Hernan Bas - The Soapbox in his Mind (2009)
oh wow, i love this.
Here’s what annoys me a great deal about talking to others about my personal life.
I tell my family what I do for a living, and they’re mildly interested, and then they move on.
I win an award and I get congratulated, and then they move on.
I tell my friends about interesting…
anyways a message to my fellow high school upperclassmen: i know it’s easy to make fun of the freshmen for being naive and overexcited to assert yourself as righteously above such trivial beings, but let’s consider that
- you are, at most, a mere 18 months older than them
- soon you will be in college, again at the bottom of the pecking order
instead of being cruel, show them where the bathrooms are! tell the super tiny 9th grade girl that her algebra 1 problem sets are very organized. do it.
my brother left some things behind when he visited this last week, and what else am i expected to do with inanimate objects but make art with them?
and so: a twenty-five second story featuring a tripod made from an empty honest tea bottle, a song from the point of view of an inanimate object (that also sounds like there should be more to it than there actually is), and some belongings that do not, in fact, belong to me.
I apologize if this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.
I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.
When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.
And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.
But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, and passive racism that plagues our country.
And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.
Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.
But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?
That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.
So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.
And then let’s turn the damn page.
good thing i didn’t apply for a fulbright last year because THEY JUST ADDED A NEW ONE THAT IS PERFECTION INCARNATE.
(that’s it for now because, silly as it may be, i don’t want to jinx it. eee!)
current victory anthem/state of my insides*:
*apologies to any czech speakers/people if this is not a song intended for victory. i am having a moment, and will return it to you and its intended context posthaste
The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”
"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.
"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."
"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."
(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)
This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.
Yes. But. Can we also acknowledge that “we’ve always done it this way” needs context to be dangerous? Trampling over “we’ve always done it this way” is also how cultures get erased, and how people’s agency is taken away. Innovation is good, and the bravery required to dismantle oppression is good, and honestly examining the assumptions that we build our understanding of the universe upon is extremely important, but we also need to not lose sight of the fact that we live in an intrinsically complicated world along the way.
"This is my first cabbage! You know, a lot of times they’re kind of soft, but this one is solid! It’s going to be good eatin’!"
"What are you going to make with it?"
"Well, this one I’m giving to my parents. You have to give the first one away or you just spoil the whole spirit of gardening."
This is the most victorious photo of cabbage ever captured.
YESSSSSSSS MA’AMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M TRYNA GET LIKE YOU!!!!!!!!!!
this is the best!
A tour of the British Isles in accents: for those who would be tempted to mention “A British accent” and leave it at that.
…Smart to remember, too, that all these regions will have microregional variants. The Dublin accent referenced here, for example, is only one of at least five or six that I can identify, and I bet there are a lot more I’ve never heard or can’t tell from one another. Ditto for other regions in Ireland. The “Irish accent” as normally heard in US TV and film until quite recently has never been much more than an overstated, artficial “Dublin Stage” accent.
Equally, what most people in the US think of as “the British accent” beloved of movie villains everywhere is usually the so-called Received Pronunciation or RP, a kind of by-blow of the BBC’s refusal for a long time to allow its announcers to use anything but an approved version of the Home Counties “posh” accent. (This dialectic “glass wall” has finally started cracking in the last decade.)This is … fantastic reference.
Of use to actors and fanfic writers everywhere!
I LOVE THIS.