. on the ground, they are blind, and in the local, they are lost.
"for fellow prisoners, the opposite is true, because cells have walls that touch each other across the world. effective acts of sustained resistance will be embedded in the local, near and far. out back resistance. listening to the earth. liberty is slowly being found not outside, but in the depths of the prison."

NC: "...the tory government is trying to turn first-class universities into third-class commercial institutions. it's happening to a lesser extent here, as well. the mentality of the administrative -- state legislators, and trustees -- increasingly is one of improving the bottom line... so, for example, if you can save money by employing ... people who are easily exploitable, who are part of the 'precariat' ... you save money. of course there's a cost, but the cost is to individuals. the cost is to the students, and the faculty. but in the moral calculus of contemporary economics and socioeconomics, that doesn't matter."
...
"costs to persons just don't count -- they're not calculated. and the cost to persons is enormous. every person is subjected to this. it's the same throughout society. ... that's a certain kind of, if you like, moral calculus, built into some of the professions like economics, and a large part of the business world. people just don't count. what counts is the cost to institutions... and one of the victims will, of course, be the humanities: our cultural wealth, the reasons for living, the reasons for having a rich, creative life, a life that contributes to yourself and to society and future generations. sure, why should that exist, if it costs -- if you can't sell it on the market tomorrow?

"this, incidentally, is happening in the sciences too. very striking, what's happening... in the united states, the proportion of the national income, national wealth, devoted to research and development has declined by 25% in the last decade. that's mainly under the attack of the republican right wing, which doesn't believe in science, and the willingness of democrats to go along. it's part of the neoliberal assault...

"that's also the basis for the future economy. so, they're perfectly willing to cut out, destroy the future economy, if you can make more money tomorrow. that's the same thing as not caring about destroying the environment, if in fact we can make a little more money tomorrow, by fracking, let's say. well, that's -- it's a way of looking at the world, it's destructive, it'll lead us to destruction. and what you describe about what's happening to the humanities and the arts is just one part of it -- one part of the whole large system which is part of sociopathic society."
2014  2010s  noam_chomsky  john_berger  lecture  discussion  video  youtube  college  crisis  capitalism  society  prison  labor  death  resist  writer  audio  philosophy  thought  dartmouth  safety  fear  nature  power  humanity  environment  q&a  activism  economics  greed  climate_change  quote  education  university  republican  america  canada  england  neoliberal  exploitation 
april 2017 by cluebucket
I think the secret to doing things is just doing things | MetaFilter
:'-{
I'm really glad someone finally wrote up this post on mefi, was wondering for several months when/if it would happen
metafilter  link  death  obituary  poet  writer  climate_change  mark_baumer  blog  blogging  gregorwill  2017  2010s  activism  metafilter.com 
april 2017 by cluebucket
George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian
"It might be more accurate to say that it occurred to him to do so; in a split-second, with no accompanying language, except maybe a very quiet internal 'Yes.'
"He just liked it better that way, for reasons he couldn’t articulate, and before he’d had the time or inclination to articulate them.
"An artist works outside the realm of strict logic."
...
"The artist, in this model, is like the optometrist, always asking: Is it better like this? Or like this?
"The interesting thing, in my experience, is that the result of this laborious and slightly obsessive process is a story that is better than I am in 'real life' – funnier, kinder, less full of crap, more empathetic, with a clearer sense of virtue, both wiser and more entertaining.
"And what a pleasure that is; to be, on the page, less of a dope than usual."
george_saunders  guardian  writer  writing  author  essay  book  2017  2010s  art  expression  logic  donald_barthelme  gerald_stern  albert_einstein  quote  method  empathy  social_media  leo_tolstoy  problem  fiction  metaphor 
march 2017 by cluebucket
My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise – Athena Talks – Medium
"multiple people on this here internet thought that the words I put out there, fighting precisely these notions, were fair game to try and make money while sparing not a single afterthought to the realities of the woman who wrote those words."
medium.com  flavia_dzodan  slogan  writer  writing  feminism  capitalism  merch  appropriation  work  2010s  2000s  finance  poverty  money  public  2017 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Warren Ellis – WARREN ELLIS is a graphic novelist, writer, public speaker and author of the NYT best-selling novel GUN MACHINE.
via mefi user holborne, from Orbital Operations newsletter:

"I understand there’s been some confusion online as to whether it’s ever right to punch a Nazi in the face. There is a compelling argument that all speech is equal and we should trust to the discourse to reveal these ideas for what they are and confidently expect them to be denounced and crushed out by the mechanisms of democracy and freedom.

