September 10, 2013

This is what the process often looks like for me.

If I had to title this photograph, I would say something about the way it's nearly midnight and I've got writer's block. Which is a problem because I've got until tomorrow at eleven. Did I tell you all that I report the news by way of the written word now? Well, surprise! I do! I mean, it's not glamorous stuff, and I'm one of many on staff, but it's a start, and I'll take it. However, newspapers don't run on inspiration, unfortunately. They run on deadlines and all I seem to want to do is lie in bed watching the new season of Portlandia.

Today, I ran into my roommate from freshman year today. She has changed and progressed in a lot of ways that I haven't. Just as I've changed and progressed in ways that she hasn't. But anyway, we sat in Luke's Cafe on campus (I know. It's soooo Star's Hollow.) for about an hour talking about everything from the challenges that come with her major (which is theater and set design... which I think is so rad) to Stephen King being a household name for all the wrong reasons. And because of those reasons, the American public often shies away from his work, and that is quite the travesty! I guess that's a post for a different time.

Anyway, our whole discussion was centered around the fact that things that make up the meat of culture, society, and the delicate pieces of our lives are being pushed aside to make room for more new iPhone software that we don't need. We're making space in our brains for whatever garbage Miley Cyrus is promoting this week and we're forgetting that the core of us, as human beings, is to be brilliant. To make our own decisions. To create our own art. Through books, actual books that use allegories to make statements on moral issues. Through music. Through art. Whatever it is that you find inspiring, research it. Fight the temptation to be lazy. Think for yourself. That's why you have a brain.

I mean, honestly. So help me if I see another person quote Marilyn Monroe.
And what's worse is when the Pinterest generation stamps up vinyl lettering and claims it to be Shakespeare. For example, this one:

"When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew." 

How about read some actual Shakespeare, and then you can quote him. I'm insulted that a person would ever even think to attach one of my heroes to this dull, empty, cliche sentence.

Read. Sing. Do.
Don't copy & past, #amiright?

Or, carry on looking like an idiot. Your choice.
Back to article writing.


  1. THANK YOU. That "Shakespeare" quote is so obnoxious.

  2. you are literally the greatest human. i love this sooooooooooooooooooo much! i think we all forget sometimes the potential we have as humans.

  3. Oh man, I LOVED this. I've been reading your blog for awhile now, and I'm LOVING it. Seriously, you speak straight to me. So I better pop in and introduce myself. I'm Chantel. :) THANK YOU for writing. Seriously, you have a beautiful mind, and the reason I like you so much is because you are one of those people who still sees classy and culture and principle, buried deep down in our society, and then you live that way. You don't just sway with the mainstream, but you live consciously. You're just fascinating, and I'm totally rooting for you!

  4. Amen. It gets frustrating when you try to talk to people about these sorts of things, because they tend to be put off. They tend to see you as some self-righteous prude. When really all you're trying to do is be sincere and talk about ideas, for once, instead of gossiping or discussing new aps or what Miley Cyrus did or football. Do ANY of these things affect our lives? No. Will we still wake up tomorrow if a certain team doesn't win, if we don't use that app, if we don't read the tabloids? Um, yes!

  5. Welcome to the postmodernist life. Every English major gets sucked in eventually.

  6. THAT SHAKESPEARE QUOTE IS THE LITERAL BANE OF MY EXISTENCE. Every time I see it I cringe in horror. It doesn't even sound like Shakespeare. Even a little. Ugh. Hormonal preteens with internet access are the worst.

    But this sentence: "the core of us, as human beings, is to be brilliant" is perfect. I needed to read that today. Today was living hell and you know how I felt better? I went and taught a theater class at my high school. Two different girls had break throughs with their pieces. THAT made me feel worthwhile. And brilliant. Not living an already tired life.

    Excellent post. You rule.

    Tightrope to the Sun


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