pauldierden  asked:

How did you learn to analyze literature and media the way you do? Because it's absolutely fascinating and breathtaking.

ahhh, thank you!!! i’m so glad you enjoy my thoughts.

i think the process i use to come at literature etc stems from the study abroad i did in oxford—i bit off more than i could chew, asked for a tutorial in postmodern literature without literally any idea what i was asking about, except that i liked calvino and michael chabon…spent three weeks trying to comprehend the cool kids club in their entirety?  that was a mind-expanding experience.

also the tension between being raised with conservative southern baptist theology and what i continue to learn about the way the world actually works probably has something to do with the way i analyze literature and media.

and being an art major means you do a lot of analysis, incl self-analysis, to make meaning out of artworks.

and i have a personality quirk called ‘i must think about all things from all angles!’ and i inevitably miss angles but by god do i try

and i’m still working on it, i have a lot to improve, but in the meantime i’m so glad you enjoy!

pauldierden  asked:

What's your opinion of the hate Paul seems to get from the OB fandom?

I haven’t really seen any hate to be honest, but I can understand why he would get it. He’s a complicated character, and where we are right now, it’s not sure whether or not we can trust him or not (and it’s clear that Sarah feels that way too). Not to mention that what he did in Afghanistan was pretty awful, and he’s just fairly shady when it comes to whether or not he’s on Sarah’s side. HOWEVER, I still really like him as a character. I think he’s super interesting, and I ship him a lot with Sarah (possibly because they have really good sex scenes but ALSO because he’s outside of her comfort zone and it’s part of her movement away from her old life). So generally, I think that it’s far too early to judge. I think we should wait until next season, to see if he can prove himself a worthy ally/boyfriend (+ please let there be more sex scenes ok thanks).