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Kathleen Kennedy on Kylo Ren

I was reading a French Star Wars magazine and suddenly there was an excerpt from a Kathleen Kennedy interview concerning Kylo Ren that I found pretty interesting. She discusses the character, makes parallels with our contemporary world, and at the end I had the impression she wasn’t talking about him as a villain, but as someone who still has to grow and who’s definitely good inside, or at least not bad at all (this is pretty hilarious when you think about all the absurd Kylo Ren drama we have here on tumblr…)

I don’t know if she has talked about this in other interviews, it’s probably the case, but I’ll leave this here for discussion.

I’ve made a rough translation of the French excerpt (English to French to English, feel the irony), probably not the best translation, but at least you’ll have the general idea :

“[Q] You really wanted Adam Driver for this role. What made him the perfect Kylo Ren ?

[KK] I had the opportunity to work with Adam on Lincoln. That was our first met. From the moment we started to think about this character, Kylo Ren, Adam was an obvious choice to me, and one of the few actors who could play him. J.J didn’t know him as well as I did, but he was immediately convinced when they met. He was one of the first actors we had considered for the role and it was an early decision. One of the most interesting aspects of Kylo Ren is his young age. Most of the time, villains are damaged, troubled and older. Making the new Star Wars villain a 30 years old man was a captivating choice. We could take advantage from a troubled adolescence and a past we know very little about. There we could find this tension between light and dark which dominates all the Star Wars universe. We could use it as a metaphor for the path that leads a young adult to his accomplished adult life. The characters who can be drawn to the dark side and seduced by all sorts of experiences that might be dangerous are compelling for us. For today’s audience it’s an original, fascinating and appealing character.

When we look at our own lives, it all depends on the choices we’ve made. Kylo Ren seems to have taken many bad decisions, but they aren’t necessarily bad decisions within the context of Star Wars, where they can lead to almost anything. This story reflects the real world. Many kids evolve in a political environment that can be difficult to decipher, and many events suggest that people are drawn to danger, trouble and agitation. In terms of international policy, there’s a sense that we live a time full of upheavals. The political structure of the Star Wars narratives reflects this in a unique way. Kylo Ren represents this dark side of society that can be appealing when we don’t know which side to choose and right and wrong become very vague concepts. All these aspects make Kylo Ren a really complex character and offer us many different options for future plots.

Emphasis are mine. But seriously. Seriously. If Kylo Ren really is, for the writers, an image of our contemporary youth searching for answers, making mistakes and trying to grow in a chaotic world, who can simply imagine that he will die unredeemed, and that the message of this new trilogy won’t be a message of hope ?

I leave the original French text and the references under the cut for those who are interested.

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A most Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

Here is a bit of trivia concerning Lincoln’s birthday, on February 12 in 1809: There is not single instance recorded in his life when Abraham Lincoln actually celebrated his special day.

Not even in 1861 when Lincoln had left his hometown of Springfield, IL, only a day prior to his birthday, on February 11th to travel to his inauguration in Washington D.C..

On the train trip that lasted 13 days and covered 1591 miles, many friends and political acquaintances had obtained a seat but none ever mentioned any sort of birthday celebration on the second day of the journey. And, just in the years before, there was never a mention of the date being recognized in the years of Lincoln’s presidency.

It certainly wasn’t unheard of at the time or in the place – after all, there are several mentions of birthday parties given to Lincoln’s children alone.

The fact that he himself missed out on the fun might be one of the reasons why we enjoy celebrating today…better late than never.

And there are quite a few things to do on this beautiful birthday Sunday!

If you are lucky enough to live around Springfield…take a trip to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum today – in honor of Lincoln’s birthday, there will be NO admission fee today!

If you’re an early bird – head to the Lincoln Home visitor centre and catch some lectures that start at 8:30am:

  1. Tom Martin, chairman of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation, will present “Preserving the Mount Pulaski Courthouse.”
  2. Wayne C. Temple, retired chief deputy director of the Illinois State Archives, talks about his forthcoming book “Lincoln’s Springfield/Pittsfield Connection - A Tale of two Cities.”
  3. Bill Thomas, economic development director of Logan County, presents “Uncovering Connections: The Story of the 1875 Grand Old Style Barbeque on the Grounds of the Atlanta Union Agricultural Society.”

There will also be various celebrations in Washington, Vandalia and, of course, Lincoln, IL – just check your local newspapers!

If you aren’t anywhere close to the relevant Lincoln sites in the US or even outside the country, you can still party!

Some friends and I, for example, are doing “Do as Lincoln Did Challenges” and they’re completely unattached to a certain place.

