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Fetch Is for Anyone Who’s Ever Really Loved a Dog

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0700

Nicole Georges’s dog star. by Suzette Smith

Just for the wow factor, Nicole J. Georges and I try to list all of her current projects. A well-known artist, educator, and organizer in zines and indie comics, Georges currently produces a weekly podcast, Sagittarian Matters, in which she conducts interviews and dispenses her highly regarded advice. She continues to do pet portraits—Georges may be as famous for those as she is for her long-running comics zine Invincible Summer. She teaches in an MFA program at California College of the Arts. She’s also working with Judith Butler “interviewing kids across the US for an illustrated book about gender—for kids by kids.” And finally she completed a second graphic novel—the immense 300-plus-page Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home.

Georges took a moment out of her project-filled world to talk to me about Fetch and her tender relationship with a bad-behaving shar-pei/corgi mix named Beija.

Fetch is such a long, engrossing story.

It’s too long.

No! It has a great flow. Everyone wishes they could write this book for their dog. How long have you been working on it?

It took me three years. When I was a fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, I was driving Chris Ware from the airport. I was rambling about Beija and I said, “Y’know, it’s like I had a baby in high school.” He said something like, “That would make a good line in a novel. This dog was like the baby we had in high school.”

It was like a little light bulb. It was like being touched by an angel.

Did you pioneer the “I Am Not A Stuffed Animal” pets’ rights manifesto in Fetch?

Yes, at the time I had never seen anything like that. Having people just assume that they could do whatever they wanted to Beija—because she was cute—felt like I was letting people violate her boundaries. If she didn’t like them, they’d be so mad. They’d yell at her and call her crazy or possibly try to kick her and yell at me.

In public, if you ask a man not to touch you, they’re generally offended, embarrassed, and then angry. But it was the same thing with my dog. It was the same entitlement and then rage. The “I Am Not A Stuffed Animal” manifesto was like a practice space for using my voice, but since I was defending someone else it felt easier. (image)

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Seattle Filmmakers Directed Three Episodes of HBO's Buzzy, Duplass-Brothers Helmed Room 104

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0700

Each episode of Room 104 is shot in the same room but has a completely different story. by Charles Mudede The passenger plane wanted to land at LAX, but its nosewheel was stuck 90 degrees to the left. This meant landing with a crooked wheel, endangering the lives of the 140 passengers and six crew members on board. This happened at the same time that my driver and I entered Bend, Oregon, for the BendFilm Festival. Born the year before, in 2004, the festival focused on independent films and was organized by a community with lots of people who worked in Hollywood. To my surprise, Bend was not just a town in the middle of Oregon, but a virtual suburb of Los Angeles. As we entered Bend, the plane landed with a burst of flames. No one died. We met our host, a doctor. We were shown to his place. He and his wife were happy to have a filmmaker in their home. He gave me some drugs. The next day, we watched a screening of a movie I made with Rob Devor, Police Beat, joined by the citizens of Bend. And the day after that, there was a ceremony for the festival's awards. I won something, but there was no money attached to it. Another film, however, The Puffy Chair, did win an award that came with a cash prize—$10,000. One of its makers, Jay Duplass, was there to pick up the check. He gave a speech. It was not long. People clapped. That was the moment the Duplass brothers entered my life. Four years later, I saw Jay's brother, Mark Duplass, on-screen. He was one of the main characters in Lynn Shelton's breakout movie, Humpday. The following year, Mark Duplass produced Linas Phillips's Bass Ackwards. Phillips lived in Seattle at the time, and his film was shot by Sean Porter, a cinematographer who got his start in this town. In 2011, Mark Duplass appeared alongside British actress Emily Blunt in local director Lynn Shelton's fourth feature, Your Sister's Sister. The film takes place on an island accessed by a Washington State ferry. In 2012, Mark Duplass starred in Safety Not Guaranteed, next to Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza, a film set and shot in the Pacific Northwest, and photographed by Ben Kasulke, one of the four cinematographers who established the look of Seattle's new cinema. In 2015, Mel Eslyn, a Seattle producer, started working for Duplass Brothers Productions. Are you getting my drift? Those guys have a long and deep relationship with Seattle's film community. And so it is no surprise that their latest project, Room 104—which emerged from a deal with HBO—has two directors from Seattle, Dayna Hanson (who has a background in modern dance) and Megan Griffiths (who has directed five feature films). But before explaining how these prominent figures of the film community got roped into Room 104, I must explain what the show is about. There has been much secrecy around the project because of its premise: Each episode is shot in the same room, which is in a hotel in an unnamed town, but each has a completely different story. Eslyn kept her cards close to the vest when discussing it, and would give me only the most general kinds of descriptions. One director made a horror film, another did a comedy, another a drama, and so on. What did Dayna Hanson make? According to a recent correspondence: "In spring 2016, I was invited by Xan Aranda to pitch concepts for a dance-driven episode of Room 104. The experience was quick and intense, and happened in phases: After the producers chose the concept that interested them, I wrote a script that gave primacy to narrative, rather than dance. I felt the story had to be watertight. The writing process was iterative, with lots of notes from Mark Duplass and Xan." The episode is titled "Voyeurs." I asked Megan Griffiths about her involvement in Room 104, and she wrote: "Mark Duplass e-mailed me directly to ask if I'd be interested in directing an episode he had written. I thought the writing was very human and hilarious, and I had been hoping to expand into episodic wor[...]

Savage Love

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0700

Her two teenage daughters are fighting over the same boy. by Dan Savage I'm a reader in Kansas with two teenage daughters, 16 and 18. My girls recently met a boy where they work and both took an interest in him. The 18-year-old was devastated that he was more interested in her younger sister. I spoke to the 16-year-old about it, which is when I found out this boy is going to be a sophomore in college. The fact that he's interested in a 16-year-old is a red flag. I asked the 16-year-old to keep her distance. She agreed, but I saw a shirtless photo he sent her. I don't know what other photos he's sent and I don't know what she's sent him, but I immediately removed all photo apps from her phone. The girls have had public fights about this boy. They've made peace with each other, but now my 18-year-old wants to date him. I can't control the actions of an 18-year-old but (1) it seem likely this guy is a complete creep and (2) isn't her relationship with her sister more important? Knowing A Numbskull Stalks Adorable Sisters 1. I'm not ready to pronounce this guy a creep—at least not for the age difference. It sounds like he met your daughters someplace they're all working this summer, which is a lot less icky than some college boy creeping on high-school girls via Instagram. And you say this boy is going to be a sophomore in college, KANSAS, but don't give his age. There are 30-year-old college sophomores, of course, but if this boy went straight to college from high school, that would make him 19 years old. If your 16-year-old is closing in on 17, this guy could be "older" by two years and change. While I can understand why you wouldn't want your younger daughter dating college boys, I think you are overreacting to the age difference—and it's a moot issue, as he's no longer pursuing your younger daughter. 1.5. You know what is creepy? Pursuing a pair of sisters. The possibility of conflict was so predictable, it was likely a motivating factor for him. Getting off on drama and public fights isn't a crime, but it is a red flag. 2. You ordered your 16-year-old to stop seeing this guy and deleted apps from her phone. (It's cute you think your daughter isn't tech-savvy enough to re-download and hide all the same apps.) You should warn your daughter about the risks of sexting—it may be legal for her to have sex (16 is the age of consent in Kansas), but she could face child porn charges for sending photos and this boy could wind up on a sex-offender registry for receiving them. (Laws meant to protect young people from being exploited are routinely used to punish them.) But don't attempt to micromanage your daughters' love lives. Parental disapproval has a way of driving teenagers into each other's arms, KANSAS. If you don't want your daughters having a fuck-you-mom threesome with this guy before the summer is over, you'll let them work through this on their own—but go ahead and stitch "boys come and go but sisters are forever" on a couple of pillows and put them on their beds. I'm a straight guy married to a wonderful woman. She has a daughter. This girl's bio dad is a checked-out deadbeat, so I have played "dad" since I met her mom five years ago. The girl who used to be a gangly, awkward 11-year-old is now 16, and there's no other way to put this: She is hot. I'm not supposed to notice, I know, and I have ZERO interest in being creepy with her, and she has ZERO interest in me. But she has always liked to cuddle with me and still does. I believe safe closeness from a dad figure helps girls make good choices when it comes to boys. (If not for me, she might seek attention from douchebag teenage boys trying to take advantage.) I want to continue to play this role for her. But when she comes in wearing tiny shorts and puts her legs over my lap, I get rock hard. I'm not trying to be creepy, but I'm a guy and she's a perfect female specimen. I can't say, "We can't be as physically close[...]

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:26:19 -0700

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Stranger Than Usual Things To Do This Week
The Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, Hoodstock, Seattle Science Slam, And More Picks For July 25-30 by Stranger Things To Do Staff

To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from the nerdy THEORY Festival to the multidisciplinary, arts-centered festival:festival, and from the Seattle Scottish Highland Games to the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival.



1. Night of the Living Dead
Commemorate the titanic horror director George Romero with a screening of the film that launched a thousand zombie flicks, not to mention essays on race relations in America.


2. Club NyX
Celebrate the re-vamp of beloved dance night Club NyX with DJs Eyktan, Spazmatik, and Jades spinning your favorite EBM, goth, electro, darkwave, synth pop, and aggrotech tracks.

3. First Qualifier for the Karaoke World Championships
Hear the top Male, Female, and WildCard contestants from the past two months sing their hearts out to qualify for the Washington State Finals.

4. Ghosts of Future Nocturnal Debauch
Walrus Machine will play primeval free jazz, joined by Uneasy Chairs with Plim Sickens, Noel Kennon, and the trio of Chad Allen, Benj Cameron, Justin Lazar, for a veritable Walpurgisnacht of dark jams.

5. Hardly Art DJ Night: Julia from Chastity Belt
Julia Shapiro from the indie pop group Chastity Belt will play a groovy night to mark the 10th anniversary of Hardly Art Records, which has put out albums by Tacocat, Shannon and the Clams, Dude York, La Luz, Gazebos, and many other prominent West Coast artists (including, of course, Chastity Belt). Tip your DJ; she's generously donating all your dollars to the ACLU.


6. Nate Staniforth
The host of the show Breaking Magic, who claims to have "infiltrated a 3,000-year-old clan of street magicians" in Indian slums, will share his performance art and life story