“Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’”—Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (x)
I see a lot of people commenting about the James Franco story saying something along these lines: “Hey, it’s legal and they are two consenting adults! They’re equal! What’s the big deal!?”
Just because the law states that people above the age of 17 can bone whoever they want does not make this situation “equal.” Not only does James Franco’s age - 36 - put him in a position of power and higher status, but the fact that he is a movie star talking to a (YOUNG) fan immediately sets up a power structure that is completely uneven.
Idiots Mike Francesa, Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason said awful things in reaction to the Mets’ Daniel Murphy’s recent paternity leave. Their ugly, ignorant remarks are a disgrace and need to be repudiated in the strongest possible terms.
This is a great rebuttal to the NY Sports radio folks who have been criticizing NY Mets second-baseman, Daniel Murphy, who took 3 days off from the baseball season to be with his pregnant wife.
Paternity leave is important, and these people are disgusting. Here is their Facebook page, in case you want to tell them this directly:
I realized a few days ago that it’s been a decade (!!) since I took my dream of writing seriously. Considering that I still like to think of myself as a recent college grad even though I left Bates in 2001, the fact that I’ve been doing anything, including drinking legally, for more than a hot…
Some wise words from one of my nearest and dearest.
"Beyoncé isn’t Beyoncé because she reads comments on the Internet. Beyoncé is in Ibiza, wearing a stomach necklace, walking hand in hand with her hot boyfriend. She’s going on the yacht and having a mimosa. She’s not reading shitty comments about herself on the Internet, and we…
Writer Ned Vizzini died Thursday at age 32 in New York, the city’s medical examiner has confirmed. Vizzini committed suicide.
Listen: I know we’re all very busy giving a shit what a human dreadlock thinks about gay rights and misinterpreting the First Amendment and yelling yelling yelling, but can we promise- during the difficult holiday season and beyond- to call out for help when we need it, and to work on our listening skills so our friends’ calls for help don’t whiz right past us?
Get help. Give help. Listen. Talk. Live.
An incredible talent and - from what I’m reading from people who knew him - a wonderful guy. My heart aches for his wife and son.
“Unfortunately, the place where our first creative ideas go to die is the place that should be most open to them—school. Studies show that teachers overwhelmingly discriminate against creative students, favoring their satisfier classmates who more readily follow directions and do what they’re told. Even if children are lucky enough to have a teacher receptive to their ideas, standardized testing and other programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top (a program whose very designation is opposed to nonlinear creative thinking) make sure children’s minds are not on the “wrong” path, even though adults’ accomplishments are linked far more strongly to their creativity than their IQ. It’s ironic that even as children are taught the accomplishments of the world’s most innovative minds, their own creativity is being squelched.”—Creativity is rejected: Teachers and bosses don’t value out-of-the-box thinking. (via markcoatney)
Last night I took the bus into San Francisco from Sausalito to see the incredible Anna Von Hausswolff perform at the Rickshaw Stop. After the show, I walked a friend over to Civic Center BART, ate a fast food snack, and then headed to the 70/80 Golden Gate Transit bus stop at…
What I value about the improv community is that it’s a community. It’s certainly competitive. Everybody is ambitious and wants to get ahead and succeed, but the nature of the scene is predicated on not singular exceptionalism but ensemble. I feel that ethos is what makes the improv world a very collaborative world.
It’s no mistake that I get a lot more jobs now that my friends are in positions to run their own shows. Everybody in our world is always looking out for each other. There are certainly those people for whom it’s all about them, but those are few and far between in the improv world. It’s more about teams, whether it’s a sketch group or an improv team, everything is based on the ensemble. That began then and continues now.