Scanlation: Yasha ch. 24

Oct. 30th, 2014 10:57 pm
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Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Amamiya tries to use Rin to get into Sei's head--literally--but things don't quite go as planned.


Chapter 24

Daily Happiness

Oct. 30th, 2014 10:31 pm
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1. Alexander came over this evening and we watched some Gravity Falls and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

2. Irene found a therapist with the LA Gender Center and had her first session Tuesday. They offer therapy for all trans people, not just gender-related therapy, and by seeing an intern she was able to get a lower cost.

3. She was really wiped out after work that day, so I took the bus up to the Center with her and just waited while she had her session. It isn't far away but we weren't sure how bad traffic would be so we left really early and ended up getting there early, so we stopped and got tacos from a truck on the way there from the bus stop, and then the Center turned out to be above an awesome little Persian bakery so we got dessert there.

4. And speaking of her job, today was her last day. She worked several days this week as a bagger and really enjoyed working there, but she's just having too many dizzy spells for a job that requires her to be on her feet and moving around all day. The dizziness has been a problem for a while, but has been getting worse recently (though it has gotten better since the really bad days she had with the bronchitis). The good thing is while she was there she made a good impression on her manager and so might be able to go back once the dizziness is taken care of.

5. Covered California is supposed to be opening to new applicants in November, so hopefully we can get Irene on insurance really soon so she can actually go to the doctor and find out what's causing the dizziness and get it taken care of!

Treats

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:27 pm
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1. On many evenings, my preferred after-dinner snack is plain yogurt with a dollop of homemade jam. My cat has figured this out--well, more precisely, she has realized out that I tend to assemble this snack in a particular bowl, and she is obsessed with licking the bowl clean. She will watch me like a creepy stalker while I am eating it, and the moment I put the bowl down, she is trying to bury her face in it. I shouldn't encourage this behavior, but it's pretty adorable, so I let her have this small treat. I have also learned not to leave my yogurt unattended for a single second, as she's not shy about starting on her snack before I am done with mine.

2. Apparently we will get a break from the rain this weekend. I am looking forward to this, because the rain has just felt relentless lately. And living where I live, that's saying a lot.

3. Since I've been canning a lot this year, I have been fishing a lot of used up vanilla beans out of recipes. Except they aren't used up! I've cut them into slightly smaller pieces, and tucked them into my sugar jar. (Not the main supply, but the little one that stays out on the counter for tea and coffee.) I often drink my coffee black, but sometimes I make it light and sweet as a special treat.

4. After many years of not wearing watches, I have started wearing them again. I have two - one gold-colored and one silver-colored. The strap on the silver-colored one is very fussy and ends up flapping about, so I am considering getting a replacement at some point. I see there are now ones which are solar powered. Has anyone had luck with them? (Also a decision: replace just the silver-colored one, or get a two-tone one to replace both?)

On my city, oh my state

Oct. 30th, 2014 09:54 pm
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Hizzoner Forever, Tom "Mumbles" Menino, died today, age 71, and less than a year out of the mayoralty. He did not quite die in harness, but that is only because he stepped aside to ensure an orderly succession. I first came to know him when I moved into Hyde Park 13 years ago, which was his neighborhood, and when the medians began to sprout proper granite curbs and streetlights, the skeptical among us remarked that HIS neighborhood got some nice details before all others, but who cares, Dot has them too now.

He was awkward, he was goofy, he bristled visibly when he was flustered, he could not speak clearly and didn't seem particularly to care. He was big in emotion, sometimes annoyingly, but often -- especially as he got older -- endearingly. I ran into him on the street once, almost a decade ago, just on my way to work and he was walking in the opposite direction with two aides at his flanks. I waved hello, because what else do you do? And he said Hello howaya and on we went in our opposite directions. When he became thin and frail in recent years, it was strange and foreign, as if that could never happen to a roly-poly, genial man.

Who among us will speak ill of him? (You don't succeed in Boston politics without shiving somebody along the way.) He was friendly and unpretentious and is reputed to have met more than 50% of the city's 600,000 residents. He even had a pleasantly boring personal life, unlike Ted Kennedy whom he outlived. Television is chockablock with ordinary people -- barbers, deli owners -- surprising themselves with tears. He just seemed permanent, which was totally illogical. We could see his body fail him slowly. Some high muckety-muck priest visited him in the hospital like two days ago, after he stopped treatment for cancer. It shouldn't have been a surprise.

