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  • "The violin section is divided in to the First Violins, who have the trickier parts to play, and the..."

    Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 12:12PM / Standard Entry

    “The violin section is divided in to the First Violins, who have the trickier parts to play, and the Second Violins, who are more fun at parties”

    -

    Lemony Snicket

    from “The Composer is Dead”

    (via lemonysmiley)

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  • animalstalkinginallcaps: OKAY, WELL, THANKS FOR LUNCH. IT WAS...

    Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 3:59AM / Standard Entry



    animalstalkinginallcaps:

    OKAY, WELL, THANKS FOR LUNCH.

    IT WAS REALLY GOOD SEEING YOU AGAIN. REALLY GOOD. I’VE MISSED YOU.

    I MISSED YOU TOO.

    SO MUCH.

    … 

    … 

    OKAY, SERIOUSLY, I’VE GOT A PILATES CLASS AT 3. IT WAS NICE RUNNING INTO YOU.

    IT WAS, WASN’T IT?

    LET ME GO, DAN.

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  • A Miracle Has Happened.

    Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 1:01PM / Standard Entry

    A Miracle Has Happened.:

    zoeyandjasper:

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    Yesterday, in the midst of all this viral craziness, I got a mysterious email from a woman in Colorado. She told me that her friend knew Zoey from Taiwan when she was a baby (Zoey came to the states when she was 4.5 months old), and wanted to connect with me.

    Say what?!

    My mind was…

    The Internet sometimes makes amazing connections happen.

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  • nprcodeswitch: Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You...

    Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 10:32PM / Standard Entry



    nprcodeswitch:

    Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You Say ‘Gravy’

    In the hectic days before we went live one year ago (hooray!), we somehow missed the news of the passing, at age 91, of John Gumperz — a hugely influential linguist who contributed reams of research on the ways people from different cultures communicate. Had we been paying attention, we could have highlighted a story from Gumperz’s studies that serves as a useful demonstration of why code-switching can be both a potent metaphor and a necessary skill.

    It’s a story about workplace discrimination. It’s a story about missed cultural signals. It’s a story about gravy.

    Read more on NPR’s Code Switch.

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  • http://radiomaru.tumblr.com/post/53857149606/q-this-isnt-meant-to-be-an-insult-or-a-rant-or

    Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 1:07PM / Standard Entry

    http://radiomaru.tumblr.com/post/53857149606/q-this-isnt-meant-to-be-an-insult-or-a-rant-or:

    greg-pak:

    This is deep and honest and a little painful and makes me love Bryan Lee O’Malley even more.

    radiomaru:

    Q: This isn’t meant to be an insult or a rant or anything of the sort, but I was wondering why in scott pilgrim vs the world (which I loved a lot btw) there aren’t very many people of color? There was Matthew but not any or many others, unless I was very silly and I missed them. Is this because the setting? (it is my understanding that there aren’t as many people of color in canada as in the us) or you didn’t think of it? Im just curious and i hope I didn’t come off as rude! thanks!

    A: I’ve always wanted to make some kind of definitive statement about this but I think i’ll probably just ramble instead…

    first: I think it sucks that Scott Pilgrim came out so white!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am mixed (white + korean) and grew up being told that race didn’t matter — that race was kinda over. As with many things you’re told as a kid, it took me many years to realize that it wasn’t really true… It was kinda wishful thinking on the part of my parents, who were in a mixed relationship. I mean, I wish it was true, we all wish it was true, but it’s not true.

    I did grow up in an extremely white environment. In northern ontario during the time I was growing up it was really just white people and Native / First Nations people. i moved to a bigger town in high school and i think my school had like 3 black kids and 4 asian kids or something. later in high school and in college I hung out with asian kids a lot, but White Canadian Culture was like 99% of everything around us.

    so anyway, I guess what I’m saying is, what I knew in the first 20 years of my life was white people and a little bit of asian people and so that’s what I put in Scott Pilgrim. I had an unexamined non-attitude towards race and I didn’t think about it until years later.

    Honestly, when i saw the Scott Pilgrim movie it was kind of appalling to see just how white it was — to not even really see myself represented on the screen… At least in the comic they were just cartoons. You can project yourself into a simple drawing of a person so easily; race seems to matter less (look at the global popularity of manga, where everyone is ostensibly Japanese).

    And who knows, maybe if my books had had more POCs they would have been whitewashed in the movie, or it wouldn’t have ever been made! Hollywood scares me sometimes…

    By the time the movie got made, I was just super-proud that I had created a plum role for someone like Ellen Wong, who otherwise may never have been in a major movie, just by being born Asian and Canadian.

    I’ve sometimes joked that Scott Pilgrim is my fantasy of being a cute white indie rock boy (which, as an ostracized mixed-race weirdo, was something I occasionally wished for when I was younger). I guess I whitewashed myself out of my own story, and I got what I deserved.

    ANYWAY… IT’S COMPLICATED!

    One of the main reasons I wanted to do Seconds (new graphic novel) in color (seriously) is because I wanted characters to have different skin colors… I think about these things way way more nowadays.

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    - Bryan Lee O’Malley, Creator of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

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