On Friday, May 20th, I had the pleasure of attending a prestigious after hours event at the National Museum of Women in the Arts with 20/20 Productions founder Otessa Ghadar (who’s perspective you all will read later). As we walked in, the decorum itself was breathtaking. Not knowing what to expect at an after hours event at a museum (maybe because I’ve seen “Night at The Museum” too many times!), I must say I was thoroughly impressed. “From the music by Bethany Cosentino of The Best, to the vendors such as Union Kitchen, Dirty South Deli and Mezeh, we had high hopes that it’d be a great event and we were not disappointed.
Nerd culture has really risen to new heights in the last 10 or so years. Popular culture has finally gotten a taste of what the smart geeky kids have known about for decades. Incredible successes like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and all the superhero movies have firmly placed fantasy, science fiction, and comic books in the public eye. And boy-oh-boy, have we been missing out.
Have you ever thought about how the items we possess and the way we use them to interact with the world impacts our lives? Like say for instance your toaster. How does your toaster impact you and your loved ones? Well, it probably doesn’t, at least not in any significant way. That was a bad example. Oh, oh! What about your car? We all spend grotesquely large amounts of time in our cars. Or if you live in a city, what about your bike?
Depending on who you ask, we as spirited beings get to live on after our bodies decay. But what then? Clouds, harps, songs of praise, and streets of gold; or weeping, flames, gnashing of teeth, and eternal torment? Maybe we live on, inhabiting the bodies of a lesser life form, or we sort of melt into a collective greater consciousness. Or perhaps it really isn’t that different. Maybe we still have jobs, we still have friends, and, whenever possible, we still like eating ice cream cake.
The world is peppered with smart and powerful people. Sometimes they make themselves known to the world through their big personalities and notable deeds; they tell the stories of their rise from poverty, winning the hearts of the masses. But as often as not the powerful sit discreetly in the background and quietly dictate the future; theirs is not a tale of rags to riches. The world has always been at their fingertips, and starting as early as grade school they learned how to flex the muscles of influence.
It’s probably really hard being blind. There are just so many things for which one ordinarily uses their eyeballs: reading books, avoiding walls, playing Candycrush, watching web series, etc. We take being sighted individuals totally for granted, not even bothering to think about those less fortunate and when we do, it’s often out of pity. Tommy Edison doesn’t want your pity, in fact he would probably prefer a chuckle.
That generational divide that everyone talks about, is it really that serious? Us millennial types aren’t that different from Generation X, are we? As a general rule the internet plays a pretty significant role in the lives of GenX-ers and Millennials alike, what with social media and all, and the technical advancements of the last 20 years have really helped to break down the age barriers that once stood in the way. I guess the internet really does bring people together, people like Brett and Claire.
In the world of Croissant Man an ever widening divide between the snooty upper crust and the rest of the population has led to…tension. It is here we find our hero distraught and disenfranchised with the opulent bourgeois life he leads. But what can he do? Perhaps therapy will help, or maybe it’s just best to wallow in his vices. Without direction our hero is lost and confused, even the solace he used to find in his favorite cheesy TV drama is lost in a fog of dismay. He has no “fillings”. Life is meaningless! But Lo, what is this? This vision, this inspiration…who is she? She brings hope and meaning, she inspires our hero to take a stand for the innocent, to fight for the rights of the oppressed…
Sector 9 has been compromised. After a long drawn out war against the Grayskins, the powers that be decided that the best way to contain these dangerous shape shifting aliens is to quarantine the entire system, trapping many an innocent human while safeguarding the rest of the galaxy. Outposts have been set up to ensure that all ships attempting to leave are stopped or, if worst comes to worst, terminated.