The series of interviews conducted by Dr. George Henry with lesbians in the ‘30s illustrates a contentment in the lives of many of these women that would have frazzled the censors had that picture been reflected in the media. Many of his interviewees were self-actualized individuals, living to their full potential in mutually productive relationships. They say things such as:
“I’m doing the work [as an editor] I always wanted to do and I’m very, very happy. I’m very much in love with the girl too. We click… She has had the most influence for good in my life.”
— 20-year old white woman
“If I were born again I would like to be just as I am. I’m perfectly satisfied being a girl and being as I am. I’ve never had any regrets.”
— 26-year-old black woman
“Our relationship is just as sweet now [after eleven years] as in the beginning.”
— 29-year-old white woman
“Since we have been living together our lives are fuller and happier. We create things together and we are devoted to our [adopted] baby.”
— 30-year-old white woman
“I have a great confidence in the future. I think I’m going to be a very well-known artist… Homosexuality hasn’t interfered with my work. It has made it what it is.”
— 30-year-old white woman
— Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, pg. 112 by Lillian Faderman
Once again, I’m low on interviewees. Since I don’t have the time to constantly post calls every single time I’m running low, I’m hoping to use this post as a kind of a reminder:
ASEXUAL ARTISTS IS OPEN FOR INTERVIEWS YEAR-ROUND!
I’m always looking for artists who are on the spectrum to interview. Any and all kinds of artists are welcome.
This is including but not limited to:
WRITERS: all genres and forms are welcome (novelists, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc). It doesn’t matter if you’re unpublished, just starting out, a student, a hobbyist, or established. Traditionally published, self-published, small press, etc. You’re all welcome and you all have something to offer.
VISUAL ARTISTS: Self explanatory, any kind of visual art you can imagine (photography, painting, sketching, drawing, sculpture, installation, etc.).
FANARTISTS: Another self-explanatory category. Cosplay, visual, fanfiction, etc. Whatever you do in your fandom (any and all fandoms welcome), you’re an artist.
FILMMAKERS: YouTubers, directors, cinematographers, anything that has to do with making films (short, features, documentaries, etc).
PERFORMANCE ARTS: actors, theater arts, singers, mimes, any sort of performers.
DANCERS: Any kind of dance style you can imagine is welcome here (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, burlesque, belly-dancing, ballroom, etc.)
MUSICIANS: playing instruments, composing, singing, anything involving music
CULINARY: maybe your medium of choice is food. If so, you’re welcome here.
CRAFTS: any sort of craft you can think of (sewing, knitting, crocheting, candle making, jewelry making, etc.)
All levels of artists are welcome: whether you’re a student or a professional, just starting out or already established. If you create, you have something to offer and therefore I want to interview you :)
If you’re still unsure whether or not your art qualifies (there’s a 97.9% chance it will), and your question isn’t answered in the F.A.Q., please contact me at email@example.com
If you want to be interviewed, please email me at the same address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This site continues because I get requests for interviews. If the interviews run out, this site will remain as a resource :) Updates will continue as long as there are aces out there willing to be interviewed.
“Before I started my job, I quit my internship and lived in a guesthouse in Jeju-do for about a month as a working guest. I had never had such free time before. I always worked a part-time job when I went to school, so I never had that kind of time. I recharged all of the energy that I had unconsciously consumed, and right after I came back I got a job. Even now, on the weekends, I like coming out and enjoying serenity. There is one thing I definitely felt through that time.” “What is it?” “People need a break.”
“취업 전에 인턴을 그만두고 제주도 게스트하우스에서 게스트 겸 스탭으로 한 달 정도 지낸 적이 있어요. 그렇게 여유로웠던 시간이 없었어요. 항상 학교 다니면서도 아르바이트하니까 그런 시간이 없었거든요. 알게 모르게 소비되었던 에너지를 그때 충전하고 올라와서 취업도 바로 했고, 지금도 주말에 이렇게 나와서 조용히 있는 걸 좋아해요. 그때를 거치면서 하나 느낀 게 있어요.” “그게 뭔데요?” “사람은 휴식이 필요해요.”