"All I can tell you is, from my perspective as an old English socialist and cultural liberal who is probably way to the woolly left from most of you and actually has a medal for services to free speech — yes, it is always correct to punch Nazis. They lost the right to not be punched in the face when they started spouting genocidal ideologies that in living memory killed millions upon millions of people. And anyone who stands up and respectfully applauds their perfect right to say these things should probably also be punched, because they are clearly surplus to human requirements. Nazis do not need a hug. Nazis do not need to be indulged. Their world doesn’t get better until you’ve been removed from it. Your false equivalences mean nothing. Their agenda is always, always, extermination. Nazis need a punch in the face."
warren_ellis  newsletter  writer  author  metafilter  holborne  warrenellis.com  orbital_operations  argument  democracy  freedom  nazi  punch  2017  2010s  richard_spencer 
january 2017 by cluebucket
The Quietus | Features | Remember Them... | Remembering Mark Fisher By David Stubbs
"Perhaps it was his determination to overcome his own personal despondency, as well as the sinking despondency of society at large, which lent him energy and ambition to construct this edifice, one which would stand tall and face down the oppressors, political and psychological, external and internal, he found himself ranged against."
obituary  mark_fisher  david_stubbs  writer  death  capitalism  socialism  theory  2017  2010s  inertia  mental_health  england  u.k.  k-punk  music  agata_pyzik  interview  author  capitalist_realism  thequietus.com 
january 2017 by cluebucket
読書日記:著者のことば 原口剛さん - 毎日新聞
profile of Osaka daylaborer district "topographer" and historian Haraguchi Takeshi... glad he's getting daps.

book: 叫びの都市 sakebi no toshi - the shout of the city
mainichi.jp  profile  friends  japanese  japan  takeshi_haraguchi  原口剛  author  writer  osaka  airin  kamagasaki  labor  2016  2010s  geography  叫びの都市  日本語  毎日新聞  from twitter_favs
december 2016 by cluebucket
Lou Andreas-Salomé - Wikipedia
"The neutrality of this article is disputed."

can't tell if I'd have really enjoyed her company or been irked? guess I'd better read!
salomé  lou_andreas-salomé  writer  psychology  psychoanalysis  sigmund_freud  rainer_maria_rilke  germany  history  biography  wiki  wikipedia  friedrich_nietzsche  russia 
december 2016 by cluebucket
COLUMN-Commentary: The high cost of Turkey's crackdown | Reuters
"Erdoan himself has initiated some 1,900 defamation lawsuits, often solely on the basis of ironic, mocking, or even obnoxious social media posts."
reuters.com  david_kaye  turkey  necmye_alpay  prison  tayyip_erdoan  criticism  rights  translation  writer  government  propaganda  coup  terror  censorship  social_media  repression  united_nations  2016  2010s 
december 2016 by cluebucket
The Weight Of James Arthur Baldwin
"One didn’t need to worship him, or desire to emulate him, to know this and respect him for it. And yet, for me, there had always been something slightly off-putting about him — the strangely accented, ponderous way he spoke in the interviews I watched; the lofty, “theatrical” way in which he appeared in “Good Citizens,” an essay by Joan Didion, as the bored, above-it-all figure that white people revered because he could stay collected. What I resented about Baldwin wasn’t even his fault."
james_baldwin  rachel_kaadzi_ghansah  writer  france  buzzfeed.com  black  america  death  1950s  2016  2010s  race  influence  magazine  internship  immigration  los_angeles  survival  house  legacy  memory  the_fire_this_time  essay 
march 2016 by cluebucket
David Brooks Proposes a Kinder, Gentler Republican Party | Rolling Stone
"Back in the old days, when the Republican Party could count on the support of 'less-educated voters' without having to actually give them anything, what we got all the time from people like Brooks were fatuous bromides about how anyone who was struggling lacked a work ethic and an appreciation of family structure. Government aid of any kind to help people out of economic hard times he always ripped as counterproductive and morally corrupting. But now that he's being crapped on by a new movement of independent-minded, rebellious nativists who have no use for a moralizing, polysyllabic New Yorker like himself – now that he can hear the sharpening of the guillotines – suddenly Brooks is all in favor of government policies to help the 'working class,' a group of people he's presumably never met."