They could be:

- Read a Shakespeare play (for the advanced: Write an embarrassing review and send it to a well known Shakespeare actor)

- Play with a kitten (for the advanced: bring the most fancy spoon in your household and tell anybody scoffing at it that “if it would be good enough for Buchanan, it’s good enough for *Tabby/name of cat you are cuddling*)

- Walk a full two miles and leave two cents at the exact end to honor Lincoln’s dedication during his postmastership in New Salem (for the advanced: Give the two pennies to an actual person and ask who’s birthday it is today)

- Get a hold of a chapter of one of the 13 books of “Euclid’s Elements” and understand it by the time the sun sets (for the advanced: Use the just learned mathematical theorem on a practical matter that concerns your life right now; write a one page essay, hand it to the teacher you like best and ask his opinion)

-       Honor one of Lincoln’s greatest, yet most underrated speeches – Peoria 1854:

 “And now, why will you ask us to deny the humanity of the slave? and estimate him only as the equal of the hog? Why ask us to do what you will not do yourselves? Why ask us to do for nothing, what two hundred million of dollars could not induce you to do? (…) -some poet has said “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

At the hazzard of being thought one of the fools of this quotation, I meet that argument—I rush in, I take that bull by the horns.”

Prepare a full argument to speak up on something that it is really, REALLY, important to you and think it through ALL THE WAY. (For the advanced: Discuss it CALMLY with one person you know would be of opposite opinion).

- Take an ugly selfie and post it to your most used social media (for the advanced: Point out that you are most certainly not two-faced for if you were, you would not wear THIS one!)

- Make food! Abraham Lincoln went hungry often in his life and he never developed a distinguished taste for any particular dish. There are many “his favorite” recipes but they are ALL fake (seriously, he never mentioned his wife’s cake or actually liking a gingerbread man!). The only mention Lincoln ever made about a food he enjoyed was about cornbread (“I can eat them faster than two women can make them”). Most contemporaries stated that he would eat without complaint whatever was put in front of him – even in the worst restaurants on the circuit. So, go ahead and make food! Eat it, no matter how it turns out and enjoy that you did it yourself. (For the advanced: DO try your hand at cornbread – and if it turns out yummy, please DO send me the recipe, for I haven’t figured that out yet!)

Last but not least - just enjoy the guy; he was cool!

Soluzioni temporanee all’annoso problema del “e ora che cazzo di libro leggo a mio figlio?” o dell’elenco di libri per bambini tra i 0 e i 4-5 anni a seconda di chi vi siete allevati in casa

Prefazione: La Lina Wertmüller non è mai stata considerata abbastanza.

Premessa: La tristezza della sezione bambini di una libreria italiana.

Ogni libreria italiana che si rispetti presenta sempre 5 generi di libri per bambini: libri monnezza disegnati malissimo, tipici di chi non ha mai letto un libro ad un bambino. Di solito li comprano le nonne (tipo mia madre), quando non sanno che cazzo regalare al nipote e pescano il primo titolo che le capita sotto mano. Seguono Le favole di Esopo e affini, Il piccolo Principe, Pinocchio, il Walt Disney del momento.

Dietro a tutta sta monnezza, scavando parecchio, trovate pure titoli di un certo livello per far crescere il vostro “fiocco di neve” un po’ meno fiocco ma sicuramente un po’ più punk.

Iniziamo col classicone “Chi me l’ha fatta in testa?” storia di una talpa che un giorno si sveglia con una cagata misteriosa in testa e va in cerca dell’animale che le ha fatto questo per vendicarsi.

Il secondo è Mr Tiger Goes Wild (in italiano esiste che l’ho visto ma non ricordo il titolo esatto). Storia divertente di una tigre che si rompe le palle di andare in giro con il frak e vuole tornare alle sue origini d’animale. Così lascia la città per la foresta e capisce che non tutto funziona come vorrebbe. È con lieto fine. 

Un colore tutto mio (ma in generale un po’ tutti quelli di Leo Lionni). Un camaleonte che vorrebbe avere un colore tutto suo ma non può. Alla fine diventa Amanda Lear e si rifà una vita da soubrette. Scherzo, ma dopo le 150 letture viene spontaneo di cambiare il finale del libro.

The boy who looked like Lincoln (il bambino che assomigliava a Lincoln). Non so se esiste in italiano ma l’inglese è alquanto facile e i bambini sotto i 6 anni guardano le figure mentre voi leggete quindi non è un dramma. Se funziona con la religione e il porno va bene pure con i libri per bambini. Il libro è stato censurato in Texas, ma se vivete tra la Brianza e la Puglia non dovreste avere problemi. È la storia di un bambino che assomigliava tremendamente all’ex presidente USA assassinato nel 1865 da Lee Harvey Oswald. I genitori, allora, lo mandano in un campo estivo dove scoprirà come tutti i bambini possono assomigliare a qualsiasi cosa (un cavallo, una lavatrice, un albero ecc.,) e lui capirà quanto è bello assomigliare a Lincoln anziché a O. J. Simpson. 

