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  • “ I even feel odd calling myself a writer or a screenwriter. I do when I have to – I put it on my income tax form – but I feel like it’s a lie, even though it’s technically true. I write screenplays for a living but it’s not what I am. When I was young I really wanted that label. I wanted to be something. I wanted to be a writer. There was this movie Serpico. Al Pacino is a cop with an artist girlfriend, and there’s a party scene with all these different artist types. They’re saying, ‘I’m a painter but I work in a restaurant,’ ‘I’m an actor but I work in an office,’ and this goes on for a while. Then Al Pacino says ‘I’m a cop and I work for the police department.’ But there’s that feeling when you want to say you’re something, and you have nothing to back it up because everyone says they’re a writer, or everybody says they’re this or that – this is what I felt – and everyone else thinks it’s bullshit. It’s funny now that I don’t want to call myself that but at the time I did. I think that it was necessary at the time, but now it doesn’t feel necessary because I think the thing I realize is: I’m not those things. ”


    Dont let your white friends influence you to do things you know you cant do

    There’s some truth to this. My brother fell for this sort of thing and has gotten his ass beat on occasion because of it.

    (Source: vinebox)


    Watch: This dancing cop just showed these kids the real meaning of “stop and frisk” 

    The moment is fairly small in the grand scheme of things, but its impact can’t be understated in the current political climate. For many across the country, especially black people, officers have become known as daily harassersabusers and even murderers, armed with 9mm firearms and the dual get-out-of-jail-free cards of a badge and institutional power. 

    With a growing number of black youths being killed by police officers in recent weeks, including Eric Garner in New York and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, the widespread outrage prompted The Root's Albert L. Brooks to question whether officers actually care about blacks: “From where I sit, right now, in this moment in time, in the wake of tragic incidents that have transpired over the last few weeks, there are no good cops in this country.”

    Brooks went on to challenge “good cops, if you’re out there” to show themselves. And Kansas City policeman Officer Krebs wants to be known as one such cop.

    Watch the remarkable video


    Coveting Vintage Discs in a Digital Universe 

    ‘Do Not Sell at Any Price’ and ‘Dust & Grooves’


    Something unexpected happened to Amanda Petrusich when she set out to explore the “oddball fraternity” of fanatical collectors of 78 r.p.m. records, the increasingly hard-to-find shellac discs that circulated before World War II. At first she was almost repulsed by the avidity of their passion. But when she heard the music of Skip James, Charley Patton, Blind Uncle Gaspard and Geeshie Wiley played in its original format, she fell under its spell, just as the collectors had.

    “Eventually, I started to want what they wanted,” she writes. “For me, the modern marketing cycle and the endless gifts of the Web had begun to feel toxic,” its surfeit of always-available music leading to a response that surprised her: “I missed pining for things. I missed the ecstasy of acquisition.”

    “Do Not Sell at Any Price” is full of little epiphanies like that, as well as detailed portraits of individual collectors, their quirks and obsessions on display. They are initially suspicious of Ms. Petrusich and her motives, as they are of all outsiders and even their fellow collector-competitors, but her persistence pays off in the form of stories and observations that humanize the collectors and their pursuit.


    (via joespub)

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