Artistic sorts and writers don’t want to read what mechanics and laid off factory workers and model train enthusiasts write because it won’t be what they want it to be. It will be what those type of people want to to be. That’s why you only see writers writing about writing. I tried to write. I’m a factory mechanic. I tried to write the best I could and lit mags couldn’t possibly give a fuck less about what regular people write.
today i am finding it hard to forgive people who could make it easy for me live the way i want to live but don’t and i realize that this must be how so much of the world’s people feel about americans and i feel frustrated and confused and unsure of what to do so i try to imagine the people i must forgive are feeling the same way, confused, frustrated, unsure what to do.
also the wicker chair on my back porch is officially infested with chiggers and so i am itchy. very itchy.
“Despite direct awareness of what competition does to people…, some individuals persist in claiming that its effects are constructive. This is a powerful example of how it is possible to adjust our beliefs so as to escape the threatening realization that we have been subjecting ourselves to something terrible, that we have internalized a corrosive personality attribute.”— Alfie Kohn (via fakesurprise)
“Whatever is biological root, aggressiveness is learned. One need not even exalt violence (as our movies and television films in fact do) to foster it: one need only create a culture that worships power, individuality, disconnection from others, and competition; and disparages the satisfactions of life devoted to affection, fellowship, and harmony. Since aggressiveness is learned, it is a moral rather than a biological quality. We can thus learn to esteem it or not. We should also realize that cultures that exalt aggression and the qualities that foster it are invariably militaristic, and in the past, have destroyed themselves through war.”—Marilyn French —- Beyond Power (via chucklingpecan)
“White women’s feminisms still center around equality…. Black women’s feminisms demand justice. There is a difference. One kind of feminism focuses on the policies that will help women integrate fully into the existing American system. The other recognizes the fundamental flaws in the system and seeks its complete and total transformation….. when I look to a vision of the world I want to see, I look to young women of color, who meld race, gender and queer politics into an expansive, inclusive,and just vision of the world. This is a world where everyone’s lives are made better, white women included.”—
…That bisexuality is – as Carrie Bradshaw puts it in that particularly obnoxious episode of Sex and The City - “a layover on the way to Gay-Town.” That it doesn’t exist, that we’re just gay people pretending to be straight, or straight people pretending to be gay. The prejudice is one of the reasons I’ve almost completely done away with the term.
i like this and also — i like queer because sexuality is about so much more than body parts. i think of myself as queer because i reject the entire system for regulating and restricting intimacy — including all the labels associated with how and where people swing their particular parts and in whose direction they swing them at any given moment.
i don’t know, like… do you think, if he could have, i don’t know, like, paid for it in advance, come down the mountain, so to speak, once a year and paid cash in advance? then, do you think, the unabomber would’ve had a hotspot? you know? like wifi? interwebs? if he could have… then?