During his interview with Mike Watkiss, Richard Ramirez said one of his infamous quote “I gave up on love and happiness a long time ago”, to which Mike asks him why. Richard never answered to this. In my opinion, this is finally the answer that he gave in the Inside Edition interview.
This confession coincides with what profiler John Douglas said about most serial killers “no matter how they look or come across, have really low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacies…”
I have already written about the way the “fashion profiles” of Richard Spencer and other known neo-nazis in mainstream media are normalizing these discourses and making these people appealing to the public, sexy and desirable even. As recent as November 2016, Spencer was filmed giving a speech where his followers broke into Sieg Heil Nazi salutes and Spencer himself used words such as “lugenpresse” (lying press) that have a long history within Nazism. However, since these interviews and profiles rarely (if ever) point to this man’s history of neo-nazi advocacy (including eugenics and mass extermination), here’s a rundown of the past seven years of Richard Spencer, in his own words, calling for ethnic cleansing, mass sterilization and a whites only ethnostate.
Richard Spencer, who got punched this past weekend, denies he is a neo-nazi. I created an archive of the past seven years of “Spencer in his own words” where he advocates for mass sterilizations of Black people, racial genocide, ethnic cleaning and the creation of a whites-only ethnostate.
This is from one of the trilogy era fan books, an interview with Ace Attorney writer/creator/director Takumi Shu about Phoenix and Edgeworth. I posted it on the PW Kink Meme before but since I finally jumped on the Tumblr bandwagon, I figured I might as well put it up here too. Enjoy~
Interviewer: The profile that the fans came up with for Wright is published on page 46. What’re your thoughts on it?
Shuu: You all put a lot of thought into that, didn’t you? Personally when it comes to Wright, the more I try to unravel him, the less I understand. When it comes to Edgeworth, he’s a little more unstable in some ways than the average person, so that actually makes it easier to think up interesting replies for him. But with Wright, I feel like he’s the type who leads a relatively normal life with both feet on the ground. And he’s quite average. That actually makes it more difficult to imagine what his life style is like.
I: As you say, Inaba-san and Iwamoto-san both described Wright as “average.” (see page 48)
S: I suppose so. He gives the impression of having been raised in a very normal family. I think he probably grew up in municipal housing or apartment building with his family. I bet even now he’s renting a normal apartment. He probably commutes to the bath house and stuff.
I: When it comes to his mode of transportation between his place of residence and his office or the bath house, it seems that a lot of fans are of the opinion that he rides his bike…
S: Couldn’t it be like a granny bike [characterized by having a basket on the front for carrying a purse/groceries]? I don’t really think a mountain bike suits him (lol) Just so we’re clear, I don’t ride a granny bike (lol)
I: Train and bike were mentioned, but what about other modes of transportation?
S: It’s been established that he doesn’t own a car. I can’t picture him driving one, it just doesn’t fit his image (lol)
I: Does he have his driver’s license?
S: Probably not.
I: While we’re on the subject, what about you, Shu-san? Do you have your license?
S: I don’t, actually (lol). That might have influenced Wright in a way.
I: The next item on the player input survey is about “part time jobs he had in college.” In average Wright’s case, there seems to be a general consensus that it would’ve likely been something that had a lot to do with serving people’s daily needs or the hospitality industry, but since he was enrolled in the art department, I think it would be interesting if he’d done some artistic modeling.
S: He might’ve also been something like a manga artist’s assistant.
I: What exactly was Wright studying in the art department?
S: I actually have an established headcannon about that. He was hoping to become a Shakespearian actor. That’s why he was enrolled with the art department. Influenced by that experience, his gestures tend to be a little exaggerated
I: So did he plan on someday going to England to study acting, then?!
S: I think he did. But then while he was enrolled, a newspaper article about Edgeworth caught his eye. After that he changed courses and started studying to be a defense attorney so that he could meet Edgeworth.
I: I wouldn’t have expected him to pursue an acting career. So does this mean that he’s actually pretty capricious?
S: I wouldn’t call him capricious exactly; I think he’s more the type that once he starts thinking a lot about a certain thing, he becomes very single-mindedly fixated on that thing (lol). I already mentioned that in the “his ‘type’” section though, didn’t I?
I: I see. Let’s talk about his taste in cell phones. What sort of phone do you imagine him owning? I’m betting that since he’s hopeless with technology, he has a very basic model that he’s used and loved for a long time. Is that right?
