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In other words. The usual.
But here are some things I’ve been reading over the past week.
— My friend Jayne is so talented, and she’s been busy making window quilts for her home. Check out the results!
— Riveting interview with lone wolf cartoonist Natalie Dee (I’ve been following her for years). She’s fascinating, and her comments on chronic depression were heartening – but also her sense that girls were not welcome in the comics world. This vibe started for her young, but it has carried over into her adult life. People do have a way of letting you know that you are not welcome in the boys’ club. They won’t link to you, they pretend you don’t exist (“maybe if we don’t link to her … she’ll just … go away? Ya think?”). It’s stupid, backwards, and I love Natalie Dee’s straight-talking about it. I also love her words on work ethic and producing. It makes me think of George Carlin’s comment, “You gotta wanna.” You want more people to read your stuff? Then work hard to create better stuff. Update more, or update less (and more carefully). Work your ass off. Stop whining. I loved that element of her conversation. I relate to it.
— Tomato Nation has one of the best commenting sections on the Web. Take a look at the last Vine column, and what happens in the comments and you’ll see why. We are not alone.
— Ready to go down a rabbit hole? I’m serious. If you follow all of the links in the post I am about to highlight, hours of your life (perhaps weeks) will go down the tube. I know. I followed them all. It is riveting. It is an abyss, and a time-suck. Highly recommended. Here you go. I love Colleen Doran. She speaks the truth.
— Every February, my friend Odie devotes his site, Big Media Vandalism to “Black History Mumf”, as he calls it. A wealth of content. Too much to list. Just keep reading. Are you familiar with Odie’s writing? If not, you better well should be! In this introductory post, written by the great Steven Boone, Boone sets up “Black History Mumf” for us, and also relates a tale, as told by Odie, of something a woman said to Odie when he emerged from The Passion of the Christ. I am still laughing.
— Haunting eerie photographs of the car park theatre in Detroit (a scene in 8 Mile was filmed there). Terrible, and yet beautiful.
— “I don’t care if people call me a radical, a rebel, a red, a revolutionary, an outsider, an outlaw, a Bolshevik, an anarchist, a nihilist, or even a left conservative, but please don’t ever call me a liberal.” — Norman Mailer