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I know it’s been a while. That’s because life has been absolutely insane these past few months. Lot of things have happened, mostly good – but of course, some incredibly bad.
Part of me has wanted to put the blog on complete hold until I can finish the never ending redesign (which is why I have been silent here for a while) but when someone like Trump is elected president, and then we find out Leonard Cohen died, it feels wrong to stay silent. This has always been where I come to vent, and today will be no different.
Obviously, I am not an American, but the reality is, Americans are our neighbours, and they’re also our brothers and sisters. They are not that different from us, despite how much we might protest otherwise and lay claim to superiority since we have Trudeau – a feminist – while they have Trump, a man who campaigned on pure hatred and vitriol toward everyone but white men.
A world under Trump is terrifying. Not because Trump is terrifying (he’s just a clown, nothing more than a power hungry entertainer with a great marketing team) but because if he is impeached (a likely possibility) an even worse monster – Pence – becomes President of the most powerful country in the world. I’d like to believe Trump isn’t nearly as racist or sexist or xenophobic as he campaigned himself to be, he just knew it would work on the people who are.
That said, in the face of the rampant increase in racism and sexism being displayed in full force since his win, it is up to us to do the right thing and protect the people who are now free targets to a once mostly silent majority of the population. Speak up if you see someone saying something hateful. Stand with the person being targeted. Being a bystander is never okay.
As Canadians, we also have a responsibility to not fall into the trap that has taken hold in France, England and America – the nationalist trap that fears the other. This is how devastating wars begin. This is why the violent tragedies that have happened recently have happened at all. Being afraid of refugees moving here is what convinces those vulnerable people to believe the rhetoric of dangerous groups and sign up for their ranks. With every nationalist win like Trump and Brexit, they only get stronger. Aaron Sorkin wrote that ISIS is having a party after Trump’s win, and that’s what strikes me the most about this whole nightmare. By being afraid and filled with hate, you are only making them stronger. This isn’t a solution to the problem, this is how you increase its power over you.
When America had Bush, we followed with Harper. Once they had Obama, we followed with Trudeau. We tend to follow their political ping pong party game pretty closely, and I hope and pray that this doesn’t happen again with our next election in three years. We cannot buy into this world of fear and hate. It only puts us at risk. When you hear a certain Conservative woman on the news spouting about Trump and how she hopes to follow in his footsteps here, tune that shit out. Turn the channel. Don’t write about her. Don’t give her press time. Please don’t validate any Canadians who campaign on hate, like the American media did by giving Trump non-stop press just because it was good for ratings.
We like to believe we are less racist and sexist here, but as we found out last Tuesday night, the silent majority might just be silent until it comes time to vote. Don’t take that for granted. Try your best to educate anyone around you who seems to support the Trump win. Do it without anger (if you can, I know this is incredibly hard for me). People only understand life through their own eyes, their own experiences, and that means your suburban relatives can’t always relate to your point of view. They haven’t experienced the diversity we embrace in cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. They only see the issues that affect them personally, and that is how they vote. Educating the people in your life about what it means to care for your neighbour is key. Educating them about what all this fear mongering nationalism does to strengthen terrorist groups is key. It might not work – people are inherently stubborn and self-interested, but you have to at least try.
In other news, I recently went to NYC for the first time in a DECADE! And it was as incredible as I remembered it to be. There was a time when I wanted nothing more than to leave Toronto for New York, and I think I had to stop visiting in order to truly embrace my city. Now that I adore Toronto and it has developed into an incredible place, I can resume my just as intense love for New York.
I went down there for a writing conference run by and for women, where I learned a ton. Screenwriting has been the most recent passion of mine, and I was able to attend a seminar led by Jenny Lumet, who wrote a film I truly love, Rachel Getting Married. I also got to wander around the MOMA, see the spot where Paul’s Boutique used to be, stay in Brooklyn, get drenched by a full day of rain, live on about 4 hours of sleep a night, eat the finest pizza $3 will ever buy you, tour Greenwich Village to indulge my Bob Dylan love, get lost on the vast subway system, meet a bunch of incredibly talented women writers, attend live tapings of The View and Dr Oz (because all the shows I wanted to see… Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Steven Colbert, SNL were sold out) and visit the 9/11 memorial. It was an incredibly packed 4 days.
Before that, I fulfilled one of my biggest music industry dreams – I was a Grand Juror for the Polaris Prize 2016 – which as you know by now went to Kaytranada’s 99.9% – a truly fantastic album that I never would have given a fair listen to were it not for the privilege of being on this incredible jury. It wasn’t the album that I was there to fight for (that would be Black Mountain’s fantastic IV) but I understand exactly why it won and I stand behind the choice.
