M.Swann

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That’s funny! My fiction workshop was just discussing James Wood and hysterical realism, and my teacher said she ran into James Wood at a party a few years ago and asked him why he hated the quote unquote hysterical realists, and James Wood said he didn’t hate them at all—that he loved a lot of them, in fact. You need an angle for an essay, he said, and sometimes it’s amazing how they (the essays) just go ahead and write themselves from there.

It’s so tricky to be incredibly clever AND incredibly emotional, which Saunders always seems to nail.

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October 29, 2012 on Anything Going On Today, Guys?

That one made me sad!! This one http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2011/10/31/111031fi_fiction_saunders made me cry so much in public while I was reading it that two strangers asked me if I was okay.

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October 29, 2012 on Anything Going On Today, Guys?

I think those spare crutches were there for the initial symptoms of vaginal explosion: wobbly knees.

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August 2, 2012 on Warning: This Photo Of Idris Elba Kills Women

As a GAY man, I passed my heart like a kidney stone!

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August 2, 2012 on Warning: This Photo Of Idris Elba Kills Women

Haters gonna rotate.

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July 16, 2012 on You Can Do It, You Can Do It, You Can Do It

Dragon baby bump. PLEASE GABE

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January 30, 2012 on Game Of Thrones Season 2 Trailer, You Guys

Make him Hugh Jackman’s peesonal assistant.

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December 20, 2011 on Hey, Let’s Execute The Guy Who Leaked The Wolverine Movie

This is why I keep a photograph of mac n cheese in my wallet.

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November 28, 2011 on Is Mac And Cheese A Black Thing?

And oh: If you cross out every OTHER line of dialogue, aren’t you left with a monologue?

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September 19, 2011 on The Videogum Movie Club: Drive

But beware the imitative fallacy! If your characters are dull, don’t show them in a dull way. I’d argue Drive had a VERY dull way of showing. Like, the dullest. But my friends loved it, the Internet loves it, etc.

You guys can just have the biggest Qwikster party ever when this comes out on DVD. I’m not coming.

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September 19, 2011 on The Videogum Movie Club: Drive

Drive DROVE me crazy.

I’m honestly surprised by the love this movie is getting. It reminded me of the stylishness of Lost In Translation except less (i.e., no) jokes, more reverb-y music, and certainly more exploding heads and throats getting stab stab stabbed. HOLLYWOOD!

I gave up caring when Carey Mulligan asked Ryan G<3sling if he'd had a good day and three Chillwave songs later he said "Yeah." Cool. Cool people. What are their addresses so I can go hang wit dem RIGHT NOW?

What DRIVE-l. Two ughs out of four up.

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September 19, 2011 on The Videogum Movie Club: Drive

COOL weather metaphor.

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August 15, 2011 on An Open Letter From The Association Of Black Women Historians To The Help

The Nutty Professor

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June 17, 2011 on Best New Party Game: Describe Your Penis With A Movie

I like how the pregnancy rate is for the entire student population. “Eleven percent of the women and men at Frayser High School are pregnant.”

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January 14, 2011 on This Is Your High School: Frayser High School

Sometimes I think people use “homeless” when they mean “sleepy.”

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January 13, 2011 on A Brief Note On The Subway Rat Video

Oh man. Not to be an Avatar fanboy, but the gap between Tron: Legacy’s storytelling and Avatar’s is immense. Cameron is no Aaron Sorkin/David Mamet, but he knows how to tell a story, cares about characterization, and establishes alternate reality rules that his scripts stick to.

Tron: Legacy had no rules nor internal logic. Consider: everyone’s about to die in an elevator crash (hahaha) but Jeff Bridges saves them by typing fast on a wall? They get out of the elevator and Jeff Bridges says, “Ever jumped a freight train?” And that gets you thinking: whoa boy, we’re about to get an exciting, high-speed freight train-jumping sequence (one of my favorite kinds of scenes), but then they calmly walk from a platform to a “freight train” that spins on a beam of light? Sure.

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December 20, 2010 on The Videogum Movie Club: TRON: Legacy

I liked this movie (no 1010)! The writing was terrible and made no sense. It acted like it had big ideas (isomorphs) and those big ideas came with big stakes (isomorphs will change the human world?), but no they weren’t (big ideas) and no they didn’t (change the world).

When I left the theater I heard three people say “the graphics were amazing.” GRAPHICS. As if this is 1998 and we’re discussing how many hundreds of polygons our Sega Saturns can do!

Still, I got excited when the motorbikes blew up and when Wesley Snipes shot light bullets out of his cane(?). Two thumbs up.

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December 20, 2010 on The Videogum Movie Club: TRON: Legacy

What do you think the chance is of getting Kevin Smith to shut up? FAT chance, I’m sure.

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December 7, 2010 on Duh Aficionado Magazine: Kevin Smith Mad At Yet Another Airline Company