bookmarking this as reference/reminder for how every Brooks NewsHour segment makes me bristle
matt_taibbi  david_brooks  rant  takedown  republican  politics  writer  2016  2010s  loneliness  change  rolling_stone  class 
january 2016 by cluebucket
David Rakoff: A Retrospective by Bullseye with Jesse Thorn | Free listening on SoundCloud
- to have a creative life ↔︎ to really do one's work
- "it takes nothing but work" to be creative
- "a constant grind... an embarrassing grind"
bullseye  soundcloud  podcast  radio  david_rakoff  interview  jesse_thorn  writer  creativity  work  life  retrospective  death  advice  2005  2011  2012  2010s  2000s  cancer  audio  journalist  journalism 
january 2016 by cluebucket
You Want to be a Writer? — Medium
"My advice is to not only endure it or to develop a thick skin, but learn to love and seek rejection. Wallpaper your writing space with rejection letters."
rejection  medium.com  process  writing  advice  tip  fred_venturini  writer  job  work  reading  motivation  satisfaction  essay  2015  2010s 
january 2015 by cluebucket
UbuWeb Film & Video: Henry Miller - "Dinner With Henry"
'Henry Miller, holding court at the dinner table at age 87. "Dinner with Henry" (30min)'

"Usually I fucked people up, I never did pay, don'cha know?"
henry_miller  film  archive  interview  dinner  1970s  1979  1980s  1980  author  writer  food  brenda_venus  documentary  richard_young  john_chesko  elderly  nobel_prize  inheritance  from twitter_favs
january 2015 by cluebucket
Reconciling being creative and having a dayjob - Zulkey.com
"[O]nce, I showed her an article I had written in the Chicago Tribune about female scientists (which was my boss's line of work) and she mused, 'I wonder how you have time to write when you work here, too.' I got the message. I rarely mentioned my freelance life after that. No one in the office shared my interests or, even my temperament (the place was full of socially awkward scientists). I felt like the person I was at work was not the person I was everywhere else. I told myself that working the dayjob was just rent I had to pay for the literal and psychological space to write for myself, when I had time. When people asked me what I did for a living, I found myself saying, 'Well, I work for a medical journal but really I'm a writer.'

"I probably could have just said, 'I'm a writer' but, under those circumstances, it didn't feel true to me."

1. We need those good benefits.
2. Look hard, and you can likely find a dayjob that uses your creative skills.
3. Having a dayjob gets me out of the house.
4. When you're not counting on them to pay your bills, you can be choosy in your creative endeavors.
5. There's no shame in wanting to be comfortable.

