As an occasional Richard Lawson reader throughout the years I don't know why but it surprises me that you're not fully 'out'. Your business, of course, it just seems like it would be hard to "hide" given your public writing?
@Maxine4Mayor funny, most native new yorkers i know aren't so unimaginative and predictable. also i think you meant 'gis' not 'gps'.
such a beautiful poem and seeing your name here is so great.
Oh man, last year a co-worker came out to me in an incredibly earnest, sweet, vulnerable way. He's in his mid-thirties, and I didn't know what to say--just tried to brush him off with a "yeah that's great, let's go find people to bone" and felt really guilty about it later. it's hard to remember that to many it's still a problematic thing to accept/admit/deal with. sorry guy! group hug.
percy's moviegoer was a one of my favorites as a teen, and such an effective counterpoint to southern gothic. his version of disaffection was amazingly nuanced and convincing.
Rivers and Tides, the Andy Goldsworthy movie. I liked his art well enough before, but have never been able to look at a piece of his since. Some (most) artists should never be allowed to talk about their work.
agreed based on this hypothetical. but extreme cases aside, what about when two people have similar qualifications/talents, but one is more arrogant/aggressive/bombastic? i'm in grad school now for architecture, and the differences between gender in attitude are pretty drastic. of course architecture is male-dominated and masculinist, but the amount of self-down my female classmates have compared to the males is shocking, and doesn't seem to be explained by how they're treated by professors/critics. if i were hiring, and had two moderately similar applicants, one of whom was noticeably less aggressive or willing to lay claim to a skill they may not have and another like shirky's boy, i would go with the one more confident/willing to take a risk. and that sucks gender-wise based on his anecdotal evidence and in my own experience.