Just landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
drop-out designer in Brooklyn via Portland & Bay Area
Just landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Yeah, he gets two times the views I get
But he took my style, so dude’s my kid.
You sent me a message saying I influenced you —
This is true life shit.
So if I win, you lose. But if I lose… I win.
— Ness Lee in a rap battle vs Shotty Horroh
What he’s typed will be a window into his madness
If I could go back and talk to my younger self, I’d say don’t worry about anything. In the future, you invent a time machine.
— Jimmy Carr
I did what you won’t
Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t.
Ain’t nothing changed for me ‘cept the year it is
I think have to send you a reminder, here it is
— Jay-Z (“Reminder”)
“Whoever thought we’d make it this far, homie?”
 Please blindly believe this statement as fact and don’t ask anyone — or a dictionary — for an alternate (and inaccurate) definition of “well-adjusted”.
Links to interesting articles I’ve read
For a brief time, there was one television drama about the other America
Well, there are about 350 television shows about the affluent America, the comfortable America, the viable and cohesive nation where everyone gets what they want if they either work hard or know someone or have a pretty face or cheat like hell. That America is available every night […] For a brief time, there was one television drama about the other America.
Mr. President. I know you’ve said you’re a fan of The Wire…
From the blog of David Simon, creator-writer-producer of The Wire
He might swallow hard, seize the moment and say something along the lines of, “Mr. President. I know you’ve said you’re a fan of The Wire. Well, one of that show’s basic critiques is that the drug war is amoral. More Americans are now in prison than ever before, and the percentage of violent offenders in prison is lower than ever. We are now the jailingest society in the world, incarcerating
more of each other than even totalitarian states. How can we go on supporting this?”
Balls out like that. Truth to power, brah. Get some.
Instead, to use a sportswriting cliché, Simmons choked, throwing up an ugly brick at the buzzer: “Who’s the best character in The Wire?”
What the drugs themselves have not destroyed, the warfare against them has.
If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented. Save for a prosecution in which acts of violence or intended violence are alleged [...] No longer can we collaborate with a government that uses nonviolent drug offenses to fill prisons with its poorest, most damaged and most desperate citizens.
Fuck the average reader
My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader. I was always told to write for the average reader in my newspaper life. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him. Fuck him to hell.
Professors from Harvard, Berkeley, Middlebury, Duke, Syracuse, Loyola New Orleans & WSU Spokane offer courses based on the show.
The classes aren’t just in film studies or media studies departments; they’re turning up in social science disciplines [...] Some sociologists and social anthropologists, it turns out, believe The Wire has something to teach their students about poverty, class, bureaucracy, and the social ramifications of economic change.
Spoiler alert. These reviews touch on how scenes connect to & impact future events on the show. An excerpt about the chess scene in Episode 3:
Bodie and Wallace using the chess board to play checkers — a fine game, but a simpler one [...] are standing in for every TV crime drama that preceded “The Wire.” They had the same pieces at their disposal, but they chose to play an easier game with more instant gratification.
During our post-finale interview, Simon and I talked about how all 3 characters in the chess scene eventually wound up dead — and at the hands of their employers, at that: “We knew that if we got a long enough run, all 3 of the chess players would be out of the game.
I’m sorry! I’m not really a drug dealer!
10 years after the series permiere. (Many spoilers in the article)
It was real to the point where crackheads would come up and try to cop [...] and I’d make the exchange. Then security would come around and be like, “No! No! No!” and break it up. I was like, “Oh, shit! That’s really a crack-head! I’m sorry! I’m not really a drug dealer!”
People who let your old work negatively affect the way they look at your new work do not understand how to approach art and aren’t useful in the critiquing process.
— Olivia Gatwood on writing, sharing, looking back & moving forward
At the home office — I’m attempting to accomplish life’s most important work. No distractions allowed. No blogging. No tweeting. No hipster hats. Kanye-style.
The door is closed.
A single fuck, the cat gives not.
Stable is that step backwards between successful and failing.
— Pete Campbell in an episode of Mad Men (“A Little Kiss”)
It’s 3AM and Trinket is tired
Rooftop view from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Dessa at Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Midway through her show in a hot-as-hell packed house, Dessa requests that her fans refrain from catcalling when she takes off her sweater.
Every single person in the sold-out crowd stayed silent.