The response to the AIDS epidemic that ripped through the gay community starting in the early years of the Reagan administration can be best characterized by how most health and social issues are dealt with in contemporary politics today, with a marked lack of empathy. It’s how the system works: politicize an issue that has a clear solution in loaded, polarizing terms that all but guarantees its solution will not be met.
I don’t see how these barriers won’t lead to a homogenous class of journalists who are very privileged. There are growing economic barriers to a profession that needs to have people from different backgrounds on staff. So that they can cover issues that affect every group in accurate and nuanced ways, so that they can accurately cover what’s affecting poor communities, minority communities—issues that are so often misrepresented or overlooked.
Kimball: …on the one hand, I was getting many heartfelt letters from young writers, and on the other hand, I was getting the Standard Conservative Internet Comment About Personal Responsibility, and I had seen that comment so many times on so much stuff, and I never thought it would happen for me! There were two subgroups: one was trying to poke holes in my story, like “your parents had jobs, clearly you are not working class,” stuff like that. And the other was just this blank outrage [at the idea that] privilege factored into getting a journalism job.
Rumpus: You know you’ve made it when people call you a “Marxist (insert misogynist/homophobic slur, depending on gender)!”
"I suspect that all of this—the unpaid internships, the nepotism, the alarming spread of unpaid assignments—will come to a head soon. As I write this, people are lobbying for laws to protect interns; online, they decry media elitism with mounting intensity. When the current setup falls apart, I hope I will be front and centre to cheer its demise. But the thing about privilege is that the more you have of it, the less you remember it’s there."
Tig has this really beautiful sound on stage, she has this way of dropping her jokes, that are wonderful, deadly jokes and they’re about small things, like bees and drapes, but they’re incredible. So here she is applying it to something really big and it was like an example of what comedy can do. It was an incredible example of what comedy is good at, which is taking people to the scary parts of their mind and making them laugh in those scary places, that’s a great gift.
“I’ve always been more of a physical music person even when I didn’t listen to dance music; I didn’t quite realize it, but the punk bands I liked had a kind of physicality that I really liked. Lyrically and vocally, I was never all that interested in melody or great voices, and musically, I was never that interested in chord changes. I always liked to find something that kind of did one thing for a really long time and did it very well — or just had a physicalness to it that I really liked.”
James Murphy is endlessly fascinating and this was a really great interview.
This whole sassiness thing – everything’s got to be sarcastic, everything’s got to be knowing, everything’s got to be cynical. You’ve got to be on top of your shit twenty-four hours a day. THAT is exhausting. It’s just far better to go, you know what? I’m just basically a monkey in a dress, and the best I can hope for every day is just to be nice, to smile as much as possible, to be gentle, try and be a bit understanding, work really hard, go and smell some flowers, have a cup of tea, ring your mum if you get on with her, just kind of dial it down a bit.
This is from a couple weeks ago now but still so beautiful. She also performed the song “Small Town Moon,” which you can see here and her interview was absolutely adorable. There’s more! Here's her new music video for “All The Rowboats” and here she is performing it on Letterman a while back. The whole album is really amazing so obviously you should just buy it and listen to the whole thing.
Norman Finkelstein on his new book What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance, and Courage.
"Gandhi valued nonviolence, no question about it. But he attached equal value, and in some places you could say more value, to courage. Not just nonviolence, but courage. And he found nothing more despicable than cowardice. It wasn’t violence that, for Gandhi, was the most repellent of human instincts; it was cowardice."
A recent interview with Brandi Carlile on NPR’s All Thing’s Considered about her new album Bear Creek. Of course, the album is amazing, as is this interview. She also played a couple of songs in studio including “That Wasn’t Me.” You can check it out here. Another cool behind-the-scenes video about Bear Creek, the studio where the album was produced and after which it was named, is over here. Also also! A bunch of videos of her and her band playing tracks off the album are living on the internet (really just youtube) and I highly recommend checking them out. Start here, then here, and definitely here. It’s not obvious that I’ve been scouring the internet for Brandi Carlile-related media for the past few hours now, is it? I thought so.
Noisey’s Back & Forth #1: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) & Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs)
First order of business in admiring Noisey’s first episode of Artist on Artist talk: Look at those amazing sunglasses. As if it wasn’t enough to have two of indie-rock’s most captivating stars wax poetic over Igor Chavinsky, nastiness in pop songwriting, and the aggravating attention to gender in music press, we get two incredible displays of fashion on top of it all. Clark and Garbus display some incredible chemistry here—Clark especially radiates flavor and charm—and the cross-interview makes for compelling television. Congratulations to Noisey for crafting such a successful debut of a program, and here’s to hoping they’ll never be responsible for something as awkward as the cross-interview between Slash and “Cone” from Sum 41 in Myspace’s Artist On Artist (link).
- Kyle Minton
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
Rachel Maddow on Fresh Air. The Best.
Edith Zimmerman from The Hairpin interviewed Victoria Floethe and Kate Rose, the minds behind The Desire Project, about female desire. You can check out a video teaser of the series, along with the article, by clicking above. And on their website you can find all the clips for episode one. This looks good…
This is a really good interview with Gar Alperovitz who gives us some positive news about the American economy for a change!