Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I'm becoming obsessed with people's accents. Why do they occur? And why, if they get established at childhood quickly, do they not disappear quickly when we move somewhere else? Is it because childhood brains format language and accents in a sort of synaptic permanent marker? I'm sure some of this interest stems from my own life. I lived in Indiana until I was 12. From then until now, at age 27, I've lived almost exclusively in the Central Valley of California. When I first moved to CA, I got teased for certain words I said but never really my accent. Is this because Midwesteners have a kind of "every man" accent? I know when I lived in Tennessee, people instantly knew I wasn't from the South but they never said, "Oh, you're obviously from Indiana." And, we never think of ourselves as having accents but if you listen to yourself speak and listen to a person from another region speak, all kinds of things are going on with those words. It's 12:30am and these are the things that keep me up at night.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Season 3 of Girls premiered tonight, which was pretty awesome. I love that show and it's near and dear to my heart. I watched Tiny Furniture before I saw any episode of Girls and straight up fell in love with Lena Dunham. When I watched Season 1 of Girls, none of my friends watched it and that was fine by me. The subject matter could seem so personal - the character of Hannah so close to me in her struggles - that I didn't want to share it. When you, yourself, create a piece of art it's terrifying putting it out there. A little piece of you is now floating around in the world for other people to take, manipulate, use and misunderstand. I felt like Girls was mine. My art. And nobody else should have it. Of course this isn't true. I didn't create the show, have zero part in it, don't know anybody associated it with it, but that's how I felt. And today when more than one friend seemed excited about the premiere, I resented it. Which is annoying of me. I LOVE the show and I feel like it says important things, shows important stories, presents a clear vision of real life and I should want other people to see that and feel that. I adore Lena Dunham and her creations and should want people to see what I see. And I do. Except for when I don't.