His attitude towards gay rights as an actor, people like that he would do what he could to support them. Although sexuality for him wasn’t an issue, he knew that it was a big issue and there was a lot of discrimination within film, within every walk of life which he thought it was just ridiculous.
The fan letters that I would show to him, especially the ones to do with ‘Idaho’ from people that came out were just very touching, and really emotional. River was very touched by the fans, quite moved.
For ones I remember was just saying, 'Thank you. I’ve come out, It wasn’t as hard as I thought and you gave me the confidence to do that. And my life has changed, thank you.’
Abigail Greenberg (River Phoenix’s personal assistant) on This Road Will Never End Documentary
Frank Herbert: Duncan Idaho? ugh i don’t even care about him. didn’t i kill him off that one time??? [trips and hundreds of Duncan Idaho gholas fall out of his pockets] w-what a useless character listen ok these aren’t mine i don’t even like Duncan Idaho i’m just- [trying to gather them up frantically] listen i- just listen- [thousands of Duncan Idaho gholas spill out onto the floor] fUCK i’m just i’m holding them for my son ok just LISTEN
The teacher for my nutrition class was telling about herself and how she came to be in the gem state. She said “I love the name: Idaho! It’s so funny! I-da-ho!” and then ever so soft, the girl sitting behind me whispered “I’m the real hoe bitch.”
I don’t read half as much as I should. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I mean, anything about rootless family life gets to me. Geek Love is about the family and a little about the evils of evangelism through the character of Arturo. But mostly, it’s about family. And as far as films – anything by Elia Kazan. I like cinematic art that is doesn’t have to include violence as the main meat of emotion. Now, excellence in cinema is based on murder, guns. Tarantino bores me. Even though he is very appealing and very facile about putting elements of pop culture into his work. But it kinds of dates it, right? I like East of Eden, Cinema Paradiso, Last Tango in Paris. It takes a real artist to do films like that and not rely on a 45 Magnum to create action. Boring. I like My Own Private Idaho. Despite Keanu.
“Boat Launch is a spayed female and is turning 4 years old next month.
She is very friendly and loves to play fetch. She gets along great with
other dogs and kids but likes to chase cats. She is a high energy level
so needs an active family, she will not be adopted to anyone living in
an apartment. Stop in and meet Boat Launch.”
“Oh…do you plan on going somewhere else when you graduate?”
“You must not be very adventurous, going to school in your home state.”
[insert some complaint about Idaho’s weather]
When I was in high school, I used to complain about everything, too. I was definitely that small-town kid. If you weren’t one, you most likely knew one: the ambitious daydreamer with a slightly sour attitude, who’d prove everybody wrong, the one who was dying to be anywhere but here. Ending up at a university that was only 10 miles from home wasn’t my first choice, but a few years down the road, I don’t regret it.
Doubtful? Allow me to tell you the best parts of being an Idahoan local.
1. If you plot a circle around my location with a radius of about a two-hour-drive, you can find some of the most beautiful natural splendors in the West, such as Yellowstone Park, Mesa Falls, Craters of the Moon, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes, and the Snake River. Many people spend a good chunk of change to vacation at some of these locales, particularly Yellowstone. Me? I can hit up any of these locations for a weekend trip. Done.
2. Eating something delicious that doesn’t come from a franchised restaurant isn’t that hard to do. All it requires is a curious stomach and a touch of bravery (my local food experiences fall into 3 categories: excellent, not-so-excellent, and food poisoning. The results have come out as excellent much more frequently than food poisoning.). Everyone’s tired of Subway? Please follow me to the absolutely delightful downtown sandwich joint, aptly titled That One Place.
3. We know what’s fun to do. There’s not much in the realm of clubs here (that’s a city thing), but there’s a mile-long list of places to hike, swim, fish, ski, explore, and play. Trust me. If you’re bored, you’re being much too picky about the list of activities you’ve got.
4. Everybody hates the weather. But we also love the weather. Idaho is deeply rooted in agriculture (pardon the pun). Without heavy snowfall, random rainstorms, and yes, the near-constant wind, we wouldn’t have such awesome potatoes for the world to feast on. And you can’t tell me that you don’t like any one of the numerous forms of potato dishes. Also, one of Idaho’s other top crops is beer barley. Beer connoisseurs, you’re welcome.
5. We’re not just farmers. (Lean in closely, science nerds.) One of the largest employers in this portion of the state is Idaho National 6. Laboratory, often referred to as INL or the Site. Scientists there are constantly at work researching energy, particularly nuclear energy. INL works on revolutionary projects every day, and if you’ve got the talent and brains to do it, you could work on them, too.
6. You have not been to Idaho until you’ve been to the State Fair. Go pet some cute animals, ride the ferris wheel, eat a funnel cake with ice cream, watch the rodeo and the demolition derby. I promise you’ll be convinced after a week at the Fair.
Idaho’s awesome. My ambitions will likely take me elsewhere in the world, but I won’t hide the fact that I’m a homegrown Idaho kid.
Whether you’re a New Yorker or a Texan or a whatever, you know you’re proud of something from your hometown or home state, even if it’s just a diner on the corner that makes killer french toast. Even if you still live there, be proud of where you came from. Some people will never have the good fortune to experience the place you call home.