Anonymous asked: Do you have goodreads? And if so whats your username/url?
Yeah; it looks like goodreads.com/jbradley works. I like Goodreads as a system for keeping track of things I’d like to eventually read, and also because I find cataloguing my cultural consumption to be really addictive. I don’t use the rating or review options. Writing about every book I read feels too much like work. (Though I do review books for the magazine. Thoughts about Ira Katznelson’s Fear Itself in the latest issue!)
Also, not to be a jerk or anything, but I don’t do friends on Goodreads unless I’ve met you physically or have interacted with you in some extended way on the internets. No shots, just how I do my social media; Twitter and Tumblr are for new friends.
It was just some crazy shit to do and I kind of look back on it as one of my lowest moments of my life, because at 18 amongst your friends, it’s kind of funny, but it’s also the kind of thing that gets loosened out into the world and everybody doesn’t share your skewed sense of humor. And it’s different when you are in a room full of people and everybody is laughing and when you are in a room of other kind of people and nobody is laughing. It’s just one of those awkward moments. The one thing that we learned is, just because you can say it, if you don’t plan to live by it and stand on it, then don’t even say it. From that point on, we started taking things a lot more seriously.
It’s a problem in our culture because, to be quite blunt about it, most Americans want their history to be essentially progressive and triumphal. They want it to be a pleasing story and if you go back to [the story of slavery] it’s not always going to please you but it’s a story you have to work through to find your way to something more redemptive.
Dr. David Blight, Professor of History at Yale
OMG, just browsing through my dashboard at almost-2am, and… what’s that… A reference to David Blight? Only my favourite historian? Noooooooooooo!
This is, like, hella important talking about America.
Anonymous asked: Favourite Movies? Books? Albums? Comic books or poster art etc? :p Love your tumblr and would love some recommendations from someone who clearly has good taste.
The best movie is actually Ten Things I Hate About You. Except also have you seen Spring Breakers? It’s neat.
You should read Justine Larbalestier and The Rent is Too Damn High and Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State and Ivy Pochoda’s Visitation Street.
The best albums, scientifically, are The Blueprint and Fearless.
I don’t know much about comic books but I read Scott Pilgrim once. Also, like, The Boondocks? Does that count.
Maybe get that poster of John Belushi drinking a bottle of Jack and wearing a college sweatshirt? My roommate at Western had that one. I’ve never thought about posters, Anon! Wait, hang on. You probably won’t go too wrong by searching for cool city pictures on Etsy. Like, some kind of map thing?
This one time I wrote a story about a friend of mine going back in time and having a tea party with a T-Rex, and she illustrated it and I really need to frame and hang that, but I don’t think that counts as a recommendation?
Can you afford a Basquiat?
It feels a bit weird being asked for recommendations because basically all I do on this Tumblr is post Adventure Time gifs and also talk about things I think people should listen to or read or watch or watch.