"I'll own it: I'm a part-time artist. But if the only true cost of that choice is occasional self-doubt and fantasies of what might-have-been, I'd still say it's not such a bad gig."
claire_zulkey  zulkey.com  2015  2014  2010s  writing  job  work  office  benefit  structure  discipline  creativity  privilege  security  comfort  finance  advice  list  essay  artist  writer 
january 2015 by cluebucket
ベクデル・テスト - Wikipedia
"RT : Alison Bechdelは日本だと「ベクダル」で訳書が出てるけどBechdel Testの話になると「ベクデル」表記が多い。発音はベクダルが近いからいまのうちにそっちに寄せたほうがいいんじゃないかな。"
momo_nonaka  friends  alison_bechdel  translation  japanese  wiki  wikipedia  日本語  翻訳  ベクダル  ベクデル  bechdel_test  artist  writer  author  name  spelling  katakana  bekudalu  bekudelu  bechdel  from twitter_favs
january 2015 by cluebucket
北原みのり氏と「ろくでなし子」氏を逮捕 わいせつ物陳列の容疑
作家の北原みのり(本名・渡辺みのり)容疑者と、漫画家の「ろくでなし子」(本名・五十嵐恵)容疑者が12月3日、警視庁保安課に逮捕された
huffingtonpost  huffingtonpost.jp  japanese  日本語  japan  rokudenashiko  minori_kitahara  minori_watanabe  crime  criminal  suspect  injustice  obscenity  artist  writer  sex  censorship  arrest  2014  2010s  北原みのり  ろくでなし子  わいせつ  逮捕  犯罪  裁判  容疑者 
december 2014 by cluebucket
Ghetto Fabulous: 13 Voices Speak On Fashion's Appropriation of Urban Culture
"Miley’s urban affectations fueled the frenzy around her. “Was her ratchet styling racist?” the media asked, as a barrage of incendiary tweets were fired in reply. Our thought at BULLETT: few questions that can be answered by an 8-ball are worth asking, and this wasn’t one of them. We wanted to know how."
bullettmedia.com  bullett  discussion  fashion  appropriation  culture  black  urban  pop  race  miley_cyrus  2014  2010s  2013  america  mykki_blanco  juliana_huxtable  class  prince_franco  matthew_josephs  dean_kissick  jeremy_lewis  jenna_sauers  akeem_smith  identity  ayesha_siddiqi  london  ella_plevin  andreas_aresti  writer  design  mih-ha_pham  junglepussy 
january 2014 by cluebucket
How to Have a Career: Advice to Young Writers — Work in Progress — Medium
"Avoid all messy and needy people including family; they threaten your work. You may believe your messy life supplies material, but it in fact distracts you from understanding that material, and until you understand it, it is useless to you."
medium.com  sarah_manguso  advice  writer  writing  life  enemy  ally  dignity  kindness  favor  health  family  money  work 
july 2013 by cluebucket
'Airmail' and 'Here and Now' Reviewed by Alice Gregory | New Republic
"Writing well, after all—with expressive honesty and inventive humor—to people you are not romantically pursuing is one of the most undervalued methods of improving daily life."
newrepublic  airmail  here_and_now  alice_gregory  book  review  writing  writer  correspondence  letter  epistolary  2013  2010s  2000s  1960s  james_joyce  paul_auster  j.m._coetzee  poet  robert_bly  tomas_transtromer  translation  language 
june 2013 by cluebucket
George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year - NYTimes.com
The students seemed really sharp, and Saunders is clearly committed to them. “With this caliber of student, you have to be really honest,” he told me. “It keeps you looking at your own process, so you don’t import any nonsense.” In an interview several years ago with Ben Marcus for The Believer, Saunders defended the time spent in an M.F.A. program by saying, “The chances of a person breaking through their own habits and sloth and limited mind to actually write something that gets out there and matters to people are slim.” But it’s a mistake, he added, to think of writing programs in terms that are “too narrowly careerist. . . . Even for those thousands of young people who don’t get something out there, the process is still a noble one — the process of trying to say something, of working through craft issues and the worldview issues and the ego issues — all of this is character-building, and, God forbid, everything we do should have concrete career results. I’ve seen time and time again the way that the process of trying to say something dignifies and improves a person.”
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It’s hard to maintain, the softness. It’s an effort. That Dubai story ends with these lines, wisdom imparted from Saunders to himself: “Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”
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found a printout of this under several sweatshirts in the covers of my bed, felt lovely again
george_saunders  writer  writing  2013  2010s  short_story  nytimes  joel_lovell  tenth_of_december  job  life  interview  work  death  lorrie_moore  mary_karr  tobias_wolff  junot_díaz  humanity  author  syracuse  new_york  david_foster_wallace  sumatra  1970s  1980s  dream  suicide  soft  fiction 
january 2013 by cluebucket
What is Found There: Adrienne Rich and a Life on the Margins | Hazlitt
"In her own life, Rich refused to accept that these public attitudes ought to guide her. She thus spent her life in what we sometimes call the 'margins.' She was a poet in a culture that came to prefer television and video games, and a radical in one that saw Planned Parenthood as a militant organization."
adrienne_rich  michelle_dean  essay  obituary  poet  politics  feminism  contradiction  life  writer  writing  culture  protest  quote  motherhood  1960s  1970s  2012  2013  hazlitt  randomhouse.ca 
january 2013 by cluebucket
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com
"More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter."

