“I’m a fan of them on one level, but on another level I get really tired of their pompousness … We’ve played some shows with them and they really treat people like shit. Whenever I’ve been around them, I’ve found that they not only treated their crew like shit, they treated the audience like shit. They treated everybody in their vicinity like shit. I thought, ‘Who do they think they are?’ I don’t know why people put up with it. I wouldn’t put up with it. I don’t care if it’s Arcade Fire or Brian Eno. If either of them walked into a room and treated people like shit I’d be like, ‘Fuck you, get outta here.’
… People treat Arcade Fire like they’re the greatest thing ever and they get away with it. Those sort of opinions change my view of their music. They have good tunes, but they’re pricks, so fuck ‘em. Who does Arcade Fire think they are? I’ve been around groups. I’ve been around the Edge from U2 and he’s the fucking sweetest guy ever. I was around Justin Timberlake when he was young and he was just a normal, nice, kind person. Anyone can be polite and kind and people who have the privilege and money and attention should understand that. If they don’t, then fuck ‘em.”
I found that kid who looks like Aaron! He’s a hilarious, adorable, English vlogger named Charlie! And yeah, he looks less like him in full-length video form. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/user/charlieissocoollike#p/u/46/tMG-_d8zpRE
“And finally the most important women’s news item there is. We have our first serious female presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton. And, yes, women have come so far as feminists, that they don’t feel obligated to vote for Hillary just because she’s a woman. Women today feel perfectly free to make what ever choice Oprah tells them to. Which raises the question, why are people abandoning Hillary for Obama? Some say they are put off by that fact that Hillary can’t control her husband and that we would end up with co-presidents. Cause that would be terrible. Having two intelligent, qualified people working together to solve problems. Uck, why would you let Starksy talk to Hutch? I wanna watch that show Starsky. Then there’s the scrutiny of her physical appearance. Rush Limbaugh, the Jeff Conaway of right wing radio, says that he doesn’t think America is ready to watch their president quote "turn into an old lady in front of them." Really? They didn’t seem to mind when Ronald Reagan did that. Maybe what bothers me the most is that people say that Hillary is a bitch, let me say something about that. Yeah, she is. And so am I and so is this one. (Amy Poehler- ‘Yeah Deal with it.’) You know what? We bitches get stuff done. That’s why Catholic schools use nuns as teachers and not priests. Those nuns are mean old clams and they sleep on cots and they’re allowed to hit you. And by the end of the year you HATED those bitches, but you knew the capital of Vermont. So I’m saying it’s not too late Texas and Ohio, get on board. Bitch is the new black!”—
“Ma, I gotta tell you that without a doubt, I learned my best dancing lessons from you. You’re the one who taught me how to twist and shout because you shout non-stop and you’re so twisted too. Oh oh oh oh oh.”—
(PS, I get to sing this song for a benefit concert at my local theater next week!)
It’s probably been more than a week since the last one of these, but here’s the gist: I teach myself something new every day. Why not type it out and share with you guys? *Disclaimer* I don’t assume these musings are actually wise. I just like alliteration in my titles.
I’ve realized that what makes growing up sad for me (well, there are lots of things) has been my gradual acceptance of coincidence and error. That’s an overly succinct way of saying that things just plain aren’t as magical. And if they are, I probably had to look really hard for the magic. Apparently, kids, most things on this Earth were not designed to be beautiful or safe or important or holy or meaningful or fair, the way you see them. They weren’t. The roads your parents drive as you lay in the back seat, unable to see where they are taking you and mystified by the act of driving at all, were not engineered to lull you into a sleep. Those roads are man made… they have cracks and uneven spots that cause injury. Animals and people are hurt on roads like those and trees had to be cut down to make room for them to pass.
Maybe no one is watching out for us except for us. But I know that something still overwhelms me when I look up. Sky or ceiling or trees, the universe and its infinity. Nature is my god. So is love. THOSE things are so real. Maybe “god” is just whatever is really real to you.
Leonardo, for anyone who wants to know. Named by my mom. Looks like a lion, loves being the center of attention at all times according to the zodiac (I’m looking at you, Leos) and we’re headed for a Leonardo Da Vinci themed trip to Italy in a few weeks. Bing, bam, boom.
"I love to just listen to you talk" ranks as one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. I loved having you in my town, my house, my bed and my life on Friday to see me do something that was a big deal for me. My dad’s biking buddy Steve said that I have "very good friends to make a 300+ mile trip to see her in Spelling Bee," and he’s right. I had started to get thoughtful and feel sorry for myself in the days before you came, thinking of how I had no close friends in town and how maybe I had wasted my teen years studying and being very serious in plays instead of having fun. I can’t completely explain how I felt to see the backs of your heads for the first time in months, but it was VERY hard to not kiss you both. I felt younger, sillier and happier immediately. And it’s you and RAW’s fault! I’ll see you soon, roomie.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”—
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that yes it’s true I’m here and I’m just as strange as you.”—Frida Kahlo (via cosmicfeather)
“‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”—Louis CK (via grapevinetwine)
“Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out.”—Alan Cohen (via shetakesflight)