“I love that sketch comedy is having a heyday… But I honestly would tell anyone young to start looking at stories and learning story, because I think that’s the next step after people go, ‘OK, I’ve had enough of that improvisation, I’ve had enough of those short comedy bits. Tell me a story, tell me a more complex story, something that lasts and maybe has a little more meaning to it.’”—Bob Odenkirk
“The episodes were running up to eight minutes under. The only way to stretch them out was with slow motion. Anything without dialog was considered for slow motion.”—Director Dean Learner, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace
“Good God, we’re in a lot of trouble if people think that Amy represents every woman. Feminism is not that fragile, I hope. What Amy does is to weaponize female stereotypes. She embodies them to get what she wants and then she detonates them. Men do bad things in films all the time and they’re called anti-heroes. Amy may not be admirable, but neither are the men on ‘The Sopranos.’”—
“Because a Bitcoin transaction is verified across the many computers in the Bitcoin network, the record of this marriage contract will be permanent and public as long as people are trading Bitcoins. There’s a satisfying symbolism to this widespread mass of silent witnesses.”—The World’s First “Bitcoin Wedding,” in which I convince myself that such a thing is not entirely laughable.
Thrilled to have the vehicle named after him, David ‘Pig Pen’ Sedaris, said: “When I first moved to Horsham district three years ago I was struck by the area’s outstanding natural beauty but I was also struck by all the rubbish that people leave lying around the roads.
"I’m angry at the people who throw these things out their car windows, but I’m just as angry at the people who walk by it every day. I say pick it up yourself. Do it enough and you might one day get a garbage truck named after you. It’s an amazing feeling."
“Twenty-third Street wasn’t busy, but he kept getting trapped behind iPhone zombies, people half his age who wandered in a dream with their eyes fixed on their screens. He jostled two of them on purpose, walking faster than usual, upset in a fundamental way that made him feel like punching walls, like running full-speed, like throwing himself across a dance floor.”—Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
“I can tell this latest story will be publicly successful, since I’m already getting misgendered in commentary on it. This has been consistent — before the public opinion can take me seriously, it has to turn me into a man.”—Quinn Norton
“[Setting scenes in strip clubs for no story reason] turns people into screen savers, and any sort of transgressive or titillating appeal has long since worn off; hell, even the “Oh wow, look at how sad and bored those dancers are” comes off as the sound of who gives a good goddamn. I have no doubt pole-dancing is an unfun and often dangerous career choice, but these scenes are cheap, reactionary commentary that fail to offer verisimilitude or any deeper truth. Yes, people are naked under their clothes. Grow the fuck up.”—Zack Handlen in What TV trope aggravates you the most? — The A.V. Club
“I am against virality not because it degrades the online conversation, but because it increasingly attempts to manipulate that conversation with subterfuge.”—Chris Mohney: Against Virality which is a year old so how’s THAT for bucking topicality huh
A Big Pile of Decontextualized Sensationalism (brainstorm for a video I'm not making)
A Big Pile Of Decontextualized Sensationalism: You won’t know how you got here—maybe you clicked a “related articles” on a much better site, or you got distracted on Weather.com. Maybe someone posted a really appealing pic on Twitter with no context. Welcome to our hall of mirrors, where every time you think you’ve escaped, something vaguely interests you enough to click and restart the cycle! Everything is “amazing” and “unbelievable” here—because our standards are so low that any mildly interesting tidbit blows our minds. Any basically decent behavior will “restore your faith in humanity.” We strip credit from pictures, miss the irony in comedy videos, and ignore the complicated backstory behind “human” moments. We misinterpret scientific findings, oversimplify politics, and body-snark celebrities right after pretending to support feminist messages. You feel bad for staying on our site, and you should. But you can’t escape, because every other site is turning into us, and we’re all linking to each other! We’re the only game in town! Our main contribution to the world is hopefully encouraging you to get off the internet for an hour!
“In the kitchen, four head shots are lying on the countertop. Miranda studies these while the water’s boiling and recognizes somewhat younger and more brooding versions of four of the night’s caterers.”—Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel