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On 30 Minutes with Christina Angela

Here are a few disjointed thoughts I have about the communication barrier and the lack of an interpreter for this interview. I'm offering these thoughts because 1) I love this discussion and 3) am grateful to Mollpants, TN, klemay, everyone who's bringing up excellent points and 3) I've been reading the Hairpin every day for quite awhile and miss the robust comment sections and so should really start contributing rather than just consuming. So here goes:

Maybe the lack of an interpreter and the overall communication barrier can be read as a metaphor and therefore enrich our reading of the essay a bit (even thought it's actually probably due to lack of money or foresight)? The author shares his experience of being dehumanized, pointed at and disparaged and tries to tie it to Christina Angela's experience behind the glass by going behind the glass and into a room with her. But, the barriers are still there - language barriers but also their gendered experiences, their sexuality, their economic situations, their nationalities. And so Matt Siegel, gay American man abroad in Amsterdam with 35 euros to exchange for time, can only get to "hear" Christina Angela's perspective at this level of fragmented discourse. This is sort of at the heart of all interviews, in a way, isn't it?

I definitely don't mean to excuse the lack of first-person narratives from sex workers in our society. We need to hear more stories from people who are more often talked about and over.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm 2

On Running Blind

My grandparents from both my mom and dad's sides are buried in Calvary (except for the one that's still kicking). There's a great view of the skyline. I think they wanted to be in Gates of Heaven but couldn't get a plot (people were dying to get in...badum). I'd like to be buried in Calvary one day too but when my grandparents were purchasing plots they apparently weren't thinking that far ahead.

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm 0

On A Brief History of Getting Yelled At

"Everyone else heard the directions." Ugh, that brings back some bad memories. I was constantly getting yelled at by teachers for not listening to directions, but for really small or imagined infractions - like not writing my name on the top of the workbook page. It was just so NOT necessary to yell about that. My mind still boggles as to how an adult could get so angry at a child for something so minor.
Oh, and I feel the same self-conscious about yelling at other people, even when I'm actually angry. Like it's all a performance and I'm hoping I'm convincing the other person of my authentic anger.

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm 1

On Which Name Is Weirder, Saxby Chambliss or Barkevious Mingo? The Answer May Tell You Whether or Not You're Racist

@entangled "No child of mine is ever going to be named Seven!"

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm 2

On Today's Bleak Read

@commanderbanana Seriously. So Calvin Eason was arrested and got 20 months probation for stealing a rental car, but no one in this story gets charged with child endangerment, trafficking, kidnapping, or neglect? I just don't know what to do with this information in this article.

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm 4

On Friday Open Thread

@martinipie I feel like this might not be exactly what you are looking for, but I HIGHLY recommend the Alabama Shakes.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm 1

On Every Dating Problem, Solved: An Interview With Chiara Atik

@Briony Fields I once went to watch bats come out of their cave at sunset. It was fun! You might not be able to do this if you don't live near bats, though. Also, it depends on the time of year.

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm 6

On Name That Book!

@Ellie Yes, Bruno and Boots! I read all of those, and I'm from the US too. The Line of Scrimmage! Some sort of plot involving fried zucchinis! I really loved those.

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm 0

On Name That Book!

@melmuu Oh I read this one! But I can't think of the name (sorry I'm no help).

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm 0

On Name That Book!

@yeah-elle, @melmuu @yunkstahn @C_Webb: THANK YOU!! This is a great post. There's a hairpin book club, right? This would be an awesome theme - re-reading lost books of our childhood/adolescence and reflecting on how they affecting us. (Or is this exactly what the hairpin bookclub does already?)

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm 0