I couldn’t tell you how many memories were made and how much my life changed within where this 17’x7’ room used to exist. these foundations have seen some shit. RIP band hall #1.
it was suuuper challenging but I was finally able to make @paigefosk look and sound like dabomb dot com (pat’s alright). hello Lykke Li cover: http://youtu.be/bIsfiJWps88
happened upon these wonderful gents while carrying around literally all of my camera equipment, so I asked to film them. Basically the best street band. busted out with Get Lucky, jammed Pink Panther, Michael Jackson, Call me Maybe, and as I packed up they grooved on the Super Mario theme. wish I coulda stayed all day. #thesidewalkcrusaders
I missed a girl
but now she’s home
and it’s strange, distance
it feels like I never forgot
but we did.
the way we fit
and quiver and tease
and how deep your eyes go,
knowing without knowing.
but you’re still here.
memories are fragile
and it scares me
because I know we are too
(but I can love to whatever end).
Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat racist. Not as racist as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at mudbloods and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).
And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that racism isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.
Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should stop ASAP”.
I’ve been missing a lot of things.
and one of those things is sex.
Less than 3 months until the HONY book drops on October 15th, and my publisher has been lovingly prodding me to remind you guys of this fact. It’s got 300 of my favorite photos and captions (out of 5,000), as well as 80 new, exclusive photos. The design went through several drafts and came out super polished. And everyone who’s seen it, including me, thinks it looks amazing.
The book also just got this review from Publisher’s Weekly. It was a “starred” review, which I’m told is a good thing:
"Many photo essays of this type have a singular topic in mind, such as highlighting urban blight or homelessness. [Humans of New York] doesn’t shy away from those topics, but it doesn’t dwell either. There’s no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience."
You can preorder now online:
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/12TOd56
And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.