"The Puritans turned work into a virtue, evidently forgetting that God invented it as a punishment."
tim_kreider  nytimes  opinionator  essay  business  busy-ness  busy  job  work  energy  freedom  lazy  2012  2010s  writing  writer  obligation  nyc  thomas_pynchon  idleness  arthur_c._clarke  play 
january 2013 by cluebucket
The boy in the bubble : CJR
"The timing couldn’t have been better. Not only had Klein entered political blogging at a moment when digital natives were beginning to reconstitute the opinion-journalism profession, but the topic that fused his passion and wonkery—healthcare—was surging back into the public discussion, as progressive ideas resurfaced within American liberalism."
...
"In fact, he is so deep inside now that he’s come to an even more terrifying conclusion about life in The Village than his Netroots compatriots could ever have dreamed: “I’m much more certain that the problems are systemic and the various forms of gatekeeping elites [are] impotent,” he wrote me in a follow-up email to our interview. “And that feeling—that the people in charge aren’t just wrong or bought off, but that, quite often, they fundamentally don’t know what they’re doing—is a bit scary, and fairly radicalizing.”"
ezra_klein  blogger  writer  blogging  writing  journalism  reporting  politics  2010s  policy  student  progressive  liberal  dc  smarty-pants  cjr  columbia_journalism_review  matt_welch  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Reporting Poverty, Emily Brennan interviews Katherine Boo - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics
"The hope is for the reader to engage with them as individuals and see how these people really do get around social obstacles, when there is a limited distribution of opportunities, when there are institutional problems, be it police corruption or poor public hospitals and schools. I don’t think readers will get invested in what potential is being squandered if they don’t engage with the people in the story as individuals. When you have a kid who is killed, I want the reader to feel what I felt and what the people of Annawadi felt, and because of that, get involved in the problems of criminal or social justice."

