“Aesthetic Sister” reminded me of my note on the Carolee Schneeman piece at MoMA, which reads, “Lisa Suckdog.”
Bonus info! Tomorrow I am rejiggering how my Twitter and Tumblr and blog interact with one another. It will be very exciting. Also I am taking my cat to the vet and writing a story about superheroes and launching a fund drive for the Sarah grant. And working out. This is reminding me of the note I saw next to the receptionist’s desk at one of the doctor app’ts I had today which said:
Check Bathroom Supplies
So I will do those things as well, and strive to be a good person the whole day through.
- I came across this term today in something whateverjeanne posted about Carolee Schneeman and Ana Mendieta and I am feeling it very strongly. Aesthetic Sisters, Rebel Sisters, Revolutionary Sisters.
for me, zines are not about creating ‘good literature’ though i do believe they qualify as good literature (spellcheck or not). they are about SURVIVAL. they are about breaking isolation, saying the things we are not allowed to say anywhere else, making connections, making friends, dealing with the fucked up shit that happens in our lives. they are not supposed to be about recreating hierarchies and cliques and making up rules for what a good zine should be.
if a zine doesn’t float your boat there is no reason to attack it’s creator. there is no reason to make zines feel like a secret club that only some people are allowed into. for many of us, zines are not just about making art, they are so much more than that. they are a lifeline and sometimes they are the only lifeline available, so elitism in the zine scene is utterly dangerous. is making yourself feel cooler really worth hurting a grrrl so deeply that she may never again take part in the community that could save her life??
so grrrls, please, don’t be disheartened by mean bullshit. i promise you, we aren’t all mean. there are many of us who don’t care if you spell shit wrong and who won’t call you ‘intellectually mediocre’. i encourage all grrrls to make zines, make art, make music and express yourself in any way you can. tell your stories, tell how you feel and reach out to other grrrls. if you encounter hatefulness, brush it off, don’t take it in. i know it’s hard, espcially because what we write in zines is so personal and close to our hearts, but don’t let their hatefulness stop you.”
- from Clementine’s excellent post on zine elitism
“This is what is meant by a purple twilight. Lamps alight, small round lights, each in place, shedding no radiance, white day lingering on the stone pillars of the great crescent, the park railings distinct, the trees shrouded but looming very large and permanent, the air wide and high and purple, darkness alight and warm. Far, far away beyond the lengths of two endless months is Christmas. This kind of day lived for ever. It stood still. The whole year, funny little distant fussy thing, stood still in this sort of day. You could take it in your hand and look at it. Nobody could touch this.” —Dorothy Richardson, The Tunnel (1919), pp. 255-6.
Vintage dress = $15. For some reason, my eyes being closed makes me feel like this was actually taken in 1969. It was taken last night. —tinytomato:
"Kicking ass should be only where an ass is protecting the System. Ass-kicking should be undertaken…"
- Flo Kennedy, from her essay “Institutionalized Oppression Versus the Female” in Sisterhood Is Powerful
From Flo Kennedy’s obituary in the New York Times:
In 1969, she helped represent 21 Black Panthers on trial in Manhattan for conspiracy to commit bombings, among other things. They were eventually acquitted, but during the trial she used them for another purpose.
She and Ms. Goodman, not then a judge, and others were renting a house on Fire Island. They decided to take the Panthers to a community on the island for a dinner at a restaurant that did not accept blacks or Jews. It created quite a commotion, the intended effect. But afterward, Ms. Goodman asked if it was all that important, compared with the life and death issues at stake in the trial.
Ms. Kennedy gave an emphatic yes. ”Her point was that you have to fight on all the fronts all the time,” Justice Goodman said.
- Flo Kennedy
Flo Kennedy. From Wikipedia: Once, to protest the lack of female bathrooms at Harvard, she led a mass urination on the grounds. When asked about this, she said “I’m just a loud-mouthed middle-aged colored lady with a fused spine and three feet of intestines missing and a lot of people think I’m crazy. Maybe you do too, but I never stop to wonder why I’m not like other people. The mystery to me is why more people aren’t like me.”