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.
1. Does that make sense? Many women end their statements with,“Does that make sense?” or “Do you know what I mean?”. We do this because we want to make sure we were understood, but this phrasing suggests you think you were incoherent. Instead, ask your listeners, “What…
I totally don't want to be a jerk in saying this, but on those stickers you posted, nowhere does it say that it is for boys or girls. They are gender neutral in the descriptions.
You’re not a jerk at all, but if you think they aren’t very obvious in their gender intentions you are misguided. There is not a single woman featured on the “careers” sticker roll. There are no boy fairies or princes on the other one. And in the description of the “careers” roll, kids are encouraged to get “him read for his” next adventure. Do women not have adventures? Careers? What about the boys who might be interested in “outfits” and “creative expression” as specified in the description of the “princesses” roll?
One time I was sitting in an almost-empty café in Asbury Park, typing on my old laptop which has a “Fleetwood MacBook" decal on the back. I had headphones on. Two middle-aged guys in suits came into the café, got their lattes, and sat down a few tables away from me. After a few minutes I noticed…
I love this, I’ve experienced this, and I’d argue this is what life is like for women in every sector, not just tech.