Early birthday gift to myself. Something small for me and something small for friends.
I feel like there’s a big opportunity within SUMMER. You know that one show that has potential but probably is overshadowed by another show on another network. YEAH give that a try. Don’t be fucking greedy and open the gates let people binge so by the time the new season starts up again you may have new people tuning in. Your talent if they aren’t doing anything let them Q&A via Twitter during a rebroadcast or commentary somewhere. Wouldn’t that help gain exposure with Emmy voters?! There’s so much that can be done. Let the writers out! BRING THEM OUT! LET THEM HAVE FUN! Some of the best panels I went to were WRITER PANELS! Let them eat cake! They are the creative masterminds behind our beloved characters and we recognize that. As fans we know somehow what to expect when we see a certain writer pop up in the credits. SO MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE. You are blowing it Hollywood! Use your brains or holler at me! THANKS!
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A letter he had written to his eldest son Thom.
November 10, 1958
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
I think that’s the problem with this new century, with the cult-like addiction to technology and constant connection, humans developed this expectancy of a response. You text someone and if they don’t correspond within a “reasonable” amount of time, they must be doing something wrong or they must be mad or busy. Ever thought of the potential fact that they simply don’t want to respond? It’s nothing personal. Who said we had to pick up phone calls when phones were still attached to walls? Who said two people had to talk every day to solidify some sense of friendship and who said that presence is required to honor legitimate support? Technology did.
No one owes you anything. Not conversation, not presence, and definitely no explanation. We live in a new world where these things have been engraved into our DNA so much that the mind is almost in a state of addition because nowadays, when I tell people I don’t have a Facebook or when I stop writing or when I no longer participate in social outings or let alone conversations, it’s like all of the sudden they don’t even know me anymore.
But you do, or well, you did.
You just don’t quite know who I’ve become or what I’ve been up to.
But where is the crime in that, anyway?
ET | The Normal Heart Emmy nominations (July 10, 2014) [MF]
Das right Emmys > Oscars #SorryNOTSORRY at all.