Wednesday, October 29, 2008

auto-fun of 10-29: if the elephants have past lives, but are destined to always remember

Thanks to everyone who supported 8 Against 8, we raised $13,579!!!. Later this week I'll try to wrap up some photogenic people to draw names out of a hat and bestow your stuffed animal with the good dyke porn or bad lesbian melodrama or superior top-grade insomnia poetry it deserves. Blogrolling is still down. Anyone know anything about this?

So anyhow, normally on Wednesdays I go to therapy, but then my therapist got knocked up by her husband approximately nine months ago, which really screws up my little Wednesday East Midtown therapy field trip routine which is detailed and includes very specific stops for location-specific snacks, coffee and magazines. I miss those snacks. Since my therapist refuses to disclose what borough she lives in, I'm just gonna have to keep my feelings to myself 'til she gets this kid out, goes through the depression and yoga stuff that comes afterwards and then gets back to work. Our next appointment is in February, just a warning for everyone. Who will be here during the Seasonally Depressive Months to try and convince me to stop cavorting with crazy people? NO ONE! Ha-ha! Let the games begin!

TALK ME DOWN people -- all the democrats I know who've registered for absentee ballots have encountered troubles receiving them. E.g., me. I called the Sec o' State and consequently the C-to-the-ity Clerk today to ask where the F my ballot is, and she said there was nothing in the system indicating that I'd applied for one.

She then read my New York City address to me -- yes, the address I've had for only three weeks which has only been submitted to any kind of formal governing body on ONE form (since I'm only living here for a month, I haven't changed my address on anything official yet) THE REGISTRATION & APPLICATION FORM I SENT TO THE CITY CLERK that she was claiming I never sent them. I tried to explain it but I may as well have been talking to an outsourced Indian. Ultimately this involved going to kinkos in the rain to use a fax machine to get them my form AGAIN. I don't believe in fax machines, FYI. They make me nervous.

So tomorrow night is Obama's commercial, I hope it involves Powerpoint and a musical number. How sweet would that be? If he brought the "vote however you like" kids on? or Bruce Springstein? I hope it's not boring. Then he's gonna be on The Daily Show, interviewed by Rachel Maddow on Thursday, and on SNL on Saturday. Basically Obama's week is like that one week in May when I had Tegan & Sara, Uh Huh Her and the NewNowNext awards. After that I didn't go out again for like many months. I still haven't. I hope he has lots of outfits.

I feel like every media company is laying off everyone these days. I'm VERY unhappy about Radar. Like EVERYONE! I'm nervous next week New York Magazine or Bust will go under and then I'll have nothing to read at the gym. I started talking crazy to Alex the other day about how I think now is the time for a revolutionary voice to come forward and change the face of online magazines with something fresh and radical and that someone should be ME! and she was like why don't we go to Target to get a sofa slipcover instead? So we did.

Quote: "And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost." (John Steinback, East of Eden)

