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"Machete Don't Text."

It's Friday, kittens. Comment, as evidence that LJ isn't about to fade away.

A beautiful, beautiful sunny day out there. But I will be "good," and not run away to the seashore when I ought to be writing. My window's open, and for now that's just going to have to suffice.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,517 words on a new piece, for Sirenia Digest #65, "The Carnival is Dead and Gone." It sort of feels like it's happening in the same near future Manhattan as "A Season of Broken Dolls," and was inspired by all the talk about sideshows and freaks. So, a very good writing day. May there be another today.

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I was just reading yesterday's coilhouse report on the assault of transwoman Chrissy Lee Polis and its aftermath. On the one hand, it's heartening to know that "Over 135,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the McDonald’s Corporation holds its employees accountable for the assault." And seeing hundreds of people show up for an anti-hate rally outside the MacDonalds where the attack occurred, that doesn't hurt, either. However, as the coilhouse article notes:

"Coverage of the story on the web has been as painful to watch as the footage itself. It was awful to witness the first wave of discussion, which appeared almost exclusively on white supremacist blogs, with transphobia piling on top of racism as details about Polis’ identity emerged. It was painful to watch mainstream, high-traffic blogs use the word 'tranny' in their coverage (the best example of this being, if memory serves correctly, Time-Warner-owned blog Smoking Gun, though their posts appear to have now been scrubbed of the slur). And it was painful to watch Polis’ own twin brother continually refer to her as 'my brother' and pointedly use male gender pronouns at her support rally. All around, a damning look at the country’s state of gender awareness, or lack thereof."

Lots of people aren't going to understand that thing about tranny. But just imagine Smoking Gun using words like nigger and faggot in articles reporting violations of African American and gay male rights. Yeah, it's like that. Doesn't mean you won't hear it used by transgender people, but...well, I'm going to assume I don't have to explain how an oppressed minority reclaims or appropriates denigrating language and, in so doing, gains strength from a thing that was meant to cause them harm.

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Last night, we watched Robert Rodriguez' Machete (2010). We've actually had that particular Netflix envelope, unopened, since early February (!!!). Mostly, I was afraid that what made a very funny 30-second faux movie trailer couldn't be sustained for 105 minutes. But, I was wrong to worry, I'm happy to say. And fuck all, but Michelle Rodriguez just keeps getting hotter and hotter.

Later, Spooky and I finished reading Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. And what a brilliant and beautiful novel it is. Truly and genuinely. I'm lousy commenting on books, because I usually find myself relying on words that come off trite and come nowhere near expressing how I actually feel. Just because someone can write a book doesn't mean she can review or commentate on a book. It took me a while to figure that out. Regardless, yes, if you didn't read this one for the AB Book Club, please get around to it eventually. I struggle every day to achieve such simple, splendid poignancy as Zusak displays in this novel, and I think I've never yet come anywhere close. So, buy a copy or get it from the library. Listen to the audiobook. If you must, read it on your Kindle (shudder). Just read it.

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greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I also sincerely hope the 14-year-old is tried as an adult.

Abso-fucking-luetly. But I sort of doubt that'll happen.

Love the icon.

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elsewhereangel
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
It is beautiful today but somehow I've got to get work done. I'm not feeling it at all. Also, Dewey ate an Aerobed.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)

Also, Dewey ate an Aerobed.

Bad, bad Dewey.
mme_terpsichore
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, I laughed so hard I almost choked on a peanut when I saw the title of this post. I love that film. I'm curious, have you seen Isidro Ortiz's Eskalofrio? It's a deeply creepy, very atmospheric movie about feral children and vampires, along the same lines as Låt den Rätte Komma in. The production designer, Pilar Revuelta, worked on Pan's Labyrinth. If you haven't seen it, I cannot recommend it enough.
Oh! And before I forget/pussy out, here are those sketches. (Please keep in mind: I drew them when I was a Junior in high school, so they're... rough.)
http://mme-terpsichore.livejournal.com/11615.html
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm curious, have you seen Isidro Ortiz's Eskalofrio?

No, but now I shall.

And before I forget/pussy out, here are those sketches. (Please keep in mind: I drew them when I was a Junior in high school, so they're... rough.)

Nice!

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whiskeychick
Apr. 29th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
What is the next book? Did you say? I'm a bit behind in my reading. Stupid day job.

Yuki waves a paw at Smeagol and Hubero.

So glad that proper spring is about.

I feel bad that you are slaving away for Sirenia Digest and cannot go to the sea. Would it be okay if we all just said, "it's okay if it's late; go to the sea for today. Come back a refreshed Aunt Beast?"
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

What is the next book? Did you say? I'm a bit behind in my reading. Stupid day job.

Gonna announce it on the first of May.

Yuki waves a paw at Smeagol and Hubero.

They'd wave back, but they're asleep.

Would it be okay if we all just said, "it's okay if it's late; go to the sea for today. Come back a refreshed Aunt Beast?"

It's okay. I'll write today. Tomorrow, though, we may go.
opalblack
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)

I'm listening.

I see you, day after day, asking for comments, and I never know quite what to say. Speak to me, ground me, distract me, interact with me, reach back. Tonight, at 4 ayem, "I'm listening" is the best I can muster.

Tomorrow I might tell you about my new job on a movie that aims to make vampires scary again, or how I found out I'd make an amazing fiction editor, but not now. I'm sorry :/

greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)

Speak to me, ground me, distract me, interact with me, reach back.

That's pretty much it.

Tonight, at 4 ayem, "I'm listening" is the best I can muster.

That's plenty.

omorrow I might tell you about my new job on a movie that aims to make vampires scary again

Very cool.
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stsisyphus
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
As usual, great call on the part of Coilhouse. Damn I wish I could read them without dropping into a sudden depression.

So, a very good writing day. May there be another today.

So say we all.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)

Damn I wish I could read them without dropping into a sudden depression.

Now, now. They have a lot of neat and non-depressing articles.

Also, sorry you fell off whatever you fell off last night.
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slothman
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
I was first introduced to the term “tranny” with the meaning of “extra in the Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and still do a mental double-take whenever I see it in other contexts. I then tend to only see it used as an affectionate reclaimed term— I wasn’t even aware it was ever pejorative! I suppose this comes of growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area...
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)

I was first introduced to the term “tranny” with the meaning of “extra in the Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and still do a mental double-take whenever I see it in other contexts.

Interesting. I did Rocky in Birmingham, AL (a very strange affair) for three years, and never heard it. Anyway, for me tranny referred to "transmission," and I think auto mechanics still use it that way.
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vrykolakes
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
I loved every word of Zusak's "The Book Thief." What an incredible story! The first set of illustrations actually made me weep.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)

The first set of illustrations actually made me weep.

Including Max's illustrations was part of the brilliance.
fornikate
Apr. 29th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
haha, my aim name is 'machetedonttext'. I really loved that movie, especially because of michelle. and danny trejo has been one of my favorite actors forever.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I really loved that movie

It just really fucking rocks. I hope it was big in Arizona.

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greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)

I'm willing to cut the brother the tiniest bare scintilla of slack,

Perhaps I should, but having been there, I can't. Someone that close to you, those are the people need to go out of their way to get it right.
lee_in_limbo
Apr. 29th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I am still here! Hope you're doing alright, and enjoyed the sun. *scratches out whiny next line* Ta.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)

*scratches out whiny next line*

I do that quite a bit.
ladyblue56
Apr. 29th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
We survived the terrible night of tornadoes and I am relieved to read your family survived as well.
Two students we knew from the local high school in Priceville were killed in the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, ages 22 and 23. We regained power last night b/c we're on the same grid as the gas stations at the Decatur/Priceville interstate exit. Ppl are still panicking, long lines at the gas stations and there are a few trucks set up selling generators at ridiculous prices. Price gouging is alive and well.
There is just too much to take in now that we have TV and internet again - the photos of damage, the number of deaths in our state alone, the deaths of Will and Danielle. I hit overwhelm early but quickly passed into numb.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)

There is just too much to take in now that we have TV and internet again - the photos of damage, the number of deaths in our state alone, the deaths of Will and Danielle. I hit overwhelm early but quickly passed into numb.

I honestly cannot imagine. Stay safe.
docbrite
Apr. 29th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
What do you think about trans men who use "tranny" to self-describe? I'm not personally comfortable doing so, as it seems the word has been most widely used as a slur against trans women.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 29th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)

What do you think about trans men who use "tranny" to self-describe? I'm not personally comfortable doing so, as it seems the word has been most widely used as a slur against trans women.

Well, like I said, I really have no problem with transwomen or -men using the word. The support group I was in for years in Atlanta, we all used it, along with "transie," which seems to have vanished from use.
jdack
Apr. 29th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
I saw the video of the beating last week. I couldn't finish watching it. I wanted to throw up and start sobbing and kicking things.

As if life isn't fucking hard enough to get through as it is, people have to go and do shit like this.
sovay
Apr. 29th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
"The Carnival is Dead and Gone." It sort of feels like it's happening in the same near future Manhattan as "A Season of Broken Dolls," and was inspired by all the talk about sideshows and freaks.

Sounds lovely. I look forward to it.

I was just reading yesterday's coilhouse report on the assault of transwoman Chrissy Lee Polis and its aftermath.

I am glad someone is covering the story. There should be hate crime charges. There should be charges for all the people who stood around and watched.
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