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Hey I'm gonna do this! They didn't give weekend prompts, so I'm starting now hooray.

Monday, September 3, 2012
Write about one object you see at this exact moment.


I'm in my room right now, and when I looked up I saw the watercolour painting that I am standing in front of (and accidentally dressed to match) in this photo. It's an original Lynda Barry painting, and I've had it for ... nearly 10 years? I think?

The piece of art above it is also really important to me! Jesse bought it for me at a Montreal street fair. I love the shapes and the colours, and I'm really happy to have discovered all kinds of symmetry once I hung the two next to each other. I just am kind of lazy and figured the Lynda Barry one would be easier to write about in pretty much every way.

Also because I'm lazy, I googled Lynda Barry to try to find a good catchall link to include in this post, for people who don't know much about her. And that took me down a third of a dozen internet rabbit holes!

Rabbit hole #1: Lynda Barry has a tumblr
You guys I love Lynda Barry, and the fact the she posts stuff pretty regularly on her tumblr makes me feel like I need to devote several days in a row to getting completely caught up on every video/sketch/bit-of-reflection that she has ever shared. This is a problem.

Rabbit hole #2: Lynda Barry now sells her stuff on Esty!
Man, back when I bought this treasured watercolour you had to wait for her to put things up on ebay every so often, and then set your alarm for the middle of the night to out-bid other fans. Now you can just grab stuff in her online store. Well, there goes all MY money.

Rabbit hole #3: Lynda Barry hates wind turbines and says they are ruining her life.
There is an interview with her in Vice Magazine where she brings nearly every single answer back to how much wind turbines are ruining her whole life, because they are building a wind farm near HER farm and she used to be happy but that was BT (before turbines). I'm not going to link to the article, because fuck Vice magazine, but y'all can find it by googling! I will link to Barry's own anti-turbine website!

Rabbit hole #4: LYNDA BARRY + IRA GLASS = TOTAL HEARTBREAK
Whoaaa did y'all know that Ira Glass moved to Chicago to be with Lynda Barry?? I sure didn't! And I sure didn't know that he was a super terrible person to her!!

Lynda says: "He is the person who changed my belief in human nature. I went out with him. It was the worst thing I ever did. When we broke up he gave me a watch and said I was boring and shallow, and I wasn't enough in the moment for him, and it was over. I had to go around for a year saying, 'Am I boring and shallow and not enough in the moment?' You know what he used to call me? He used to call me his 'little ghetto girl!'"

Ira says: "I was an idiot. I was in the wrong. Anything bad she says about me I can confirm."

(Quotes from this article.)

This is so shocking to me!  I have read Lynda's fantastic book One Hundred Demons but I had NO IDEA that "Head Lice And My Worst Boyfriend" is about Ira Glass! You can see a bunch of that story here. It's so good. But also SO WEIRD to re-read it, hearing Ira Glass's voice in my head.

So, there you go. This is the strangest I've felt about the breaking up of a couple I didn't know existed, since I found out that that Elisabeth Moss used to be married to Fred Armisen, but they broke up maybe partly because he wouldn't become a Scientologist, like she is.

Why do we really think we know anything about the lives of famous people? I think I never actually learn FACTS about most celebrities I admire, I just have a vague idea of their histories that I project on them based on things I've decided about their characters (multiple meanings of "characters" intentional).

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clinkerfiasco
Sep. 3rd, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Lynda Barry is fantastic. I have her "What It Is," and I still randomly go through it. It has some really great writing and art type exercises, prompts, and tips in it meshed with her usual autobiographical type comics.
lection
Sep. 4th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
I was listening to this interview in the car today and it was the first time I thought to myself that Ira Glass might have some jerky qualities, and it kind of broke my heart! But then I remembered that he is a human person of whom I actually know very very little, which made me feel ever so slightly better. And then I read THIS, and find out he had a PONYTAIL, and well, I just don't know anything anymore.
audrawilliams
Sep. 6th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. The ponytail is really the deal breaker, hey?

anne_t_social
Sep. 4th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
I am excited about this!

Also: I LOVE YOUR WRITING AND I WISH I GOT TO READ IT MORE OFTEN. HINT.

Also: Ira Glass :(
audrawilliams
Sep. 6th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
I am ONE day behind but still. Three updates in four days isn't bad for me.
hydrozoa
Sep. 4th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
have you read ira glass's response to her comic? he pretty much entirely owns up to being a total tool bag back then. it's great..
audrawilliams
Sep. 6th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
I haven't!! Lemme see!
shannonmariah
Sep. 4th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I have always been amazed by your research skills. Sometimes internet rabbit holes are amazing. I didn't know about any of the people mentioned. I loved learning about all of them.

xo
audrawilliams
Sep. 6th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think you would ALSO love both of them!!
third_wave_bec
Sep. 4th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
Aud, Rabbit Hole 2 is so huge for me. Thanks soooo much for finding it. I have had very devastating* auction losses on ebay for her work and I don't ever want to do that again and LOOK now I don't have to!

*Note: not actual devastating in reality but felt that way at the time
audrawilliams
Sep. 6th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I totally hear you re: the devastation. What're you gonna buy??
corenrind
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
Noooooooo I did not know that Elisabeth Moss is a Scientologist whyyyyyyyyyy!! Oh godddd that's so disappointing.

I also was fascinated by that insta-divorce, though. The only thing I read about it was something she said like, "You know how good he is at impersonating real people, right?" and I was like O_O
audrawilliams
Sep. 6th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I know. It's so sad.
palegreenthings
Sep. 6th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that interview that she gave makes him sound like a real jerk. Came here to post that maybe that was why they broke up.
littlegirltoast
Sep. 7th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
on this tour with comic nerds
we're all in our sleeping arrangements in a hotel room, chatting a bit before nodding off or getting up. Ira Glass comes up and I interject, unprompted, that apparently he was a real jerk to Lynda Barry when they were going out.

Adam WarRock is on the floor, tribe one has a bed to himself and I'm sharing a bed with Mikal kHill. instead of hearing three "who!?s" from around the room, I hear two "the cartoonist??s" and one "awww she's amazing!"

reason #X that I know I'm on the right tour.
audrawilliams
Sep. 7th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh that's so amazing!!! I 100% love that.
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