Loons and Stars

View from the Flatlands

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Lisel Mueller, “The End of Science Fiction”


This is not fantasy, this is our life.
We are the characters
who have invaded the moon,
who cannot stop their computers.
We are the gods who can unmake
the world in seven days.

Both hands are stopped at noon.
We are beginning to live forever,
in lightweight, aluminum bodies
with numbers stamped on our backs.
We dial our words like Muzak.
We hear each other through water.

The genre is dead. Invent something new.
Invent a man and a woman
naked in a garden,
invent a child that will save the world,
a man who carries his father
out of a burning city.
Invent a spool of thread
that leads a hero to safety,
invent an island on which he abandons
the woman who saved his life
with no loss of sleep over his betrayal.

Invent us as we were
before our bodies glittered
and we stopped bleeding:
invent a shepherd who kills a giant,
a girl who grows into a tree,
a woman who refuses to turn
her back on the past and is changed to salt,
a boy who steals his brother’s birthright
and becomes the head of a nation.
Invent real tears, hard love,
slow-spoken, ancient words,
difficult as a child’s
first steps across a room.

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Thor (liveblog) [x]

One of the things that I think gets overlooked a lot in fandom is that this is actually a really big deal, what happened here.  I have seen so many dismissals of how Thor got a “vacation” on Earth, from so many corners of fandom (and I’m not pointing fingers in any one direction here, honest! it’s something I’ve seen almost everywhere), like it was a walk in the park.

But thinking about it… not only has Thor been stripped of his home and his title and his family, but he’s been stripped of his self.  He went from a being with a 5,000 year life expectancy (and I would guess MCU Thor is probably about 1,200 or 1,300 years old, about two centuries older than Loki) to maybe 70 years more on Earth.  That’s like getting told you only have a year left to live!  He had no way of knowing that Odin would put a test on Midgard for him to win his way back, which was in no way guaranteed, because we clearly saw that Thor could not lift Mjolnir when he first reached it.

He has been made frail and mortal, he was no longer a god, the strength and powers he was born with were taken from him, he was dropped into a world where he knew no one and had no supplies and no emotional support.  His ENTIRE BEING was fundamentally changed in a way that I think a lot of people forget happened because Thor just DEALS WITH IT, because Thor doesn’t crumble under it.  Even when he has no idea what to do for the first time in his life, he’s still holding it together really quite well!

I think a lot of people forget that it happened because it doesn’t make Thor fracture and crack, but that instead he uses the time to make himself even stronger on an emotional level, because Thor uses it to make new friends and see the world a different way and understand the people he’s protecting better.  It gets forgotten because Thor is not like Loki, he doesn’t fall apart when shit happens, because Thor is actually pretty goddamned emotionally steady.  It gets forgotten because Thor realizes he fucked up and works to correct the problem, rather than going off on a spiral of self-destructive behavior and instead gets his shit together.

Which isn’t to say that I think either is more or less interesting as a character story arc!  I enjoy both of them!  Just that I think sometimes people forget that Thor actually goes through a lot of shit and a lot of loss but he DEALS WITH IT in largely really competent ways, which isn’t nearly as fic-worthy to play with as Loki is, when he’s a goddamned mess.

But, as a story to watch on the screen and to have as the character of my heart, Thor being good at getting his shit together and growing ever wiser and figuring shit out?  OH MAN I AM HERE FOR IT.  THAT IS THOR AND THAT IS WHY I LOVE HIM.

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Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.
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you can talk to me whenever you feel bad! I'll always be there for you
*bottles up problems* *doesnt talk about it with anyone* *lays in bed instead of trying to solve my own problems*

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