‘looper’ was not was i was expecting at all via not having any expectations of it other than ‘wow i love watching joseph gordon levitt do things let me go watch looper’
joseph gordon levitt did things in this film that i enjoyed
‘looper’ is directed by rian johnson
i did not immediately recognize the name rian johnson but i googled ‘rian johnson’ after watching looper and before writing this and thought ‘oh, i know him’
rian johnson wrote and directed ‘brick’ (also starring joseph gordon levitt) and ‘the brothers bloom’ (noticeably not starring joseph gordon levitt)
i saw both of those films in high school and i liked them a lot
i have ‘brick’ on dvd but i have never re-watched it
i saw ‘the brothers bloom’ for a second time my sophomore year in college but i had sex during most of it
originally, the second time i watched ‘the brothers bloom,’ we were watching a british comedy about a gang (??? unsure it was really bad and not notable) but i said something like, ‘this is bad let’s watch the brothers bloom’ so we watched ‘the brothers bloom’ instead
in ‘looper’ bruce willis is joseph gordon levitt in the future and that is funny to me
paul dano is in ‘looper’ but they don’t really advertise that he is in looper
when paul dano appeared on screen i audibly said ‘oh woah’
i feel like paul dano should be in more things
‘put paul dano in more things’ - official endorsement of paul dano by me
i want to redesign the looper poster to say, in 9 pt. papyrus font, right-aligned next to joseph gordon’s levitt’s face, ‘also paul dano is in this’
i feel like i can’t talk about ‘looper’ directly via ‘spoilers’
i enjoyed having a ‘spoiler free’ experience of looper and i want other people to have that
*spoiler alert* there are some scenes in which jgl’s face ‘caught me off guard’ because it looked like they had put an almost exact replica mask made of silicone of his face over his face. i don’t know why his face looked like this sometimes. it was very odd. *spoiler alert*
i just looked at the imdb page for ‘looper’ and it turns out that jgl was actually in ‘the brothers bloom’
he had a brief cameo apparently as ‘a bar patron with guitar’
there is a really long review in the comments section of the imdb page for ‘looper’ that seems intense
seems like that review wants to eat my review
i feel scared of it
the review that wants to eat my review claims that ‘looper’ is one of ‘the top 10 films of the year’
(1) The Book Issue isNOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT. Go to bookissue.tumblr.com/read and click the “Buy Print!” button. There are a lot of options, so you can get the magazine small, matte, and B&W, or full, glossy, and colorful. Have it your way *winky face* (And please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns!)
(2) We are now looking for new staff writers! If you are interested in writing on a pretty regular basis, send your CV, a sample piece (between 250 and 1000 words-ish), and a quick bit about yourself to email@example.com.
Luna Miguel, poet, journalist and aspiring publisher
A literary wunderkind with an intense online presence, Luna is an anomaly in a generation defined by ‘leaving things for later’. At 21, she’s published two poetry books, curated a third, held a column in a national newspaper (now defunct) and dabbled in publishing.
Dazed Digital: At your age, you’ve only known the recession as a work environment.
Luna Miguel: My friends and I see it as an obstacle we have to overcome. There those who can’t even think of leaving the comforts of the family home, who won’t even try. To those I say: get moving and you’ll achieve something.
DD: You were very involved in the indignado movement. What is your view now?
Luna Miguel: Yes, that was intense. It was the most visible part of a series of things that were happening, in all sections of society. But there is too much to be done and the end doesn’t seem to be near.
DD: If you had to lend a foreigner a book, a record and a film that explained what has happened in Spain in the last three years, which would they be?
Luna Miguel: I wouldn’t. I’d tell them to go into Facebook, or a university hall, or a bookshop or market. If they were here with us, and saw footage of our vomit-inducing politicians, they’d understand the situation very quickly.
PLUS: the best Horoscopes you’ve never read, a candle that looks like an evil baby, articles that will make you question everything you ever knew, and so many books you won’t know what to do with them.
Gabby Gabby makes videos, writes e-books, & has three forthcoming books in print. She’s hilariously blunt & enviably vulnerable. Order her chapbook Airplane Food from NAP. // Matthew Sherling lives in San Francisco, where he likes to create things. He runs an interview blog called Cutty Spot & an online lit magazine, Gesture. Among other places, his work appears or is upcoming in The Columbia Review, The Believer, Thought Catalog, Fanzine, BIRP!, NAP, Up Literature & Metazen.
