i have a first draft written. it’s very bad, but it’s done.
instead of writing the literature review, i’m just reviewing the literature. and by reviewing the literature, I mean I have a lot of pdfs open right now.
every 20 minutes or so I put a paper into my bibliography. sometimes I read a section of a paper that I don’t need to read really intensively without context because it has a funny word in it like “contemporaneous” or “hookworm”.
instead I just ate three shitty donuts in an inane attempt to eat my feelings and now I feel ill. what is my life right now.
oh, I forgot to post this a few days ago, but it’s still very legit.
Love this concept cover for Fahrenheit 451 by designer Elizabeth Perez…the 1 is a match and the spine is striking paper for lighting it.
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. The story is about…
Listen/download: Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One) by Amerigo Gazaway
Classic Mos Def / Yasiin Bey verses mixed with Marvin Gaye vocals. Beautiful job on the production, classic verses, the kind of thing that you blast on a sunny day when you’re hosting an excessively cool garden party.
gail simone keeps writing kulap vilaysack into comics and now she is joined by her former boyfriend scott aukerman
Scott is only her former boyfriend because they are married now…:)
My editor is a huge Earwolf fan, and when he found out I knew them, he asked if I could fit them in, and we added Paul Scheer and Howard Kremer because they are awesome and adorable and they all make swell smelly cannibals!
we live in the smallest of all possible worlds. feels like everybody that I love knows everybody else I love.
Really fucking happy that Broad City got picked up for Season 2 already. What an improvement to my life.
I stole the keys to the bathroom from a cafe I like by mistake. I don’t even know what the etiquette is on this situation.
On living in a cruel world:
With a chicken leg on your plate, and a good stein of beer in your fist, the world starts to look better. -WH
Werner is Bavarian. I would note: chickens are living manifestations of death, bred only to be domesticated and killed. When we look into their eyes, we see the part of ourselves of which we are most afraid - our ultimate destination. Death. - JO
On the effect their films have had on themselves:
Making this film, and the next film to come out of Indonesia, has been the defining experience of my adult life. I have become unwilling to condemn an individual human being as a monster, while all the more intolerant of excuses for evil actions. I have learned acceptance through making The Act of Killing, while feeling that we must always face our most bitter and painful truths if we have any hope of surviving as a species, or living rich and reflective lives.
I am certainly most proud of the impact this film is making in Indonesia. And, much less important, I suppose, I am glad, also, for whatever new directions it opens up for cinema. - JO
I’ve discovered that the world may be more profoundly stupid than I thought. This, I must confess, has had a depressing effect.
Werner told me my next project should be an Eddie Murphy comedy. Instead, I made a film about survivors of the 1965 genocide confronting the men who killed their son - coming soon. Errol told me that this IS an Eddie Murphy comedy. So I guess my approach is to do the opposite of what Werner advises, and dismiss Errol’s advice as bonkers. - JO
Hey! Wanna live a long and fruitful life? Then don’t be a stupid bigot. Because, apparently, not only does it make you repulsive to others, it may actually kill you. An American Public Health Association study, “Anti-Gay Prejudice and All-Cause Mortality Among Heterosexuals in the United States,” has found that anti-LGBT prejudice can take 2.5 years off your life.
While that sounds totally weird, the science behind it is sound. Particularly since the main health risks associated with bigotry are cardiovascular problems–it has to do with stress, and, well, prejudice causes stress. Stress causes cardiovascular problems. Thus, prejudice is not just bad for your heart in a figurative sense, but also in a literal one.
Note: Jerry Falwell, pictured above, died of cardiovascular problems. Probably brought on from the stress of hating gay people.
According to The Atlantic, “[p]revious research has shown that the stress hormone cortisol increased in white people with high levels of racial prejudice when they were interacting with someone of another race. And a different survey found that having a high level of prejudice against black people was linked to higher mortality rates in whites.”
So we already knew that being a racist was linked to a high mortality rate, but this study proved that being a homophobe was similarly unhealthy.
The study also showed that anti-gay prejudice is also associated with less education and conservative ideologies, and that the more education a person had, the less likely they were to be a bigot. Which I probably could have told you myself, but it’s nice to actually be backed up by science.
The researchers concluded:
“Using recently released data from a nationally representative study linking the GSS to the NDI, we found evidence that antigay prejudice is associated with elevated mortality risk among heterosexuals, over and above multiple established risk factors for mortality. In particular, there was a 2.5-year life expectancy difference between individuals with high versus low levels of antigay prejudice. To our knowledge, only 1 other study has examined relationships between prejudice and mortality among majority populations. This previous study documented that White individuals with high levels of racial prejudice died sooner than Whites with low levels of racial prejudice.4 It was unclear, however, whether those findings on the health consequences of racial prejudice were generalizable to other forms of prejudice. Thus, our ability to document a relationship between a different form of prejudice (i.e., antigay attitudes) and mortality risk suggests that the effects of prejudice on population health may have a broader reach than originally thought. Indeed, taken together, these results suggest that the deleterious health consequences of prejudice are not merely confined to minority group members, but may also result in increased mortality risk for majority group members.”
These findings work for us in a two ways: One, perhaps people fearing for their very lives will take stock of them and resolve to stop being bigots. That would be nice. The other, let’s face it–we’re all kind of waiting for the Archie Bunkers of the world to die off so we can live in peace. I guess this means that might happen sooner rather than later.
via Death and Taxes
There’s a little bit of comfort in knowing that there’s some suffering in being a bigot, like there’s some natural justice in the world. Still, if the damage to bigots is due to stress, I’d bet a pretty penny that they cause a lot more damage to peoples health than they endure.