Sari Botton Interviews Samantha Irby. (I cried reading this)
||My dad’s lawyer brings her dog to the animal hospital where I worked, and I was in Chicago magazine, which is like the type of magazine your Jewish lawyer orders for her office. My dad used to drive her to the airport, and he’d have me in the car with him. He was like her chauffeur. And one day she was like, “I checked out your blog, and oh, the language, and oh, whatever,” and you could tell that she was waiting for me to apologize. So I just didn’t say anything, and then we had an awkward silence, and I was like, “What do you want me to say? Sorry? Or I’m ashamed? Tell me what you want, ’cause I don’t have the deference thing because there’s no parents around to shame me, so I get to look you in the eye as an adult and ask you what it is you’re trying to do to me. How are you trying to make me feel?”
||Wow, what did she say?
||She didn’t say anything. She just stood there and was just like, “Well, it was shocking to me.” And I was like, “Okay, but what am I supposed to do with that? Do you want me to tell you I’m sorry? I’m not sorry. I’m sorry you read it. If you can’t be supportive, I’m sorry you read it.” I don’t want anybody to put their shit on me.
2:18 pm • 25 July 2014 • 155 notes
I forgot to tell you that you can buy my cassette on the K Records website, too!
Their mailing list says:
and that the record is
“Absurdist, deadpan, charming, witty.”
which is pretty thrilling.
1:48 pm • 21 July 2014 • 3 notes
Marisa Anderson: Tiny Desk Concert
Anderson knows where American guitar music has been and where it is now. But mostly, she just wants to kick up some dirt, here with a Rev. Gary Davis deconstruction and a Stratocaster hoedown.
6:31 pm • 19 July 2014 • 2 notes
"Buckingham Rabbit" by Silver Jews (GRAND PIANO / GREAT LAKES / GOODBYE)
9:34 pm • 18 July 2014 • 61 notes
The Prince Zine is reprinted once again!
Forgot to make a more official announcement about it, but: The revised and updated second edition of The Prince Zine is here!
7:58 pm • 15 July 2014 • 110 notes
Helsing Junction Sleepover 2014 | K
I’m reading at the Helsing Junction Sleepover on August 16 along with a bunch of other amazing people— Moe Bowstern, A.M. O’Malley, Joshua James Amberson to name a few. PLUS there is music by the Hive Dwellers, The Memory Boys, Tender Forever… HAVEN’T YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE A MAGICAL MYSTICAL FUN TIME ON A FARM. c’monnnnnn
11:50 am • 14 July 2014
“[How To Survive a Plague] does the same thing that Philadelphia does: It makes the dominant culture comfortable. It gives them heroes that look like them that they can identify with. That’s the story that they want. In Philadelphia, the straight lawyer heroically overcomes his prejudice to help the poor gay man. Why Tom Hanks’s character didn’t just get a gay lawyer is something I never understood about that movie. It had this bizarre conceit, but that’s what straight people want. Now we have this whiteness that is uniting gay people, especially gay men, with the rest of the white race. This is pervasive, now we see that straight people can identify with these white gay protagonists, it made them the heroes. That’s why they like it. It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t true.”
— Sarah Schulman forever and ever
6:05 pm • 30 June 2014 • 1 note
“'My name is Robert but I would prefer that you call me Bob.' It's just like that. You know what I mean? And if you were to insist upon calling that person Robert, you would be a colossal dick.”
— Paul F. Tompkins, succinctly explaining why you call people what they want to be called, whether it’s “little people” or “transgender” or “chairperson” or “Bob”. It’s not about being politically correct and it’s not about you. It’s about basic decency and respect. (via ericmortensen)
7:52 pm • 29 June 2014 • 27,617 notes