“I’m acutely aware that this image will be seen by children, who will undoubtedly find it distressing. We have consulted with a number of child psychologists about its potential impact … In the end, I felt that the image is a window into the reality of what is happening — and what can happen — in a war that affects and involves all of us. I would rather confront readers with the Taliban’s treatment of women than ignore it. I would rather people know that reality as they make up their minds about what the U.S. and its allies should do in Afghanistan.”—Time managing editor Richard Stengel, on his decision to put a photo of an Afghan woman who was mutilated by the Taliban on the cover of the magazine (via New York Mag) (via soupsoup)
“Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won’t know for twenty years. And you may never, ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it’s what you create. And even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are only here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes, or it seems to, but it doesn’t really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope that something good will come along. Something to make you feel connected, something to make you feel whole, something to make you feel loved. And the truth is, I feel so angry. And the truth is, I feel so fucking sad. And the truth is, I’ve felt so fucking hurt for so fucking long, and for just as long, I’ve been pretending I’m okay, just to get along, just for — I don’t know why. Maybe because no one wants to hear about my misery, because they have their own. Well, fuck everybody. Amen.”—Synecdoche, New York
How come the evil guy ALWAYS has to have a song? The creepy scenery is fun to watch sometimes, but the songs are SUPER forgettable.
SERIOUSLY. THINK ABOUT IT. Tell me ONE beloved musical children’s movie where the villain’s song is memorable and sung by people a lot.
GIRL. I’ll forgive you, but you must absolutely be forgetting Poor Unfortunate Souls. Deliciously evil and a great song, too. Not as well known, but also Frollo’s Hellfire song in Hunchback. That whole soundtrack is fantastic.
Seriously? Come on, people. “Be Prepared” from The Lion King!
Wait, did you say “sung by people a lot”? Crap, never mind.
“Weiner’s chosen narrative posits that our present is much better than the ’50s zeitgeist he portrays, but the essential paradox is that he portrays it with so much love and tenderness that it is sometimes impossible to pull out the theme of generational decay. The audience is caught between a mislaid nostalgia for the often sexist and bigoted environment and an equally mislaid moral desire to see it all disappear.”—
“I guess what I’d ask you to do, Mississippi, is go ahead and let there be something on the air that you don’t like, because your neighbor may like it; somebody in your family may like it; and you may benefit from hearing it. I think it’s a shame when people want to stop something from being on the air because they don’t agree with it. There’s a lot of things on television that I hate, but I’m glad they’re there, and I watch them. I don’t like Glenn Beck; I don’t like Bill O’Reilly. But I watch them, and the reason I do is because I want to understand people I disagree with; I think you grow from that. I’m glad that this country has such a wide spectrum of ideas, and that everyone can express them.”—comedian Louis C.K., in a video response to Mississippi Public Broadcasting dropping Terry Gross’ NPR show Fresh Air because a caller to a Mississippi state school complained after hearing an episode in which C.K. explained to Gross that he always has sex with a T-shirt on
Do you want to feel smart? Really, really smart? Like some kind of freaking genius smart? If you do, then just take a few minutes to read over a few of these.
I have had so many of these revelations in my life. Awry, segue, shoe-tying, putting my keys in the same place, epitome… SO MANY. I am extremely glad I’m not alone.
So. I’m 47 years old and just realized I’ve been tying my shoes wrong all along. No wonder they never stay tied.
Y’know, I read through about 15% of that list and was thinking to myself the whole time, “Man, people are silly. How could someone think that Alaska is an island, or that segue isn’t pronounced SEG-way?” (To be fair, I thought epitome was pronounced EP-ih-tome, not ih-PIH-tuh-me, until middle school.)
Then I found out that victuals is the same thing as (i.e., pronounced the same way as) vittles, and said to myself, “Well, I’ll be damned.” Also, that whole peeling-bananas-from-the-bottom thing is mind-blowing.
I guess you really do learn something new every day.
Also, I have spent the past hour and a half reading this thread, and I’m maybe one-third of the way through.
Sat down in the living room and NY1 was playing a Bob Sheppard interview piece from 1993. I instantly knew he’d passed. I grew up watching and going to Yankees games with my grandpa and Bob Sheppard was the constant. He’s been missed the last few years, he’ll be missed.
The voice of the New York Yankees - the “voice of god” according to Derek Jeter - died today.
Bob Sheppard’s voice is the soundtrack to some of my best summer memories.
In my mind, there is no other voice that can instantly evoke a sense of place like Bob’s could. It will play forever in the back of my mind, like a favorite song. And he will always be saying Thurman Munson’s name.
Ten years ago today (July 10, 2000), Coldplay released their debut album Parachutes. On that day, they performed an album launch show at HMV on Oxford Street in London, and here, you can listen to a live version of “High Speed” from that set. It’s really good!
“You used to go home and turn on the TV to escape from all the assholes you had to deal with during the day. Now you come home from a long day of dealing with dickheads and morons, to turn on the TV and watch more dickheads and morons.”—Patton Oswalt on reality shows (via natface)
“Turn on the television. We have a wedding channel on cable TV devoted to the behavior of people on the way to the altar. They spend billions of dollars, behave in the most appalling way, all in an effort to be princess for a day. You don’t have cable television? Put on network TV. We’re giving away husbands on a game show. You can watch The Bachelor, where thirty desperate women will compete to marry a 40-year-old man who has never been able to maintain a decent relationship in his life. That’s what we’ve done to marriage in America, where young women are socialized from the time they’re five years old to think of being nothing but a bride. They plan every day what they’ll wear, how they’ll look, the invitations, the whole bit, they don’t spend five minutes thinking about what it means to be a wife. People stand up there before god and man even in Senator Diaz’s church, they swear to love honor and obey, they don’t mean a word of it. So if there’s anything wrong with the sanctity of marriage in America, it comes from those of us who have the privilege and the right and have abused it for decades.”—Diane Savino, NY State Senator (via gayformarriage) (via soupsoup)