Searching for previous Humans of Seoul interviewees! What are they doing now? Humans of Seoul is currently in the process of following up with people we have interviewed in the past. If you happen to be one of those people or know of someone who is, please send us a message on Facebook or email us at email@example.com. Thanks!
그 때 그 사람을 찾습니다! 그 때 그 분들은 과연 어떻게 지내고 있을까요? Humans of Seoul에 출연했던 과거 인터뷰 주인공들의 후속 인터뷰를 진행 중입니다. 과거 출연했던 당사자 분이시거나, 출연자를 알고 계신다면 Facebook 메세지 혹은 이메일(firstname.lastname@example.org)로 꼭 연락을 부탁드립니다.
Introducing ZNN Interviews!
With guest: MisterMead
THIS IS SO FREAKING COOL!!! LOOK AT THAT INTRO!!! IT’S SO REAL! AND IT’S LIKE, REAL NEWS! AAAAAAGGGGHHHHHHH!!!
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And we’re back! Ok, so I’m extremely excited to announce a new thing for ZNN; ZNN interviews!
Our wonderful artist have been working for months getting models set up for Andy, and our first interviewee, the wonderful @mistermead, Our audio-visual department helped set up this amazing video, and of course, we have the new branch of ZNN, our production department; ZNN Studios!
If you’re interested in Mead and his work, and especially his comic Judy is Dead, then it’s definitely worth a watch. Enjoy!
I was watching that new Voltron 84 thing today and one of the interviewees mentioned that Voltron 84 was a groundbreaking show (in regards to the episode that referenced the Olympics Boycotting of the 1980s.) he said that the creators of the new show are trying to make vld an equally groundbreaking show for the modern era, which strongly hints at LGBT issues. basically what I'm saying is: klance confirmed
Hey ya’ll! So we’re nearing the end of the interview season and I wanted to share a few inside tips about what I have come to see as “good” responses to my questions. I know that this may not be valuable for many people in the current interview season but I hope that people in future cycles will find it useful! Later this cycle, I’ll make another post about “what to do if you didn’t get in”. But it’s still too early to throw in the towel!!
“Tell me about yourself”: I want to hear about the characteristics of your personality not mentioned in depth in your essays. So you can mention your research and volunteering and such, but also tell me about how tenacious, or driven, or kind, or organized you are. I want to hear that the interviewee has a sense of themselves.
“Tell me about your research”: Your opening statement to this better be less than 2 minutes long. I don’t want a presentation on your research, I want to see that you understand what you were doing, and that you can explain a complex topic to me succinctly. Because that’s literally what doctors do all day every day. If I want more details, I’ll ask and then feel free to open up!
“Tell me about a time you failed or made a mistake”: People will often tell me about times they failed a class or test and that’s fine, but not the best answer. I love it when people open up to me about times they made deeper mistakes and learned from them. One applicant told me about a time she seriously messed up coordinating a supply run for her company in Iraq and her soldiers were left without food for 2 days. Everyone was fine but she had to deal with that aftermath for literally years. Now that’s a mistake I want to hear about.
“Where do you see yourself in 15 years?”: I want to see that you’ve put thought into what kind of medicine you want to practice but have not restricted yourself to one field. This is kind of a bonus question. It doesn’t hurt if you mess it up because I didn’t have an answer for this when I applied, but it really helps if you can answer it well. Good answers include the range from: “Practicing community based medicine somewhere and finding a good work-life balance” to “returning to my home country to found a medical school catering to women and fighting corruption in healthcare”.
“Tell me about your support system”: This is a super important question. The two people in my class who have dropped out were both dealing with crazy personal lives (an incredibly messy divorce, and a family that exploded following a death). I want to hear that you have people who you can depend on, and that those people are themselves stable. Resiliency in applicants and in the loved ones’ of applicants matters much more than many other traits. This is part of the reason I love non-traditional applicants. They tend to be so dang resilient!
