The Big Issue : Edition 570
8 THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 7–20 SEP 2018 “There’s this thinking that athletes should just run up and down the field, run around the bases, run down the court, play ball and shut the fuck up. But there’s a history of that not being the case. And the powers that be don’t like that.” Filmmaker Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansmen) on athletes stepping outside their jock duties and speaking out. – Time (US) “Being a parent makes me hopeful... I am extremely hopeful there is a large group of young people who are better than I am. Better than the generation that came before them. It gives me hope.” American TV host Stephen Colbert on his optimism about the future. – Rolling Stone (US) “People get uncomfortable when you tell the truth. I don’t. I’m happy to feel. I wanna feel every single fucking thing. I want to feel the breeze, the punch, the disappointment. I want to feel love, lust and everything in between because I’m here for an infinitesimal amount of time. I wanna feel it all. I’m a greedy motherfucker. If that makes me dark, so be it.” Lead singer of band Garbage, Shirley Manson, on critics thinking her songs are “dark”. – The Guardian (UK) “Now we have the problem that they tell us Logan is a great movie. Well, it’s a great superhero movie. It still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands. It’s not Bresson. It’s not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is.” Actor Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise; Dead Poets Society) on what he thinks of superhero movies, even those in which he features. – Esquire (UK) “This is the first century for the rest of time when it all works for seven billion people or we’re going to wipe ourselves off the planet... I want moderate people to understand that these are the stakes. I want people, moderate people like me, to get politicised, because it’s going to get rough and “I used to think that the driver was society itself, and that technology only accelerated it. But I’m beginning to think causality moves the other way: that we wouldn’t be where we are if not for the internet and social media. This is something future historians will have to unpack.” Francis Fukuyama, who became famous with his “end of history” thesis in the 1990s, on how the internet and social media might be shaping us. – The Chronicle of Higher Education (US) HEARSAY WRITER RICHARD CASTLES » CARTOONIST ANDREW WELDON “I get too emotionally affected by these shows. Like, right now, I actually feel like I am the Queen.” The dangers of binge- watching The Crown. Overheard by John of Templestowe, Victoria. EAR2GROUND PHOTOBYGETTY U2’s Bono, who lost his voice during a gig in Berlin, which meant he had to stop talking and singing. – The New York Times (US) I’VE LOST MY VOICE AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.