His funeral mass is being held on Monday in the church where my uncle, Jawj Cahtah, was massified these many years ago. I expect the motorcycle cops to stop traffic for his funeral procession (to Forest Hills Cemetary?) with similar aplomb.

*

In looking up the statewide ballot questions (because commercials, also my union sent a voting guide that had Opinions about Questions 1 and 3, but not 2, and since when does a union not have an opinion??), I say, in looking up the statewide ballot questions, I discovered one more time that Bill Galvin is not just a gentle telephone pole of Massachusetts responsibility and clear explanation, he is in fact a politician who has to run for office now and then.

But who would run against him, I ask you! He is one of the stalwarts of the state. I don't think he's even had a challenger in ages, because your faves could never be that unobtrusive.

(Question 2, by the way, is about the $0.05 deposit on soda bottles. Which does not affect my union. you'd think they'd have something to say about Question 4, though, which is about requiring paid sick time. Everyone in my part of the union has it already, but surely it's something to agitate for beyond the membership!

(PS, vote no on Question 1 and keep the gas tax indexed. If you don't like it, go move to New Hampshire or something.)

aaaarghhh!

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:39 pm
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Toby gave me his cold! I thought I'd escaped it, but I was WRONG!



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Jack-o-Lantern 2014

Oct. 30th, 2014 09:30 pm
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Just went with the flow this year. The pumpkin had a nasty spot in the back, but no one will see it. Also, my big camera is messed up - I dropped it while I was in Cape Cod. And the phone camera just isn't as good for dim light.


Cut for one pic )

Kiwi Blitz - Page 389

Oct. 30th, 2014 06:13 pm
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New comic!
Today's News:

A page that probably doesn't make a lot of sense unless you remember who everyone is. Sorry!

 

Pencils by Grace Liu

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by Taisia Kitaiskaia

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Transcript after the jump.

Dear Baba Yaga,

I've recently decided to focus on my spirituality. But I've always been driven by accumulating accolades and praise for my creative work, and fame-seeking seems in fierce opposition to this kind of growing. How do I abandon my striving for glory while keeping the joy of creativity in the center of my life?

BABA YAGA:

Glory is , a bar of gold given & paraded at the market, joy is the well of gold hidden in the deep thicket of yr particular woods, where suddenly a valley opens. Of glory there is never enough, always you go hungry, it is the food of mortals for the mortal stomach. But of joy you may glut & glut, there is no end of it, it is the food you will crave once you truly taste it.

Previously: Should I Move to a New City?

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She's taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga@gmail.com.

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Wednesday Reading on Thursday

Oct. 30th, 2014 12:15 pm
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Kind of forgot it was Wednesday yesterday because I had work...

What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Kimi ni Todoke 21. It's cute, as usual. I'm wondering if the series is going to end with graduation or if it will continue after high school. The former seems more likely, though I hope if that happens there's at least an epilogue or something set in the future.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished reading the first three volumes of Shingeki no Kyojin: Before the Fall and was disappointed to realise it was not a three-volume series! D: Somehow I had thought it was complete, but apparently not. So now I have to wait for the next volume! It's nowhere near as good as the main series, but I definitely liked it a lot more than the Levi backstory.

I also read the most recent issues of Lumberjanes and Ms Marvel, both of which continue to be excellent, and the first issue of the Sleepy Hollow tie-in comic, which was okay. Really I need to get caught up with this season of Sleepy Hollow to get back in the mood, I think.

What do you think you'll read next?
No idea. Right now I'm trying to get stuff read that's already on my phone, because something I loaded on there is really HQ and taking up a ton of space, so I need to get stuff off there.
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by Hayley Krischer

soska sistersI’m mesmerized by the photo on the Soska sisters’ “About” page. It’s compelling in a gory, expected way; Jen and Sylvia Soska take up the left half of my screen; their shiny, stick-straight hair and pale skin are both completely splattered with blood. They’re identical twins, so it’s a mind trip of sorts, their piercing eyes stare at the camera-— one sister gives that vampy look while the other sister looks like she's thinking “All in a day’s work.” The Soska sisters are gorgeous and tropey, everything you’d want in horror film stars—or in their case, horror film directors.

