R.J. Keller

author of Waiting For Spring

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Nathan Fillion’s panel Q&A at Phoenix Comic Con | June 7, 2014 (x)

Q: If Firefly had gone on longer, what is something you would’ve hoped to have gotten to do with either just Mal or the story in general?

And they’re all beagles, right?

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waywardsxn asked: hank! please, please, please could you make a video on what you think about/explain what's happening or has happened in gaza? because i'm so confused and i'm trying to understand but the news isn't doing very good job of breaking down why everything is happening, and what actually is happening. they have a nasty habit of just spewing out their poorly-formed opinions, and framing them as explanations. perhaps you could do a better job? xx

edwardspoonhands:

I don’t know if I can…I would love to, but first it’s extremely complicated and it’s difficult to do the topic justice, but more than that, it’s kinda terrifying. If I make a completely impartial video that does not condemn or condone either side, I will literally get death threats from individuals on both sides for not taking their side. I’ll probably get a ton of hate just for answering this ask. I mean, there aren’t bombs dropping on my city, so maybe I should just deal but, yeah…there’s not a lot of good discourse on this topic because both sides are so vehement as to make it feel dangerous to even discuss it. 

I don’t blame him.

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The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction - until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered - they connect with an audience - or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books - and thus what they count as literature - really tells you more about them than it does about the book.
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So many students have said, trans students have said; now I can have a point of reference when I talk about who I am. My friends are like, ‘Oh, like Sophia from ‘Orange is the New Black?’’ and they’re like, ‘yeah,’ and then they just move on and it’s not an issue,” she said. “I got a letter from a young, from a trans youth’s mother who said that he transitioned because of me and because of seeing me on the show it gave him the courage to talk to his parents about who he was and they’re supportive and loving and now he’s started his transition. It’s insane. It’s really beautiful.

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REPRESENTATION MATTERS

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