I’m a pen pal and it’s one of my favorite things to be. (Tonight I’m answering letters from Australia, Virginia, Washington, Idaho, Maryland, Delaware, and Turkey.)
It is a restless moment. She has kept her head lowered… to give him a chance to come closer. But he could not, for lack of courage. She turns and walks away.
Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Rosetta (1999)
"The Dardenne brothers have referred to Rosetta as a war film, which is just—their heroine comports herself like a soldier doing battle, fighting for every inch of territory. But it may be more accurately described as a terror film: Rosetta is menaced by a dread as deep and endless and constant as anything conjured by Poe, Hawthorne, or Lovecraft. It is a stunted mental construct formed in response to a heartless reality, made even more menacing by internalization through repetition and deprivation. The spiritual acuity of the film has a political resonance that is all the more potent for its complete lack of didacticism. With its radical economy of focus and action and its minimum of narrative incident (it is even more finely honed than La promesse), Rosetta might stand as a rebuke to anyone still proffering the idiotic ‘pull yourself up by your own bootstraps’ argument about poverty. It’s hard to fight your way through a wall of hardship with a shrunken imagination of what’s on the other side.” -Kent Jones
Mugu, one of the poorest districts in Nepal, doesn’t have a single football stadium. But it does have a star football player as revered as Argentina’s famous son Lionel Messi – and she happens to be a girl.
Sunakali and her team were welcomed home there after winning the women’s national football tournament as if they had won the World Cup in Brazil, reported Mysansar, a popular Nepalese blog.
The young women left their mountainous district for the first time to compete in the tournament in Kailali, a journey of hundreds of kilometers. They walked two days to reach the airstrip, and travelled in a plane, rickshaw and bullock cart for the very first time in their lives. There are no direct roads between Kailali and Mugu, and the ones that do exist are in poor condition.
At the tournament, the Mugu team played with Badikhel Team of Lalitpur district, Baliya Team of Kailali and Team Patharaiya before meeting with Team Tikapur in the finals. Team Mugu won and Sunakali was named the best striker.
It was an impressive achievement for many reasons, including the fact that the young women were only introduced to the sport in 2011. In Mugu, the average life expectancy is reported to be 47 years, with men at 49 and women at 39. Nearly two-thirds of girls aged 15 to 19 are married, and female literacy rate stands at 9 percent.
When the victorious team returned, locals met them at the airstrip chanting, “Sunakali, like Messi!” Horses were arranged for the young women to ride back to the village, an honor in Mugu where it is unusual for women to ride the animals.
“A man without a nation – only the Kingdom of God.”
Fr. Alexander Tefft (St. Botolph Orthodox Church, London) preaches on the martyrs Dimitri, Maria, Yuri, and Ilya of Paris, +1945.
The phone unlocking bill is great. But other issues are very closely related and if Congress doesn’t act soon, we’re going to see the ‘Internet of things’ collapse. A great example is that the next Keurig coffee machine is expected to have a digital chip technology built in such that you can’t use any other coffee pod. It would be a felony to use any other coffee pod with it! The technology would be used to stifle competition in the coffee market. This is just the tip of the iceberg because the benefits for existing businesses are overwhelming."
— Derek Khanna talks phone unlocking victory and copyright reform over at The American Conservative.
He married his high school sweetheart, Alexa, who is a senior at George Mason studying business (she took some time off to pursue modeling before finishing school). The couple likes to watch Notre Dame and Colts football, and they just got Netflix and plowed through two straight seasons of Orange is the New Black. They attend church on Sunday, and Kitchen takes his faith seriously."
— USA Today profiled Perry Kitchen, a DC United player and RFK’s total favorite right now. Who couldn’t love the guy?
fun fact: the reason that the plural of goose is geese but the plural of moose is not meese is because goose derives from an ancient germanic word undergoing strong declension, in the pattern of foot/feet and tooth/teeth, wherein oo is mutated to ee. however ‘moose’ is a native american word added to the english lexicon only ~400 years ago, and lacks the etymological reason to be pluralized in that way.
Further fun fact: Moose is not a Native American word. It entered the English lexicon in the very early 1600s and is derived from many Algonquian languages (most people cite Abenaki). This means that English settlers borrowed the word from a plurality of indigenous peoples in what is now the Northeast United States without a full understanding of the complexity of each indigenous language and its rules. Perhaps this is why there is no seeming necessity for pluralizing (in any way whatsoever) since they couldn’t seem to get any of our words or languages right?
Ps. In ojibwemowin (an Algonquian language) mooz does actually have a plural form…because it would be stupid to refer to a singular animal and plural animals in the same way.
fictionalfix ha dicho: Elle Woods was Harvard Law class of '04 and The Social Network begins in 2004
This is life-changing information.
To be despised, to be loved, to be dreamt of, to be sought —
Madison family cemetery & unmarked slave cemetery
James Madison’s Montpelier, Orange, VA
He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct. In the Mood for Love (2000, dir. Wong Kar-wai)
From the teenage romance between an amputee and an oxygen-tank user in the box-office success The Fault in Our Stars to the conjoined sisters at the circus in the Kennedy Center’s Side Show, representations of disability and difference are prominent as of late. But as Christopher Shinn noted yesterday at The Atlantic, the recent plethora of disabled characters also has another thing in common: they are played by able-bodied actors. Once again, Shinn said, “Pop culture’s more interested in disability as a metaphor than in disability as something that happens to real people.”
Disability is often used as a metaphor for exclusion and subsequent triumph, themes easier to swallow when an actor twitches sensitively across the stage for two hours only to walk back calmly for the curtain call. So it goes exactly in the production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at London’s National Theatre, currently showing in cinemas worldwide before it heads to Broadway in the fall.
I didn’t have the chance to include them in the article, but I really benefited from the work of Scott Jordan Harris and Maysoon Zayid in thinking through this. I definitely encourage you to read Harris and listen to Zayid, and to seek out more work by and for disabled people.
The caregiver shortage does not merely stem from a lack of medical aides to perform mechanical tasks, but also an absence of loving companions who ensure the experience of disability and old age is not a solitary one. These robots, after all, are often explicitly designed to counter the negative health effects of loneliness.
But that loneliness has been cemented in a medical and legal culture that is guided above all else by the principle of individual bodily autonomy.