What you have to understand always about anything creative and inventive is that creativity and fear are conjoined twins. And I think lots of times that the reasons people hold back from being creative is because the fear is so great and so in order to try to murder the fear, they end up killing off the creativity as well. You have to just accept that they were born together, they share all the same organs. They’re always going to be together, and you just have to make a lot of space for just allowing the fear to coexist along with the creativity. So what I always do before I begin any project is I actually sit down and have a conversation with the fear and just say ‘Look, we’re going on a road trip, me and Creativity, and I know you’re coming. You don’t get to touch the fucking radio. You don’t get to drive. You don’t get to hold the map. You don’t get to make any decisions. But you get to be in the minivan, and I know that you’re going to do the thing that you do, which is just to sit in the backseat and scream at the top of your lungs at every corner all the horrible things that could go wrong. And thank you because I know that’s your contribution, but Creativity and I are going to make all the choices, and you don’t get to make any of them.’
fuckyoulizprince

fuckyoulizprince:

I saw the Swedish film We Are The Best last week, and it is so great.  

Finally a movie about teenage girls that doesn’t sensationalize ANYTHING: it’s a movie about girls being friends.  And the punk stuff is very understated, too.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when films try to over-sell the punk aspect: everyone has a punk t-shirt on in every scene, all the bedrooms have punk posters all the over the place, everyone is trying to look punk and nobody actually does because it’s trying too hard.  There is a great scene in this film, where the girls meet up with these boys who are also in a punk band, and they are totally decked out in punk gear (plaid pants, leather jackets, studs and spikes), and one of them tells the girls that they don’t look very punk, to which Klara replies “It’s your opinions that count”.  Afterwards Bobo says the boys looked like mall punks.

There is a lot of discussion these days about strong female characters in films: there was a great article about the "Trinity Syndrome", in which strong women suddenly need saving in the climax of a film, so despite the fact that they are portrayed as being tough as shit, when push comes to shove, they still serve to elevate the male characters.  We Are the Best doesn’t even have many male characters because it doesn’t NEED them. Too bad a movie like this would never have been made the same way in the U.S.

keplyq

micdotcom:

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"Modest yet bold, liberal and fun-loving."

Naming Uruguay the country of the year in 2013, the Economist may very well have described the rising nation’s head of state, President José “Pepe” Mujica.

Known for his unusual frankness, fiery oration and bold leadership to turn ideas into action, the 78-year-old leader possesses and practices the very characteristics that many world leaders fail to emulate. He has also garnered international acclaim for his progressive policies, down-to-earth personality and simple presentation, which has earned him a reputation as “the world’s poorest president.”

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cynthiaschemmer:

I’m playing this gig as a solo rocker tonight. It’s Attendant’s first show, which is the new jam of Jon from Radiator Hospital who writes all the songs and plays with jendilemma of theambulars and Ashley from Pinkwash (who you should absolutely listen to you because they really rule).
(Note: I am not a “real” mother, except that in Radiator Hospital I am the mom, Jeff is the dad, and Sam and Jon are our boys. Freaky chosen family.)

Wanna do a solo show in my living room with just, like, our friends and we’ll eat hot dogs? SEPTEMBER!

cynthiaschemmer:

I’m playing this gig as a solo rocker tonight. It’s Attendant’s first show, which is the new jam of Jon from Radiator Hospital who writes all the songs and plays with jendilemma of theambulars and Ashley from Pinkwash (who you should absolutely listen to you because they really rule).

(Note: I am not a “real” mother, except that in Radiator Hospital I am the mom, Jeff is the dad, and Sam and Jon are our boys. Freaky chosen family.)

Wanna do a solo show in my living room with just, like, our friends and we’ll eat hot dogs? SEPTEMBER!