Matthew Sherling: What is your present frame of mind?
Gabby Gabby: I feel like a person that works at Target and then sleeps alone.
MS: You are extremely prolific - e-books, videos, forthcoming print books. What accounts for this?
GG: I write a lot and I am secretly ambitious.
MS: Like many ‘alt-lit’ writers, you seem to be concerned with exploring ‘sincerity’ - a certain sort of ‘bluntness’ - can you say anything about this?
GG: I feel like I mainly like reading things that have a tone of ‘sincerity’ or ‘bluntness’ regarding personal experiences. I think this in large part to feeling aversion to the alternative, which would be a story that heavily employs generalizations or broad statements about things.
I mainly write about myself or write using experiences that I have experienced myself. Considering that the universe is very big and it is too late for me to start reading the news regularly, I don’t know very much about other things so I don’t feel able to write about other things. I feel that through poems and stories I am better able to communicate what is I am experiencing. And when I am able to clearly articulate what is happening in my brain I feel less alienated and alone. Also, as a reader, when I read a story or a poem employing ‘bluntness’ or ‘sincerity’ I also feel less alienated and alone. For example, I feel good when I read Megan Boyle’s pieces for Vice.
2012 is the year of the Internet Girl. I’m just going to go ahead and make a grand proclamation. 2012 is specifically the year of the Internet girl that calls herself an artist. From Rookie Magazine taking off and making feminist ideals fun and accessible to young girls to The Arduous collective showcasing the best female artists on the Internet. However, beyond these media outlets, there are thousands of girls, barely into their twenties, uploading and broadcasting original content onto the web. And it’s good.
Lately, I had become discouraged with the amount of talented female artists that exist both online and off to the ratio that are actual published and recognized. For this reason I started my own literary and art magazine, Illuminati Girl Gang. The masthead on the Illuminati Girl Gang blog states, “IGG is a zine dedicated to showcasing female perspectives in art and literature.” And I hope I am doing a good job of living up to that statement. Today while reading over submissions for the second issue I was shocked at just how many girls were creating content and eager to share it. Illuminati Girl Gang is not an established or well-known zine and the only major press coverage we’ve had was on the Urban Outfitters blog in conjunction with the Rookie Roadtrip. However, close to a hundred girls submitted content including poems, short stories, collages, comics, and photography to the second issue. I was completely blown away by the response.
Platforms like Tumblr and blogger make it easy to upload content. Some say this has ‘diluted’ the blogosphere into a content farm that merely reblogs what has been disseminated from major media outlets. The homogeny is most apparent when scrolling through one’s Tumblr dashboard but if you know where to look, and you don’t have to look far, original content that often flies below the radar of mass media outlets is being created at an alarming rate.
(via american apparel)
Quoting a blurb that Marie Calloway, who is both a result and example of this phenomenon, posted on her blog, “teenage and college aged girls/women are undeniably creating the best art on the Internet.”
In a forthcoming interview with Matthew Sherling I stated that, “I think the internet, for those who have moderate to near-consistent access to it, is taking us to a place where anyone (anyone being a person with the financial means and skills to operate a computer and the privilege or want to spend free time making things and posting things to the internet) can do anything (within the realms of reality) and feel as if they are ‘producing’ something and also feel as if there is a consumer for what they are producing.”
Through the deconstruction of ‘outlets’ that an artist would have to go through to showcase their art, the Internet has facilitated an influx in the visibility of female artists whereas historically, women have been underrepresented in galleries and in literary publications.
Many young female artists consciously choose self-publication over seeking bigger outlets for their work. Marie Calloway, who I mentioned previously, published her pieces in a Google Doc format before they were picked up by bigger publications. She published an art book called ‘Criticism’ on her blog and after it had received attention from various media outlets for featuring pictures of her nude with text superimposed over the images she stated, “i can’t even post silly little collage things on my personal blog without people calling me a whore in several different thinly veiled ways, as well as a vapid moron and insane. what is to be done?”
