Aug 22, 2014
commented on No, Henry Rollins, Fuck You and Your Stupid Ideas About Suicide
Henry Rollins is entitled to his opinion and he is NOT an asshole. He brings up a valid point, that there is an aspect of this mental illness (and others, especially drug/alcohol addiction) that IS selfish, that does not take other people's feelings into account.
My family has members who have mental illness (paranoid/delusional) and for one person in particular, he's used his condition to get out any personal accountability for years. Screw his siblings (including me), screw his wife and kids, he can do whatever he wants.
My first thought upon hearing of Williams' suicide was 'wow, he literally had EVERYTHING'. Material success, fame, a loving family, etc., etc. Williams' First World, rich white male problems -- the depression, falling off the wagon, the Parkinsons -- were all treatable. These were problems someone with his wealth could have easily addressed. In fact, he made fun of his wealth, of coming from a position of privilege in an interview with Marc Maron in 2010 on his WTF podcast. The fact that Williams had kids just increases this tragedy. I'm sorry he's gone. He was a brilliant comic. But again, his problems seem so trivial compared to someone like me or millions of other Americans who are living hand to mouth since the Recession began.
I doubt Williams was ever stopped at gunpoint while walking down the street in Missouri and I doubt he ever woke up in a sleeping bag under the I-5 overpass to the sounds of the SPD pitching his camp into a trash truck. And I don't think I ever saw him in line at the food bank or the Charity Care clinic at Harborview trying to get medical treatment. Wealth and privilege = options. Poverty = no options.
Aug 15, 2014
commented on How to Behave at Hempfest
I lived a few blocks from this and stopped going after 2007 when it became Brofest. The misogyny and homophobia is thicker than the pot smoke.
And if pot is only legal for those 21 and older, why are half these pics of kids??? Can you bring babies and teens to a beerfest?
Aug 4, 2014
commented on Why Do Bookstores Still Have African American Fiction Sections?
I'm looking forward to the day when we just have fiction books. Not Black Literature or LGBT or whatever, just books. I prefer to read Colson Whitehead and Clive Barker because they're good writers and I enjoy their novels -- not because Whitehead is black or Barker is gay. Had their work been ghettoized or marginalized to those specific sections years ago I might never have read them.
Aug 4, 2014
commented on Why Do Bookstores Still Have African-American Fiction Sections?
For that matter, why is their a Women's Literature section??? Because white males like it that way. The Dominant Paradigm gets nervous whenever an artist (literary or otherwise) comes along whose work they like but whose physical appearance, or maybe sexual orientation, is threatening.
Studies in the UK have shown that children as young as 7 now pay attention to the name of an author. They like books by "Bill" or "John" and not so much books by "Barbara" or "Johannah", hence J.K. Rowling.
But then prejudice and favoritism isn't really news in the literary world, is it Paul?