SIDESHOW: Sometimes there are other ideas that I think would be awesome. So think of these as guest blog entries from other sections of my brain.

This is from a Tumblr that doesn’t exist called Cornel West Wing. All quotes are by Dr. Cornel West, activist and academic.  The idea for this blog was texted to me by my mayor, Eric Papenfuse. 


Top 15 West Wing Relationships (as voted by my followers)

8. Jed Bartlet and Mrs. Landingham
     “Look at you. You’re a boy king. You’re a foot smarter than the smartest kids in the class. You’re blessed with inspiration. You must know this by now. You must have sensed it. Look, if you think we’re wrong, if you think Mr. Hopkins should honestly get paid more than Mrs. Chadwick, then I respect that. But if you think we’re right and you won’t speak up because you can’t be bothered, then god, Jed, I don’t even want to know you.”


This guy’s walkin’ down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, “Hey you! Can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole, and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m down in this hole; can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey, Joe, it’s me. Can ya help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are ya stupid? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.

-The West Wing, 1999 - 2006

I know no one cares.

I’m watching the west wing for the first time. I’m on season two and Mrs. Landingham just died. I’m extremely upset. She was the best. She was so excited about buying her new car and paying sticker price for it. She didn’t tell the president because she didn’t want him to think she was being extravagant. She was driving her new car back to hear that the president had ms. She never knew he was sick but she was always trying to make him feel better. She hid steaks from him. I’m so upset and to do it in such a cavalier way too. Only like two minutes left in the show.

some of my fave little things about the West Wing so far:

  • episode bookends, when they have same song at the beginning and end of the episode, or a reiteration of a quote or something.
  • “Margaret!”
  • President Bartlet’s notre dame sweatshirt
  • the more tired or over worked or emotionally unstable Sam is, the more hair falls on his forehead
  • Donna is almost always right
  • The way Josh carries his coat over his shoulder
  • the fact that Leo is basically the Dad of the show
  • Sam being obsessive about every speech he writes
  • CJ’s rapport with the journalists
  • Charlie and Mrs. Landingham talking about President Bartlet
  • Big Block of Cheese Day
  • the recurring theme of President Bartlet being a Massive Nerd™
  • Donna as the audience proxy, and the smoothness with which exposition is delivered, through debates between Josh and Donna
  • Josh putting his hands in the pockets of his slacks when he’s uncomfortable or nervous (and standing up)
  • who is really running the country, the President or Leo McGarry?? (Leo)
  • the rare times people call Sam “Sammy” and he scrunches up his face
  • the gossip chain among the assistants
  • “which I guess makes me deputy deputy chief of staff”
  • how the camera moves with the characters, it gives the show fluidity

I will probably add to this list as I watch more (I’m a little over half way through season two)

The West Wing:

Work as hard as Josh Lyman
Be as kind as Dolores Landingham
Grow as much as Donna Moss
Be as honest as Leo McGarry
Be as passionate as Toby Ziegler
Have as much fun as Ainsley Haines
Be as selfless as CJ Cregg
Love yourself as much as Sam Seaborn
Be as optimistic as Will Bailey
Be as devoted as Charlie Young
Be as supportive as Abbey Bartlet
Aim as high as Jed Bartlet

West Wing Quote of the Day
  • Mrs. Landingham: We're choosing pictures from the collection at the National Gallery.
  • Bartlet: They'll loan stuff?
  • Mrs. Landingham: Anything you want in the National Gallery or the whole Smithsonian.
  • Bartlet: Really?
  • Mrs. Landingham: Yeah.
  • Bartlet: I want Apollo 11.
  • Mrs. Landingham: Well, you can't have that.
  • Bartlet: Then don't bother me.
I don’t think poetry can ever fully connect with the natural world. This, because we are bound inextricably to language. As language is always, in a way, a failure to access the thing-in-itself, poetry takes up the distance between language and experience. It both acknowledges and threatens that void. Its failures, though, present their own unique opportunities. If poetry cannot (and, perhaps, should not) replicate the world, it can offer instead a translation of the world, a way of making meaning askance, dismantling our knowns through other approximations. That, I think, is poetry’s great mystery, poetry’s longing, and poetry’s grief—it is an elegy to the world it can’t fully connect to. This is our burden—language—and our gift.
—  Corey Van Landingham, interviewed in West Branch

anonymous asked:

i started watching the west wing and wanted to know why you liked cj so much? and who else do you like & why?


and by that I mean she is a flawed deeply human woman with a backstory and insecurities and hope and compassion and fabulous dress sense and playfulness and snark and anger and love interests and the singular ability to play the press briefing room like a finely-tuned violin

plus, in a white house of egos so large they practically eclipse the seal of the president she’s one of the characters who is consistently shown to be open to learning, approaching even big block of cheese day nutcases with a humility that you don’t get from anyone else, but at the same time fiercely determined to prove herself equal to the yale-and-harvard statistic spouting beltway inside players despite not really being from this world, and (spoiler) it’s her who ascends to chief of staff, the hollywood import who’d never even run a campaign before and I mean

CJ comes at this from a place of compassion—not ideals, like sam and bartlet, not from personal ambition and drive, like josh, not even personal loyalty, like toby or leo. CJ does what she does because she feels, and fucks up when she does for the same reasons. She is so angry so much, about people hurting and people being maligned and from one of the tallest podiums in the world she lifts her voice, even when it’s not great for the guys she’s supposed to be protecting

(it’s not a perfect voice—I’m not going to pretend the west wing isn’t a tv written by and for white liberals whose boner for clinton lasted out the 90s, but I’m a sucker for the siren song of idealism and dramatic monologues full of SAT words so it’s hard for me to be impartial on this topic)

and just I really love CJ I’m not sure how she came into being or how aaron sorkin managed not to seriously screw her up in some way but she’s really fucking important to me. Her existence as a female character who’s scared and angry and regal and clumsy and admired, so admired, admired for her courage and righteousness and intelligence and savvy…it has been and is so important to me, in so many ways.