July Links

I’ve begun using my Gunter and Bean Facebook Page to share the news, links and articles that captivate me. Since I know actual people who are not on facebook (for real!), I am going to post a monthly summary here. The benefit of checking here is that I’ll have them sorted by topic. The downside is that you might miss my commentary. Or maybe that’s a benefit too, I’m not sure.

One thing I’ve noticed is that I need, like, WAY more art in my life.

Anyway, happy reading, folks! I look forward to hearing your comments, questions, and suggestions for other things to read!




Emanuel AME Church Shooting in Charleston, SC

Yesterday there was a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Nine people were murdered for the color of their skin, by a young, white man. I am saddened that I live in a society where these acts if terror can happen, and people are hesitant to call it terrorism or a hate crime. It’s downright ignorant, and can serve only to perpetuate the terror.

They have found the suspect, and posted him all over the internet. What is more difficult to find is the names of the victims. These people deserve dignity and respect, and their passing should not be held lightly.

My thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy:

Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Tywanza Sanders
Ethel Lee Lance
Susie Jackson
Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor
Cynthia Hurd
Myra Thompson
Rev. Daniel L. Simmons

May they rest in peace.

When all the thoughts are dark

I struggle with writing about depression. Part of the struggle is the depression itself – why would anyone want to hear about me? What makes me special? So on and so forth…

Therein lies the rub. It’s not that my story is special. In fact, my story is unremarkably un-special. I am just like many people out there who let the little nagging voice in their head silence their ability to communicate with those around them. This is what makes asking for help so hard. It’s probably more alienating than anything anyone else could say or do. At least for me.

Then today, The Body is not an Apology published this article:


I realize this is a really rough subject. If anything I was hoping for it to be a how-to guide to coping. Sorry to disappoint if you were hoping for the same thing. However, it was like the author reached out their hand and grabbed mine and said, “my history is different, but I know your feel.”

That gesture made me want to reach out and offer the same support to anyone who might need it. Please read the article if you suffer from chronic depression or know someone who does. And if you want someone to talk to, I am here.

The Diagnosis

I’ve been working on figuring how to (or if I should) tell people that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. At first I was going to write a blog post about how the diagnosis came to be, but in the end it was just a sad, lame story about working in a grocery store. I was trying to make a story out of a handful of bullet points. Then I thought maybe I’d skip it… I’d informed the people who are in my proximity regularly. That seemed good enough. (more…)

Some Light, Weekend Reading

Dudes, I’ve been falling into a rabbit hole of internet reading, and it has been glorious. Please enjoy a dose of my Friday Faves:

1. The Last Day of Her Life is the very interesting story of Sandy Bem, a woman who wanted to end her life before Alzheimer’s took it from her. It’s really a fascinating read. Thanks to my friend Ebro for sharing it with me on Facebook.

2. Write A House is an organization that wants to give writers free housing in Detroit, which will make the community artsier and make being an artist a little easier in the whole cost-of-living department.

3. FEMINIST LISA FRANKGet it while you can!

4. This interview with Tess Holliday, who is a great role model, in my opinion. Not because of her size, or her success, but because she don’t give a fuuuuuh ’bout negativity.

5. Lastly, but not leastly, this is a good piece on how language affects people.

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How The Creative And Unusual World Of Tim Burton’s ‘Beetlejuice’ Became A Beautiful Reality

Bean Hennessey:

An interesting interview with the production design team of Beetlejuice.

Originally posted on UPROXX:


Whenever Tim Burton’s Beetlejuiceis mentioned in a circle of cinephiles, words like “unique,” “original” and even “insane” are tossed around in a game of dodge the adjective. Burton’s Pee Wee’s Big Adventure was a hit in 1985, and thus he began getting offers and scripts at an alarming rate, none of which piqued his interest — until he received Beetlejuice. The outrageously fresh script called for a ghoulish pimp who is summoned by dead dependents like a sort of evil afterlife genie. Beetlejuice‘s titular role would go to Michael Keaton — who should probably be holding a best actor Oscar right now, but isn’t — and he added the exclamation point on an already entertaining character.

While much of the film’s success — it more than quadrupled its budget at the box office — should be owed to Keaton’s performance and Burton’s direction, a lot of the…

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