"There seems to be a perception from people outside of Charlottesville that what is going on here is two opposing groups coming to town and fighting some ideological battle that has gotten messy. That is not what is happening here. What is happening here is that several hate groups from the extreme right have come together under the "unite the right" banner here in our town and basically started acting as terrorists. This may seem like an exaggeration but it's not...."
'Eye of the Beholder' from Batman Annual #14 is probably the most important modern Two-Face story ever written. This was the issue that fleshed out Harvey Dent's origins and redefined his characterization as someone who was already struggling with his psyche before the acid hit. A lot of the material here was later used in 'The Long Halloween', the animated series as well as The Dark Knight.
Unfortunately this has yet to be reprinted by DC, either in trade or in digital format. I imagine the latter will happen sooner or later (Comixology is constantly adding old comics to the archive) but DC's treatment of this has always puzzled me.
( Scans under the cut... )
We're coming on the end of fiscal year at work, which means evaluations and reviews and I am... just augh, no. Go away stupid things that don't do me any good and make me anxious and annoyed. My skills at bullshitting have got me through the last two, not so sure that will work now. Newboss is a bit more... sticklerish.
In case anyone was wondering, yes I do think Nazis are bad. The fact our president couldn't say that is... unsurprising. Anyone who voted for him is to blame by proxy for the deaths that happened over the weekend.
On another subject, I'll be at Dragoncon again this year.
And whose heritage do public symbols of confederacy belong to, anyway?
Florida has more racist hate groups than any other state; I wonder how old the members are.
Texas A&M cancels a rally by white supremacists, because of the possibility of violence against students.
Congressman Will Hurd and others say Trump should apologize for his remarks about Charlottesville.
Not only did Trump's business leaders walk away from him, they're not quiet about why. Here's another statement of why, including the following: "To be clear, the council never lived up to its potential for delivering policies that lift up working families. In fact, we were never called to a single official meeting, even though it comprised some of the world’s top business and labor leaders. The A.F.L.-C.I.O. joined to bring the voices of working people to the table and advocate the manufacturing initiatives our country desperately needs. But the only thing the council ever manufactured was letterhead. In the end, it was just another broken promise."
It took quite a bit of behind the scenes discussion, apparently.
And a look into the past history of American racism in the other inconvenient truth. Note the role Nixon had in creating hatred and persecution that continues to this day.
The racist who organized the Charlottesville white separtists ran away from his own press conference. Another white separatist was stuck having a press conference in his own office after two hotels turned him down.
I am not sure I agree with this idea of how to handle Trump, by making him say only what is written down. Why? I'm not sure he's literate enough to deal with the concepts. Even when he writes things down, they're offensive, ignorant, ahistorical and just plain wrong. And he's as much of a racist in private as in public. It's not just for show. He's bad enough at being president that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is saying, publicly, Trump lacks the stability and competence to do the job. Is he about to go down in flames? The big question: What do you do when the President is unAmerican?
At this point, domestic terrorism is not a federal crime; that may change soon. Or we may have to consider if we are heading for another civil war.
Bannon doesn't understand about interviews. He should. He was a founder of Breitbart, and fell down their hole long ago.
And Silicon Valley is having an anti-Nazi purge. Twitter is shutting down white supremacist accounts. Can they shut down Trump now? Maybe the damaging myth of the longer genius nerd is involved.
The NYTimes has thoughts on how to roll back fanaticism.
Is there a better way to protest?
Malala is going to Oxford.
New Jersey introduces a fund to support local journalism.
A new poem by Sherman Alexie.
Trump's anti-abortion policies could keep girls around the world out of school.
Top journalists talk about the best job advice they were ever given. And 7 quick tips for conducting tough interviews.
When someone is hit by a train in the NY Subway, where do they put the body? In the MTA lunchrooms!
Some thoughts on signaling behavior and decisionmaking in government.
Buddhist wisdom: Everything we do matters, but two things are critical.
You don't know about Vernice Warfield, but you should.
Meg Wollitzer on feeling strong without a security blanket.
Talking with Lili Taylor and Janeane Garofalo.
By the time this page goes up, I'll away on vacation until the 18th of August! But don't worry, comics will update as usual. I may not be able to tweet updates like I usually do, but if you check the site on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, there will be a new page for you.
(I thought I was all set to read it to the Pip, since Chad got to read it to SteelyKid! But, foolishly, since chapter 3 is pretty short, I let the Pip talk me into just a little of chapter four last night . . . without checking how much of chapter 4 was left, or asking Chad to save chapter 5 for me.)
(Last time I read even-numbered chapters through chapter 12, then Chad read chapters 13 & 14 together, so I did odd-numbered from fifteen on; which, to be fair, now that we're back on me doing even-numbered, means I get to do the spiders and Smaug again, which were great fun. Still! "Riddles in the Dark"!)
Anyway! TV: I'm still catching up on season three of The Flash. The season has very mediocre reviews, but so far I still like the characters enough to give it a shot. I need to finish Luke Cage season one, and since The Defenders will be available soon, it's time to rush a bit more.
After some hesitation I finished both seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and I recommend it. It never undercuts its own premise, which is a pretty breathtaking accomplishment for a show that seems to be so sunny and happy on the surface.
FX's Legion has one short season, and it is... trippy. That dude who played someone snooty on Downton Abbey and the Beast in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast (which I still haven't watched) is the male lead. It's an interesting show; not at all what I would expect from a comic book adaptation, but apparently the comic series itself is very unconventional, with an exploration of mental illness.
Still Star-Crossed is a summer show, and not one I'd say was brilliant (the writing could be better), but it's well-acted enough and the costumes are gorgeous so I'm enjoying it anyway. Oh, and everybody is so pretty, and Anthony Stuart Head is ambiguously evil. What more could you want?
Most of my fannish energy has been focused on Star Wars lately, but movies apparently aren't compatible with my abilities to write fanfic. Or even with my interest in reading fanfic. So mostly I reblog tumblr posts about Star Wars and admire the talents of the gif-makers.
Books: my favorite read this year so far is The Opposite of Everyone, by Joshilyn Jackson. Gah, I love it a lot. Sharp leading woman, a heartbreaking mother-daughter relationship, an eyes-wide-open look at another character with alcoholism... and yet it's still incredibly hopeful.
Second place book: hm, probably Crescent, by Diana Abu-Jaber. If you like tracking people's reading lists, I'm on goodreads. Send me a message and I'll let you know my username there. (Not posting it here because it includes my actual first name.)
2) A bunch of shows have ended or are ending soon. Certainly Orphan Black was the most fan-oriented, though it is Broadchurch I will miss the most as I am ready to declare DI Hardy and DI Miller as one of my favorite teams ever. ( Read more... )
3) Then there was TURN. ( Read more... )
4) I noticed High Rise was on Netflix and as a friend had read the book, I thought I'd give it a try. Wow, what a messy bore. ( Read more... )
5) And people wonder why Hawkeye is on the Avengers team.
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Gonna be a busy fall, bookwise. Just preordered new books from Kat Howard, Ann Leckie, eBear, and Steve Brust. Need to get on with that Great Big Dragarea Reread prior to late October. At least the eBear won't demand my immediate attention: reading Book One Of A Trilogy is a mistake I try to avoid making when the author is known to write bound book-fragments.
I biked for an hour and a half yesterday, going to a small get-together that may be the kind of thing I'm looking for. Mostly, a good ride, if overly sweaty, and tough going uphill. There's an exhilaration in a steep downhill, though, and a long gentle decline makes for a pleasant coast.
It occurred to me last week that my hip problem likely isn't just from wallet-induced sciatica. It's also possibly a result of babying my right ankle (and hence leg) for several months after I twisted it pretty sharply (CW: depiction of trauma, neither graphic nor permanent). So there's that.
