“Sometimes, when women don’t show up for your parties, the best thing to do is not to ask whether there’s something wrong with women that makes them naturally predisposed not to dig the things you think they should dig. Because, dude, sometimes the reason that women don’t want to hang out with you is because there’s something wrong with you. And, specifically, because there’s something wrong with the way that you treat women.”—On being part of the problem.
“There are basically two narratives about the career of Orson Welles. Narrative A says Welles made Citizen Kane and then slid into a forty-five year decline of waste and failure. Narrative B says Welles stayed in Hollywood as long as he could, then moved to Europe and became an independent filmmaker of increasing skill and accomplishment.”—Welles the Artist.
“So sure, I gave him my best walk, half class, half pay-broad. If you can twist those two tightly, fellas don’t know what hit ‘em. They can’t peg you. It gets them - the smart ones - going. Spinning hard trying to fix you. You’re like the best parts of their grammar school sweetheart and their first whore all in one sizzling package.”—Queenpin, Megan Abbott
“Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.”—Raymond Chandler
“I think the PUA [pick-up artist] shills are class A hucksters, and just as Scientology is not going to clear you of the aliens ruining your life and homeopaths aren’t going to cure your cancer, PUAs aren’t going to teach you the one! perfect! system! to bed! any! woman! you! desire! The people most being manipulated here are the sad sack misogynists who are so busy throwing a no pussy blues pity party that they can’t even grasp that their inability to see that women are basically people is being exploited to free them of their spare cash. I appreciate Tycho’s concerns here, and he’s not wrong. Once you get a group of men together to socialize around the concept that a woman’s will is merely an obstacle between you and her pussy - an obstacle that you not only can overcome, but should overcome to prove your manhood - then I fail to see how that doesn’t slide into making excuses for and even outright calling for sexual assault.”—Amanda Marcotte, nicely summing up what was wrong with the recent Penny Arcade public discussion on the pick-up artist phenomena
My daughter turned 6 last month and officially exited the Disney Princess phase. “The princesses are just, like,” she struck a “lovely Carol Merrill” pose and simpered, “ ‘I’m so pretty, Handsome Prince, won’t you rescue me?’ ” Later she added, “All Sleeping Beauty ever does is sleep.”
I admit to feeling a smidge of guilt (along with relief and pride) at this announcement, because that was a reasonable approximation of what I’ve been drilling into her head for three years now - but then if Disney can try to brainwash my child, I suppose I can, too.