Human Beings

“It shouldn’t be about tolerance, it should be about respect, treating people as human beings. I don’t like the word tolerance. Are you supposed to tolerate me because I’m black, or are people supposed to treat me with respect because I’m a human being?” Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, on former NBA player John Amaechi, the first NBA player to come out as being gay

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“Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Krispy Kreme all sell pastries and caffeinated beverages, so they’re obvious competitors. But beneath that similarity, they’re serving different markets. Krispy Kreme’s customers visit only occasionally but buy dozens of donuts; that chain is peddling a dietary splurge, not daily sustenance… Starbucks chief Howard Schultz has always seen his stores as neighborhood hangouts, a sort of nonalcoholic ‘Cheers’ setting with comfy chairs, porcelain cups and, increasingly, wireless Internet access. Dunkin’ Donuts, in contrast, is increasingly built on speed. Most of its new stores feature drive-throughs, and the chain bills itself as a pit stop for harried commuters.” Daniel McGinn, Newsweek

Black and white

“Every writer wants to be liked… I feel like we honestly just start trying to please, and then the writing isn’t pure and it’s not real, and it comes from nowhere except an ability to say, ‘I want to be liked.’ Comic books are a medium that cater to people, myself included, with self-esteem problems and issues of good vs. bad. And that’s why we love the black and white. That’s why we love the punch and the pow. That’s why we love being loved. We all have that issue–and maybe it’s because we came from our lonely places, or our dark places. So the idea that a writer is going to be completely unaffected when someone goes on a message board and says, ‘You’re being too harsh with my character, stop killing my darlings.’ You’re going to eventually want to be liked and read–and it’s going to affect you.” Brad Meltzer, New York Times best-selling author and writer of DC Comic’s Identity Crisis miniseries


“See I always liked the song until I saw the movie White Girls. This must be the white song that all black people like, you know every year there’s a song that black people like and this is that. I love the string arrangements. Ron Fare is really up on the strings.” Kanye West on Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles

I think I can, I think I can…

“When people hear ‘version 2.0’, they think it’s the last call for the only feature train in a good long while. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait for the big three-oh to board. Nobody likes waiting, so they rush and they push to make this one. Now the big version that started out with a clear vision, one or a few great ideas, suddenly gets bogged down by feature freeloaders. When the 2.0 train is already hauling those heavy weights, surely no one will notice this little thing or that little thing. And what could have arrived in weeks turns into months. In no time short, your feature train is so overloaded that it seems like its not moving at all. Or going backwards. Certainly there is no one who can tell you when it’ll pull in. So stop it. Don’t alias your next big feature idea ‘version 2.0’. Call your big idea by its name and it’ll be much easier to spot the freeloaders. Once they have to pay full scheduling fare, you’ll probably realize that they weren’t that important anyway.” Signal vs. Noise


“I had a guy come up to me, in my face, saying, ‘You think you’re so cool? You’re not cool’ and I’m saying to him, ‘Dude, it’s a commercial.’ ” Justin Long, on playing the slacker-hip Apple Mac guy to John Hodgman’s nerdy PC guy

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American citizens

“And slowly, over many years, the people realized they were not citizens. They were not members of a community. They were clocking in and punching out and killing time. They were employees.” DC Comic’s Uncle Sam, by Steve Darnall and Alex Ross, on the American capitalism


“No matter what you think of David Fincher’s translation of Chuck Palahniuk’s pre-iPod, post-post-punk nightmare, you have to admire an ending that foresaw things that are still being talked about today. The film predicts the emo-boy nation that we swim in these days, but the ending, with the Pixies’ raucous ‘Where is My Mind?’ wailing in the background, sees self-terrorism and numb romance as the new, essential way of life.” Chris Cabin, on 1999’s Fight Club

Taken over by tourists

“And the unsettling truth sinks in: Travel is oversold… Overrun by yappy guides, European capitals have become giant theme parks. Beset by swarms of tourists, the Acropolis looks more like an anthill than a Greek temple. Invaded by cellphones, Westminster Abbey feels like a playpen for tour groups rather than a revered place of worship. Now, even distant Asian destinations have a surreal cast, overbuilt with golden arches and accented by Starbucks logos. As tourism infiltrates the far corners of the globe, the juggernaut seems unstoppable — and increasingly unmemorable. Far be it from me to begrudge the benefits of the travel boom for the poor countries and rich corporations that depend on the hospitality industry. But why trek to an exotic locale that is so utterly westernized as to be eerily familiar?” Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star

American youth: the greatest workforce ever

“This is where MySpace Careers comes to the rescue. For a minimal fee you can get as many teenagers as you need to sit at your office, on your computers and abuse your bandwidth with a constant stream of IMs, chats, profile comments and YouTube videos. Imagine the look on that VC when he sees all that industrious busy making!”, on MySpace’s new job search website