There’s this quote I love that I think about time and time again. “Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden.” I’ve seen it attributed to several different people (and also there’s more to it that I don’t like so I just cut it off there in the Inspiration Board of my brain). I use it to help myself remember not to rely on others to make me happy when I am fully capable of doing things for myself. We all are! It’s really silly to wait around for someone else to send you flowers, or jewelry, or pizzas when you can bring that joy into your own life with just a trip to the store/pizza place.
Also, I use it to remind myself to buy some flowers. They make my place look so much better, and I really do feel happier when I see them. I buy the cheapest bunch in the store, and they last for at least a week. Totally worth it.
“A woman writer will bring certain gear with her, having been born female, having been born into, maybe, a society where women are not valued very much. But a woman writer tells us that here comes somebody who has decided she’s come to stay.” – Maya Angelou
I’m a warm-blooded human being, so of course I think Donald Glover is attractive. Let’s not kid ourselves.
He’s got a Miranda July level of productivity and creativity. It’s confusing because he’s so talented and so good looking; there is absolutely no reason he needs to be so good at both, because I’m pretty sure he could be successful on either the looks or talent alone. He’s like if Ryan Gosling was also great at stand up. Not fair and also unnecessary. Donald Glover hit it big with his group Derek Comedy’s Youtube videos, then he wrote for 30 Rock, then he quit to do stand up, then came Community, then came Childish Gambino, then came my deep confusion/attraction.
Childish Gambino makes for a complicated listening experience. This is his latest video, which is both great and creepy. It’s got a real An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge thing going on (oh, did you guys forget I majored in English? BOOM) while also dealing with a lot of other things too.
I’ll be honest. It’s hard for me to accept that the guy who raps lyrics like, “This Asian dude, I stole his girl, and now he got that Kogi beef / My dick is like an accent mark, it’s all about the over Es” is also the dude who looks like this:
He’s no Drake (no one is), but he’s close. CG reminds me of Lil Wayne, but with more highbrow references (Sufjan Stevens instead of Shenaynay, not that there is anything at all wrong with Shenaynay). NY Daily News recently published this article about Camp, his new album, which I’m really excited about. I love this quote from him, taken from an interview on a blog called Poop or Chocolate because, sure, that’s a great name.
Lately it’s been like I have a calling. I’ve always felt like the stuff that happened to me when I was a kid happened for a reason. And I’ve always felt like I had something to say and that what I’m doing is important. And I don’t let anything get in the way of that. If I really want to do something I can do it, and I’ve always felt that way. Never wavered from that. Lorne Michaels once said something to me that really stuck, and I’ve never seen it not be true. He said truly talented people are only faithful to their talent. Which might explain why he has people sign contracts for like seven years. Because if you’re really going after something, if you really have a goal, the only thing that’s gonna stop you is you. What I love about Kanye West is his willingness to be like “Fuck it. I’m gonna do it and I’ll deal with it later.” To take that leap. Because people who are real innovators; your Kanyes, your Michael Jordans, your Steve Martins, your Salvador Dalis, your Jim Hensons; nobody’s gonna tell them they’re too anything. Except for them. And since I have this unique perspective of having seen the world from all these opposing viewpoints, and I also happen to be creative, I feel like it’s my responsibility to expose the dichotomies that exist so there can be dialogue and understanding. I feel like that’s my calling. So what do I want? I want everything. Not because I’m greedy, but so I have all the tools to reach as many people as possible.
“This is going to sound strange, but I’ve always been very inspired by Tyler Perry. I think it’s because the first acting job that ever got me any attention was playing Ben Affleck in Matt & Ben, and Tyler Perry got such a huge following playing his character Madea. I just thought it was so original and so strange and so weird that he made this dynasty off Madea as his launching pad. Obviously, Larry David and Tina Fey are other people whose careers I really admire, but Tyler Perry is the one whom I feel the most affinity for.” – Mindy Kaling, from Bust Magazine, again. You guys, have you bought this yet?
I was so pissed as a six-year-old that I had a child’s body–not because I wanted to have sex; I just wanted to be a woman. And I love being a woman. I love my bras, I love my tampons–I literally just love being a woman. – Jenny Slate in Bust’s Oct/Nov issue
Sometime soon I’ll have to do a post about how much I love Jenny Slate. I mean, I love her with a crazy, ridiculous passion because she is so cool and so fearless and so funny. But she is so silly, also, because no one loves tampons! No one. Maybe tampon companies, because do you know how much those things cost? Like a million dollars. In the pie chart that is my monthly budget, tampons are taking up a much greater percentage than I would like. I would like for them to take up NO percentage, because I would like for the government to give me them for free. But that’s whole different post. Jenny Slate, yay!
I have heard different people whom I care about on the show say, “You’re actually a great writer!” You know, I’ve been on the show since the very beginning and I was in a ton of episodes. There’s no reason you would have to say “actually,” except for the fact that I’m a woman and it’s a surprise that I would be great. It’s not like I got to the show last year. I’m a veteran on The Office, and I sometimes wonder when I will just be considered a great writer. – Mindy Kaling
Everyone, go get this month’s Bust! Mindy Kaling is on the cover and there’s an article on Jenny Slate. Also, Bust always has articles on crafts and food, and there is nothing that makes me happier than being able to read about funny ladies, crafts, and food in the same magazine. Long live Bust.
Why do I need to be defined aesthetically by someone else’s perceptions of what makes me seem like someone who should be taken seriously? I’m going to wear whatever I want to wear, because I’m expressing myself, and I deserve that right. And I like the way that looks. You’re not demeaning yourself by acting girlie. I think the fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness, that needs to be examined. – Zooey Deschanel
“Girls who can’t go off and talk to themselves stay girls and never become women. Women who can’t take stock turn to drink, take pills or worse, but I can take stock. I can send for the bill of life and add it up too. If I ever feel depressed I consider what I have done and what I have accomplished — starting from nothing and arriving now with so much happiness.” – Sophia Loren
“A thought occurred to me today — so obvious, so always obvious! It was absurd to suddenly comprehend it for the first time — I felt rather giddy, a little hysterical: — There is nothing, nothing that stops me from doing anything except myself … What is to prevent me from just picking up and taking off? Just the self-enforced pressures of my environment, but which have always seemed so omnipotent that I never dared to contemplate a violation of them.”
I think about this quote often when I’m feeling down or stuck. It helps to remember all of us are where we are because of our own choices, and nothing is holding us back from making different choices tomorrow.
“You’re a human being, you live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damn red velvet cupcake.”– Emma Stone in Glamour
Typically I try not to post a lot about white girls in their early 20’s offering up charming platitudes, because this is not a Tumblr comprised solely of pictures of bicycles, cupcakes, and Audrey Hepburn with her pet deer. But there’s just something about Emma Stone. I think she’s the female Ryan Gosling: a really attractive person who somehow also manages to seem interesting and smart. In this interview, she reveals that she was a “spelling bee kid” and her favorite movie is The Jerk. Also, this image of her at a Baskin Robbins with Taylor Swift kinda made me fall in love. This is my exact expression when trying to choose an ice cream flavor: serious, intense, overwhelmed.
And this is my expression after I get ice cream, like, “Hell yes I have ice cream, now get out of my way so I can eat it.”
Emma Stone: she’s just like us!