Over the winter I moved from New York City to Portland, Ore. Upon arriving, I rented a house and happily went out in search of "my people." I went to parks, bookstores, bars, on dates. Social isolation impairs immune function and boosts inflammation, which can lead to arthritis, type II diabetes, and heart disease. Portland, I reasoned, would offer me the space and time to do my work. Loneliness is not just making us sick, it is killing us. Studies of elderly people and social isolation concluded that those without adequate social interaction were twice as likely to die prematurely.
It’s nondescript in the most mammoth of fashions – it’s an imagined Imagine Dragons; grandiose in its grey matter.
These two warriors’ connection does not require them to have sex to be as revealing and intimate as anything this (in)famously R-rated series has depicted.
Yet it’s not just Bronn’s bawdiness we’re reacting to here, but his oversimplification of one of the most emotionally complex relationships on the show.
Minhaj is free and open about his identity (his family also happens to be Muslim), a sign of shifting winds for brown people in entertainment, who’ve long faced limiting expectations both inside and outside their communities. But I have friends who live there, and they actually have Indian neighbors. The Indian homes are sort of different from everyone’s, of course. I want you to know I love you and I understand you.” That left an impact on me for the rest of my life. You can be extremely successful and also incredibly kind. And the next person I saw that with was Jon, and I see it with Trevor now.
Today, it seems possible to not sacrifice authenticity for success. We were shooting a movie where we needed it to look like we were in suburbia, trees and houses in a cul-de-sac, so we shot in Brooklyn, and it was like, “Whoa, where is this? The beautiful Victorian homes with wraparound porches. It’s those moments behind the scenes that people don’t get enough of.