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dolly parton interviews with good morning america on her upcoming variety show, 1987 (x)

I confess I love Dolly Parton.

I was a teenager in the mid-to-late-90s, and I’m thinking now about how there were three pieces of culture that came out then that came to define my thinking about what culture should be like: Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (1996) and Radiohead’s OK Computer (1997).

I think all of these works were part of a similar cultural zeitgeist that looked backwards as well as forwards, high as well as low, and embraced cleverness as high value proposition.

It’s not a bad idea. Perhaps a release party for Eruditorum Volume 5. Anyone have suggestions where to hold such a shindig?

Sex and wheels: Zadie Smith on JG Ballard's Crash:

Sex and wheels: Zadie Smith on JG Ballard’s Crash (via instapaper)



taiey:

Things we’re probably not supposed to notice: Martha Jones walks the earth for a year, and at the end of it she’s still wearing eyeliner.

Martha Jones is so badass she can save the world and do her eyeliner at the same time.







philsandifer:

huffingtonpost:

President Obama came down hard on gun-control laws during today’s Tumblr Q&A. 

I have experienced few senses of ambivalence higher than Obama’s late-Presidency decision to be ineffectual in many of the ways progressives always wished he would be ineffectual instead of being an ineffectual bipartisan.

As if this isn't hard enough:

zoekeating:

On May 13 an MRI found 20 tumors in my husbands brain. On May 15 he could barely breathe and was in a lot of pain. A CT scan that day revealed he had a softball-sized tumor in his lung, tumors in his other lung, his liver and possibly his bones. On our way home from the imaging…

Because America has the best healthcare system in the world, obviously

Because I think the fair use grounds would be dubious.

Let's Dismantle the Patriarchy:

philsandifer:

Here’s one thing that we should just square away in our heads, right now, and begin insisting on and making clear.

Your being rejected is not about you.

Seriously. The entire rhetoric of “but why do women date people like X instead of me” is absurdly terrifying in its implications, in that it…

This

Yes All Men.:

davidwynne:

iandsharman:

Because someone has to say it, and it has to be a man.

Yes. All men.

Just because you’ve never groped a woman, never hit a woman, would never force yourself on a woman, doesn’t absolve you of all blame and responsibility.

We have all at one time or another…

You shall get it, good sir. (Though darn, I was hoping you’d pick The Fountain, which I’ve never really written about at any length.)

“I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.”

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David S. Goyer, screenwriter for Man of Steel, the Dark Knight trilogy, and the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film.

Goyer’s disgusting comments say way more about him as a person than they do about She-Hulk — who is not only a lawyer but the Hulk’s cousin, for god’s sake — or about anything else.

Dudes need to stop seeing female characters as extensions of their male power fantasies.

(via superdames)

I’m not sure that’s an answerable question as phrased. I mean, what aspects of these two movies do you find broken? Where do you find them not to succeed? What don’t you understand about them?

I’m not sure that’s an answerable question as phrased. I mean, what aspects of these two movies do you find broken? Where do you find them not to succeed? What don’t you understand about them?





comixology:

A comiXologist Recommends:
Eric Rosenfield recommends MediaEntity #06

One of the great things about digital comics is that it gives access to works deserving of a larger audience, including works from outside the United States. MediaEntity is originally a French webcomic now available in both English and French on comiXology. Like Thrillbent, MediaEntity is created specifically for the digital medium and takes full advantage of the elliptical, filmic effects of comiXology’s Guided View Native format.

The story is about a man who is framed for making an outrageous stock trade that ruins the large financial conglomerate he works for to the tune of billions of dollars. On the run from the law, he seeks to unravel the mystery of who framed him, and encounters an underground world of shadow economies and people on the fringes of society, including a homeless man with a magical affinity for pigeons. In this latest installment, our hero has found himself kidnapped to a trailer park full of people who know more than they’re letting on, led by their mysterious ‘guide’ Camille. Meanwhile, a newspaper man desperate for a lead witnessed his abduction and thinks he can find out where he is. Somewhere between a taught crime-thriller and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, MediaEntity is a Guided View Native exploration of what digital comics are capable of.

[Pick up MediaEntity #06 here!]

For fans of: actionsuspense

Eric Rosenfield is an associate product manager at comiXology and has worked there since digital comics were read on tin cans and string.

I review a fascinating digital comic over at the comiXology blog.

http://philsandifer.tumblr.com/post/85837034121/fatpinkcast-its-the-missing-stair-problem:

fatpinkcast:

“”It’s the Missing Stair problem. We’re all going to pretend that our friend Joe isn’t creepy because he’s our witty friend and we don’t want to lose that. We like him so we want to keep hanging out with him even though he’s a monster. We’re all going to pretend that Jaime…

My interview with Neil Gaiman







neveratendermoment:

HEY!!!

Don’t have enough guilt in your life??

You can buy some offa me or snakebomb in his store for 3 big ones! Come see what some sort of fuss might be about!

Comic for you to be buying!





















philsandifer:

wackd:

lm-mage:

This isn’t idealism this is stupidity in the extreme.

Thinking that humanity will ever reach a period where all of our problems are magically solved simply because we have done the most basic thing of advancing forward in time or technology is idiotic. Utopia is a false dream that is made impossible by the human nature and heart- people who are cruel mean selfish and greedy will never stop existing- and as long as those people exist problems will persist in the human condition- poverty and suffering will continue.

And that’s a good thing- not to sound callous- but a utopia would be a boring world devoid of variation. Without problems to solve and battle to fight humanity would loose it’s essence of existence- life would loose it’s draw. You can’t have joy if you don’t know what sadness means, and you can’t have pleasure without an understanding of pain. A supposed world that eliminates all conflict eliminates all the things that make life interesting.

In short: Fuck anything that says Utopia is a desirable or possible state of existence.

Given that “utopia” means “an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect”, I’d postulate that if the world you’ve described doesn’t sound perfect to you, it is not a utopia.

I’d also like to point out that what you’ve just described sounds nothing like the Trek universe, which

  • actually has a fuckload of wars and atomic fallout in its backstory, thus disproving the idea that the passage of time inherently solves things,
  • solved the poverty problem through access to resources via technology rather than technology as an end in itself,
  • does still have people that are cruel mean selfish and greedy,
  • often has its characters in emotional states that are not happiness,
  • and has built its entire premise on finding new challenges for humanity to face and is often shown to still have a ways to go in medicine, technology, and exploration. 

When people argue things like “Without problems to solve and battle to fight humanity would loose it’s essence of existence- life would loose it’s draw. You can’t have joy if you don’t know what sadness means, and you can’t have pleasure without an understanding of pain. A supposed world that eliminates all conflict eliminates all the things that make life interesting,” I think it’s important to pause for a moment and take a step back.

An overwhelming majority of conflict, sadness, pain, and battle exists for the sake of creating power imbalances whereby one group of people gain at the expense of another. So it’s worth being skeptical whenever someone advocates for these things as inherent goods and asking what, exactly, they want them for. Is it because their sadness and pain are going to cause them pleasure and joy? Or is it because other people’s are?

This is not only a fair question to ask, it’s an essential one that should be asked of anybody who is arguing for the necessity of suffering: what precisely do I get out of my suffering? 

Seriously. I flat-out reject the idea that anyone should take their suffering as a default condition not to be questioned. What a horrible thing to say.

The Last Kickstarter in Albion:

philsandifer:

A new update to my actual, like, writing of stuff blog, Philip Sandifer: Writer

Already tweetered and faceborged, but here’s the tumble. Go Kickstart the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison

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