2 Oct 2013 / 0 notes
If I had more time, right now I would write an essay. I do not have time, so I am writing a post here, off the top of my head. Here we go.
today there will be an uproar over the fact that David Gilmour dropped this little beauty into an interview.
I’m not interested in teaching books by…
Go read this whole post, it’s great and it’s right (spoiler alert, the point is “don’t be over-distracted by assholes”) but seriously what the fuck is wrong with this guy - does he not realize that Willa Cather wrote rings around most of his precious straight-dude writers? And that she’s not some trump card, but just one example of many? I haven’t read Gilmour and it’s only because he’s not on my radar but seriously any guy whose take on writing by women is “well, there’s one good Virginia Woolf story” can safely be placed into the “dudes with uninteresting opinions” drawer, a drawer which one need never open again except to place more such dudes into it.
Back in 2006 I looked at my notebook where I keep track of the books I read and noticed that women seemed weirdly underrepresented and I said “whoa dude that is uncool, 1995 you is ashamed of 2006 you, man, do better please” so I gave men all of 2007 off. It changed my reading habits for the better and permanently, and the widening of my perspective - not just in literature but in general - was palpable and welcome. It’s not that you have to keep quotas or whatever, but really: you are a boring person if you don’t listen to half of the human race. Your thoughts can be of no further interest if that’s your point of departure.
My friend Hari Kondabolu has recently started quite the discussion about Apu from the Simpsons. Hari’s an Indian-American comic who loves and was shaped by the Simpsons and he also has an advanced degree in Human Rights, so he’s pretty well-qualified to speak on the subject, but I thought I’d…
This “web exclusive” video I did for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell is definitely my proudest achievement of 2012. The piece is framed as being about Mindy Kaling’s new Fox TV show, but it’s really a breakdown of the history of Indian representation in popular culture and how much progress we’ve made. My main fear when writing the script was that it would come off as corny since I’ve talked about a lot of this stuff with friends since I was 16 years old. However, I eventually realized that, though it might be old to brown people, it’s never really been said publicly. South Asians being allowed to share their opinions (or even talk) in the American mainstream is a fairly new concept. Though I was unable to nail Fisher Stevens’ “Short Circuit” character due to time, I was happy to finally address Hank Azaria and Apu from The Simpsons. Amazingly, it appears Hank saw it: https://twitter.com/harikondabolu/status/273536685306966017
28 Aug 2013 / 0 notes