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For a while I've been talking about taking the better contents of my lj here and knocking them together into a zine, but haven't gotten around to it. Now, with all the Russian DDoS business, I am acutely aware of the vulnerability of this platform. If I'm going to back up my content, now would be the time. Some of these stories do not exist in any other form anywhere, and I'd rather not lose them if I can help it. Does anyone know anything about backing up lj? I just want to save all my content as raw text, somewhere that it will be safe from ex-GRU "security consultants". I know, I know, STFW, but my relationship with technology has always been strained, frustrating, and broken. Think of me as your clueless grandma. I usually need more hand-holding in my dance with digital technology than is available. It is either (a) get help downloading/ backing up this journal or (b) let these stories get maybe deleted forever.

Can anyone help?

What I'm reading right now

Here's what I have on my nightstand right now:

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For about a third, I will not be able to give more than a cursory skim - say, a thirty-minute flip through, checking out the index and table of contents. Of these, some I will never see again, some I will remember for careful reading later.

Another third merit a medium-depth reading, say one to three hours with highlighting* and notetaking. After that I am done with them.

The final third I will read carefully, deeply, meditatively, pausing often to ask questions and let the good parts sink in. Of this group, I will finish maybe one-fourth. So, out of fifty books, I finish three or four.

I can only read two or three of these "finishers" at a time. The last books I finished thus were Trainspotting and Bullet Park. The fifty-title queue turns over completely (i.e., gets all new titles) every two months or so.

*When I say "highlighting", I mean removable sticky flags, not a yellow highlighter. Abuse of library materials is a f88king crime.

Discussion questions: films-that-don't-necessarily-seem-like-they-should-go-together edition

Compare and contrast the social worlds depicted in Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan" and John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole". Are the values and customs of the Sally Fowler Rat Pack similar to, or different from, those of Howie and Becca? Discuss.

Discuss the role of socioeconomic status in the relationship between Tenoch and Julio in "Y Tu Mama Tambien". What details give us hints about Tenoch and Julio's place in the world?

Read the essay "Obscenity"* by Kurt Vonnegut, then discuss the symbolism of the color white in Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" and "The White Ribbon". Would Haneke agree with the ironic definition of "class" Vonnegut offers at the end of the essay? Discuss the quote from Vonnegut, "Good manners had made them defenseless against predatory members of their own class", as it relates to the characters in "Funny Games".
(IMPORTANT: These films contain disturbing violence and are not for everyone. Proceed with caution.)

Apply the Bechdel test to the films "Roger Dodger" and "Frozen River" and discuss the results. "Roger Dodger" is at least partly about sex relations; is "Roger Dodger" a sexist film? What does it mean to say that a film is sexist?
(NOTE: "Roger Dodger"'s depiction of sex may upset some viewers. Proceed with caution.)

Does "Roger Dodger" (the film) share Roger (the character)'s attitudes toward women? Are the female characters fully developed, or are they figments of male desire and anxiety?

One reviewer has said of "Roger Dodger" that Nick goes into Joyce's bedroom with the intention to date-rape Joyce's assistant, but then his conscience gets the better of him. Do you agree or disagree with this reading? What was Nick's intention?

Compare and contrast the characters Roger ("Roger Dodger") and Johnny ("Somewhere"). Pay attention to Roger's handkerchief and Johnny's Ferrari. Does Roger resolve his central conflict? Does Johnny?

Compare the visual style of "Roger Dodger" to that of "Somewhere". Pay attention to lighting, composition within the frame, and pace of editing. How does each film's look affect its emotional tone and character development?

*in The Outlaw Bible of American Essays, Alan Kaufman, ed.

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"Another gay teenager in another small town has killed himself—hope you're pleased with yourselves, Tony Perkins and all the other "Christians" out there who oppose anti-bullying programs... I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.

So here's what you can do, GBVWS: Make a video. Tell them it gets better."


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Written on the whiteboard in my room is the phrase, "Que pasa, Jimmy Fuckstick?" It just popped into my head one day. I do not know what it was doing there. I liked the sound of it, though, so I wrote it on the wall.