L’ultimo per questa prima puntata (e forse ultima) lo dedichiamo a I tre piccoli lupi e il maiale cattivo. Stavolta ci sono tre lupetti che si fanno una casa di mattoni ma poi arriva il maiale grosso e cattivo che gliela sbraga con la dinamite. Allora i lupetti se ne fanno una in cemento armato, ma il maiale cattivo gliela tira giù a botte di martello pneumatico e così quelli se ne fanno una in ferro battuto e filo spinato ma niente, il maiale grosso e cattivo è un vero infame e la distrugge lo stesso fino a quando…il finale è tutto una sorpresa. Scritto da Umberto Smaila è uno dei migliori che abbia mai letto in quest’ultimo anno.

I’m having my 2nd Flipbookit show in Chicago’s Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery from today till Dec 4 with 25 other artists. You guys should totally go say hi to my cone of shame cat that becomes a happy puppy animation in the show if you’re in the area, and send me pics + videos if you do!! ♥

Flipbookits will also available for sale in the gallery if any of you’re interested! 
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

- Now till 12/4/2016
- They open every day from 11am-7pm!
- Facebook event page here

(my 1st flipbookit show animation in Brooklyn here!)

“Learn From Each Other” by Majid Jordan

directed by Ben Strebel

After taking us to “King City,” OVO Sound’s Majid Jordan have released the Ben Strebel-directed visual for “Learn From Each Other.”

To support their self-titled debut, the Toronto duo will hit the road in their 1st headlining tour next month. Tickets for the 10-city tour will be available for purchase this Friday, February 19th.

3/14 San Francisco, CA at The Chapel
3/15 Los Angeles, CA at Masonic Lodge
3/20 Atlanta, GA at Vinyl
3/22 Miami, FL at Bardot
3/24 Washington, DC at U Street Music Hall
3/26 Brooklyn, NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg
3/29 Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair
3/30 Montreal, QC at Fairmont Theatre
4/4 Toronto, ON at Mod Club
4/5 Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall

6 More of Amtrak Pooches (P30CHs) by Marty Bernard
Via Flickr:
AMTK 701 with Train 303 with the Abe Lincoln, Joliet, IL on May 15, 1977. The hat on the Pooch is the roof of UD Tower.

Slow Magic is music made by your imaginary friend.

Conceived as a DIY project with worldwide scope, Slow Magic is for everyone. It is dreamy electronic music from another world, yet organic in nature. It’s joyous, escapist, multi-disciplinary art that mixes transcendent performance with the nostalgic intimacy of 2 teenagers staying up too late on the phone.

After the release of 2012’s beloved + critically-acclaimed album & touring across the globe with artists like Gold Panda & XXYYXX, Slow Magic became an international movement. Crowds found a masked individual in their midst, bathed in fantastic light, with electronic triggers & a drum. The future-primitive combination infused the project’s electronic compositions with new life.

Today, Slow Magic is back with his 1st single for Downtown Records entitled “Girls”. The track showcases what Slow Magic does best - glitchy vocals, thumping drums & bass, huge synths + an incessantly catchy melody pulling everything together. Currently on tour in Europe this summer, Slow Magic will embark on the debut N. American tour this Fall.

Girls ✞ buy

YO, we are going on tour with Into It. Over It., The Sidekicks, and Pinegrove in March / April. We’ll probably have a new 7" too. Tickets go on sale Friday.

3/22 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
3/23 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
3/24 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
3/25 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
3/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
3/28 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
3/29 - Portland, OR @ Star Theater
3/31 - San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
4/01 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
4/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
4/03 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
4/04 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
4/06 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
4/07 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/08 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
4/09 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/10 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
4/12 - Durham, NC @ Motorco
4/13 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
4/18 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
4/19 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
4/20 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
4/21 - Boston, MA @ Royale
4/22 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/23 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
4/24 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
4/26 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
4/27 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
4/28 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
4/30 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/01 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

Today, May 18 in 1860, the Republican National Convention nominated Abraham Lincoln for President of the United States.

The convention was held in Chicago where, after the decision for the venue was made, no large enough meeting hall to house it could be found.

Quickly, a wooden frame assembly hall to seat 10,000 delegates, guests, and observers, was constructed – it was to be known as the “Wigwam.

Despite its rushed erection, the building proved fit for the purpose with much lauded acoustics and great lines of sight from most seats.

After the elimination of a stout list of candidates many delegates switched to Lincoln and he won the party’s nomination against William H. Seward on the third ballot.

It took until noon for the result to reach Springfield, IL where Abraham Lincoln awaited the convention’s outcome and in the hours to come, large groups of people gathered in front of Lincoln’s modest two story house.

During a short speech in response to a serenade, Abraham Lincoln apologized for not being able to invite the whole crowd into the limited space of his home to which, according to the Illinois State Journal, one of the onlookers replied:

“We will give you a larger house on the fourth of next March'”