in this time of sadness

Posted: November 11th, 2016 | No Comments »

meatballs. courtesy of cupofjo

let us take comfort in the existence of meatballs (vegetarian meatballs)

(via cup of jo/food 52)


We must start asking all Americans to be their better selves.

Posted: November 11th, 2016 | No Comments »

from “I’m a Coastal Elite From the Midwest: The Real Bubble is Rural America”:

When you grow up in rural America, denying rights to people is an abstract concept. Denying marriage rights to gay people isn’t that much different than denying boarding rights to Klingons.

and real talk:

What we are seeing is a reaction to a rapidly changing world. A world that is becoming more connected. A world that is more diverse. A world where education and skills are necessary for good jobs.

Change has not been kind to the Midwest and rural America.

And rather than embrace it, rural and white working-class Americans are twisting and turning, fighting it every step of the way. We will never return to the days where a white man could barely graduate high school and walk onto a factory floor at 18 and get a well-paying job for life. That hasn’t set in for much of the Midwest.

This doesn’t mean that coastal Americans can’t empathize more with their fellow Americans and try to find solutions to these problems (nor does it mean that there aren’t many struggling working-class people in coastal states). And it certainly doesn’t mean coastal Americans haven’t contributed to this divisiveness.


leonard

Posted: November 10th, 2016 | No Comments »

all the greats. struck by what he wrote to marianne ihlen (of “so long, marianne” fame) on her deathbed in august 2016:

Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.

a beautiful version of “so long, marianne.”


this place could be beautiful, right?

Posted: November 10th, 2016 | No Comments »

good bones

(via cord jefferson)


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Posted: November 10th, 2016 | No Comments »
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Pander To A Prodigy, 2016

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Pander To A Prodigy, 2016

(via Kunsthalle Basel)


my new delicate system

Posted: November 10th, 2016 | No Comments »

tuesday i woke up with a headache and then later threw up in my car while driving on the freeway back to marfa. should’ve understood this was a corporeal political mini ESP sign but instead decided i am now too delicate to (quickly) drink one frozen margarita the night before on an empty stomach.

FACT: cleaning up throw up in your own car is not that fun

FACT: throwing up while driving on the freeway, also not that fun

FACT: drinking one frozen margarita however — pretty fun

 


how can compassion, inclusiveness, and empathy be on the losing side

Posted: November 9th, 2016 | No Comments »

roxane gay on trump’s victory:

As I watch the election results come in, I am stunned. I was confident, not only because of who Mrs. Clinton is. I was confident because I thought there were more Americans who believe in progress and equality than there were Americans who were racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic. This is a generalization, but it’s hard to feel otherwise.

i do feel incredibly anxious about trump and his presidency, but you have to wonder why there were so many people who felt desperate enough to look for answers in a climate-change-denying, misogynistic, racist, 1%er. as cracked said:

They don’t need your sympathy, they don’t need your thinkpieces. They need fucking jobs. They need to feel like they’re not getting left behind and they need to not actually get left behind. The system needs to change, and only one candidate promised them it would.


thoughts 

Posted: November 7th, 2016 | No Comments »

getting a mammogram is like getting the weirdest senior year class portrait  

“push your behind out a bit”


everyone’s life is an opera

Posted: November 7th, 2016 | No Comments »
Illustration by Jeff Östberg

Illustration by Jeff Östberg

from “the cinematic traumas of kenneth lonergan”  about the filmmaker’s new movie and trials over his last movie, margaret:

[Lonergan’s wife J.] Smith-Cameron’s eyes filled with tears when she talked with me about “Margaret,” one day over lunch. “It’s such a big, profound concept, filled with tiny details that add up to this very rich tapestry—this idea that everyone’s life is mundane, and petty, and all about getting to school on time, and all about whether your best friends are talking to you, all these tedious things,” she said. “But, meanwhile, even the guy next to you on the subway is living through some big drama—some big tragedy, some opera. Everyones life is an opera, even though it’s also about paying the bills on time.”


bill simmons

Posted: November 5th, 2016 | No Comments »

from a draft post from july 29:

things that might have happened
watched all four episodes of bill simmons’ new show on HBO. note: ben affleck interview doesn’t make you love affleck more. 😰

UPDATE: those were the only episodes of bill simmons show i watched, because i forgot about it and also the show felt like it was wearing 4 sweatshirts. alas now it’s canceled.