“Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.”—Kyoko Escamilla (via sorakeem)
Whatever the reason for our debilitating addiction, I would like us to stop taking on punishing debt to become students. The disappearance of gay community bookstores, of queer theater, of LGBT publishing, can be directly tracked back to our collective insanity with regards to the academy. Instead of starting a sex toy shop or financing a short film, how many of your friends are paying off never-ending student loan debt? Instead of producing your own DIY book tour, are you paying Sallie Mae $500 per month as punishment for a degree in multi-media arts from an “elite” university? I wonder what culture could the queers of Brooklyn be making if we weren’t burdened by the $29,848 that, on average, every single person with an MA graduates with.
This. Academia no longer gives me a misty-eyed romantic feeling like it used to when I didn’t know any better.
Sigur Rós will be dropping their sixth studio album Valtari next week on May 28th via EMI/XL Recordings, but you can already stream the whole album online. We’ve embedded it for you below. Oh, and for those wondering, “valtari” is an Icelandic word meaning “steamroller.” Don’t forget to catch the legendary post-rock band from Reykjavik on the first day of the Osheaga festival on August 3rd.
We are still organizing it, but…here’s the event page from last year. Sums it up better than I can. This will be our second year holding it. We’re hoping to grow the festival, make it more regional. So! Even if you can’t make it, you should totally send anyone our way who might be interested. :)