For the past decade, the Soska sisters have been making alternatives to the mostly male-driven horror film genre. Their original female-driven narratives include Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary, See No Evil 2, and the upcoming Vendetta. With American Mary, they created a harrowing rape-revenge film. Mary (played by Katherine Isabelle) surgically removes limbs, sews someone’s eyelids shut and places a vaginal speculum in her rapist’s mouth. (Hell yes.)

I spoke to Jen and Sylvia about the difficult task women have breaking into the male-dominated horror film world (not to mention the male-dominated film world), some of their favorite female-driven horror films and what it feels like to be the recipient of a boatload of misogyny.

I’ve heard you speak about how women aren’t encouraged to create horror movies. But there’s a lack of female directors in the film industry as a whole. In fact, of the top 250 films in 2013, only nine percent had female directors. That’s a remarkably low number—it must be even lower in horror films.
Sylvia: In the last 40 years we’ve been at the lowest point of having women work behind the camera. Nothing makes me angrier. I know a lot of people working in the industry and I know some brilliant directors and they’re just not getting these kinds of opportunities.

Jen: The thing that infuriates me the most is that so often I see a job that maybe I want to direct, a guy with less credentials who has made less movies with less success and who is getting paid twice as much as what I would be paid is getting the job—and I’m not even able to get into the room. It so frustrates me that if my name appears, if there is a horror movie that’s being made or being remade, my name is on that list [of directors to talk to], but that’s only to show the perquisite of saying “Oh, we looked at the Soska sisters.”

Also, when someone doesn’t like one of our films, it’s not our films that they criticize, they tear us apart. Usually it comes down to name-calling and saying things as crude as, “Oh, I wouldn’t fuck them.”

Sylvia: [laughs] I hear Woody Allen gets that all the time too.

Do people have an issue that you’re women making movies about violence or gore? That this isn’t the way women are supposed to express ourselves, that women can’t address the horror genre because it’s too messy or bloody?
Sylvia: The first time I really realized it was after I made American Mary. The reviews weren’t as much a commentary on the film, but very hateful, bigoted language against women. Saying things like, “There isn’t a rape culture,” or “Women don’t do this. Men don’t treat women like this.” I was getting very upset by it.

I was talking to my dad, and I said, “I don’t understand, these are things that I’ve gone through. And my dad looked at me and was like, “A misogynist is never going to like your work. They’re never going to like when you put a flashlight on those kinds of issues. Because they don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want to accept it. And they like being that way.”

Jen: I think Syl hit the nail on the head again when we brought light to those issues with American Mary. It really pissed off a certain demographic of men. And I know that our work continues to piss off a demographic of men.

If you ask a man when was the last time they thought a woman was going to kill, rape or murder them—it's never! It’s laughable. When you try and bring those issues up, they say, 'Oh, you’re just being overly sensitive.' Or one of my favorite things, when someone is overly crude and they say, 'Oh, honey, you just can’t take a joke.' I can take a joke.

Sylvia: It’s not only men; I noticed a lot of it in women.

Jen: Yeah.

Sylvia: We’re so critical of each other. We don’t all have to live the same life. Or present ourselves in the same way. It seems like we should be at a time where it’s like, "Good for you, girl. More power to you, sister. I will support you to do that. I don’t want to tear you down because it’s different from my aspect, or my aspirations or my goals."

I really hate the "You can’t take a joke" thing that men do. It drives me crazy.
Jen: I absolutely agree. I hate it too. When my mother—she’s retired now, and she produces our films, she and my dad are the best parents ever—but when she was working, when she was sexually harassed at work, when someone would say something degrading, they would be like, "Oh, honey, you just can’t take a joke." That’s fucking bullshit.

Sylvia: We have a very fun set, but if someone takes something or says something derogative or something rude to me, I make an example of it and I say in front of everybody, because that cannot be tolerated anymore. And I think that’s why we have such a responsibility to open our mouths. To say what we’re feeling and say, "No. This is not acceptable. Yes, we can all joke around, but we all know the difference between hate speech and a joke."

Jen: People ask us, “Why do you do this? Why do you speak out so much?” It’s because I want it to be easier for other women. Because there are so many girls who come to us and say they want to be directors. We always say, “Are you sure?” [laughs] Because it’s real shit at times. But it feels wonderful in a way to be trailblazing so that maybe, in a way, if we go through this that we set a precedent…it’s going to be easier for other girls down the line.

