THIS is how you curate a tumblr blog for a public entity. Literally every one of its kind should be done like this. Thanks for making one of my favorite NPR programs even more lovable, infectious, and "real," Mel.
Hiya, Fresh Air! I know it's a silly thing, because it's just a macro, it's not like I took the photo; but I did *make* that James Joyce/Bloomsday macro on your blog today. It'd be cool if you could just toss my Tumblr URL into the source line. Happy Bloomsday!
Hey! Sorry about that. Saw it on your fb. Thought it was brilliant. Didnt realize you made it. Added attribution. See you soon :) Mel
“He was working on three, four, six, a dozen things at the same time. He would have a loan-shark operation going, he was doing booking, he would have a phony restaurant, he was running guns, he was planning hijackings, he was also divvying up the money in different situations, all at the same time. And flying up to Boston every couple of weeks to fix and bribe Boston College ballplayers in a point-shaving scam. He never stopped.”—Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wise Guy, on Henry Hill. [full interview here]
“He has described the Constitution as only protecting the religious freedom of Christians and has said that other groups, since they were not there when the Bill of Rights was written, are not covered by the Constitution’s freedom of expression. He’s talked about African-American welfare recipients, who he’s described as ‘rutting like rabbits.’ And he has said that Native Americans do not deserve to run America because he thinks they’re not Christian enough. He attacks a number of different groups, and in particular he goes after homosexuals in a relentless way and describes their sexuality as ‘rampant’ and ‘out of control’ and ‘may be posing threats in terms of pederasty.’ So he stirs a lot of fear.”—Jane Mayer on why the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the American Family Association as a “hate group”
“Everything you need to know about how they see Obama was what happened at where Bryan Fischer works with the American Family Association shortly after the election in 2008. The group, which calls itself a Christian ministry, passed around a picture of Obama’s face, which they had blended with that of Adolf Hitler. And they sort of posted it on the wall and all laughed at it. It showed Obama with a little Hitler moustache and swastikas behind him. They have attacked Obama relentlessly since his election in 2008. They regard him as the avatar of godless socialism.”—Jane Mayer profiles Christian radio host Bryan Fischer on today’s Fresh Air.
“He wants to shape the policy of the Republican Party because he hopes to change America. He’s evangelizing to make America more in line with his Biblical views. On his own, he probably defines such far out views that there’s a tendency to dismiss him. But what makes Bryan Fischer worth paying some attention to is that he’s part of a larger group — a bloc of voters, the evangelical white voters — who have become a very well-organized and very significant part of the Republican Party at this point.”—On today’s Fresh Air, Jane Mayer from The New Yorker details how a Christian radio host from Tupelo, Miss. is pushing far-right and anti-gay policy decisions on the Romney campaign and the Republican Party.
“I’ve fallen for all stripes of human beings in this world. I’ve fallen for straight men, I’ve fallen for gay men, I’ve fallen for straight women and gay women. I really have. I had crushes on really every single kind of person in the world. So there was this period of time in my life when I had this sort of romantic idea that everybody was like that, that we’re all human beings and that a person is a person and if there weren’t these sort of societal ideas about gender and sexual orientation, that anybody could fall in love with anybody. Making Humpday was really the experience that showed me that that is not true — that some people really, truly are straight. There’s a spectrum, and some people are really at one or the other.”—Lynn Shelton on sexual orientation [full interview here]
“There really is a festival in Seattle, and it’s called HUMP!, and it was founded a few years ago by Dan Savage, and it really is this idea of having fun with your sexuality and being an exhibitionist just for a night — instead of this mainstream porn industry, actually celebrating sexuality on screen in a more personal and artistic and maybe comedic way. And I had a friend who went to the festival and saw gay porn for the first time. And he was really fascinated by it. And I saw his response as a straight guy to this gay porn was really interesting, and that was where the wheels started turning for me. I thought, ‘Well, this relationship between straight men and gayness in general is really rich territory.’”—Lynn Shelton on her 2009 film Humpday.
“It’s not forever like canned foods that you can put into a pantry or storm cellar and forget about for 10 years and still eat it. These foods are alive, they’re dynamic, but they’re extremely effective strategies for preserving food through a few seasons, which is really the point.”—Sandor Katz, explaining how fermentation allows food items to be preserved well past their shelf-life date.
“The building got so hot that it started to melt the roof. The roof started to rise like a marshmallow bubble and if that roof had actually been breached, we would have had an accident of catastrophic effect, something along the lines of Chernobyl, in the Denver area and beyond.”—In 1969, there was a fire at the Rocky Flats nuclear plant in Denver. It was the costliest industrial accident to ever occur in the United States.
“My parents just didn’t like me. Till I was 9, my mother was trying to get an abortion. That sticks with you. That hurts. She said to her doctor, ‘Is there any possible way to get rid of this thing?’”—Joan Rivers. [full interview here]
“When it’s a young boy, [and they say] ‘Yes sir, no sir’ that’s okay. But when they say, ‘Young lady’ or ‘How’s my girlfriend?’ [it] means you are old and disgusting and ‘I wouldn’t screw you for anything in the world.’ I get so angry. Or when they say, ‘You know, even though you’re 79, I’d still do you.’ And you want to say, ‘You know, you may be 40, I wouldn’t touch you if you were the last man on Earth.’ How dare you, you disgusting person, would think I would want to go near you.”—Joan Rivers on language. [full interview here]
“For five hundred dollars, I’ll write for Hitler. Five hundred dollars when you’re starving and you’ve got a car payment due? Here’s what I’m saying: ‘You go through any door that opens.’ In the beginning, you go through the doors. You don’t know which is going to be the one.”—Why Joan Rivers takes every gig offered to her. [full interview here]