"Often the people who have the most verbal dexterity have had some amount of education in their lives, and you don’t want to limit your reporting to just those people. You take a kid like Sunil, the young scavenger, he’s been raising himself, so conducting long interviews and eliciting illustrative anecdotes was out of the question. When I started spending time with him, it became clear that Sunil had an extremely strong aesthetic sense that helped him through life. Moments of natural beauty were very important to him."
...
"We take stories and purvey them to people with money. And in the conventions of my profession, which I try to adhere to, we can’t pay people for stories. Anyone with a conscience who does this work grapples with that reality, and if they don’t, I’d worry... But if writing about people who are not yourself is illegitimate, then the only legitimate work is autobiography; and as a reader and a citizen, I don’t want to live in that world. Because if you take a kid like Sunil, who’s been denied the possibility of an education that allows him to write his own story, and all of the people who lack the means and access to do so, they go down the memory hole. They’re lost. What it comes down to is, the only thing worse than being a poverty reporter is if no one ever wrote about it at all."
guernicamag  emily_brennan  katherine_boo  india  mumbai  annawadi  slum  poverty  reporter  writer  reporting  story  globalization  society  interview  long-term  book  behind_the_beautiful_flowers  2012  2010s  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Our school shooting - Salon.com
bookmarked for comment from bdmclacken:
"Said the clever minute hand to the more modest hour hand on the clock- "There is no reason why we're here spinning in circles on this dial, me going faster than you, but both of us eventually reaching the same conclusion over and over again"."
...
"[T]o ask "why?", maybe not even because they expect an answer or much hope to find one from any such magical entity... [is] the last act of futility before acceptance."
salon  2012  2010s  sarah_tomlinson  1992  1990s  school  shooting  death  writing  simons_rock  galen_gibson  tragedy  mourning  grief  recovery  life  writer  21st_century  20th_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Why I Love Marilynne Robinson : The New Yorker
"'On some impulse, plain exuberance, I suppose, the fellow jumped up and caught hold of a branch, and a storm of luminous water came pouring down on the two of them, and they laughed and took off running, the girl sweeping water off her hair and her dress as if she were a little bit disgusted, but she wasn’t. It was a beautiful thing to see, like something from a myth. I don’t know why I thought of that now, except perhaps because it is easy to believe in such moments that water was made primarily for blessing, and only secondarily for growing vegetables or doing the wash.'
...
"Robinson discusses her conviction that the capacity to make imaginative connections with other people, familiar and foreign, is the basis of community"
mark_o'connell  newyorker  marilynne_robinson  writer  author  book  writing  style  eloquence  religion  christianity  novel  2012  2010s  gilead  morality  imagination  fiction  community  review  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Pick up just about any novel and you'll find the phrase "somewhere a dog barked." - Slate Magazine
"If novelists share anything, it's a distant-dog impulse. Picture an author at work: She's exhausted, gazing at her laptop and dreaming about lunch.
...
"Really, are there so many out-of-sight, noisy dogs in the world? Listen: My bet is you'll hear a highway, an A/C unit, or another human before a dog starts yelping."
slate  rosencrans_baldwin  writing  fiction  review  language  phrase  device  dog  bark  funny  essay  2010  2010s  narrative  trope  hollow  author  writer  trick  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
An Interview With Caitlin Moran | The Hairpin
"This whole sassiness thing – everything's got to be sarcastic, everything's got to be knowing, everything's got to be cynical. You've got to be on top of your shit twenty-four hours a day. THAT is exhausting. It's just far better to go, you know what? I'm just basically a monkey in a dress, and the best I can hope for every day is just to be nice, to smile as much as possible, to be gentle, try and be a bit understanding, work really hard, go and smell some flowers, have a cup of tea, ring your mum if you get on with her, just kind of dial it down a bit. There's a more sustainable idea of being a woman rather than feeling like you're in a fucking movie twenty-four hours a day."
caitlin_moran  thehairpin  interview  writer  feminist  feminism  chiara_atik  book  2012  2010s  language  women  funny  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
An Interview With Caitlin Moran | The Hairpin
"The why not to have children chapter was written as a love letter to my sister Caz. She's always made it very clear that she never wants to have kids. One of the first questions men or women ask you is "Have you got kids?" At the start of a conversation you shouldn't be having to say "My womb's all fucked up and I haven't got a boyfriend!"
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"The trick is, and there's a little bit of heartbreak, you have to just give up on the idea of being a princess. You have to give up on the idea of being fabulous. My kind of base position on existence is that you just have to admit you're a bit of a twat. You're a bit of a div, you're a kind of sweaty, stumpy, well-meaning idiot and you're trying your hardest, but it's just enough to be a sort of pleasant, polite person who's working quite hard and tries to be nice to the people they're nice to. We don't need to have any more ambitions than that! This whole sassiness thing – everything's got to be sarcastic, everything's got to be knowing, everything's got to be cynical... THAT is exhausting. It's just far better to go, you know what? I'm just basically a monkey in a dress, and the best I can hope for every day is just to be nice... just kind of dial it down a bit. There's a more sustainable idea of being a woman rather than feeling like you're in a fucking movie twenty-four hours a day."
chiara_atik  caitlin_moran  interview  thehairpin  feminism  writer  author  funny  women  life  quote  culture  society 
august 2012 by cluebucket
Why I shut down my blog. - Slate Magazine
"Now, if I could just turn off the TV, I think I could finally get started."
sarah_hepola  slate  blog  blogging  writing  reflection  essay  distraction  author  writer  2006  2000s  internet  shutdown  21st_century 
july 2012 by cluebucket
Sally Quinn Forced to Dine With Non-Fake Friends -- Daily Intel
"Seriously. Hardly a week goes by without somebody blaming partisan polarization on the lack of proper dinner parties or, in an occasional twist, lunch.
"Quinn’s essay follows the general contours of this genre, but she adds her own uniquely mortifying touches. Her mourning of the decline of the Georgetown dinner party sweeps together such disparate trends as the appearance of a Kardashian at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Citizens United, hard times at newspapers, and the appearance on the scene of “25-year-old bloggers.” The result of all these baffling developments is that Quinn now has to have dinner with actual friends and not just people using each other for access to power."
dc  sally_quinn  nymag  daily_intel  posh  class  dinner_party  politics  criticism  jonathan_chait  2012  2010s  washingtonpost  strom_thurmond  kim_kardashian  writer  power  cargo_cult  21st_century 
june 2012 by cluebucket
Humans are Humans are Humans | Cluster Mag
so many good thoughts. amazin' eighteen:
"Scavenging is basically always keeping your eyes peeled. If there’s something on the curb, it’s almost always worthwhile to check out. My friends and I have gotten so many ridiculous things for free this way. There’s a culture of free boxes around here, where folks just put stuff on the curb with a sign, and usually it’s all cleaned out come next day. There’s also a transient student population because West Philly is connected to several college campuses. The trash is plentiful, especially when the U Penn students move out in May. Good lord. We call that Penn Christmas. My housemate makes about $2,000 easy every year just from selling their old thrown-out textbooks.

