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There are people I’ve never met, but I like everything they do on Facebook, Tumblr, twitter, etc.
I’m in love with complete strangers. My heart breaks for people I’ll never see.
Take no advice from me.
There have been a cacophony of reactions - glee, ire, rancor, and relief among them - surrounding Ira Glass’s recent tweets outing Shakespeare as an overrated cunt (owing to the Bard’s British heritage I mean that in the more acceptable form employed over the Atlantic and not in the American “that’s the one word that’s a no-no” manner).
One thing I’ve not seen touched on much, though, is the reality that Glass exposed: most people like things like Shakespeare simply because they feel like they’re supposed to like Shakespeare. Personally, I actually love and admire Hamlet and MacBeth. They’re elementary, yes, but I still find myself getting wrapped up in them.
Yet I have to admit, I find most public adulation of Shakespeare carries a very patronizing tone. The work’s performed and supported by people who all but openly admit to doing so out of spite. How many times have you heard people decry a lack of appreciation for Shakespeare in the same breath as the most exhausting of his monikers, “The Bard”? It’s enough to make you hate him without even having been exposed to the work. And how many times have you read a description of one of his plays as “rarely performed” and “forgotten,” only to realize that just eight months ago you’d read another review of a separate production of that same play that also described it as “rarely performed” and “forgotten”?
Appreciation of Shakespeare in the 21st Century comes with a bit of baggage, no shortage of braggadocio, and heaps of insincerity. My personal tastes aside, I can’t blame people like Ira Glass that hate on it.
Besides, I feel the same way about “This American Life” and NPR programming in general: much of it is the droll, empty, hollow death rattle of echo-chamber liberalism. It’s interesting only in that listening to it makes you feel like you’re part of an elite club that “gets it.” But you don’t, really. Those people on “This American Life” are every bit as insufferable, uninteresting, and entitled as you think they are. The reason you don’t laugh as hard at “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and “A Prairie Home Companion” as you think you should? Because neither are nearly as funny or whimsical as they claim to be.
I’m sure anyone involved in those programs will tell you “we never claim to be funny,” in a very dry, smarmy manner that only proves my fucking point, which is this: most of it sucks, and you shouldn’t force yourself to read, listen, or appreciate anything. Slumming through a dense bog of dreck simply because you feel like you have to isn’t the price you pay for being cultured, it’s masochism for the sake of pseudo-intellectual street cred.
So if you don’t like Shakespeare, THAT’S OKAY. It’s okay too if you don’t like NPR.
But holy shit, fuck you if you’re encouraging all this #Sharknado2 bullshit. Seriously, shame on you.
That ComicCon Mad Max trailer looks promising enough.
It looks…fine. Just fine. I don’t know why everyone’s shitting their pants over it, but I might be willing to part with ten bucks.
Brown weighed in at 172.5 while Lima weighed in at 117 lbs.
Welp, good thing she wasn’t on tuf after all. Missed on her 2nd attempt coming in .5 over. Also her only loss comes at 115 so there’s that.Also, Brown opts not to reweigh. Got to wonder how this plays into his guaranteed title shot should he win.
I’d be surprised if that guarantee is still on the table. It’d set a very, very bad precedent for title eliminators, and the last thing the UFC needs at this point are more headaches and complications.
By far the stupidest criticism of the new Thor is ‘no where in Norse mythology is Thor a woman, stop messing with mythology.’
Right, because Norse mythology is just fucking filled with stories about Thor hanging out with Iron Man and Captain America at the Avengers Tower.
The Thor of Norse mythology was a ginger with a fiery red beard who traveled on a chariot pulled by fucking goats.
Fanboys complaining about Marvel Comics taking liberty with Norse mythology are like people that complain when a movie strays too far from the book: they don’t actually have as much familiarity with the source material as they pretend to have, they do not understand that appropriating story elements and characters for a different medium requires change, and in general they’re stupid and need to just shut the fuck up.
Abridged: fanboys complaining … need to just shut the fuck up.