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I talked to BuzzFeed for this important piece:

Get into the habit of talking to people and asking them questions about their life, and don’t do the thing where you zone out of conversations until it’s your turn to speak — actually listening to people and the world around you is like 35 percent of being a good writer. Don’t surround yourself only with other writers/journalists/media people; self-imposed insularity is the fastest way to smother your creativity. And don’t stress out about ingratiating yourself with The Media Scene. A lot of the parties suck.

And I talked to the New York Times for this important piece:

Mr. Jefferson identified a similar homogeneity at prestigious publications, whose mastheads he said were often dominated by “people whose backgrounds afforded them the opportunity to live in New York City and work for a pittance while they made their way up.” He added, “Our society loses a great many creatives who just can’t afford to create.”
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  • Gryffindor: Do what is right
  • Ravenclaw: Do what is wise
  • Hufflepuff: Do what is kind
  • Slytherin: TURN DOWN FOR WHAT
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more things that I don’t understand



I don’t really understand how ethical consumerism is supposed to work.

Do people really think that refusing to buy non-organic products, for example, is going to eliminate the use of pesticides? Or that not buying meat will get rid of animal cruelty in factory farming?

People have this weird view of corporations like they take a big poll of their customers and then they go: oh wait, some customers don’t like that, I guess we won’t do it anymore and then they stop doing that thing forever.

But that’s not what happens! Corporations are not a democracy! Voting with your dollar isn’t going to set policy. They want ALL the dollars. They don’t just want your business. They want to target everybody. So they’re going to keep right on taking dollars for the harmful polluting cruel stuff alongside your moral kind green stuff. They won’t stop the other stuff. They do it the bad way in the first place because it’s cheap and easy and they make a lot of money doing it, and now you’re giving them your money too. 

These multinational corporations look at green/organic/vegan consumers and see a niche market that they can make new products for. They don’t stop making the other products, they just expand their line. Or they purchase the small companies that might have been actually trying to do things in a better way and use the brand name as a shield and words like “natural” that don’t officially mean anything to keep right on doing the same stuff.

It’s all branding to them. Green is a brand. Fair trade is a brand. Sweatshop-free is a brand. These are not moral decisions, they’re labels. They will slap them on products and there is no guarantee whatsoever that it means what you think it means.

The only thing that will make corporations stop doing terrible things to make more money is when the law forces them to stop. And all this “activism” does is convince people that they’re making a difference by shopping, of all things, rather than demanding the government to step in and regulate this stuff.

It’s weird, it’s almost like the unrestricted profit motive is cancerous and deforming.

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10 years ago today, Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way went back in time to sedouce Volxemort and protect all of us from his evil plans

reblog this post to honor Enoby’s brave sacrifice, ignore if you’re a prep or a poser

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I Mean, I’m Sorry, But…


…I’m sure Bucky’s cool and all.


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What’s Wrong With Me?


I thought Bucky/Winter Soldier was the least interesting part of Captain America 2. 

Am I evil?


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