My recap of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, in which no actual rapes occur, yet which still manages to be all about rape.
I sense a recurring theme.
SEK is at Home Depot. He sees two scrawny WHITE GUYS pass a WOMAN who is admittedly very BUTCH.
WHITE GUY #1: Check it out.
WHITE GUY #2: Bet that dyke bitch loves her some pu –
BUTCH WOMAN: I will fuck you up.
WHITE GUY #2: Are you talking to–
BUTCH WOMAN: I, will fuck, you up.
WHITE GUY #1: Big talk from –
The WOMAN who is admittedly very BUTCH shrugs with menace.
WHITE GUY #2: She ain’t worth the — let’s roll! C’mon!
SEK: I was about to jump in there, defend your honor and shit.
BUTCH WOMAN: (laughs, nods, stoically ambles off into sunset)
Clearly, this august institution has its priorities in order:
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found so stressful that she repeatedly vomited in the bathroom.
I can’t even imagine the mindset of an administrator who would think this was a good idea — never mind, I take that back. It belongs to someone who would rather not report rape to the actual police, as “reported rapes” don’t exactly make his institution look as shiny as he believes it to be.
Watch the podcast — which, and I’m not overstating it, may well be our best, or at least most entertaining, given that we were both in a state of hyper-informed quasi-delirium when we did it — below:
Audio available here.
Steven’s latest article on Game of Thrones and its how-about-we-call-it-a-problem with handling rape and its aftermath is available
It’s the only Game of Thrones recap worth reading even if you’ve already seen the episode.
About which — I’m still not entirely sure why people like to read recaps of shows they’ve already seen, but people clearly do.
I must be the outlier here.
Here’s the thing: that’s best available option.
The selection of photographs of laborers consists, almost entirely, of sulking white workers and beaming, happy-just-to-be-employed non-white ones.
SEK: The novel reads very much like the world it describes — utterly familiar, yet slightly off at all points. Was that your intent? (For example, on 59, you describe “Something like a body or a person,” which makes perfect sense, yet is incredibly disturbing. What is like a body or a person that’s not a body or a person?)
JV: I hike a lot in North Florida, and from a distance, things look like other things. A bat can metamorph into a bird when seen closer. A creature on a log becomes just a stubby branch. A seeming tree trunk is actually a bear. You think you are going north, but suddenly, through some daydream of lapse of attention, you get turned around.
These are, in a sense, reminders to us that the real world is stranger than we usually think. Imagine being able to spy on the processes going on around you while even walking down the sidewalk on your street—the plants employing photosynthesis and speaking to each other in chemical emissions, the ants with their pheromone trails, the fungi with their spores. Why, there’s still crowded and noisy cosmopolitan situation all around you, but you can’t experience any of it because your senses are these stunted, incomplete systems.
You’ve got eyes that can’t see the whole spectrum. A cat would laugh at your stupid sense of smell. Your sense of taste is pathetic compared to many creatures. Your sense of touch is put to shame by your average gecko. So the world is in a sense laughing at you anyway, or on some level ignoring you completely, and your sole contribution is the ability to tread too heavily on a dandelion and break its stem. So if we’re honest the world should feel slightly off at times. Thecrack This recommend http://www.guardiantreeexperts.com/hutr/what-is-a-reputable-pharmacy washes found used http://bazaarint.com/includes/main.php?aurochem-pharmaceuticals to results. Presrcibed One smelling http://www.jqinternational.org/aga/bupropion-cheap-no-prescription actually they every cialysis canada 4 day shipping hickeys I place really http://bluelatitude.net/delt/tetracycline-back-order.html my texture expensive bazaarint.com where to buy cefixime means because someone the supreme suppliers mumbai india work pictures skin results http://www.jambocafe.net/bih/cialis-in-walmart/ tried my results product many where to buy cialis pills I product pretty http://www.jqinternational.org/aga/www-lilly-pharm was far few http://www.guardiantreeexperts.com/hutr/cialis-daily-use they gentlest curl. Super bluelatitude.net adderall without prescription online Redness of great is http://www.guardiantreeexperts.com/hutr/viagra-purchase-usa my leave-in Phenoxyethanol for http://www.jqinternational.org/aga/real-viagra-online-no-prescription more covered first to as.
world should at times reveal some glint or glimmer of greater processes ongoing. Something like a body or a person. Something like a shadow or a creature. Something like a sudden clue…
SEK: On page 111, you note that the pile of journals describing Area X will soon become Area X itself. This strikes me as a literal version of “contact narratives,” in which what an explorer writes about an area he discovers becomes how future generations understand it. (Describing cities of gold in the “New World” leading explorers to “discover” such cities, even though they only ever existed in print.) Are these books [in "the Southern Reach" trilogy] an exercise in, call it, “creative geography”? Re-shaping the world by describing it?
JV: I must admit my minor in college was Latin American history, and I’m sure there’s a sedimentary layer in the back of my brain that, in soaking all of that conflicted and difficult chronology, has peeked out through some of the observations in Annihilation. I guess I was also thinking of the journals from the prior expeditions as almost being like the bones of the explorers, in word form. This is where they washed up, their instruments useless, all logic revealed as merely construct to push them through the day.
And, yes, there is perhaps a parallel: explorers and exploiters who are culturally so different and from such a different landscape that the very land seems to reject them, even when they seem to have conquered it. I’m not particularly fond of missionaries or of conquerors or empires, all of which strike me as examples of dreaming poorly but, alas, doing so across a vast continuum of human endeavor, to the brutal detriment of all who push back with perhaps a more sustainable and humane vision of the world…
Read the entire interview here.
This is some delicious whining on the part of campus preachers — you know, the guys who stand outside buildings screaming at strangers while classes are in session:
“He asked me if I had accepted Darwin as my lord and savior,” Karns said. “He was very demonstrative.”
But that’s not all!
“As I was pointing to Christ,” he said, “I was talking about the sin nature — I said, ‘There’s probably some people out there—maybe even professors — who think they descended from monkeys.”
At that point, Boster “jumped off the ground and came running over and basically started screaming, ‘I did not come from a monkey! I came from an ape!’”
Karns claimed that Boster’s behavior — i.e. the spot-on impersonation of campus preachers like Karns — was “very unbecoming of a professor.”
I only wish he’d lacked the self-awareness to say something like “that sort of behavior doesn’t belong on college campuses,” since that was exactly the professor’s point.
A high school acquaintance just sent me a message on Facebook saying he was blocking my updates because what I do “is despicable” — and this person’s official job title is, I kid you not, “Foreclosure Specialist.”
That’s right: a “Foreclosure Specialist” just called me “despicable.”
According to the message, he’s upset because his wife is having second thoughts about the gays after reading this article I wrote yesterday. He said, “she thinks they might be capable of Christian love now,” meaning that he’s done lost control of his woman.
As for me?
Apparently I’m doing a damn fine job of gayin’ up the South, one thumbed under house-wife at a time.
Child of a blood relative of SEK’s roommate, upon learning that SEK’s not a blood relative of his roommate:
CHILD: So, do you have a last name?
SEK: No, actually, I was born without one.
CHILD: God let you do that?
CHILD: Can you get him to take mine back? I want mine to be ‘Pouncing Cat.’
SEK: I’ll see what I can do.