Sylvia: There are so many women, like Alice Guy-Blaché and Dorothy Arzner, so many women who came before us and made it easier for Jen and I to do what we do. And there’s a lot of men who are super supportive. Like Michael Luisi, the head of WWE studios. He hired us because he wanted to bring our feminist ideals to their movies. He realized that there’s a whole branch of their audience they weren’t reaching out to. It’s not as bleak as it seems, but it’s definitely going to be a battle that will go on until I’m in the grave, for sure.

It definitely seems that women aren’t allowed to have dark feelings. People get very uncomfortable with that. With American Mary, for instance, I love how you’re able to create a dynamic character with a woman who, well, you don’t expect that this shift is going to happen to this person. There are some mediums that aren’t necessarily a horror genre that have allowed a more grotesque look at women, say, like Twin Peaks. David Lynch has been able to create that kind of dynamic female character. But it’s very rare.
Sylvia: There is such a famine of a representation of women, it’s almost like you have to make an excuse for a female character if she does something that isn’t perfect or proper. But women are flawed. We’re human. We’re just like men, and we can be interesting and crude.

There’s an excellent anthology that’s coming up called XX—Mary Harron is attached to it and Jovanka Vuckovic and Jennifer Lynch. It’s an all-female [horror] anthology tackling these kinds of issues, where you’re actually hearing [women’s] voices. The funniest thing was that when this project was first announced, there was an onslaught of people saying, “This is sexist. How come there’s no men attached?”

One of my favorite characters in recent cinema has been Mama from the remake of Dread, played amazingly by Lena Headly. She’s not the love interest. She doesn’t have any feelings towards any of the guys.

In Edge of Tomorrow, I was so upset that they forced a love story—and you see it forced in every film over and over again because that’s how they define women. They just say, "Oh well, there’s a guy and he needs that girl, obviously she has to fall in love with him." Well, what if he doesn’t actually have that much to offer? Like in Guardians of the Galaxy, I love how Gamora turns down Star-Lord, because…no. Not even a chance.

What are the top three horror films women should be watching?
Sylvia: The very first one I would say is Audition. That’s the first time I’ve seen the true psychopathic nature of a woman represented unapologetically. Women and men make very different villains. And thank god for that.

The second would be Excision directed by Ricky Bates. It is another unapologetic female lead who is also very deeply flawed. It doesn’t make any excuses—and it goes into sick perversion. The [main character] isn’t dolled up to be beautiful, she’s a very awkward teenager. The whole psychopathic tendencies of a young teenage girl is beautifully represented.

And the third one would definitely be Stoker. It’s such a beautiful, refined look at how people go into their darker natures. It’s a female lead—you’re brought into it so gently. And it’s professionally, artfully done.

Jen: And it really examines her relationship with her mother and her relationship of where we are in the world and what it means to become a woman from a teenager, and that transition. They’re beautifully done films. Am I right that all of these films were directed by men?

Sylvia: Yes.

Jen: All of them are directed by men, so it’s not one-sided. I find the boys club does not exist with the directors that I’ve come to. If you’re a director—you’re a director. They treat you at the same level. Not like some of the older directors from a different generation.

Sylvia: Oh, you mean Oliver Stone?

Jen: [laughs] Yes.

This interview has been condensed and edited.

The Soska sisters’ most recent film, See No Evil 2, will be available On Demand and Digital HD on October 17th, and on Blu-Ray/DVD on October 21st.

Hayley Krischer is a writer living in New Jersey.

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Quote of the Day

Oct. 30th, 2014 01:55 pm
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I'm reminded of the circumcellions, a Christian sect in late antiquity whose members used to halfheartedly mug passers by in hopes that the victim would lash out and kill them, making them martyrs.
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2014 Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 30th, 2014 01:15 pm
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Hello, Yuletide Writer, and thank you for writing for me! First and foremost, please have fun with whatever you write for me. I'm going to enjoy any story in these fandoms whatever you write, and I most enjoy stories when it's clear the writers are enjoying themselves.
Story tropes I find particularly delightful: I enjoy women being badass, guys being adorkable, people newly in love being Mr. Darcy-level awkward around each other, and people generally being sexy by being competent, clever, and sensible in their own ways. I like genfic, shipfic, love triangles solved by OT3s, team dynamics/interaction, character studies, complex plotty fic, bittersweet-to-happy endings, snark, fluff, angst, whump, experimental/metafiction, and clichefic that takes the cracky cliche and runs with it. Graphic consensual smut is always welcome but never required.

