And on the Subject of EA…

If you’re going to be so dense as to think that someone can’t put their life experiences, especially concerning things like mental illness, into creative form then here are some more people/things you should probably never let your patients learn about:

  • Virginia Woolf
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Winston Churchill
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • James Joyce
  • Albert Einstein
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (autobiographical novel of schizophrenia)
  • Go Ask Alice (novel about teenage addiction)
  • Lisa, Bright and Dark (novel about pre-diagnosed bipolar disorder)
  • The Best Little Girl in the World (novel about anorexia)
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Eugene O’Neil
  • Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Robert Schumann
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Vaslov Nijinsky (dancer with schizophrenia who wrote an autobiography about it)
  • John Keats
  • Tennessee Williams
  • Isaac Newton
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Jimmy Piersall (Red Sox player who is bipolar and wrote an autobiography)
  • Patty Duke
  • Charles Dickens
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Roseanne Barr
  • Marlon Brando
  • Drew Carey
  • Jim Carrey
  • Dick Clark
  • Judy Collins
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Princess Diana
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Linda Hamilton
  • The Jacksons (let’s face it, all of them are fucked up)
  • Billy Joel
  • Catherine Zeta Jones
  • Ashley Judd
  • Heath Ledger
  • Greg Louganis
  • Michelangelo
  • Rosie O’Donnell
  • Marie Osmond
  • K. Rowling
  • Winona Ryder
  • Brooke Shields
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • John Claude van Damme
  • Mike Wallace
  • Tammy Wynette

And most of these people didn’t do what you’re “supposed” to do in dealing with illness.  It doesn’t make their work not great and not something people should find and be interested in – whether they have a mental illness themselves or not.

I could go on.  Not all of these people have bipolar disorder, but I could totally make you a huge list of the artist that do have just bipolar disorder.

Also, anyone who starts to tell me that her bipolar “isn’t real” but admits to her actually having had a hospital stay for treatment – you’re a hypocrite and you need to go away.

And as for the accusations of Emilie lying, about anything…well she’s never been shy about telling people she’s a liar.  Besides the fact that she’s got an entire song called Liar about it there is enough in her song Swallow to make me believe that lying is part of the game.  And since I respect her as an artist for doing what she wants to do and not what other people want to do, I’m going to remind you all – fans and foes alike – of this line:

I don’t want to be a legend/oh well that’s a goddamn lie I do/To say I do this for the people/I admit is hardly true.

Someone pointed out that she wrote something in the song If You Feel Better that makes a lot of sense too.

Won’t make me sorry cause I’m cruel/Won’t hurt the feelings I don’t have/Won’t break the heart that isn’t there you’ll find/But if you feel better/Telling me I’m cruel/Saying I’m unfeeling/I don’t mind.

You guys knew what you were getting into if you bothered to listen to her music.  I mean damn.

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In Defense of Emilie Autumn

This rant is on this blog and not on my ranty blog because it’s a popular media rant.

A little background as to why I’m writing this.

I’m trying to change my Tumblr theme.  Again.  And I found this cute little Sailor Moon “Fight Like a Girl” artwork.  And I was like “Hey, I can use this with some cute lolita theme and make it all Emilie Autumn and badass cutesy-ness.”  So I Googled EA so that I could amass pics of her (because I lost my former collection when I lost my old computer.)  And I see in the bar above the images some related things and one says “Violin Bow Incident” so being the curious cat I am, I clicked on it.  Sigh.  Bullshit…bullshit…bullshit…did I expect to find anything here really?  But then I see this confessions sort of thing and it says this:

I hope my patients never find out about EA.  She does exactly what you SHOULD NOT DO when it comes to mental illness; lets it define her, rule her life, and uses it as an excuse to be cruel, insensitive and avoid her obligations.

What what?

Okay, I’m an EA fan yes.  But I’m not crazy stalker fan type.  As y’all have seen here on Tumblr, I like a butt-ton of things.  I obsess over a lot.  Right now, I’d tell you that I’m far and away more interested and obsessed over wrestling than EA.  And I actually keep up with Veronica Varlow more than EA herself.

But what?

Let me just…

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WB: Over the Top

Cross-posted to LiveJournal.

So one of the more recent WB questions I came across was:

Who would you consider the most overrated musician, and why?

Hoo-boy.  Overrrated musicians are America’s specialty.

Well, I could consider a lot of musicians that I like to be totally and completely overrated.

Ke$ha comes to mind first.  She really doesn’t have much in terms of talent, despite the fact that I like her songs.

I think Lady Gaga has only gotten where she has by hiding the true talent that she has and being the new Madonna in terms of the controversial stuff she can get away with.  I give her more credit, however, for being brave enough to not just be a performer but to put on a total theatrical experience for those of us who are fortunate enough to watch her live.  I enjoy artists that do that.  See: my love for Emilie Autumn.

Britney Spears as well.  Why people are still interested in her escapes me.  She never had much talent to begin with and hasn’t been doing all that good musically for a while.  Everyone just likes her particular brand of crazy.  Also, Lindsey Lohan can fall into that category.

Anyone that comes out of Disney or Nickelodeon could be considered overrated.  Also, Justin Beiber.

And I’m not immune to saying that there are foreign bands that I just can not see why they are so famous.  We could go on and on about some of the more stereotypical J-Pop and K-Pop groups but Tokio Hotel is who really comes to mind.  I like them and all, but Bill K. sounds and looks mostly like a woman and the songs are not all that spectacularly done.

Then there’s those that I know have talent that I think have been given way too much credit.  Like Beyonce.  She’s a great artist, with a stunning voice, but people love to worship her and I don’t really see why.  Even Mariah Carey, whom I will never stop loving, has this going for her.  And I can’t figure out why people like me do this.

But I think by far the biggest overrrated musician there is or ever will be was Micheal Jackson.  Don’t get me wrong, the man had talent.  And it wasn’t until Usher came along that anybody could come close to him in dancing talent.  But after his peak in the 80’s, he started sliding downhill.  Not just the child molestation controversies and crazy antics and such.  His music wasn’t all that spectacular (in my opinion, his sister started to outshine him so badly) and do I need to mentionMoonwalker?  His level of ridiculousness increased ten-fold and yet the worshipping of this man and the ignorance of his flaws has extended even past his death.

By far the biggest overrrated musician, in my opinion.

NYR Update

I appear to be doing well on my NYRs.

I’ve finished 5 books already this year and am halfway through the 6th.  I have 3 more books in the series I’m reading to be as caught up with that as I want to be.  Then I’m starting on all single-read books (no series.)

I’ve definitely been writing more.  While I’ve also been posting blurbs up here, I have at least 3 rants in my folder that I have to finish and post, and then work on some more reviews.  I’m keeping up well with NEW correspondence but the backed-up stuff is still backed-up and I’ll get to it soon I hope (Sorry Rae, but the research paper that is my response to you is taking forever to get right.  I want this to be structured, sound and well-researched, so I’m not repeating myself and I can get the argument to be the way I want.  So much more than just typing as I read.)

I’m also doing a good job with the backed up bills (the gas bill is down and the rent is almost done being payed off as well.)  I’m hoping to get a decent chunk of money to myself for groceries and stuff soon, which ties into the “I wanna eat better” resolution.  I’ve started doing a bit more grocery shopping again, instead of just eating what I bring home from Subway and what the boys have in the house.  I’m making things again, though not necessarily cooking but I hope that’s changing soon as well.

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