“What was your most significant volunteering or shadowing experience?”: If your eyes don’t light up when you tell me this, I don’t believe you. Tell about something that actually moved you, not something that you think should have moved you. I want to see passion and love for something.
A few random tidbits: I don’t mind if people tear up, or cry a little, but please try not to full-on sob. It’s hard to redirect an interview following that. Since I’m a younger student, I don’t notice slang and vernacular as often as the older interviewers do but I do notice it if it’s in excess or inappropriate to the situation. I like to hear about people’s faiths, and I feel that is a common theme with most of our interviewers. But don’t feel pressured to tell us if you don’t want to! I like it when people are married/ engaged so please do let me know about that! It shows emotional maturity (most of the time). If you mention a child or pregnancy, I’ll ask about how you will manage but only if you mention it first. There are lots of people (including women) in my class with families so it can def be done!
His body emanates its own unique text, regardless of what is said, and it is enough to make one intimidated by the 50-year old Till Lindemann, who gives the impression of having a very strong, powerfully large appearance. He looks like a rock star capable of throwing boulders. Bleached-blond hair, eyebrow piercings. But at second glance, you notice that his body radiates a confident, Baloo-the-Bear-kind of friendliness. And now for the shock of his voice: he does not speak in the somber, forced tone the fans know from stage, but with an unusually gentle, open voice. The most evil voice in rock’n roll could just as easily narrate radio plays for children. Is it clear to him, that he has two, such entirely different, voices? The tolerant interviewee Till Lindemann: “There’s the professional bass. And this is my normal, everyday baritone.”
I just love this description of Tilll especially the Baloo part. He definitely reminds me of a bear but I can’t quite imagine him singing The Bear Necessities.
I’m positive you’ll love this interviewee: the excellent writer, @qichi!
Hello! Can you quickly
introduce yourself for everyone?
Hi, everyone! I’m qichi, a 25 year old with a degree in European History and
Art History, and I write fanfiction. I’ve been into Hetalia for nearly a
decade, so I love all the characters, but right now I’m most active in the
Nordics subfandom! You might also know my sideblog, Hetalia Positivity Project.
Why did you
decide to start Hetalia Positivity Project and what’s it like running it?
Why I decided to start it is really as simple as noticing
that Hetalia fandom didn’t have a similar blog/project yet, realizing that I
had the time and inclination to do it, and going ahead with it! I’m pleasantly
surprised, though, that it took off so well and lasted so long. It has nearly
7000 followers and it’s been running for something like 3 or 4 years?! Granted,
it’s slowed down some since its heyday, but I’ve yet to see the inbox empty!
It’s a great project (that’s more fueled by y'all than by me; all I do is
copy-and-paste some text onto a picture) and I’m super happy to still be
running it. :)
How long have you been in the fandom
and how did you get into it?
Since the late spring of 2008. I saw some fanart that had been posted on an
imageboard, and it looked like an interesting concept - I’ve long been a fan of
personification/gijinka - with neat character designs, so I looked further into
it! From there, I hung around the Hetalia discussion and RP community on
LiveJournal, and though the websites we’ve used for fandom have changed, I’ve
been with Hetalia ever since.
Has the way
you’ve interacted with or contributed to the fandom changed over the years?
Sure! Pretty dramatically, actually. For the first 6 or so
years I was into Hetalia, I was mainly interested in Russia and the FACE
family. Somehow, right after I graduated college, I quickly and unexpectedly
became a Nordics fan instead!! I still love my previous faves, of course, and
many characters besides (I have some quiet but constant side-faves, like Egypt
and Switzerland), but even I’m kinda shocked and amused by how I switched.
Again, that kind of thing really speaks to how accessible Hetalia can stay for
years and years - suddenly there was this huge trove of “new” fanwork for me to
find and love.