I don't like character-bashing, ship/het/slash-bashing, sexism, holiday-themed fic, MPREG, A/B/O AUs, major character death, characters out of character for the sake of plot, sexual assault, or graphic violence-to-the-point-of-gorn.

Now on to the fandoms!
John Dies at the End, Discworld, Scarlet Spider, New Warriors, Mushishi, Secret Avengers )


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Oct. 30th, 2014 01:03 pm
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I have three 48-hour all-access guest passes to Crunchyroll.com, if any of you would like to give it a try. First come, first serve.

Starting From the Bottom

Oct. 30th, 2014 06:00 pm
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Posted by Haley Mlotek

by Haley Mlotek

People’s reactions to my announcement became a Rorschach test that was fairly accurate at predicting the length of time we’d be in touch after graduation. It sounded cool enough to a few of my closest friends who decided to do the same, and we all began to prepare ourselves for a great migration out West. We dreamed of open skies, a chilled-out vibe, and the space to become fully realized, whatever we thought that meant. It wasn’t much of a plan but it felt like a better plan that most people had, which involved getting a regular office job. But by this time, my grassroots publishing class had begun to work its way under my skin, and I liked the way it took root there. I pictured myself running a similar enterprise someday. We published a magazine each semester, and planning out the issues, the front-of-the-book stories, features, and profiles that we would include was exciting in a way I didn’t even know was possible. In those classes, the beginnings of an idea took shape, if only I could figure out how to finance it. The reality that I had spent the last four years doing everything but studying literature, writing, and reading started to weigh on me, even though all of those areas interested me the most. But I figured I would stockpile cash, leather jackets, and skinny jeans, move to a city, live in a one-room apartment, and work and intern for free in exchange for experience points. Simple enough, right?

I really loved this essay on waitressing and post-college anxiety by Jenna Wortham, particularly the above excerpt; working a service job while your friends and peers pursue more education or entry-level office jobs really is like a Rorschach test for compatibility. I have a bias operating in the other direction, I think, where I don't trust people who don't or haven't worked some kind of service job. My background is retail, but anything where you deal with customer service and get paid to be physically present by the hour counts. I just really believe—in my limited, personal, biased experience, sure—that people who have worked in restaurants, retail, or customer service in general are often better collaborators, friends, co-workers because of what they learn in those jobs. That's what I see in their…inkblots? Human inkblots? I don't know, you get it.

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Texts from Mallory Ortberg

Oct. 30th, 2014 04:30 pm
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by Anna Fitzpatrick

51NkGhyEKrL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Whenever I have an idea for something funny to write on the Internet, I have to make sure that it isn’t just something I’ve subconsciously ripped off from writer/webmistress Mallory Ortberg. If there is a joke to be made about anything, chances are Mallory’s already made it, in a both subtle and absurd way that will seep into your brain and stick with you for months.

On November 4th, Henry Holt is publishing Texts from Jane Eyre—a collection based on the series in which Mallory sums up the entire canon of Western literature in a few textual exchanges with great accuracy and even greater lols. Believe it or not, Texts From was spawned on THIS VERY HERE SITE. Buy a copy, then read this interview. Or read this interview and buy a copy. Buy a copy, read this interview, then buy another copy for best results. Anything else you were planning to do today can wait. It was probably dumb anyway.

Mallory!
Hi hi hi!

Are you READY? For some harrowing questions that will make you look deep within yourself?
Let's DO THIS. I'm ready to get controversial.

How are you? You are in…California, yeah?
I AM. I am Oakland, to be specific. I am at the Starbucks in Fruitvale because the internet in my apartment is down, to be even more specific.

Woah. What are you drinking?
I have had two lattes. They are both gone.

So. We are currently in mid-September. Your book, and this related promotional interview, won't be published until early November. What message would you like to deliver to future Mallory?
Uhh…"Have a really good time. Really enjoy having a book."

I imagine future Mallory will just be rolling in it ("it" being good times), as all published authors do (so I've heard).
I think so! the hard part, for me, is over. I wrote the book, that part's done.

Are you planning to tour? See the people? Sign the books?
I will be in New York the week it comes out, and there is a fun event we are doing at Housing Works. AND then I’ve got a few events in SF/Oakland and I will be at Powell's in Portland in early December. And that is it.

Are you going to write something different in every book or will you have a "go-to" signature?
Oh man, no. I do not have a lot of fun, zany things to say in various books. I've never been much of a "get-my-books-signed" person so I don't have a lot of experience in that area. I will probably just sign it.

I feel like 97% of writing a book is deciding what to write at signings.
I feel like that's wrong, Anna.

Well, between the two of us, you're the only one who's written an entire book. But i've probably gotten more books signed. So we both have unique insights. What WAS the hardest part about writing a book?
Oh dude, I will be super honest: writing a book was FUN and EASY. I’m sure I’d feel differently if I had written a novel or a collection of essays, but this was just a series of jokes. Writing it was the easiest part. It was trickier finding a publishing house that wanted the book as it was without changes than it was to get the book written.

And you found that in Henry Holt, I assume.
Yeah they were like, "Looks good!" There were other houses that were like, "I love the idea, but does it have to be texts, and does it have to be literary characters, and have you thought about writing a YA novel?” Which, like, obviously the concept of LITERARY CHARACTERS TEXTING was not sacrosanct to me. My dumb jokes do not require purity, I was happy to try to rework the concept. It just didn't work out, for obvious reasons.

And now look who's laughing (answer: all of us, because it is a genuinely funny book). I do imagine that writing jokes is easy for funny people, but becoming funny is like, a lifelong practice. Like, naturally funny people (that's you!) probably weren't cracking knock-knock jokes out of the womb. What was the first book you remember reading that had you laughing?
I am sure that I read lots of funny books before this, but definitely the first one I remember really stopping me in my tracks was the copy of The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse that my dad bought me when I was twelve. Like I'd read stupid joke books and whatnot before, but that was the first book that was so funny it changed the way I talked. There was a quote in the foreword, "I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn." I read that and thought, “Oh yeah, obviously I am that first kind of person. This is great. I'm so pleased this is a legitimate option for a person to be.”

How old were you when you started watching The Simpsons? (I have a theory that every funny person in our age demographic owes a serious debt to The Simpsons.)
Yeah, I remember when I was about 10 or 11, my parents gave me and my brother both a book that was the complete annotated guide to every episode of The Simpsons that had yet aired—I think up to about season 8 at that point—and I just read it like the Bible. Everything. Obsessively. Ever since i can remember, I watched The Simpsons. I sort of clocked out around season 10 or 11, but I have the first eight seasons stored in my computer.

I am noticing a trend, re: your parents giving you books that seriously influenced your comedic style. So let's go back, Mallory. Let's go back into the deep recesses of your childhood.
Yes! my parents actually were and are huge influences on my sense of humor.
*hops merrily onto therapy couch*
"Sir, this is an all-night furniture store."

“Find your soulmate, Homer.”
“You don't even have a computer!”

I think the scene where Homer runs up the lighthouse shouting "NO MORE LONELINESS FOR HOMER AND EARL" is one of the most heartbreaking scenes in modern art. Or culture or whatever is the word I want. I always have to fight back tears during that scene; something in the delivery of it.

For me it's the scene when Lisa is at military school during the final test and Bart cheers her on.
Oh, you know, that is one of my least favorite episodes! "Least favorite" in the MILDEST SENSE IMAGINABLE.

THIS INTERVIEW IS NOW A FIGHT CLUB.
For whatever reason it doesn't really do it for me. I think the first act is great, but the military academy stuff and Lisa having to fight just leaves me cold. I also am not crazy about "Fear of Flying" from, I think, the sixth season, but even that has the amazing scene in the lesbian bar.

The one without the fire exit?
"ENJOY YOUR DEATH TRAP, LADIES"

Okay we are getting too far afield. PARENTS. INFLUENCE. SENSE OF HUMOR. This has definitely come up with your posts at the Toast! I remember seeing something you wrote on Airplane! and thinking, before I even read it, "I have to email this to my dad." And then the first line in the piece was, "Not to resort to gender essentialism, but chances are your dad showed you this movie.
YES. To my dad I owe Monty Python, Wodehouse, Airplane, The Naked Gun, Leslie Nielson in general, the early Peanuts strips (he had books of the first few years). My dad once took my brother and me to see Jane Austen's Mafia when we were at the worst age. We thought it was the funniest movie ever made, and demanded he let us rent it CONSTANTLY.

