Sleeping With the Lights On

Sleeping With the Lights On Reading, writing, fandom, and other pressing concerns.

Happy Banned Book Week!!!

Let’s all celebrate by taking some time to read something of our choosing this week.

Tonight I’m thrilled to once again be spending an hour reading out loud from a banned book in my local library’s “book jail.” As is getting to schedule an hour to read wasn’t lovely enough, to do it in service of books and free speech is fabulous.

Matt and I upon discovering that Bub from Day of the Dead is in an episode of The Walking Dead

Matt and I upon discovering that Bub from Day of the Dead is in an episode of The Walking Dead

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Newsflash: If a strong, independent female character falls in love, it does not automatically mean that she has lost her values or that she’s become less strong and independent, and does not necessarily change her story into an anti-feminist one. The idea that all women should fall in love and get married IS sexist, but a woman actually falling in love and getting married of her own free will is NOT sexist. Thank you and good day.


Masks, c. 1940s (via)

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Masks, c. 1940s (via)

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Mr. and Mrs. Northman

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John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats joins Fresh Air to talk about his new novel, Wolf in White Van, his dark adolescence, and the best part of his job: 

"I hang out and sign records for an hour or two hours every night and I like to hear as many people’s stories as I can, because if somebody wants to share their story with me, I want to honor that. … But if you’re hearing a bunch of [stories], it gets very intense. It’s a lot.

I feel a duty. … I really think there’s a lot of music you can use to heal and save yourself. It’s not like I have some magic power and I reached inside somebody and said, “Oh, you didn’t know this about yourself until I wrote this song.” That’s not true. What I did is I made a thing, and somebody who needed to find something found mine and chose to meet me out on that ground.

It’s this area of communication that is unique to music, I think. That’s a choice that the listener makes to share that part of themselves with the artist who hopefully shared part of himself. … It’s very intense to have those sorts of conversations, have people sharing stuff that may be a secret, but I try to be worthy of it. It’s an honor. I’ve worked a lot of jobs — this is the best one.”

Just remember: no matter how legitimate your complaint is, there is more than likely a real human person whose job it is to receive said complaint whether they have the power to fix your issue or not. You can be angry and get your point across without being nasty or calling names, behavior that will never reach your intended target but will make the person whose job it is to screen that stuff feel pretty awful after a while.

Facebook: Allow performers to use their stage names on their Facebook accounts!

Recently, Facebook has been locking many performers out of their accounts until they change their names to their “legal identity.” According to…

Things like this are one of the reasons I increasingly prefer Tumblr to Facebook, and though I normally don’t share these types of things, this effects so many people in my world….

Yes, performers including but not limited to: horror hosts, drag kings and queens, comedians, writers, the ladies and gentlemen of burlesque, magicians, radio and TV personalities BUT also, people who aren’t performers: LGBTQ folks, transgender folks, victims of stalking/abuse and others who for whatever reason, circumstance or choice, go by a different name than their legal one.

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