This dude lives in Oakland, CA, works on environmental noise studies for money, plays baseball for fun, and is compelled to write sometimes.
@iceberg To be fair, this is how Jia phrased it originally, but with the word "fictional" added; hence "appropriating" her language.
I think referring to women as "females" is a bit overly-fake-scientific in a "The female of the species is more deadly than the male!" kind of a way, but context matters and I don't really care as long as it isn't being used by a douchebag or an OKcupid Nice Guy.
Only if I can be "The FakeBlock". It sounds cooler.
As a single white twentysomething woman who just spent part of the day at her [paid] internship giggling over Buzzfeed's Millennial Girls article and who watched Garden State one too many times as a college freshman, this is making me feel things I'm not equipped to handle without a tall one of Yellow Tail beside me.
I'll play the cowbell app on my iphone until about my third wine & fruit juice, at which point I'll decide that singing is a really excellent and important idea... it might take me a while to realize that the mic isn't even on.
I'm not sure what my name will be.
@whizz_dumb It's the only thing that Shame Spiral could ever be. I'd like to be called Devil-Bug.
@whizz_dumb Aw, you're sweet. But just know that by fun you mean coming home from work and collapsing in front of an episode of Hannibal with a campari and soda. Maybe two campari and sodas! Maybe a glass of wine if I'm not working an evening shift and home in time to make dinner.
Damnit, now it's not even 1:30 and I have to go to work in two hours and I really want a campari and soda.
@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood Well, but isn't there a difference between "I recognize that by our agreed-upon standards this is bad but I enjoy it anyway" and "This is bad and I don't like it"? I can enjoy a book even if I simultaneously recognize all the things that are wrong with it structurally (too many cliches, obvious tropes, poorly-developed characters, etc). I can talk about the skill deployed by an artist and the historical relevance of a painting and still not like the painting itself (Picasso, I'm looking at you). I understand the Beatles' contribution to pop music and the ways in which they were influenced by/influenced many of my favorite rock/pop artists, I still give them a thumbs-down when they come on Pandora. I wouldn't claim that a Ho-Ho is gourmet, but that doesn't mean I won't eat a whole pack of them.
Recognizing the artistic merit of a thing is not necessarily the same as enjoying it.
(but I'm with you re: no shame and not enjoying dudebros hating on pop music)
@whizz_dumb Can I be a part of it? I can play the tambourine by smacking it on my forehead while wearing sunglasses and drinking a large Irish coffee at the same time.
@whizz_dumb I've managed to postpone the shame spirals to two or three times a year. Is that good because I'm overdoing it less or bad because I have no incentive to change? :(
Aw, I can't hate on Santeria because I have this incredibly vivid memory of sitting around before a dress rehearsal for a show singing that with most of the cast at the top of our lungs. Nostalgia!
However, I loathe Hoobastank's "The Reason" with such a burning passion that I used to be able to recognize the first three notes and immediately change the radio station.