Roz Phillips: “While walking with my Maremma sheepdog on Filey beach, Yorkshire, England, we met a shih-tzu pup called Dave! Dave spent a few moments dancing around before finally snuggling up beside her.”
Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”
The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.
The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy."
A Roger Ebert quote that sticks out in my mind
From his review of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant
i once wrote an essay on this very topic and i referenced this quote and it was one of like three 7’s i ever got so yeah cool story
he said the mouse is his cartoon alter ego
This is the best time to be alive.
This is the most beautiful image I have ever seen.
I am crying.
i didn’t think my mum knew how to use facebook but she just uploaded and tagged me in a video about a homeless korean boy who shocks everyone by have a beautiful operatic voice on korea’s got talent. i watched about 3 minutes of it until i realised it was an 8 minute video.
sexually i’ve been a Charlotte for many years but i think i am reaching my peak where i become a Samantha and then i will find a long term relationship and work on my art so i’ll be Carrie then my final transformation is pregnant and grumpy (miranda)
Jeff & Ozzie
Clackamas River, OR - March 2013
Ozzie isn’t a fan of water so Jeff has to carry him to and from the boat. This was my favorite part of the day.
"Life can be scary, life is much intense, and you kind of just have to ride it like a pony or you’ll get a haircut, so."
Hannah Horvath (via pantonesprinkles)
I went from HATING Girls at the end of last season and yeah I’m back on board now
Couples I still think about #1