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November 22nd, 2011

"Also, there is apparently a movie called “Slumber Party Massacre” that was written by…"

“Also, there is apparently a movie called “Slumber Party Massacre” that was written by RITA MAE BROWN.”

- Sit on that for a while.
November 22nd, 2011

The description alone, from a Bitch article on “feminist…



The description alone, from a Bitch article on “feminist horror movies” (aren’t ALL movies…?) had me sold:

Ginger and Brigitte are sisters who are into faking their own deaths and avoiding high school homogeneity. When Ginger gets her period for the first time, she and Brigitte are a little worried that puberty might transform them into the normy girls they love to hate (Ginger: “If I start simpering around tampon dispensers, moaning about PMS, shoot me, okay?”). Turns out Ginger has no reason to worry about becoming “average,” because just as she starts bleeding for the first time, she gets chomped by a werewolf.

Then I saw the trailer!! Love that it’s girls going around eating people! So watching this over the weekend.

November 22nd, 2011

"Only my books anoint me, and a few friends, those who reach into my veins.” ― Anne Sexton"

““Only my books anoint me, and a few friends, those who reach into my veins.” ― Anne Sexton”

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 So much Anne Sexton floating around these days. I think it’s my duty as a killjoy to suggest everyone read the Middlebrook biography and Linda Sexton’s memoir. Trust me, I would not be alive today if it was not for Ms. Sexton’s work. But just like you have to deal with Picasso’s misogyny and abuse of the women in his life, you have to deal with Anne Sexton’s abuse of her daughter.

I sometimes tie myself in knots thinking—if someone (god? ess?) came to me and said, you could give Linda Sexton a happy childhood, but it would mean her mother’s poetry would all go away, what would you do? Selfishly, I want to make the choice that will make me a good person, or prove that I am a good person. That’s self-abuse, I guess, because there is no answer.*

*Also, important to note that one can be a deep and amazing artist without substance abuse or damaging other people. But one can’t just wave one’s hand and make that happen, then or now.

*Those following along at home may recall my essay on this topic when Salinger died, which included the Picasso example, above, as well as needing to work on Polanski’s truth when reading his work. This made people mad! My favorite was one that said something like “Bitter feminist turns fabulist to lead the Salinger backlash on Salon.com.” Killjoy gold star!

See also Ms. blackamazon’s “Two Things at Once” about FLorence and the Machine’s new video, my attempt to bring this kind of reading to Gloria Steinem’s transphobia, other feminist issues, although I can’t find blackamazon’s smackdown of same, which is important.

These are my thinky thoughts for the day.

No wait, ETA: this is obviously coming from a place of privilege, having had the benefit of cultural heroes being presented as uncomplicated and fabulous. I think it’s incumbent on all of us to work through the structures that allowed that to happen, it;s not just gleefully pointing out feet of clay.

November 22nd, 2011

kateoplis: Oliver DiCicco & Barry Underwood, Earth…









kateoplis:

Oliver DiCicco & Barry UnderwoodEarth Engines 

Beautiful.

November 22nd, 2011

superseventies: Dave Vanian of The Damned. YES YES YES



superseventies:

Dave Vanian of The Damned.

YES YES YES

November 22nd, 2011

"[I]n moments of desperation, a lie can seem like the only option. Anita McLemore, a Mississippi…"

“[I]n moments of desperation, a lie can seem like the only option. Anita McLemore, a Mississippi mother of two, faced one of those unfortunate moments when filling out her application for food stamps — and now she’ll pay the price, by spending three years of her life behind bars in federal prison. Thanks to a federal ban on food stamps for people with felony drug convictions, people like McLemore are out of luck when it comes to getting assistance with putting food on their tables. Though states can opt out of the ban, those that don’t (like Mississippi) deny food stamps even to individuals who have already served their sentences or overcome previous addictions. It’s true that McLemore’s past isn’t perfect — she has four felony drug convictions and one misdemeanor, which place her firmly in the category of people the federal government has declared unfit to receive public benefits. Hence, faced with the prospect of being unable to feed her family, McLemore lied on her application.”

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Mississippi Woman Receives Three Year Prison Sentence For Feeding Her Family | ThinkProgress

: this woman has been in prison four times because she was sick with addiction. and now will be in prison again for trying to feed her family. this is what it means to be a mami in the US.—midwestmountainmama

Also as Nafissatou Diallo, learned, you become prey for rapists and their defenders with no legal recourse. 

So many news stories, and fictional books and movies, celebrate people who “do what it takes” to save themselves and their families. But in real life when someone does it, the punitive reaction is so deadly.

November 22nd, 2011

Andrew Curry at Science: Dissecting the Cave Lion Diet

Andrew Curry at Science: Dissecting the Cave Lion Diet:

To figure out what these lions hunted, biogeologist Hervé Bocherens and colleagues at the University of Tübingen in Germany, analyzed bone samples from 14 cave lions—found in four caves in France and central Europe—that lived between 12,000 and 40,000 years ago. The team focused on the chemical content of the bone collagen, which is often well-preserved, even in bones tens of thousands of years old. By incinerating a tiny fragment of preserved bone—usually less than a milligram—researchers can identify the molecules inside it and determine an animal’s diet.

Of course I saw the headline and assumed it was a new diet book.

November 22nd, 2011

Looked at a project I had wanted to be a part of. Felt better when I saw it wasn’t very good,…

Looked at a project I had wanted to be a part of. Felt better when I saw it wasn’t very good, then felt bad about that. #rollercoaster