The type of friends you stay away from
I mean, the World Cup was great and all, but the best match in town this weekend has clearly been Paul F. Tompkins’ daylong interaction with a I assume troll, because otherwise UM! guy who is super upset that anyone might question the high art value of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Troll or no, this is glorious.
OH MY GOD this is the GREATEST thing I have ever read.
This is everything.
Winona Ryder in high school
“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, faggot’. They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies.
“Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of’. And I said, ‘That was me. Go fuck yourself.’”
That’s bullshit. “I think it wasn’t meant to be” is bullshit. You’re tested in life, you know? Things aren’t just put in front of you for the taking. You have to go through something to get what you want. You can’t just drift through life and hope that love is just going to flow into you like plankton into a whale’s fucking mouth. You have to prove yourself; you have make things happen and choose.