“I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”
“I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. … These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal.”
“Bogdanović regarded cities as people, believing that each city had its own soul for which legibility and historical layering is important. He believed that when a city ceased to be legible, it was questionably no longer a real city, leading to its eventual actual demise.”
“If we hadn’t been such assholes, BMW would have agreed to do a swappable-battery car,” he says. “Instead, they gave us the finger. [Agassi] pulled the same shit with Mercedes.”
And when the box opens, I return to this presence like a stranger in a primitive land.
“Justice cannot be given, but it can be taken.”
“Being polite is important. Talking to people with compassion and respect is important. Not being an asshole is important. But none of those things actually helps change the structural inequality and injustice that actually hurt people, and they don’t represent a long-term plan for helping people secure their own well-being. The goal isn’t for everyone to be nice, but to empower people so that the people who aren’t nice no longer matter.”