My mom is really funny too and so many of the books I loved best I got from her as a kid. She and I would watch Eddie Izzard together. She has a bumper sticker of his on her car. She's never had a bumper sticker in her whole life, but "I poke badgers with spoons" tickles her to this day.

I feel like—not to theorize comedy and suck all the fun out of it—but there is this definite style of internet humor emerging that combines the ridiculous cheesy punniness of the "Dad Joke" caliber with a dead deadpan delivery and those highbrow/lowbrow Simpsons-style references.
I don't know! I feel like—and this is a huge generalization—there is a wonderful strain of both Mom and Dad Humor. Dad Humor gets more public acknowledgement because of Sexism, probably, but they're both types of comedy that are on the whole warm and "let's laugh together at the absurdity of life" as opposed to really caustic or dark. I don’t know. I haven't thought about this a lot.

Even my mom's jokes I tend to classify as "Dad Jokes" because I am an agent of the patriarchy.
My parents are really funny together. I think that voice is something I use a lot in my dialogue. There's this scene from While You Were Sleeping when the guy's family is like, pleasantly arguing, and at one point the mom (I think) shouts "I DIDN'T SAY CAESAR ROMERO WAS TALL, I SAID HE WAS SPANISH." It’s that kind of gently chaotic, frenzied arguing that I like. Where everyone's fighting, but it's all very good-natured

You are obviously somebody who consumes a lot of comedy (I say "obviously" because you just told me as much), but I notice most of the books you reference in Texts from Jane Eyre are serious, dramatic works. Do you find those are easier to lampoon than works that are already funny?
Yeah. I mean, I think that's generally true. First of all, the greater "Western canon" has more serious books than comic ones. Even the lighter novels—Pride and Prejudice, say—are COMEDIES in the sense that they end well and people make witty observations, but they're not wall-to-wall Laffs.

Right, (and I know a lot of commenters are going to disagree with me on this—hi commenters!) because when I read Pride and Prejudice, there were parts in which I could recognize the humor, but it never made me laugh out loud, but every time I think about:
"Just
good God
if there is a man you are thinking of
under the age of 35
who is in the militia or an officer of any kind
he is probably at the war
is that where your friend Mary went too
the one who went missing"

I die.
I feel like that's what hopefully lifts this out of the category of just, "Hurr de hurr imagine people in the past with cell phones!!! That’d be crazy!!!" Because, you know, that's pretty gimmicky and would get dated fast. It's got more to do with the way the characters treat one another. The texting is just a vehicle to point out how much everyone shits on Mary Bennet, or how much Rochester is physically incapable of listening.

And so much of the humor comes from the very Mallory-specific delivery, the line breaks and pacing, but so much of it comes from "Haha, they really do not care about Mary."
Like, "Did you give Mallory my number? Because that is not ok." (The rest of this interview will just be me quoting your own bits back to you.)

Haha, YES. I mean that is exactly how Mallory is in those books. She is literally a red-headed stepchild.

I'm assuming that (most of) the works in this book that you make fun of come from a place of love, because you know these characters so well.
Definitely yes. I love all of these books. I could never give this treatment to book I hated, or even just felt tepid about. I couldn't do this for Wide Sargasso Sea, you know?

So is it that LOVED these books specifically, or that you were just immersed in them while you read them? That's a funny question, let me rephrase…did you love Fight Club?
Oh god. Maybe I should walk that back, now that I think about it. Mm. There was something in Fight Club that I loved. I have a lot of love for the part of myself that loved Fight Club. Let's put it that way

That's a book that has a lot of jokes in it, but that takes itself very seriously. (Aside: Haley and I were trying to do a bit with my little bios at the end of every Hairpin post where it would be a running joke that I was Haley's own personal Tyler Durden, and it would escalate with each post.)
Oh my godddd

"Anna Fitzpatrick is a writer and definitely not a figment of Haley's imagination"
"Anna Fitzpatrick is a writer, editor, bookseller, friend, sister, dreamer and lover. She is not her fucking khakis. "
I feel like there is endless amounts of humor potential in "You are not your fucking khakis."

Yeah, and I mean, that is also something that I think has not aged well out of the 1990’s. That sort of Fight Club/Bill Hicks brand of white dudes who hate the concept of employment, and also nice pants. Not that there aren't, you know, legit critiques to be made against LONELINESS or MODERN LIFE or whatever.

