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That toy gun looked real

The hoodie made him look suspicious

He sold marijuana

He smoked marijuana at some point in his life

Marijuana made him crazy

There are pictures of him making “gang signs”

She shoplifted from Wal-Mart

He wore a grill sometimes

He was committing a petty crime

She was intoxicated

He was jaywalking

He was playing loud music

He kinda looked like that other guy

He was a graffiti artist

He accidentally startled a cop

His wallet looked like a gun

She was bipolar and schizophrenic

He had a juvenile record

He touched his waist area

She was double parked and her cell phone looked like a gun

❝ That said, you have to work hard for yourself. I don’t mean the sort of bullshit notion of hard work where white-collar workers sit someplace staring at a wall for nine hours a day in a display of obedience. I mean that you should probably spend a lot of your twenties doing art from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, and turning down a lot of unnecessary commitments in service of that. First, because that’s what you need to do to be good enough so that when you have inspiration, your inspiration will lead to something; and second, because it’s almost fucking impossible to make a living drawing pictures, writing words, or playing music. Just the fact that we think we can do these things for a living is an intense act of hope and arrogance. If you want to be able to do that, if you decide to stake your claim on that path, then oh, my God you have to do such hard work! If you’re the sort of person who fucking whines about being motivated, like some of the art students I lecture, then just fucking stop. I’m not interested in speaking to anyone who wonders how to motivate themselves. If you need to talk about how to get motivated, then go get a normal job in the normal scheme of the world and just do art as a hobby so you still love it. Stop clogging up the field for the people who need this like a drug. ❞

- Molly Crabapple on The Great Discontent (TGD)

Fear And Trembling And Doom | The Los Angeles Review of Books →

These characters let the artist give full expression to a part of themselves, with an important element of distance: As Viktor Vaughn, Dumile can be a young, unabashed womanizer. As Geedorah, he can express his deep-seated horror with the world that took away his brother and a music industry that chewed him up and spit him out, while putting a pleasant face on in interviews about his work in that industry as Doom. And as Metal Face, he can be, in his own words, “a motherfucker that really, really don’t give a fuck.” Kierkegaard’s massive heteronymous project might have been a way of addressing several sides of a problem surrounding modern Christianity, but it also gave voice to his conflicted feelings about his engagement and his own perception of himself as an author — perhaps even one engaged in parodic “self-communion.”


❝ The first piece of advice I have for people if they want to be a crazy artist like me is that companies are there to exploit you, and to extract as much labor out of you as possible while paying you as little money as possible. Always treat companies with intense cynicism and try to exploit them back as much as you can. The big mistake that will fuck you over in life is being a team player, because you’ll waste years and years of your life until you wake up one day having made some company a lot of money and having made yourself shit….they will just take your hard work and talent to make money for themselves and discard you when you’re no longer useful. So be very cynical. ❞

- Molly Crabapple on The Great Discontent (TGD)

❝ One of my primary drives is that I fucking hate hypocrisy. I hate it so much. I hate hypocritical, comfortable, self-congratulatory bastards who are complicit in terrible things. I like to eviscerate them with my art, and I believe that’s why I like journalism, too: I can speak to those people very honestly and demand that they tell everyone the truth. They may or may not, but at least I get to ask the questions. ❞


Molly Crabapple on The Great Discontent (TGD)


❝ I have a general rule, which I’ve had ever since following January Jones on Instagram and coming to the gut conclusion that she’s probably a pretty cool person, that one should always assume that people who look the worst in the media are actually the nicest, and people who come off as the cutest and funniest are probably the most insufferable. I can’t help but think that’s the case here. Don’t ask me why, but I genuinely feel for Jennette and her plight. I like that her post-Nick aspiration is not to be a mainstream pop star, but to write for a sitcom. She’s a weird celebrity in that she’s pretty well spoken and sharp, but very frequently delves into highly inflammatory social media behavior. (She’s also, we have to remember, only 21.) But that also makes her a really good celebrity! (Arianators who have somehow found their way to this post, please take into account that I am the Jon Snow of the Nickelodeon Universe. I literally knew nothing until about 24 hours ago.) ❞


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Maryam Mirzakhani Is First Woman Fields Medalist | Simons Foundation →

Mirzakhani likes to describe herself as slow. Unlike some mathematicians who solve problems with quicksilver brilliance, she gravitates toward deep problems that she can chew on for years. “Months or years later, you see very different aspects” of a problem, she said. There are problems she has been thinking about for more than a decade. “And still there’s not much I can do about them,” she said.

❝ Coming out against the label? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are—you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole. ❞

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It’s well documented that weddings make you crazy, though I have come to believe they just expose you as such. The whole planning process often feels like a reverse Rorschach test in which each snap decision bleeds into an ominous pattern revealing exactly who you’ve been all along.

❝ We asked if the fact that the crab was steamed in beer had any appeal to a young, rule-breaking-inclined young boy. “I never understood beer drinking until the appropriate age, like 16. It just fascinated me that you had this living creature, that was going to be edible, and that you could spend all this time trying to take the meat out of. It was almost more delicious just to lick your fingers than to eat the crab.” ❞

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