S: It’s probably one of those old basic straight phones [as opposed to a slider or flip phone which were more common in Japan when this was written]. But even as old as it is, he still hasn’t managed to ruin it with over use. I doubt he’d bother to replace it until it actually breaks… He doesn’t seem like he’d be able to afford an upgrade before that time (lol)
I: Wright keeps taking jobs that don’t end up paying much, so he doesn’t seem like he has much money.
S: And we probably shouldn’t underestimate the cost of maintaining that office of his. It’s in pretty good shape, and there’s a decent amount of room in there. But I think that for Wright, in contrast to wealthy Edgeworth, a poorer image suits him pretty well. If you think of him that way, he, how should I put this… it adds flavor to his character (lol)
Interviewer: Looking at the responses we gathered from the fans, we got some pretty nice comments, but it still feels like there are gaps here and there. What can you tell us about Edgeworth’s character?
Shu: Compaired to Wright, don’t you think Edgeworth’s details are easier to imagine? How should I put this… it’s easy to play around with different aspects of his character. Once I decided that he was rich, various inspirations about him just kept coming to me.
I: Speaking of his wealthiness, it looks like the fans, in regard to his living quarters, imagined him to have rather expensive tastes.
S: I wonder (lol). I think he might be the owner of a large dog. Its collar is white and has frills on it. If you’re going to keep a large dog like that indoors, I suppose an expensive apartment would be best. He’d be like, “Hey, Pess! What’re you barking at?!”
S: That’s the dog’s name (lol) Edgeworth doesn’t seem like the type who’d be good at communicating with other people or horses, Pess is the only one he can really communicate well with.
I: Pess is the only one, huh? (lol) That’s pretty blunt.
S: If Pess were to die, Edgeworth’s world might come to an end. He’s a man who lives in that sort of delicate balance.
I: Edgeworth’s emotional state really depends on Pess’s wellbeing, doesn’t it? So even though he puts up a strong front for the rest of the world, he allows himself to be vulnerable in front of Pess. Is that it?
S: Not only that, but Edgeworth is a very two-faced character. At first, I planned to write him as the type of man without any chinks in his armor. But then… in the strategy guide published by Futabasha, Suekane-san drew a comic in which Edgeworth was a Steel Samurai fan. Now that I think about it,that was what caused Edgeworth’s character to begin to crumble (lol). I began to think “he might actually be cuter if there were chinks in his armor.”
I: Between Wright and Edgeworth, which one do you view as being cuter?
S: Wright is heavily modeled after my own personality, so I can’t really think of him as “cute.” Maybe it’s because when I write from Wright’s point of view, I’m basically just writing what I would think in that situation.
I: So from Wright’s perspective, Edgeworth is…
S: He’s probably thinking that Edgeworth is a pretty cute guy (lol). The second game was when Edgeworth really began to come into his own as a character. So as I was writing it, I began to want to give him a little more development, and I came up with an episode where Wright’s it a really tough spot and Edgeworth helps him out.
I: You’re right; it was the fourth case of the second game where we really began to see Edgeworth as a good guy. It really gave credibility to the claim that he was Wright’s best friend. Now, returning to the topic of the profiles, I’m curious as to what you have to say about Edgeworth’s taste in music.
S: He might be a ppongjjak fan. [Pponjjak= Korean techno/disco music XDDDD]
I: P-ppongjjak?! That’s… rather unexpected…
S: What would be the fun in making him a classical music fan? So he’d be like, standing at attention, listening to ppongjjak. I think that style of music actually suits Edgeworth’s character pretty well.
I: According to the opinions of some players, they could imagine him “singing a passionate rendition of the English song 'My Way.’” Might he sing this song after a victory in court?
S: Sometimes he’ll do things in accordance with the Von Karma family tradition. That means if he wins a trial, he definitely sings “My Way.” (lol) Manfred Von Karma would hold the mic out to him and say, “Sing, Miles.” Franziska might also join him.
I: Speaking of the Von Karma family, it’s amazing how he had all those Von Karma-isms carefully hammered into him since around his middle school years.
