“Bella: I was at a Subway, and this guy came up to me he was like, have you ever thought about modeling? And I was like YES! Where have you been! I’ve been waiting for you! And then he signed me and he brought me to New York, and I met these designers, and I started to book jobs and I was like “I’m a model.” And I’m going to all the parties I used to look at on my computer and I’m on the Tumblrs I used to look at – and it’s so great. But I still feel like shit. It’s like a whole new set of things that make me feel shitty.
Julie: So what are you going to do?
Bella: I don’t know.
Julie: Well one of the things that my dad always does – is that he tries to break down into different options. And it sounds like you have three options: one, you quit and you just go do something else. Two, you change the way everyone in the whole fashion world thinks and behaves and acts. Or three, you stay and you just try to enjoy the moments that you love. Just enjoy the good moments. I mean, you’re only 20 and you’ve pretty much gotten to do everything you ever wanted to, right? So maybe try to just ignore all the bad parts.”—
From 100% Lost Cotton, a one-act play written by Jonah Hill and Spike Jonze, performed during a fashion event in September at the Metropolitan Opera House (?). Description:
Actors played designers (a wonderfully profane Catherine Keener was O.C. co-founder Carol Lim) casting the show the audience was ostensibly watching. Professional models marched in and out in the actual spring ready-to-wear collection, while two actors playing models, Dree Hemingway and Elle Fanning, conducted an ongoing dialogue about how awful the modeling industry can be. […] Things did end on a positive note, after all, with faith restored and a cast sing-along to Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
Sorry, more stupid-ass Gamergate: This Storify collecting a twitter person articulating the “Gamergate are people who have been harassing for years and now pretending they’re not about harassment” is only part of the story. When I was really digging through this, during the worst of it, I’d definitely see tumblr entries that go back to 2012, screeching the same exact noise attacking the same exact women, from all the half-witted hatemongers who pretend they’re “not shields” now or “against harassment” or whatever. It sure wasn’t about fucking “ethics” in 2012— they didn’t have their little pet excuse for being sacks of shit back then.
“Edited by Scharpling and Wurster themselves, the box features 75 calls on 16 CDs, including 50 previously unreleased or unaired ones. It comes with a 108-page hardcover book featuring essays from Patton Oswalt, Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham, Julie Klausner, and “Best Show” associate producer Michael Lisk (better known as A.P. Mike), an interview with Scharpling and Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, and “notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit.”
The box also comes with a USB drive (inside a Radio Hut cassette) with all 75 calls and four hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy and Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos bearing “Best Show” catchphrases.
“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare. We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear’. Clowns to killers, I choose not to play into any of it. The more attention we give it just gives it more fuel.”—Glenn Kohlberger pka Clyde D. Scope, president of Clowns of America International, attacking the new killer-clown season of American Horror Story.
I'm not trying to be a jerk, but why are you so worked up over the GamerGate douches? There will always be men who look for any excuse to harass women. It's not right and it needs to be stopped, but it's much larger than GamerGate. I'm not disagreeing with your stance on being anti-harassment....I guess I'm just curious why GamerGate in particular has you so upset? (I hope that's not confrotational....I'm just genuinely curious.)
It’s not confrontational, Zodiac Killer— I obviously have a very weird dirtbag energy where that stuff is concerned (especially because I don’t want to clutter people’s dashes so I’m always just sort of erupting in “and another thing!" after ingesting a LOT of this stuff, more than I want to admit to). I guess part of it is having seen it go from the very start because it started at a time when I was looking at twitter a lot to keep up with Ferguson. And just seeing it go on and on from there, all the times I thought it was finished and it lurched back to life to attack more women like a horror movie slasher… I feel pretty invested just in wanting to see the whole life of the thing…?