1. My "please read this one" of the day -- Red Sex, Blue Sex, which investigates the radically different perspectives on teenage pregnancy and premaritial sex, beginning with this observation regarding Palin's child's child -- "Social liberals in the country’s “blue states” tend to support sex education and are not particularly troubled by the idea that many teen-agers have sex before marriage, but would regard a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy as devastating news. And the social conservatives in “red states” generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant, as long as she doesn’t choose to have an abortion." (@the new yorker)
2. David Carr (who wrote Night of the Gun, which I just read, which was awesome) about how old media's decline will affect the quality of the news and reporting we read: The Media Equation. (@nytimes)
3. Where are the books by women with big ideas? (@the guardian)
4. A rather illuminating perspective from an independent voter on why she can't vote for McCain : anti-intellectualism (
5. Cause Celeb: an interview with Andy Warhol's Favorite Photographer by blogger kat Rosenfield of pink india ink. (@interiors magazine)
6. Love, Sex and the Changing Landscape of Fidelity -- everyone's cheating, is anyone telling researchers the truth? (@nytimes)
7. 30 Designers, 30 Reasons: "We enlisted 30 graphic designers to create a poster that represents a reason to vote for Obama. Starting on the October 5th, we will post a new poster online every day and email it to our list. Recipients can easily share the email with other supporters and friends who are undecided."
8. The financial crisis is killing B'way, five top shows announce plans to close. (@the independent uk)
9. The story of "how the financial crisis ruined my love life" when she meets a man who claims responsibility for it. She had me at "I don't know about money. I don't care about money. I'm not trying to be cool; this is not some posture. The acquisition of wealth is genuinely disinteresting to me, perhaps because I have never been (or been related to) someone who managed to pull it off. The acquisition of wealth is so genuinely disinteresting to me that I owe the U.S. government a cool $30,000 in back taxes ... I have four credit cards, nearly every one of them maxed out at a colossal twenty-seven percent interest rate," and the rest of it was pretty perfec too. Up in Smoke (
10. Bookslut's Indie Heartthrob Series interviews Phoebe Gloeckner about her contribution to Mia Kirshner's book I Live Here, which I am currently reading.

Insomnia Poem #17

sometimes i feel like
after dinner's been eaten
it's all downhill

hours hours everywhere
and not a spot to eat
hunger is defeat

sometimes i wish
i could just lie on the couch
gulit-free, like candy used to be
read magazines
eat dried apple rings
watch the office on my laptop
eat cereal out of the box
all ambition outfoxed

i like the word supper
and the songs for it
i like something sweet after supper
i get sleepy now that i'm off the uppers
but i still can't sleep
and i'm still tired.

if there is no toast in my immediate future
i really should be sleeping.


stef said...

i'm so glad the vote however you like kids are getting the recognition they deserve. i've been practicing my dance moves all day. the lame rhythmlessness of the one white kid is further proof we should never elect a white president ever again.

marlene. said...

the no on 8 posts were amazing, yay for raising so much! congrats.

autumn m said...

the thing i find funny, is that you actually went out and bought a sofa cover. who does that??? what are you, 80? im just sayin, its very.......interesting that you and alex went to buy one. wow. just wow.

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Good stuff today as per us/uje/yooge. You see this?

(via Cajun Boy's blog)

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of feelings about the "Red Sex, Blue Sex" thing obviously.
"...while abstinence pledges are lovely in the abstract, they don’t acknowledge “reality.”
omg surprise! pretty much anything involving religion fails to acknowledge "reality"!
It's sort of like communism: its a great idea in theory, but it can't actually work for reals.
And, well, we know how America feels about communism...

Sidenote: I'm really loving Ben's link so far even though I've only read the first two paragraphs.

Also, Autumn be judgin' us, yo!

Anonymous said...

Great job with your contribution to Prop 8! And Go Obama! I can't wait until this election is over and he is our President!

Now where's our South of Nowhere recap??:)

riese said...

stef: Your comment did the unthinkable which is make me laugh before my morning coffee.

marlene: thanks! it gives me hope about the overall goodness of mankind and etc.

autumn m: Well,actually, it's 'cause natlalie and i are moving into a new apartment and we were going to take this sofa from alex's aunt but now she wants to keep it and since we were going to take it and it was ugly, we needed something to cover it with to match our apartment and look cute.

Obvs I'd prefer to say that we're eccentric weirdos, as that's my MO, but oh well sigh.

ben: this is really interesting, for real! Autumn you should read ben's link for your friends.

It's just occurred to me, that like the Republican platform panders to two groups that probably don't even overlap -- the rich people who, judging by the anecdotal evidence of the douchebag wall street fucknuts I've spoken to lately, are just ignoring the media and the campaigns and its message 'cause it's no contest for them, they already know who they're voting for -- and the evangelical christians. both of these groups are voting GOP because it panders squarely to their niche, but not 'cause they support everything the party does. No wonder this country is such a mess under GOP leadership.

a;ex: Who needs reality when you have Jesus? I read that in the scriptures, John 4;14 or something. I'd say it's sort of like socialism actually, not sort of like communism ... :-)

lex: thanksssss! me too! and the south of nowhere recap is right here ...

