Changing ages

James Wilkes made a short film, “Young Wonder,” that is basically the most boy thing ever. Zack Kotzer jumps off from there to wonder about how our relationship with play changes as we age:

It is odd to think that there is an ability lost amidst all the ones we gain. Years ago, when I cleaned out my old room, reboxing mounds of action figures, I laid belly down on my bed to see what sort of adventure I could toss the plastic warriors into. I came up with nothing.

Your writing voice also changes as you get older. Stephanie Lucianovic does the unthinkable and revisits fiction she wrote at the age of 15:

It’s a perfectly awful piece of writing what with the run-on sentences, confused and tortured metaphors, excessive use of adjectives and adverbs, and prose so purple you can actually smell grapes as you read it. But it’s also a perfectly wonderful piece of writing BECAUSE of how awful it is.... Because in the future, when I’m pulling my hair and toenails out over a writer’s block and sweating a deadline, I’m going to click on over here, read, and realize: IT COULD BE WORSE.

I’m almost certain that my teenage writings are lost forever. I have no desire to disprove this.


Another thing that youngs and olds can share: confusion over how young women’s bodies are used as conduits of power. If Miley Cyrus is a gun, who’s aiming it?

How are young women meant to grow up free and brave in a world that covets our commercial potential and despises us when we demand control of our destinies? It would help if we stopped speaking of “empowerment” and “exploitation” as if those things were mutually exclusive. When a young woman puts on latex panties and grinds with a middle-aged creep on stage, because she knows that doing so will get her money and attention, is there power there? Hell, yes. Is that power bounded on all sides by patriarchy? Yes, again.

Performance artist Louise Orwin has an upcoming show based on “am I pretty or ugly” videos:

"I saw a really young girl pouting and posing in front of the camera. Her language was something that struck me. It was really teenage language; she was talking about how boys at school were picking on her but there was one guy who fancied her and she didn't know why boys didn't like her," Orwin explains. The girl on camera then asked whether her audience thought she was pretty or ugly."... After trying to contact some of the girls who made the videos, Orwin decided to post some of her own. She came up with a number of teenage alter-egos: an emo girl called Becky, a nerdy girl called Amanda and another character called Baby.

Today’s Candy: Name That Blue. I did well enough on the big names, but Stripe (whatever that is) kept throwing me off.