Any other world event is too horrifying for words, so it’s a comparatively lower-stakes mental thing, to hide from having to think about cops murdering people or folks getting beheaded. (And a lot of that stuff, I just can’t talk about as openly for all kinds of different reasons, not least of which is I probably all the time think all kinds of things that young tumblr moppet people would probably find pretty pretty offensive— I mean, I don’t even feel comfortable talking about Gone Girl that much, and that’s a movie about made-up people… )
There’s the “the nerds are the bad guys now” part. The “the nerds won; oh god yuck" aspect. Like, I used to wish people liked comics more and now i can’t go to the movies without them all being about dumb-ass Thor or whatever, and people screeching at ladies who give those movies bad reviews, and it’s terrible. I have a certain fascination with watching people become bullies and justify their behavior with how the “jocks" treated them in high school (p.s. nobody cared they existed in high school)…
There’s some personal stuff— I’ve read some of the victims for years, people they’re attacking based on one whole thing they’ve written. Or look, I very much know that experience of writing something and having people yell about something that doesn’t resemble what you wrote. All the cretins who think arguing You As a Person is a vital way of disagreeing with you. I know specifically what happens if you try to write about how nerdy media trades in sexist imagery and constantly celebrates violence towards women. So with gamergate, these are people who do something I admire (better than I’d have done it, with a couple of them), getting a very-worst-case nightmare scenario treatment for months. If you write about nerdy crap on the internet, you probably have plenty of moments of “why am I even bothering I should get as far from these fucking people as my little legs will take me" but you dust yourself off and you do it anyways because you’re a weirdo and what else are you going to do, your laundry? So to see a massive "don’t bother with these gross people fucking run RUN" play out at this scale (and people keep going anyways and refusing to quit) is … hard to describe in words.
And yeah, there’s probably something in there that’s reflecting something about me that I hate about myself. I’m a person who has hyper-obsessed about nerdy crap in my life, and often has cared more about nerdy nonsense than I do about people’s feelings (and would probably make most of the same choices again because I don’t really have the “making people feel good about themselves is the ultimate thing that matters" parts that normal people probably have). I’m a lousy crappy guy in a lot of ways. I even get why they don’t like certain kinds of think pieces, because even though I happen to like that kind of think piece quite a bit, I do have a certain suspicion about people who don’t seem very in touch with their own vulnerability. All the internet writing the premise of which is "I’m the good guy now let me tell you cretins how to be more like me"…? All the people who think they’re the Good People— all the hyper-defensive people on the internet who make “not all men" jokes or whatever. Anyways, so I guess some part of me looks at those people and it’s like looking in a circus mirror. (I think the difference being… For me, finding out how I’m a piece of shit is usually pretty fun because… I’m trying to have a human experience of life, and see getting older as a series of humbling events— I’m not trying to “win” anything, or I’m hoping I’m trying to “win” less, at least. Whereas those folks are trying to win— they’re on some hero shit…)
I don’t know. Plus, goddamn, those people are grade-a nuts. (There’s a couple folks who I really genuinely no-joke believe should be on some kind of Snowden-y watch list— people who think they’re in the middle of a military operation, like they never 100% came home from Nam and video game journalism ethics is their First Blood Part One or whatever). I’ve spent no small amount of time in my life gawking at weirdos on the internet and this is some kinda apex, these are the apex predators of internet weirdos. There’s a Jezebel article explaining how they operate like a hate group and it’s like… Watching a hate movement juxtaposed with, like, video games…? *video games?* Other instances of men being terrible aren’t going to have that level of ludicrousness to them— they’re just going to be terrible, not terrible and bone-deep ridiculous. (Especially If you go deep and look at who they are when they’re not gamergating, it’s a whole world of ludicrous sadness, some of these peoples’ lives). So even though I hate these people, in a very real way— I wish these people bad things in life, I do enjoy it as a confirmation of my overall worldview of the world being a relentlessly absurd place…
“I think boredom is the beginning of every authentic act. Kierkegaard, one of my favourite thinkers, wrote that it is out of boredom, boredom of being alone, that God created the world. Then Adam was bored, so God created Eve. Then lonely people got bored, they created communities. Then we, Europeans, got bored, we engaged in colonialism. Now we are bored on our Earth, we want to travel into space. Boredom opens up the space, for new engagements. Without boredom, no creativity. If you are not bored, you just stupidly enjoy the situation in which you are.”—Slavoj Zizek.
“I read this book — I can’t even remember the name of it, but this guy’s writing about his wife who died and it was just so overwritten. It was so over the top.”—Bob Odenkirk, on where the idea came from for one of his comedic essays. This is the funniest thing to me.
“Fincher said [Tyler] Perry was a consummate professional: “I was like, ‘Wow, dude, I don’t know how you turn that on.’” He also describes going to Perry’s house to court him for Gone Girl, and being told to wait as he saw Perry on the third floor of his house flying a model airplane. He says he enjoyed being made to wait for Perry to finish flying the model airplane, because it seemed like something Tanner Bolt, his Gone Girl lawyer character, would do.”—Fincher x Tyler Perry.