Becky said...

a)Isn't it potentially dangerous that your therapist has left you to your own devices for months on end? I is worried. Is there no replacement?

b) you should go to sleep if you're still tired. Kermit agrees with me.

c) I KNEW those virginity pledge things don't work. And now this dude just said that more than half break the pledge and get STDs. I think that virginity pledges makes us Christians look dumb. Well I was raised that way. Apparently God hates fags. But hopefully he'll love lesbians.

Becky said...

LOZO if you're reading this..
did you call the Dan Savage's podcast this week? hahaha :)

Atherton Bartelby said...

I don't know. Is it possible that today was only Wednesday? I feel like this week has been 23 days long in terms of emotional evisceration, still more unemployment, really good writers whoring themselves out on the internet while corporations turn their work into soul-destroyingly bad gossip detritus. Like I just want to nap for like 85 hours. Or something. Like I wrote earlier, Mallorca sounds good. Or Majorca. Whatevs. But we should focus on the good things, perhaps? Like this post? Which was fabulous? Since it proves that there is still a plethora of really great content out there? Like that 30 Designs from 30 Designers thing, which was just awesome? Yes. The Good Things.

ISTFG there had better not be an angina-inducing debacle on Election Eve or I'm not quite sure I'll be able to endure it!

All right I'll stop being all melodramatic up in your salon and go to bed.

autumn m said...

like a good little peon that i am, i read that link like i was told. interesting. i just might have to send that to my friends.
so you bought a sofa cover for a sofa that you dont have??? so you just have some random cover. how funny!!!! ha ha!!!

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Hey, at least they've got a Couch here. ;)

This is much funnier if you go into the comment knowing that's my last name.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Riese! I know this is off topic, but I just have to say that I LOVE your SON and TLW recaps! Too bad it will all be over soon:(

And thanks for the tip that that is Nikki Stevens! LOL! I never would have caught that! I told my wife and we both thought that was hilarious!

PS - what do you think about people who are voting for neither Barack or McCain? Do you think they are taking away votes enough for McCain to swoop in?

Bokolis said...

That location-specific snack wouldn't be the local pinkberry, by chance?

Consumption taxes mean nothing to my douchebag Wall Street fucknuts brethren.

I would think that most people are only as faithful as their options. They sandbag those surveys like a Republican voter on a Gallup poll.

riese said...

cookies: I could've gone with someone else in the interim period, but then I would've had to tell them my whole life story all over again, which made me feel like I needed Xanax even to like remotely consider doing that.

Actually, G-d does love lesbians. Srsly, there's nothing in the bible against lesbians, just against fags. no offense eric mathew, i think god loves you too and loves all of us, I'm just saying that's what it says.

atherton: This week has been 40 years long. I already started forgetting what day it was on monday. I kept thinking it was friday on monday. i have this idea for a writer's strike. it'll never happen and i'll never do anything about it, but i think it's the only way. thank you for that 30 designers thing. not only has obama given us the only shred of hope in these trying times, but he's also going to win i hope and then give us lots more hope, i am also worried about a debacle. we'll see. i like melodrama.

autumn: I know, the funniest part is gonna be when we return it to target and get my money back, then i will feel like i have a lot of new money. i hope you send that to your friends for sure.

the brooklyn boy:: everyone 'couch' is brooklyn boy's last name!

lez: thanks! even though i don't respond to all the comments on autostraddle all the time, if i dont' get at least ten people telling me they love the recaps, i tend to feel like maybe i should stop.

I don't understand how anyone can not vote for either. I mean I do sort of, but those are serious lines to wait in just to vote for mickey mouse or nader.

bokolis: that is a late-add actually ... :-) it used to be the tasti-d that's closer to my therapist but now I do that trek to pinkberry. lots of times you say things that are smarter than i am. but i tend to agree with you. i think.