It’s such an easy instinct to conceive of a character, and proceed to give her everything that you perceive you lack. You try to make her comfortable. The house you wish you had, the dog you like, time to garden, the way of wearing clothes just so, in order that mundanity won’t distract from her noble flaws, the kind that drive a plot.
Trouble is, it only makes you look around and realize your stacks of DVDs, your unshredded bills, your piles of clean and wrinkled laundry are all you’ve got. And it makes you hate her.
Trans Students Celebrate Openly During Catholic Graduations
Two moments this graduation season highlighted the positive gains being made in Catholic education for transgender students, forgoing the controversies of past years for moments of celebration instead.
Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, an all-girls institution run by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, allowed a transgender student to graduate using his preferred gender identity. A post in the Facebook group for the class of 1970 includes the following caption for the above picture:
“Meet our alumni brother. This was not an easy decision for the administrators to make, but they did the right thing as Immaculate Heart does. Elliot is the first transgender graduate but probably won’t be the last. He loves the school as much as the rest of us and that’s all that matters. ‘Every loyal daughter and son…’ “
Congratulations to Elliot and the Immaculate Heart Class of 2014, as well as the administrators for ensuring every student’s day could be one of celebration!
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phft Batman doesn’t use guns, what a fake geek boy
Rising Sign is in 09 Degrees Cancer
Very sensitive by nature, you prefer to be in your own familiar surroundings. Cautious and conservative, you make changes in your life only very slowly, if at all. You do not open up easily to strangers. Friendships are made for life, however — once given, your trust is forever. Your mother, your home as a child and your early family life in general are very important to you. You are also very sentimental. When you feel self- confident, you are gentle, giving and protective of the needs of others. But when you feel insecure or threatened, you become overly sensitive to criticism, shy, withdrawn and moody. You have a strong need for security — in the sense that you are being loved, nourished and protected.
Sun is in 25 Degrees Virgo.
Extremely careful and cautious by nature, you value neatness and order above all else. You rigorously practice very high standards of living and conduct and you demand the same of everyone with whom you come into contact. At times, you are so supercritical that you are merely nit-picky. You are very good at practical skills and quite handy with tools of all kinds. You are also greatly concerned with hygiene, cleanliness and personal health problems. Very likely your health is much better than you think it is — don’t worry so much! Extremely methodical and analytical, you are a perfectionist — this makes you the perfect person to carry out highly detailed, precise operations. But, at times, you pay so much attention to details that you lose sight of the larger issues.
Moon is in 22 Degrees Taurus.
Warmth, comfort, security and familiar surroundings are necessary for you to feel at ease. Very loving and affectionate, you prefer a steady, patterned way of life. Patient, calm and steadfast, you are not easily upset. Others look to you for support. You tend to be a slow starter and a slow mover — others may try to rush you, but they will never succeed. Emotionally, you are quite stubborn — your attitudes about people and things were firmly set in your youth and will change very little as an adult. You are also very cautious and conservative about spending money. It is not that you are selfish, you just need to feel secure. Beware of a tendency to become overly complacent and too self-satisfied.
I’m lucky. I have a supportive family. I have issues with them, sure. But for all the arguing over political or religious differences, my parents come to my shows. They listen to (or at least are aware of) my podcast. They read my work. They tell me congratulations.
This is not true for a lot of people. A friend recently told me an awful story. A friend I really admire. A friend I met because I liked their writing so much I made a point to meet them. So… really someone I’m a big big fan of.
That friend said that a parent recently told them to give up writing, that that dream was dead. To get a full-time job. And I couldn’t. I couldn’t fathom. But really I could.
Just two or three years ago, before Night Vale took off, my parents were regularly pressuring me to go to grad school. (Nothing wrong with grad school, but I was busy making theater & dance).
My parents argued there was no future in it. It didn’t make any money, and it was unsustainable, and what was I going to do to retire. I gave a solid 35-year-old teenager rebuttal of “it’s my ART, okay, mom?” And as silly as that sounds, that was my truth. I believed in making art, and I was paying my rent. What else do I need?
Night Vale is far and away the most successful thing I have ever done, and I may never do anything else as popular. But it’s not the best. Night Vale is, of course, among the best, and I love it dearly. But my favorite things I have ever made was “This could be it.” - a show I directed and co-wrote with Jillian Sweeney whom I love so very much. It was at The Chocolate Factory in Long Island City. Less than 100 people ever saw it or ever will see it. (Here’s a review fwiw: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/arts/dance/25sweeney.html)
FUN FACT: Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel ran lights, video & sound for “This could be it.”
So even my lovely parents were not above some version of “your dream is dead,” even if they did not say those words. And to be fair, their concern comes from them being parents and wanting me not to starve to death after they are gone. But art is a weird thing. It feeds you more than you think, for longer than it should.
Getting back to my writer friend…. I told this person: I never wrote you a fan letter. You, among others, influenced my writing & performance a lot. I should write more fan letters. And this friend said: well, you did eventually. You reached out to me, and here we are, and I like your work, too, and that’s really great. (I’m paraphrasing.)
And after a little bit of silence, I said I wish I had written your parents a fan letter, not you. A fan letter to you would have been nice, would have felt good for you, but what if fans wrote letters to your mother and father saying “I love this writer. This writer makes me feel something. This writer makes me know who I am.” How much better would you feel if your parents, not you, got emails from strangers saying how moved they were by something you made
And we both thought we were onto something. Honestly, I don’t know how to implement the idea. I mean, it’s hard enough reaching the writers or artists you love, let alone their parents. But maybe there’s a way. And if you know that way, I challenge you (as I have challenged myself) to do it. If just one less parent of an artist says “your dream is dead,” then the world is slightly better.
Make art. Make art you like. Make it with people you love.
Make art. Make art you like. Make it with people you love.
"Bo Dallas creeps me the fuck out"
I can’t imagine why…
have fun never sleeping again.
All this is to say, it looks like The Weinstein Company doesn’t think all that many people want to see Snowpiercer. They don’t think a weirdo dystopian movie with a South Korean director and partially Korean dialogue where one of the main actors (the always excellent Song Kang-ho) is mostly unknown to American audiences and Chris Evans slips on a fish has mainstream appeal. Prove them wrong. Snowpiercer comes out next Friday, June 27th. If you can, if it it’s playing near you, see this movie. Pay to see this movie. Take your friends, take your family, take your pet fish. Stand up for original sci-fi that’s not Transformers 4 or, yes, Captain America 3. And see a damn fine movie in the process. — Review: Run, Don’t Walk, to See Snowpiercer, The Best Sci-Fi Film of the Decade So Far (via themarysue)
A drama in 3 acts
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Huh. Well, that happened.