For years, animator Scott Bateman was best known for his left leaning political cartoons and animations featured on Salon and The Daily Kos. Frustrated by the state of politics, not to mention journalism, Bateman invented Disalmanac, that now spans a blog, Twitter, podcast, and book “Disalmanac: A Compendium of Fact-Like Facts.” He also directed his first animated film Atom Age Vampire and a trailer for a Dinosaur Jr’s album.
In 2014, Bateman had the joy of winning enough money on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to work on his next film. In our conversation, Bateman reveals his tricks of the trade and encourages others tot have fun and give game shows a whirl if you want to find money quickly. Our interview was taped live at the Writers Guild (WGA).
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Not mentioned: Scott Bateman is a nice guy and a good man. Important.
Virginia Zaharieva, Author of Nine Rabbits (via blackballoonpublishing)
For me, cooking and eating are forms of meditation. And I love reading cookbooks cover to cover, as if they are novels. Once in a Paris library, I discovered to my surprise that along with Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu bequeathed to us principles for eating. In fact, both books contemplate the same subject — the art of living. Here are some of his maxims that I have committed to memory and practice:
-If possible, prepare your food yourself.
-Cook so that the ingredients don’t lose their color.
-Make sure to have at least five colors in your dish.
-When you cook, cook; when you eat, eat.
Cookbook reading is a form of meditative self care for me.
A second issue of the Women Artists is due out this year and we’re looking for contributors. If you’re unfamiliar with the previous issue, we interviewed a handful of women artists about their work and lives. We’d like to continue that tradition in our second issue. If you’re a writer / interviewer / or just enthusiastic about women and their art and might like to be a part of the second issue, send us a message! Please be sure include an interview proposal. No deadline yet on when to get in touch but we’ll keep you updated.
Call for writers who love all the women artists out there. My art is the act of cramming Hibiscus donuts in my face but that’s difficult to capture on the page, so I’m going to go ahead and take myself out of the running.
"When I started playing Detective Olivia Benson, I began to get a lot of letters from viewers. I had gotten fan mail before, but these letters were different. They were coming from individuals who were disclosing histories of violence and abuse - a lot of them for the first time. I knew I had to do something, so I trained to become a rape crisis counselor, I joined Boards, I got involved. I was proud to be on a show that was brave enough to go into territory that no one was talking about, but I also knew I wanted to do more and play a larger role to help survivors heal and reclaim their lives. In 2004 I created the Joyful Heart Foundation with the mission to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, and to shed light on the darkness surrounding these issues. I’m very proud to report that since we began, we’ve provided direct services to over 5,400 people, and that we’re determined to change the conversation about violence and abuse.”
- Mariska Hargitay
Seriously, can I be her when I grow up?
I just love what a powerful voice and presence she has become for survivors.
I mean, it’s the least she can do since she works on a show that traffics in the normalization of sexual assault against women for must-see “rape-tertainment” on a weekly and in some cases, due to syndication, a daily basis.
Reddit AMA Question: Sexuality always seems to be a topic of discussion both on the show and in interviews. Sunny isn’t a show exactly known for it’s aggressive stance on social issues, yet for a show that presents these things with a sense of grim neutrality, I feel like it’s actually done a better job that most when it comes to queer issues … As a queer girl myself, Mac especially is a character that feels very validating, and even though the show never presents topical issues seriously.
Glenn Howerton: The issue of equal rights for homosexuals is something that is very important to us. But because our show is a comedy and a satire, it gives us the opportunity to address issues surrounding sexuality in a way that is comical but because it’s comical, in our opinions, it can be even more poignant, because it’s couched in comedy. And therefore, it’s more subversive. Sometimes presenting the most ignorant point of view can be the best way to satirize the issue and highlight that ignorance.
Yes yes and, yes.