Speaking out against the establishment. The Ikea establishment.
A few good recessions really seared that right of our generational memory. "Why is this guy so mad about having a job at a nice restaurant? I bet they have decent benefits." Plus it's usually the type of person who has already decided that society is worthless that he's not going to honor his social obligations to YOU. If he thinks that society has "failed him" he is FOR SURE not going to clean his beard trimmings out of the sink, or buy more milk when you're out.

Now I'm so mad at that guy.
Hahaha. Put something cold on your head. You'll feel better

Wait—my dad just texted, and I said, "Dad, I'm trying to do an interview right now" and he says "Roger."
ROGER, ROGER. What's our vector, Victor.

I told him it was with the lady who wrote the Airplane! piece he liked and if he had anything he wanted me to ask you. He says "Johnny! That was a great piece! I'm trying to come up with something for you to ask. What drew him to her?"
Why did I write a piece about that guy? Because he was amazing and one of the first instances of a visibly gay/effeminate character in an American movie who wasn't punished or killed off or humiliated by the end. VISIBLE QUEER ANARCHYYYY.

WHICH BRINGS US TO THE TOAST! Let's pretend I am new to the Internet (in journalism, we call this "Role Playing.") What is The Toast?
Oh my god seriously.

SHUT UP MALLORY, IT'S A LEGIT EXERCISE.
It is a website that I run with Nicole Cliffe that is mostly for and by and about women. It is mostly about books and jokes and history and LGBT issues and whatever else we feel like writing about.

Is this a place where the opinions of straight white men are encouraged and championed?
They are not!!! Poor little buddies.

Do you encourage submissions by women, especially by queer, trans & WOC, regardless of whatever professional writing experience they may or may not have?
We sure do. You sound like you HAVE heard of The Toast!!!

(Mallory don't make me break character!!!!) What is it like working with a Canadian on a daily basis?
Serene and unflustered. She is so nice when I forget things. "Did you notice, by chance, that you had a piece scheduled for 18:00 tonight?" "I meant to schedule that on the 18th, thank you!!!!"

Did you notice that I wrote "humor" instead of "humor" throughout this entire interview?
I did not! [Ed. Note: I bowed to Awl Network peer pressure and corrected it to the proper American spelling.]

Ok, um, last question. I said to Haley earlier, "What should I ask Mallory?" and she said, "How is world domination going?"
Hah. "Mild internet popularity." It is very fun. I liked writing the book a lot. I love my job. I'm very happy. I like the people I know on the internet. The lattes I had this morning were just fine. I feel good and I'm pleased.

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Scott finally got the lock on the driver's side door fixed yesterday, but he had noticed a noise whenever he turned left, and he asked them to take a look. There's some sort of bearing in the wheel that's going and has to be replaced so that the wheel doesn't seize up. That'll cost us $600 and all of tomorrow morning. I'm not sure when the point of diminishing returns on this car will be, the point where it makes more sense to take on a car payment than to put more money into the old car.

Cordelia had volleyball practice last night. Once again, the school was locked when we arrived. It was still locked when I got there to pick Cordelia up. Another parent said he thought this was part of an effort to increase security at the schools, but really, how are kids with sports practices supposed to get into the building? We only got in to begin with because some of the staff from aftercare were still in the building. If they'd already gone, we'd have been standing outside for a very, very long time.

I did my volunteer time at the school library this morning. The librarian had me go through her bookshelf of donations to check each title against the library's current holdings. About half of the books were duplicates. After I'd searched everything, another mother and I pulled the library's copies of the duplicates off the shelf for comparison to the donated copies. I think we found about 75% of those books on the shelf. Some books, like a couple of Harry Potter hardcovers, will be added to the collection regardless of the condition of the library's current copies, but for most other titles, which one gets kept will depend on the condition of each of the two copies.

Scott scheduled tomorrow off because that's the one sure way to avoid unexpected Halloween overtime. He was hoping to sleep in until 7:00 when Cordelia and I get up, but the car dealership wants him there at 7:00, so he'll be getting up pretty much when he normally would on a work day.

I got my Yuletide assignment. It's a fandom I was very interested in writing, so that's good. The hard part is that I have no plot bunnies for it right now, and my recipient says they're open to just about anything in the fandom. There is another request for something I know but didn't offer (it was on my list of things I could offer but wasn't incredibly eager to write). I have to consider whether I'd rather write that instead. I will start a canon review tomorrow morning and see what that brings up for me. I just need a starting point of some sort.

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