People are understandably very fixated on New York’s arrogance and myopia. And these things are true. But also, growing up inside that world, I know how vulnerable and naïve and fearful of “elsewhere” you can be as a New Yorker. That it is a self-reinforcing sub-cultural identity of a certain sense. You know, that famous New Yorker cover image of Manhattan, where you see Tenth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue and Twelfth Avenue, and then the Hudson River, and then the vast plain with a few specks of light on it. One very familiar interpretation of that, and the dominant one, is that this shows the solipsism and narcissism of New York. But it also describes a helplessness and naïvete: “what IS out there?” It’s terror. New Yorkers can’t drive and they have to be proud of that, because there’s no other option but to act as though it’s a wonderful thing. But that’s helplessness and dysfunction.
A little more Lethem because it’s his birthday. This is from an interview, and near as I can tell this is the New Yorker cover he’s talking about, though his “specks of light” comment means either he’s thinking of something else or he misremembered the image.
"You’re leaving me," I said.
“I have to be where this takes me.”
“It takes you away. You’re gone, and I’m alone.”
“You’re not alone.”
“Worse than alone, actually. I’m partial. I’m part of something that isn’t there anymore. I’m a broken-off chunk.”
Alice looked down. “What I’m doing is very important.”
“When will you come back?”
“Say something encouraging,” I said. “Tell me it’s good for us. Tell me you think I’m overreacting. Use the word us.”
She met my eyes with a look of terror.
Happy Birthday to Jonathan Lethem, who has always made me feel inadequate as a writer and often as a person
It occurs to me that it might be easy to take It’s Not About The Whale in a way that I don’t mean it* so a small explanation:
INATW doesn’t mean that event outcomes don’t matter. They do - your life will play out differently if you get tenure, or get married, or buy the house in this neighborhood or that one, etc etc. Things will be different. What INATW means is that regardless of which of those things happen, you will be ok. It is not so much an argument for not caring about what happens so much as an argument for not being scared. Keep doing all of the things you know you should be doing: take care of yourself, pursue rewarding hobbies, maintain constructive relationships with friends and family**. Do that, and tenure can’t hurt you.
* You should take it how you want i.e., in whatever way has value for you. I just want to be clear on how I mean it. ** I am aware that these are not easy things. Please do not think I am implying these are not difficult, complex things.
A question: When assistant professors are denied tenure, what happens to their happiness?…Assistant professors predict that their happiness would be greatly reduced by a negative tenure decision, but they’re wrong. After a few years have passed, there is no discernible difference between the happiness of those who get tenure and the happiness of those who do not….Before an election, voters think they will be miserable if their preferred candidate loses, but after just a month, political outcomes don’t have much of an effect….Contemplating a divorce is horrible, but after a period of adjustment, divorced people tend to end up about as happy as they were before. After a while, young people who have lost a limb as a result of cancer show no less happiness than young people who haven’t had cancer….Kidney dialysis patients don’t show significantly reduced levels of happiness.
The full article contains some notable counter-examples that are well worth considering, but overall the point remains: our emotional relationship to the outcome of events is more important than what those outcomes are. Crucially, that relationship is not necessarily dependent on what that outcome is. It’s Not About The Whale.
so the upcoming Lana Del Rey album maybe comes out on May 1 and I am trying not to get super hyped by thinking about Bangerz and how horribly disappointed I was by Bangerz but that was Miley and this is Lana Del Reyand Lana Del Rey is Motor Lodge Royalty and friends if you cannot believe in the best lady to ever make a 3am ice machine run in somebody else’s shirt, who can you believe in
I think the thing I adore/enjoy the most about Nicki Minaj is that time and time again, almost any and everywhere she can? She makes it clear that her actions are NOT for the male gaze. The male gaze gets no peace from Nicki Minaj; she disrupts it constantly. She disrupts their fantasy. She disrupts the ability to ignore and project onto her - cause she’s not going to be the same one moment to the next, far less one song to the next.
Nicki Minaj lives and breathes radical presence as a woman, a WoC, being whole and not one dimensional; forcing herself out of projected molds and it is AWESOME.
considering the above in light of Nicki’s newest and I am pretty blown away
He is a political conservative who rejects the theories of Charles Darwin and listens regularly to the rightwing radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. He is also a dedicated environmentalist – the author, under a pseudonym, of a series of online books called Sustainable Me – and a rascal. Cole loves God but he likes his martinis dirty – “very dirty … Lindsay Lohan dirty” – and he confessed when his lawyer was out of earshot that if the server is one of those young women with a lot of tattoos, he has a follow-up joke too filthy for this newspaper.
Speaking of Jeff Lynne, people were all gaga over that Beatles tribute the other day, but no one ever needs to cover “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” again, because this is the best non-Beatles version that’s ever been performed. Prince is a goddamned monster.
always love this and lately my favorite part is the look Prince gives Tom Petty like “you’re seeing this, right?”
people on disney message boards sometimes aren’t sure about racism
Is SongoftheSouth Racist “for real” Racist?
Unread post » Oct Mon 15, 2012 1:50 pm
Before I continue, I want to say a few things:
1) I do not consider myself racist
2) I do not encourage or endorse racism
3) I apologize in advance if this post hurts anyone’s feelings, this is not my intention (plus why would I hurt a stranger’s feelings? :? )
I was wondering if there was any “real” racism in the “SongoftheSouth" or if people are just a little bit squeamish when it comes to this movie.
If there is not any “real” racism in SOS, wouldn’t it be unfair for the black actors and actresses in the film for the movie to not be sold and isn’t this just more of a happy Disney reflection of this sad point in US history than a racist movie?
Anyways, according to Wikipedia’s article on “SongoftheSouth,” “The Disney Company has stated that, like Harris’ book, the film takes place after the American Civil War and that all the African American characters in the movie are no longer slaves.”
My opinion (probably not worth much) is that what little racism there may be in the film is not worth all the trouble and controversy that has been raised, and I feel that it’s not fair to the black actors and actresses in the film for it to not be sold. I guess my question boils down to this, is the racism, imagined or real, in the film worth Disney’s not selling?
Just curious about how you guys and gals feel about this film.
here is a wrestling story! one time Bill & I were at a show featuring the “World’s Greatest Tag Team,” of Charlie Hass and the above-pictured Shelton Benjamin. Behind us sat a couple of fans who were yukking it up about the vaguely homoerotic nature of pro wrestling, and not in a creative way. Just “oooh, the go behind!” and “he’s really riding him!” and the like. Having had enough, I turned over my shoulder and looked at them. “If you’re going to go in that direction,” I said, “You might as well talk about how big Shelton Benjamin’s dick is. Because it’s really, really big.” And then Bill and I got to watch a wrestling match while listening to the sounds of three men trying to do anything other than notice how big Shelton Benjamin’s dick is.