One more great thing, I checked another big career goal off the list by having my first byline in Marie Claire (about a 90s film I love, The Craft), a publication I’ve always wanted to write for. Yes, my writing here has been sparse because I have an entirely new vision for this blog that has me stockpiling material, but also because I’ve been focused on freelance writing full-time, which is a non-stop hustle. With that point, I should make it clear that TTRO is not over, it is just on a semi-hiatus until I can turn it into something that represents me in my 30s instead of this old version of me in my 20s. I feel like when I post here I’m walking around in an old outfit that just looks silly on me now, so I’ve been holding back. But soon! An early 2017 launch is the goal, and things around here will be a lot more consistent (and hopefully very useful for you) come that time.
One last thing – by some strange and awesome twist of fate – after 7 years on Twitter I was finally able to get my name out from under someone sitting on the handle – so @lisa_TTRO is no longer. Now you can tweet me @lisalagace, which is the same as my Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Periscope names. Yay for consistency!
And finally, let me just say, one last time for the record, RIP Leonard. When I watched you perform live in 2009 it was one of those rare musical moments where I knew I was witnessing pure genius, a poet who understood our pain for us, made it somehow more tolerable.
“And even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand before the Lord Of Song, with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.”
This infographic from Finances Online is great. Not exactly telling me anything I didn’t already know, but it’s cool to see the actual stats on it.
Women dominate online. We kind of rule at this whole communicating via the internet thing.
What? Women like communicating? SHOCKER!
This is how you do Twitter. Hands down.
When I followed @drawnyourtweet yesterday morning they were at around 2500 followers, now, as I write this he or she is up to 11.6k!
Everyone wants their tweet drawn. I am no exception (unfortunately they do not take requests)! It plays into our deep desire to be recognized by a stranger, and takes it even further by making something we wrote most likely in about two seconds without a further thought, into art. Brilliant.
Also, the art itself is super cute. This person could make serious money if he started taking requests/making it into a business. I’d request a drawing of Mr. Bojangles. It’s a genius marketing strategy for an artist – similar to Chris Piascik’s Daily Drawings.
Go follow the account, and check out a few of my favourite drawn tweets below.
I think the only people who should have Twitter accounts are comedians. Because it’s all about one-liners. I would love it if Conan O’Brien or Reggie Watts or Stephen Colbert were to walk into a room and tell me one joke and leave. But you don’t want Gore Vidal telling you ‘I’m doing my dishes right now’.
Hello friends! New Years Eve is tomorrow, and if you want to avoid the typical godawful New Years party as described above, I suggest hitting up the El Mocambo or Silver Dollar – great bands, no guidos, no dubstep, normal priced drinks (and free Steamwhistle at midnight Elmo), low cover, lots of good rock music – that’s the way to ring in 2012.
Last year I spent my New Years at the Garrison doing exactly what the above mock poster says – spending too much to get into a packed dance club, waiting in long lines to get a drink/use a bathroom, and being unable to talk to any of my friends over the incredibly lame music (it was a ‘best music from every decade’ dance party which sounded cool but the DJ had a terrible idea of what the “best” music was from every decade so it was just embarrassing). I refuse to ever do that ever again.
Whatever you do, don’t be stupid – be safe, stay close to your friends, do not drive (!!!) as the TTC should be open all night for free as per usual so use it – and lets make 2012 the best year yet. We are another year closer to Rob Ford being out of office, that is something to celebrate if you ask me.
- Everyone’s Mixtape This is cool, upload your own mix! Stream others mixes based on themes.
- If You Have Something to Say About Music, #SayWrd Cool music series happening in Toronto.
- Street Views of Famous Album Covers Love this.
- D.I.Y. Industrial Record Cabinet I kind of want to make this for my records, but I am too lazy.
- WATCH: Why Good Entrepreneurs Borrow, Great Ones Steal A must watch.
- 6 Easy Twitter Hacks for Schmoozing Journalists It’s really not all that hard to get on someones radar if you put in this kind of effort.
- 10 Insanely Inspirational Manifestos This is my favorite link of all the links. So much greatness here.
- How To Prevent Seasonal Mood Disorder Winter is here – every time I look outside my window I see gray and it makes the SAD kick in pretty heavy, so these are good tips. I’m probably going to invest in the lamp. I fucking loathe winter with every fiber of my being, but at least December was mild so we only have 2.5 months of brutal shit to endure. Toronto feels like the north pole outside today. Boo.
- Exclusive Interview with Facebook Leadership: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO/Co-Founder and Sheryl Sandberg, COO This is great, they both provide a lot of insight into the direction the tech/social media world is headed and the skills we should be learning now.
- People Who Didn’t Get What They Wanted For Christmas Rarely can I say I actually feel hate towards people, but all of these people are worthy of that word. My god, how vile to be that spoiled and selfish.
- And finally, if you do any online shopping (It’s the only way to shop if you ask me) you will love this video: