"it is a very imperfect world we live in and i, like everyone else, am just trying to do my best to negotiate it." - ani difranco
Okay, so I’ve been reading a lot of opinions concerning the retreat fiasco, and while I don’t think that the venue was by any means a good choice I do think it would have been interesting to see how Ani would have navigated the situation had the retreat have gone on. Undoubtedly many conversations about race, colonialism, genocide and stolen lands. I don’t think that Ani would, or could, overlook the history of the venue.
Ani made a good point when she noted that it’s impossible to know the political leanings of every venue owner she comes into contact with. While this is somewhat different, given the history of the site, I think it would have been interesting to see the dialogue, debates, and art that could have been created.
"I like that I stick out. I was watching “Valentine’s Day” on the plane recently. I have a tiny part in that movie. I was watching all the women — Jessica Biel, and Emma Roberts, and Jennifer Garner and Julia Roberts. They are gorgeous women, and I don’t want to take anything away from them, but they all do have a very classical look, with a very thin nose. I’m watching this parade of these faces and then, boom, it was my face, and I was taken aback. I was like, “Oh, my nose is so big!” I have never in my life thought I had a big nose, but, well, there it was.
The first time I was on TV, on “Flight of the Conchords,” someone put up a YouTube clip and said, “You’re too ugly to be on TV.” And I was like, “That is exactly why it’s a good thing that I’m on TV.” - Kristen Schaal, goddess