The reason in particular is something I have been longing for more of in primetime television for a while now: genuine standalone visual establishment as storytelling.
When a shot does more than one thing, it’s special. Most shows treat it simply - they’ll give us the basics in their first episodes, but will mostly just give us Continuity Nods later on. And this is good - both of these things essentially mean writers are aware of their story deeply.
But when a shot in Episode One both gives us vital information about the situation the characters are in and their emotional states - not one or the other - it’s one of the best shots in the episode.
songs that don’t make me feel better make me feel calm all the time now. i shadowbox under Glass Mountain Trust and wrap my knuckles in rope to Sound The Bells i cannot Be Calm because Be Calm tries too hard to do what it wants me to. what i want to do of course is to have peace for myself but there’s a war waging outside my head so my heart is uptempo and in common time so i must fight back to survive and after survival will come peace. i’ll sip tea with lovely people when the gunpowder settles, when the world is done with its whirlwind spinning and leaves with all its vertigo with it, but so long as a wardrum beats where i can hear it i am either fighting or dying and i don’t know what happens to me when i die so i’ll fight for a while with this tune behind me. it does not make me feel better. but silence doesn’t either.
Lately you’ve been hearing a lot about The Thrilling Adventure Hour. You may have seen the posts here on Tumblr talking about the crossover show between Welcome to Night Vale and The Thrilling Adventure Hour at Emerald City Comic Con. And on the most recent WTNV podcast, Joseph Fink mentioned the crossover as well.
So by now you might be wondering: What the heck is this Thrilling Adventure Hour thing? Should I be listening to it as well as Welcome to Night Vale? Are they similar at all? Do I have room in my heart for two podcasts? Will the Sheriff’s Secret Police show up in an unmarked van and haul me away?
The answers to these questions are: I’m about to tell you. Yes. Sort of. Probably. Definitely. (But not for listening to TAH. You know what you did.)
As a huge fan of both podcasts, this post I’m making here is just going to be a basic introduction to Thrilling Adventure Hour and reasons why you, as a Listener, might be interested in also becoming an Adventurekateer. Oh, yes, TAH fans are called Adventurekateers. Fun, right? Anyway, I’m not going to go SUPER in depth into exactly what TAH is. For that, I highly recommend you go check out whitachi’s awesome TAH introduction post here. Really, as soon as you finish reading this post, go read that post, too. Or, go read it now. Or after you get back from your sojourn to THE BROWNSTONE SPIRE. Whatever. I’m not the boss of you. That’s StrexCorp, probably.
I’m going to put a Read More cut here because I care about your dash, but please click it. What else are you going to read, a book? Books are illegal.
I think I should catch up on all of Welcome to Night Vale this week most definitely, because there are conversations going on in my little slice of the fandom that I don’t have much context for because I haven’t finished ‘The Auction’ and they appear like the kind of thing that should be handily addressed…
Random numbers: 12, 22, 51, 60, 76, 98, 110, 117, 189, 205, 233, 256. Have fun =D
What is your eye color? Brown.
Do you drink? Occasionally.
Are you allergic to anything? If so, what? Nope.
Do you have a facebook? If so, would you add the person who sent you this? Yes. I have no problem adding anyone, really.
What is your favorite word? 'Concupiscence'.
The best and the worst childhood memories: Best: probably coming second in a spelling bee. Worst: probably knowing that I didn’t come first only because I was distracted by a camera flash. (This is what comes to mind at the moment, of course, but for the most part I had a really boring childhood.)
Who is your most loyal friend? I’d say Touya or Kate. Whenever I’m feeling down, at least they’d ask about it; most of the time, whenever I need someone to help me figure something out, it’s them (most times in unison).
Story of your first kiss? We met in the usual place we would meet to be away from the world, I asked if she had any feelings for me, we kissed.
A book you want to read/have recently read: Have recently read: The Likeness by Tana French. Highly recommend.
How you’d spend ten thousand bucks? Buy a handful of new clothes. Buy tea. Buy furniture for my room as cheaply as it can come without falling apart. Save the rest.
What motivates you in life? Not much, really - I’m a horribly demotivated soul - but most of the time it’s the idea that, if I’m lucky, I will make something really interesting, something not only great to look at but great to think about, and if I’m really lucky it will be so complex and wonderful that when I’m ready to quit I get to spend the rest of my own life thinking about that complex and wonderful thing myself. (Other times, weirdly enough, it’s the worry that if I don’t make it, it’ll never be made, but it’s a thing that I’m jonesing to see and enjoy so if I don’t make it I won’t get to enjoy it.)