S: He received special accelerated education for gifted children, so by the time he was around 20 years old, he fit in pretty well at the Von Karma family dinner table. By the way, the old housekeeper that currently tends to Edgeworth’s fancy appartment has been with him since back then (lol)
I: The old housekeeper left the Von Karmas so that she could be with Edgeworth, huh? (lol)
S: But I think of Edgeworth as being the type of man who really appreciates time to himself, so on such occasions the housekeeper won’t disturb him. I wonder what it is about Edgeworth’s character that makes him so easy to play with (lol). It’s strange.
In an interview with famous FBI profiler Robert Ressler, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer admitted his murder spree was largely motivated by the need to control and overpower others; Dahmer viewed the slightest rejection as a rebellion against his percieved power, and punished his victims with torture and death.
When Ressler expressed doubt that Dahmer could commit murder purely to assert control, Dahmer replied that if a young, good looking man had freely submitted to him and did all he pleased, then that man would have left his apartment alive.
This is the eight interview in what I hope will be a long running series! I think people need to feel more connected to the brilliant authors behind their favorite fics, I also feel that fic authors need to be taken just as seriously as published authors and treated with respect and admiration in the same way. Making money should not be the only way to gain prestige! (Though in this case, the author I’m interviewing writes both fanfiction and published fiction!) Some of the best peices of writing I’ve ever read have been fanfictions and they are often equal or superior to published stories. If you have a story or author recommendation, let me know! And if you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask your favorite author, message me and I’ll try to make it happen!
Pen name: Kalima
Is English your first language? My only, I’m ashamed to say.
How long have you been writing? 48 years, including fanfic, although I don’t think it had a formal name back then.
Your weakest? My weakest fics are not found on the web
What is your favorite website for posting your writing and why? I used to post to livejournal back in the day. Now mostly these three:
Teaspoon and an Open Mind is the go-to for Doctor Who fic.
Archive of Our Own is a wonderful site, open, inclusive, and well-organized, supporting fanfic of all stripes and types (including some that I find seriously disturbing and not in a good way).
Fanfiction.net is still hanging in there.
What do you find most challenging about writing fanfiction in particular? I think many people would say it’s the tendency to be Jossed. But with all the permutations and alternate universes to play around in, it doesn’t matter much anymore. Readers don’t care if your story has been Jossed by the actual show or the source material. They only care if it hits all the right marks, kinks or beats.
In your opinion, what can the fanfiction community do to encourage fanfiction writers to continue their art? If people are genuinely looking to improve their craft (not just looking to feed their egos) writing classes, workshops, and seminars are good start.Offer to beta read or proof-read. If a more experienced author has time or inclination ask for a real critique offsite, but accept it graciously if they don’t have the time.
What was your favorite review or comment? the first glowing review I got from a fellow pro-author I admired outside of fandom was thrilling.
What type fanfiction do you enjoy reading? I prefer strongly plotted, character driven fic with lots of emotional depth and engagement. Be clever, be surprising. Pay attention to spelling and grammar. Any trope or genre if those things are present.
What are some of your favorite fanfictions or fanfiction authors? I was going through all my old rec lists from way back and there were/are so many amazing writers and amazing stories I just can’t pick a few. I’d leave someone out. Sorry.
What are some major influences on your writing? Reading good books.
Anything else you would like to tell people about yourself? I’m also the author of a few published original short stories and a novel. There are a lot of professional writers who dabble in the fic. Fanfiction is good for the writing chops.
I would like to thank Kalima so much for their time! Once you start reading their writing you will not be able to stop! I have featured their Doctor who fic “Seven Minutes in Heaven” as well as their BTVS fic “Radience” I would like to encourage you to go and read their fanfiction! Remember to leave comments and kudos in support!
As to the definition of “feminist,” I don’t know. I have loved and I love feminism because in America, in Italy, and in many other parts of the world, it managed to provoke complex thinking. I grew up with the idea that if I didn’t let myself be absorbed as much as possible into the world of eminently capable men, if I did not learn from their cultural excellence, if I did not pass brilliantly all the exams that world required of me, it would have been tantamount to not existing at all. Then I read books that exalted the female difference and my thinking was turned upside down. I realized that I had to do exactly the opposite: I had to start with myself and with my relationships with other women—this is another essential formula—if I really wanted to give myself a shape.
What ‘The End of the Tour’ dramatizes—why it will be added to journalism professors’ curricula—is the seduction phase of the profile-writing process. It shows what a complicated encounter that can be, when the reporter’s effort to get inside the mind and heart of his subject is professionally motivated but also personally charged.