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December 24 2017

what if there were a room. or if there weren’t. where violence, history
and euphoria met within and preceded a body.

“Room for a Counter Interior”

Read the poem by  Saretta Morgan in full at Lit Hub.

“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, (…) tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his last Christmas sermon 50 years ago.

December 23 2017

“At the beginning, when this was the seat of power between the election and the inauguration, it felt subversive to stand here and hold a book. (…) It still feels like contested space. But now, instead of protesters, it’s occupied by Secret Service and law enforcement.”

Jeff Bergman, who stages readings in the public spaces of Trump Tower as a form of protest against Donald Trump.

“If atomic bombs are the worst invention of the twentieth century, this practice might be the best, as well as the antithesis of those bombs.”

Rebecca Solnit on nonviolent civil disobedience. (Hope in the Dark, 2016)

December 22 2017

“These books — the Bible and hymnals — bore witness to the liberating power of the Gospel contained within their pages.”

Eric Williams, Smithsonian’s Center for the Study of African American Religious Life, on Harriet Tubman’s hymnal.

December 09 2017

This is the projection presidency, the “I’m rubber, you’re glue” administration. Its deployment of “petty” as a weapon is particularly canny because it parrots a legitimate strain of press criticism, one that warns reporters against getting sidetracked by meaningless White House spectacles.
Who Doesn’t Love to Be ‘Petty?’
It’s all about balance. Without my writing, I would feel very isolated. The world is such a beautiful and complex place, and science only has limited access to its wonders. Science is dominated by strict rules which preclude emotions, and I would never allow my emotions to influence my research. So, to balance out my life, I write fiction and take photographs.
Joachim Frank, poet, unpublished novelist and co-recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the development of cryo-electron microscopy. 

November 19 2017

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“To hope is to gamble.” Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark.

#igreads #bookstagram #quote #politics #clarityandchaos

November 16 2017

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disturbingbookclub:

Psychoanalyst and philosopher Felix Guattari on Donald Trump as a disaster of social ecology, in the Three Ecologies from 1989: http://bit.ly/2AgHISq - Free delivery worldwide

November 13 2017

While it can be exhilarating to watch Ellison turn the light of his prose upon one of the United States’s most malignant delusions, the essay’s suggestion that those Americans systematically victimized for the perceived quantity of melanin in their skin must still, decades later, fight to stem the tide of the nation’s descent into “moral slobbism” and the myriad sufferings that attend it is a fact many wish weren’t true. But Ellison might say that to pretend otherwise would be a fantasy.
Ralph Ellison on Race
Bray, for his part, believes that one can practice “everyday anti-fascism” by confronting bigots in nonviolent ways, “from calling them out, to boycotting their business, to shaming them for their oppressive beliefs, to ending a friendship unless someone shapes up.” The point, as he sees it, is to shut down Fascists not just in the street but in every interaction. “An anti-fascist outlook has no tolerance for ‘intolerance.’ ” he writes. “It will not ‘agree to disagree.’ ”
An Intimate History of Antifa

November 12 2017

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?

The world would split open.

—Muriel Rukeyser

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.”

Marie Curie

November 11 2017

“That’s because Louis’s behavior didn’t hurt the system. It maintained the system. It alienated women from careers in comedy and allowed everyone to continue to live in a world where they could believe that the table, the Official Council of American Funny, was a place only straight men were worthy of reaching.”

- Guy Branum: Tear Down the Boys’ Club That Protected Louis C.Kb

November 05 2017

Nothing that has ever happened should be regarded as lost for history.

Walter Benjamin

October 19 2017

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“If I shut my eyes, I can still feel the fire from those days. And if I open my eyes, I still see the fires all around me. I didn’t like the way the world was, and I believe that there need to be some changes about the way the world is.”

John Carlos won bronze in the 200m dash in the 1968 Olympics and, along with  with Tommie Smith, protested against racism with a raised fist during the medal ceremony. That iconic protest moment happened this week 49 years ago. The quote is from his 2011 memoir.

October 18 2017

Even in the darkest times, you can feel confident in the ever-unfolding weirdness of nature.
Whenever you’re ready, it’s out there.
— Rosemary Mosco (@rosemarymosco)

October 13 2017

Play fullscreen

Onsind - Immature

Feminist punks ONSIND released Immature, the first single off their upcoming album We Wilt, We Bloom. It’s about, like, millennial dissent and stuff. 

(All proceeds from the bandcamp single go to Salvage Collective, supporting women (cis, trans & intersex), trans & non-binary survivors & activists)

October 12 2017

I don’t think teenagers reading literature need to see a world they know; I think they need to see a world they know isn’t bullshit.
John Green

Shamir - Straight Boy 

Straight Boy is a really strong song, and I really like the indie rock singer-songwriter side of Shamir. The new album Revelations is out 3/11/2017 on Father/Daughter Records.

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