“Don’t worry about being original, she said dismissively. Yes, everything’s been written, but also, the thing you want to write, before you wrote it, was impossible to write. Otherwise it would already exist. You writing it makes it possible.”—
I may not have the time to enjoy them all - I’d like to try, though - but I just really want to hear some of my followers be passionate advocates for the things they like, and learn about some cool stuff in the process.
I want more queer friendship stories. Not just stories where the only two queer people find each other and fall in unhealthy codependent love in a sea of cishets. Give me whole communities of queer people. Give me queer best friends gushing to each other about their silly crushes. Give me younger queers going to older queers for advice and guidance, without getting creeped on. Give me queer friends cuddling and watching tv together, or baking cookies together, or a big group of diverse queer people fighting about where to go out to eat because everyone has a different favorite place, but ultimately they decide to go to everyone’s favorite place at least once and just flip a coin or something to decide who’s turn it is to pick. Give me queer friends from different cultures bonding over sharing their cultural differences. Give me queer people starting college or moving for a new job and learning how to be a part of a new community full of other queer people.
Romance is nice and all, and queer romance needs more representation. But friendship is every bit as important, and more important to some people. I don’t want to hear stories where I have to hope I find that one other queer person to be happy with and then shut out the rest of the world. I want community.
What the majority of cis people are saying in the comments of any article where trans persons voice concern for Jared Leto's Oscar win:"He's just an actor. If a trans person is supposed to play a trans person in a movie, should Iron Man be played by Tony Stark instead of RDJ?"
What I think those cis people mean:"If you make me compare between a minority role played by a talented privileged actor and a talented actor whose lived experiences *speak to the role in question*, I will see them both as *equally inconsequential lies*, which says a lot both about how I see trans persons and how I see the film industry as a whole."
“Sexuality, too, is fluid, and many people seem to struggle with this, to the point of being actively repulsed and confused by the idea that sexual orientation does not necessarily remain consistent throughout someone’s life. This attitude is harmful for those who do experience shifts in their sexual orientations, but it also stifles conversation and exploration, as people who may be confused about their sexuality who receive this kind of messaging may experience harm that takes years to undo—and in some cases, they may never recover, because they are never given an opportunity to learn who they are and be themselves.
Take, for example, the heterosexual woman who later develops an attraction to women, and begins to identify as bisexual or lesbian. She may have experienced this attraction throughout her life and not picked up on it—perhaps she didn’t meet the right woman, or she was living in a repressive environment where homosexuality was not accepted. Or maybe her sexual orientation actively shifted. The attitudes of those around her will be dismissive and unpleasant, as people attempt to erase both her past as a heterosexual and her present as a gay or bi woman.
Though her sexuality has shifted, she remains fundamentally the same woman. Her past history doesn’t magically vanish, and she may even look back on it with fondness or gratitude for the relationships she had. Likewise, people may move through other sexual orientations depending on circumstances, their current stage of life, and other factors; the asexual who later realizes he’s gay, the lesbian woman who develops a bisexual attraction.”—Yes, Sexuality Changes, and Yes, That Is Okay | this ain’t livin’ (via brutereason)
So I’m watching Joan of Arcadia, and Glynis looks to Joan and says that she loves her boyfriend, but that “sometimes I’m afraid he only loves me for my mind”. Glynis is terrified that anything even remotely fascinating will take his attention away from her as a body, as a romantic (and sexual) being. I imagine that’s supposed to be funny. But it isn’t - after all, in this scene Joan herself is in makeup, and tries to get her boyfriend Adam to notice how stunning she feels, but it goes right over his head. I imagine that was played for laughs, too. Reallyreallyreally it isn’t.
"All cast, can you please make your way downstairs to the rehearsal hall for circle? Thank you-"
This is the stage manager on Friday night at 7:30, a half hour before the 3Canal show is about to start. I’m in the preshow dressing room with Idrees, a close friend and fellow poet, talking about how he’s gotten here, at Queen’s Hall: he’s been here since 5p.m., because Carnival weekend travel is dog-eat-dog and he’s coming all the way from the East, as I am, and when he realized that no one was here yet, he decided to walk to Hi-Lo Food Stores, get a sandwich and a bottle of juice, and come back.
We dilly-dally a bit - Idrees is still eating - before he turns and says, “Yuh goin’ downstairs o’ wha’?”
It's interesting that you've collected numbers for the various forms of Cecil. Thus must have taken a long time for you to compile. I hope you know what you're doing - making those of us blinded by white privilege more aware - is working. Thank you!