(via Cybersex by Marie Calloway)
Sadly, for women, creative expression in the form of displays of sexuality is still met with a knee-jerk response and the document has since been taken down. However, something in the format of ‘Criticism’ would have probably never even been considered for publication by traditional media outlets yet it found an audience on her personal blog.
Though progress is being made in both representation and visibility of female artists, the scene that is forming around Internet Girls is not without problems; both The Arduous Collective and Rookie Mag, whilst wonderful publications, are both very white. I think that diversity is a key issue to focus on for those that are looking to promote and highlight the work of female artists. A new publication that I was made aware of today seems to be aiming to do just that. Safy Hallan Farah, Co-creator of ‘All The Sad Pretty Girls of Color,’ writes,
“Where’s the woman of color Elizabeth Wurtzel, or Lauren Slater? How the fuck can there be two borderline identical books about white girls with depression (Prozac Diary and Prozac Nation), but not a single book like that from the perspective of a woman of color? Where are all the sad young pretty girls of color?
Readers of color know how to default to white. We know how to fade to white in our minds. We can, and do place ourselves in white people’s shoes. Effortlessly. Too bad our shoes don’t fit anyone else but us.”
The Internet is ultimately only a tool that we can utilize. If girls such as Safy, Marie, myself, and every other woman artist on the internet keep creating and shaping a space for female expression online then we are headed in a great direction for Internet Girls.
the idea of airplane food reminds me of elevator music.
elevator music is used to keep it’s passengers occupied as they wait onboard to get from one floor to another, while airplane food is used to keep passengers occupied as they wait to land in whatever country or state they are flying to. in either case, these pacifiers serve as an essential to their sanity because without them, either out of these types of passengers could literally go insane. i associate these ideas of pacifiers like airplane food and elevator music, with gabby g’abby’s debut poetry collection, airplane food, because i think these pacifiers are what these poems are all about.
where most writers tend to meditate on the supposed light that is at the end of every tunnel, gabby’s focus seems to be on everything else people are very much likely to see along the way. throughout this entire collection of poetry, i feel like i’m patiently waiting with gabby for something to take place, and even though, nothing ever does by the end of every poem, besides the end of every poem, i still feel satisified with everything we did and saw together while we were waiting. i probably reread the first six poems out of this collection more than a couple of times each, because that is how many reads it took me to realize that this was exactly what we were doing.
i mean while there are poems that end up working very well with each other in a traditional, linear sense, a lot more of them run as non-sequitur trains of thought that will have nothing to do with what was said in the last line or poem. everything begins w an idea we can attach ourselves to right away, but then transitions in a way that is always sort of surprising. from here, on out our attentions are divided between these new things that she is constantly directing our attention to, while we are waiting patiently to return to the idea that she attached us to in the first place.
so in the end, we just end up with a collision, piling up several trains of thought. and with all of these techniques combined into one collection, this has to be the most non-linear form of new sincerity I’ve read in a long time. her way of detaching herself from any sort of sentiment that can evoke vulnerability, by instead, attaching itself to things that are just a lot more fun to think about is admirable.
in this way, technique definitely takes precedence over content, even though that the content is all good throughout airplane food, which is probably why every poem is titled after numbers 1-25, rather than something tangible or distinctive.
in a good way, it’s like being tricked into waiting with someone at the dmv because in the end you realize you had a lot of fun with whoever you were waiting with by laughing at all of the other people who were mad about waiting.
What are your dreams? (I mean when you’re sleeping, not your…
cayla lockwood interviewed me
more interviews have been done, as well, interviews of me, some are happening right at this moment actually, please send me more interviews too, this is fun, i am popular in the interview world right now because i begged for it haha
In truth, Tawney Malone had grown annoyed with the coverage of the recent suicides, mostly because she had also attempted to off herself several times during adolescence, to absolutely no media attention. Months earlier, she’d grown to be an integral part in an online poetry stratum that set itself apart by including the numbers ‘666’ and a pixilated inverted cross in most of its publications. “I’ve been a nihilist since I was 6, when I saw my cat having sex with a squirrel,” she later explained. Due to these sentiments, she found it sociologically imperative to scatter the faux-Satanist propaganda around St. Ann of the Mountain’s School for Girls.