I feel like this has been me all week, for some reason. I don’t know why performing socially acceptable behavior is currently requiring so much effort. I do love Allie Brosh’s cartoons, though!
Excerpt From Old Transcript Of Scotch-Fueled Debate I Had With My Dad After Seeing Paul Simon's Documentary About The Making Of "Graceland."
- Bob: I mean, it was really brave what he did.
- Maggie: But was it? What was brave about it?
- Bob: Okay, maybe "brave" isn't the right word.
- Maggie: He didn't actually risk anything.
- Bob: But here's the real question: do you think he shouldn't have gone?
- Maggie: Well...no. I think he should have.
- Bob: So, then you agree: he was right to have gone.
- Maggie: Well, I don't know - I don't like the way he went about it. You have the oppressed people of a country working every day to destroy apartheid and this cultural arts ban was part of that struggle.
- Bob: But who are these "people" you are talking about? The ANC doesn't represent every person in South Africa. The musicians were also activists. Don't they represent South African interests?
- Maggie: Maybe the ANC doesn't represent every person, but they still represent a large movement and it's disrespectful to ignore what they're working so hard to do. I mean, maybe Martin Luther King Jr didn't represent every person in the civil rights movement, but it still means something when he initiates a boycott.
- Bob: But Martin Luther King Jr. isn't God. What if he makes a stupid policy?
- Maggie: But who gets to decide that it's stupid? Why does Paul Simon get to decide that?
- Bob: Fair enough. But this isn't like the Berlin Philharmonic going over there and giving a concert. This is a musician coming to collaborate with South African artists. Paul Simon wasn't trying to break a boycott - he just got swept up into what was later acknowledged to be a bad, overreaching policy.
- Maggie: You keep calling it a "policy" and I think that you're diminishing what they were trying to do.
- Bob: Why? I don't have any negative connotation with the word "policy."
- Maggie: Yes, you do! You love that Seinfeld bit about how "even I am not above the policy"!
I need to take a page from the Alia Shawkat look book, since she’s the only famous person I even remotely resemble. I just don’t have the energy/will to look nice or put-together on the daily.
A really nice weekend in Providence, featuring:
- college students
- a magical library
- an awesome exhibition on lists
- a perfect home-away-from home thanks to Meredith
- long walks up and down hills
- different thoughts due to being in different places
- drawings done from the right side of my brain
- lunch with art educator extraordinaire Ada
- an unusual and moving painting
- a mirror that makes you look really skinny
- bus rides
- a sudden interest in and love for Fresh Air interviews
- fresh air
- Dad: Do you worry about me becoming an alcoholic?
- Mom: No, you like bagels too much.
If you see Riz Ahmed act, and then later take off his shirt, you’ll feel some feelings.