"As for the stigma attached to re-use, that’s some bullshit rich people made up to control the non-affluent. Like back in feudal days when the starving peasants living on the king’s land couldn’t shoot a deer to eat because it already 'belonged' to the king. It really all goes back to power dynamics and maintaining control over the oppressed. Why can’t I eat the day-old dumpster food that is going to a landfill? It’s because it fucks up capitalist order and power dynamics. It’s about maintaining the made-up idea of scarcity so a few motherfuckers can stay in control.

"And let me just say that I am no crust punk. I listen to disco music and R&B and wear Mickey Mouse sweatshirts. It’s a shame that crust punks are the face of dumpstering, because I feel that a lot of people depend on the discarded world—they just don’t brag about it."
cluster_mag  theclustermag  2012  2010s  interview  friends  maggie18  all_that's_left  zine  sci-fi  internet  technology  dystopia  fantasy  gender  queer  sex  cyborg  scavenge  dumpster  occupywallstreet  philadelphia  digital  zinester  writer  role-play  birth_control  21st_century 
march 2012 by cluebucket
Letters of Note: E. B. White on the Free Press
"I don't want IBM or the National Rifle Association providing me with a funded spectacular when I open my paper. I want to read what the editor and the publisher have managed to dig up on their own—and paid for out of the till."
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march 2012 by cluebucket
"El Librotraficante" Tony Diaz Defies Ethnic Studies Book Ban with Caravan to Arizona
JUAN GONZALEZ: On Monday, El Libro-Traficante is set to launch a small caravan to bring carloads of ethnic studies books into Arizona that were banned by public school officials in Tucson after the city suspended its acclaimed Mexican American Studies program due to a state ban on the teaching of ethnic studies. The banned books include Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson; Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire; Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rodolfo Acuña_; and Chicano: The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement by F. Arturo Rosales.
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TONY DIAZ: Evidently, he wanted to replace Mexican-American studies with a real, live class on doublespeak, because that’s all doublespeak. Huppenthal knows that Americans would not tolerate a direct ban on literature. So he has actually taken oppression and updated it. At the end of the day, yes, there is actually a law, America, in Arizona, to prohibit courses in high schools. Let that sink in.
librotraficante  tony_diaz  democracynow  interview  video  audio  radio  news  arizona  school  ethnicity  chicano  ban  book  caravan  underground  sandra_cisneros  library  john_huppenthal  politics  racism  overthrow  america  american_dream  smuggle  law  2012  2010s  latino  tuscon  author  professor  nuestra_palabra  writer  juan_gonzalez  amy_goodman  21st_century 
march 2012 by cluebucket
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