Erin pointed out awhile ago that I do a lot of railing against the Confederacy (sometimes on FB, sometimes in person). I grew up hating everything about the South: the weather, the people, the history, the culture. I've mellowed on that a lot in the last decade or so, but Treason In Defence Of Slavery still gets me wound up. I think it's that it's a reminder of everything I hated about the South. Or maybe just that it's a part of my upbringing that's still acceptable to hate.
And in actual significant news, I've lost a friend over the breakup. One that I know of, I mean. I'd hoped for some compassion and understanding but it was not to be. I'm sad, and a little surprised, but only a little: she's prickly, far more invested in Emily's emotional state, and I suspect skeptical of the whole poly thing anyhow. (A conclusion I draw from sentences like "Since November I've watched you break up with Emily in slow motion.") Losing friends I care about doesn't get any easier. Especially not when they've been good friends and sources of support in the past. Oh well. She's not quite burned the bridge, I guess. She's poured gasoline on the bridge, offered me a book of matches, and walked away. Best I can do is not actually light the fire and be here if and when she changes her mind.
Overall? Still flailing around, still trying to sort out what I want my life to look like and how to make it look like that.
And I am posting to mark for posterity and with great happiness that tomorrow evening my cousin is getting married, and it's a combination of strange and exciting and emotional. This is my cousin from my mom's side of the family, which is the side we grew up close with, in neighboring towns. My cousins from my dad's side are all older than me and have been married for a while now, and my sisters and I have always had a more distant relationship to them due to age differences and geography. (This is the part where you guys are allowed to laugh, since the ones who live farthest away are still less than a two-hour drive away from my hometown; just over an hour with the new roads, really. But my mom's side live ten minutes away! So. An hour drive is far okay everyone [here] knows this.)
Anyway - O, the bride, is a few years younger than me, the fifth youngest of us six cousins, and the first on this side to get married, which means my 86-year-old grandmother gets to be in at least one of her grandchildren's weddings, which just by default makes me happy, that she'll get to experience that. I don't think she's ever put pressure on any of us to get married - certainly not on me, and I'm the oldest - but I'm really glad she'll get to have that experience anyway.
Weirdly, I guess I'm kind of used to the fact that my cousin's not a baby anymore - I guess at some point you just get used to all these milestones in people's lives happening. The last time I mentioned her was in this post from almost ten years ago where I was clearly shocked she was, like, almost a grown up or something, but it has since sunk in.
It's going to be a Friday night wedding, which already tells you it's not very religious here (and not, technically, legally binding; they'll fly to Cyprus to get married over the weekend for the legal part), and it's going to be at a music club and involve some kind of concert. Which means two concerts for me this weekend, since sisters and I are also taking my dad to Regina Spektor for his birthday, a day later.
And that, I believe, will cap my August of, uh, Things Happening.
MEANWHILE, I've been spending the past few weeks on and off (mostly on) listening to The West Wing Weekly podcast and I am 1) in love with it, 2) specifically in love with Hrishi Hirway's voice and entire being, and 3) highly recommend any West Wing fans (and esp if you were in the fandom) to listen because it will give you feelings, man. Starting at the beginning is pretty great, but you can also listen to episode 1.6 (Mr Willis of Ohio) for Josh/Donna feels, episode 1.10 (In Excelsis Deo) for Richard Schiff crying feels, and episode 2.22 part II (Two Cathedrals) for a little bit of Sorkin talking about the Passover Sports Night episode which I know is of interest to some of you :-) Anyway, it is a lovely podcast with great banter and both love and criticism of the show and I just want Hrishi to narrate my entire life basically.
Also I filled some prompts yesterday for a meme! It was basically 'send me a ship and a line and I'll write the next five' meme, but more importantly it was the first writing prompts I've actually filled since, I want to say, 2015 or something, so yay for that. Writing something at least! Fills are here (MCU, DCU, GK). Now if only I could translate that to actual decently sized fic hmmmmmmmmm.