It’s all about time. I’ve always admired how British shows tend to have short runs and not overstay their welcome, but I think the American Office is better for having taken the time to figure out what it really wants to be. It’s undoubtedly better for gradually giving minor characters increased visibility and fleshed out personalities, a la The Simpsons. Ryan’s trajectory, in particular, is pretty epic.
The whole oral history is fantastic, with observations from Thurston Moore, Molly Ringwald, Rick Rubin, Run, DMC, Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains), Tabitha Soren, Kate Schellenbach and Chuck Eddy, among others.
To be anti-racist is to be clear on two points: First, race is a discourse, not a fact. Second, race is a discourse that affects everyone in material (which is to say) factual ways. People love, fight, earn incomes, change lives, and die around race. This isn’t made up stuff—but it is the real result of a discourse that is essentially made up stuff. And that is what is so hard to deal with. Race feels real because its effects are real.
Too many smart people right now are caught like deer in the headlights of the narcissistic “Was I wrong” business of individualized acts of racism (or not-racism), which in the broad scheme of things isn’t the point at all. If you want to be anti-racist, spend less time thinking about whether you were naughty, and more time learning how race has become a short-hand for power relations.” —Theresa Senft