In a different sense, when Hetalia was a bigger fandom overall, I’ll admit that
it was a bit easier to get involved in big group discussions and events. Things
have cooled off a bit. I find myself connecting to my Hetalia interests as an
individual activity somewhat more. Also, at least for me, conversations have
switched locales to a degree. We’re not as centralized to big Tumblr reply
chunks. I’m more likely to get into a one-on-one chat about Hetalia topics on
Twitter these days, which is just great, too!
What is your favourite thing about
The basic premise of Hetalia means that there’s almost limitless ways to
approach it; I think that nontraditional aspect of it as a fandom is part of
why I’ve been so strongly enthusiastic about it for such a long time. There’s a
huge cast, and every character has a huge timeline of available canon. We can
imagine any number of possible interactions, historical or otherwise. The
nature of the characters is a big draw for me, too! I like that (within reason)
there’s a bit of wiggle room for interpretation of their personalities, because
there’s just SUCH a long timespan involved. It’s great to see a variety of
interpretations from a lot of fans about how such-and-such event might have
been! Even for the things explicitly shown in canon, we still have the
opportunity to pull in outside knowledge or related trivia. That’s great, and
it’s also great because it’s cyclical - Hetalia feeds your interest in history
feeds your interest in Hetalia… I think that’s way so many people get “stuck”
in this fandom - you can never stop making those connections.
That said, I also love how Himaruya’s handled canon itself. This series could
easily have veered too far in the direction of either grimdarkness or slapstick
gags, so I’m very happy he found a good, strong balance between serious content
and comedy. I love that it provides breadth rather than depth about its
real-world topics, too. Partly because, again, canon respectfully avoids
getting too serious, and partly because it leaves the door open for fandom
exploration, but also because it means we get to see each member of the huge
What is your favourite thing about
I got into a lot of this in my answer above, but I love the potential for fan
creativity! Fans have definitely lived up to it, too. There are so, so many
fanworks for Hetalia that are hugely beautiful - some of the best writing and
art I’ve seen. Of course, I’m interested in history, cultural geography, etc.
on their own as well, so having a chance to engage with those topics through
the lens of fandom is so much fun for me.
Also, having been in the fandom for a very long time, it admittedly has changed
and slowed, but I have so much respect for how well we’ve been trucking on nonetheless.
People are still taking steps to keep the fandom active! It’s great. Look at
things like Hetalia Day, of course the Hetalia Fandom Hub, and the many, many
ship- and character-weeks that continue to be run to this day. I love that
there are constant pushes of motivation and interactivity - we won’t give up on
Since you like the historical aspect of
Hetalia, which portrayal of a historical event did you like the most and why?
Honestly, it’s an older one, but I’ve always been fond of
the Bloody Sunday/1905 strip with Russia and Lithuania. It shows a serious and
significant historical event in a way that illuminates part of Russia’s
character. It’s respectfully cautious and vague, but still gestures toward some
of the conflicts inherent in having a national personification go through that
kind of situation. And, I mean, just on the fictional level, it’s also really
sad and striking!
Is there anyone in the fandom you
look up to?
Although I’m not involved in this end of fandom much myself, I’ve always had so
much respect for askbloggers - it’s a ton of effort going into curating a blog
like that, and I admiring the level of dedication and motivation needed for
something like that! Similarly, I admire anyone still actively working on any
kind of project or fanwork, from fic and art to edits, moodboards,
playlists/FSTs, cosplay, and on and on and on. As someone who struggles with
writing as much as I’d like/as much as I used to, it’s inspiring to know that
y'all are out there.
Thank you so much to @qichi for being our interviewee! Everyone, please show this creator your love!
Summary: Rich CEO Phil Lester meets Dan Howell, an adorable pastel-colored boy who is looking for a job, and decides that he has to hire him immediately.
Phil Lester, CEO of Lester Global Inc, was exhausted and irritated. About once every three months he would pick a day to interview many different potential employees to work at his company. Those days usually ended up being pointless. Today just happened to be one of those days.