“I’d been listening to men talk since I arrived in New York City. That’s what men like to do. Talk. Profess like experts. When one finally came along who didn’t say much, I listened.”—The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (via sarahargo)
“Tell me why is it that even when we are enjoying music, for example, or a fine evening or conversation with people we like, why does it all seem to be a hint of some limitless happiness existing somewhere else rather than a real happiness, the kind, that is, we possess ourselves. Why is this?”—"Fathers and Children," (Turgenev 101)
Long before there was western science, our ancestors were doing remarkable things in observing the world around us and making structures that captured the solar cycle. Chaco canyon is a great example of that.
They were very talented observers. Long before western science, western mathematics, came along, they were building these remarkably detailed structures. Our ancestors were doing it. Native people have been very talented engineers and scientists for millennia. They did it for survival. You have to be very observant to the world around you in order to survive.
On another side of that, talking about the southwest, about my tribe’s [mounds]—looking at the mounds structures, they’re oriented to the cardinal directions. These huge mounds, built by hand, align with the cardinal directions. How did they do that, measure things out and build it? It took a lot of expertise to do that. So those were remarkable engineers thousands of years ago. That’s directly related. So that’s near and dear to my heart.
I like to solve problems. I like to see how stuff works. I like challenge. My ancestors were able to rise to challenges that came their way. I’d like to say I’m doing the same thing.
”—Astronaut John B. Herrington, first American Indian (Chickasaw) in space, when asked in this interview ”What can Indigenous perspectives bring to space exploration?” (via karonhiake)
“And in fact I’m now asking an idle question of my own: which is better — cheap happiness, or lofty suffering? Well, which is better?”—Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground (via ivankaramazovs)
“Now I have lost control of my heart.
I know where lodges the heart in others.
In the breast - as everyone knows!
But with me
anatomy has gone mad:
nothing but heart
roaring everywhere.”— Vladimir Mayakovsky, from “Adults” (via ivankaramazovs)
Hey there! I’m doing an interview project on ideas surrounding queer identities, home, family, alienation and feeling safe. It’s purely audio so there’s an element of anonymity. If you are interested and want to read the interview questions, feel free to message me. We can do it over skype or phone.
"As resource prices increase and employment stagnates, D.I.Y. culture is becoming complementary to capitalism, filling in for the collapsing welfare state. Green and hipster capitalists, the merchants of guilt-free consumerism, are even profiting off it. But as the histories of Microcosm, Urban Outfitters and American Apparel show, this hipster-industrial complex is just as rife with exploitation, racism and sexism (ironic and outright) as the rest of the white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy.”
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Slaves to Fashion is a pioneering cultural history of the black dandy, from his emergence in Enlightenment England to his contemporary incarnations in the cosmopolitan art worlds of London and New York. It is populated by sartorial impresarios such as Julius Soubise
“I’m so damn tired of seeing light-skinned butches be publicly lauded as the stand-in for the butch experience - as if all gendered presentations of a certain bent can fit within a single representation. Feminisms, not feminism; butch experiences, not the butch experience. There are so many nuances within those differences, so many structural and philosophical arguments to be made; it seemed logical to start with the basic premise.”—Christina via Autostraddle — Butch Glam: Let’s Broaden What “Black” In Relation to “Female” Can Mean (via autostraddle)