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December 17th, 2011

I may have mentioned my despair lately. I’m despairing!…





















I may have mentioned my despair lately. I’m despairing! It’s different from dreadful, I’m not full of dread. I don’t feel fear or anticipation, I’m accepting a bleak reality and its ever-bleakerness. Plus checking various Twitter feeds and staring at my book notes.

There is a weird elation in despair sometimes. Last night I was frantically happy when I went through all of my followers on Tumblr, one by one by one. Hundreds of you! There were a lot of people whose pages were inscrutable, which are obviously from people who desire me madly—DREADFULLY?—but have yet to express it.*

There were, inexplicably, many pages of comedians, which is chilling because, as we know, I loathe and despise comedy in almost every form other than conversational or literary. There was even one comedy—I can barely type it—sketch video in which a character at one point sits on her bed reading one of my books. I don’t get it either. But in true fact I was unbelievably charmed and heartened by each and every one of you, and I know I am treating this like a congregation and not a bunch of people who just clicked a button but you, my followers, if I can call you that, understand me.

(I’m sorry I never post protest pictures any more. Remember when that was all I did? Then Arab Spring happened and everyone does it now! Which is awesome. I was redundanting the revolution. ALso I sold my soul and got a day job.)

In my travels last night I started taking screen shots of some of my favorite bios and taglines. I love each and every one of you feminist vegan geek anarchist punk radical queer writer people, and I only fit into three or four of those categories. Even if none of you ever put questions in my ask box or tell me how great I am when I blatantly hint for compliments.

Hearts and trolls,

Mikki

*I’m kidding! No one has a crush on me ever. Unless you do. In which case tell me immediately. Really, please do. The dull mud I am made of can perk up incredibly.

ETA: Wow those came out terribly. Sorry.

PS: Hey, as you may have noticed, when I am not writing for publication, like now, there are lots of dependent clauses, like this one (see what I did there?) (and parentheticals—did you see that?—and m-dashes). Yep.

December 17th, 2011

superseventies: The Nerves — When You Find Out - 1976 Since my…



superseventies:

The Nerves — When You Find Out - 1976

Since my own nerves have been problematic of late.

December 17th, 2011

iammortalwombat: badgirlswearchanel: i don’t know about you,…



iammortalwombat:

badgirlswearchanel:

i don’t know about you, but i grew up seeing mostly white dolls that looked nothing like me. in fact, even the few black dolls i saw looked nothing like me. they had super straight hair, and sometimes blue or green eyes. where was the barbie doll with brown eyes and beautiful curly, kinky hair?

well now, i found a DIY tutorial that allows you to make even the doll with the finest hair, look a little more like you.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • A doll
  • End papers (sold at beauty supply shops)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Boiling water


Note about end papers: If you start with a doll that has long hair and you plan to make a style similar to the style shown in my picture, you won’t need end papers, they’re optional. But if you start with a doll that has shorter hair and don’t plan to cut it any further, end papers will be essential.

1. Cut pipe cleaners into two-inch pieces and bend each one in half. They will look like little “V” shapes.

2. Section off a piece of hair and twist it into a tight spiral. The smaller the sections, the tighter the curls will be.

3. Wrap the spiral in an end paper (optional)

4. Place a pipe cleaner onto the scalp and pull the twisted section into the crook of the pipe cleaner. Be sure to keep the hair spiraled tightly as you zig-zag it.

 

5. When you finish zig-zagging each section, twist the pipe cleaner ends around each other to lock everything into place.

fully wrapped head

6. Once you have all the sections in pipe cleaners, dip the head in boiling water for the count of ten.
7. Wait for the head to cool – usually a few hours, but overnight is best. Rinse in cold water and place doll in freezer if you want to speed things up.
8. Take the pipe cleaners out.
9. If you have length to spare, trim each section to get rid of straight ends or strays.

feel free to leave it like this, or pick it out and make your doll’s fro as big as you desire. i don’t know about you, but i’m definitely going to be doing a few of these for my little cousin, who is currently very insecure about her own beautiful curly hair.

Something for Luca and I to do together when she(he?) finally finishes gestating. 

Ignore my previous post, this is awesome

Update that feels necessary, the original tutorial came from a pretty awful post.

December 17th, 2011

"To me you are a row of green characters, sounding lovely. You are a flat letter, which can be kissed…"

“To me you are a row of green characters, sounding lovely.
You are a flat letter, which can be kissed while feeling nothing.
Your name written low is reminiscent of a cat’s fur and it
stretches, long, when I pronounce it. I would like to touch
you like I touch your name. But I am afraid of the moment
when I see your brows and lips. There are so many lines killing
tenderness and so many dimmed lights not whispering of love.
I would like to get to know you by touch, I would like you to
come over at night, bend over me sleeping, and leave again, just
like the moon. I would then stop watching my motionless window and
I would fall asleep nestled in the scent you left.”

- d Halina Poswiatowska, A Letter (via clavicola)
December 17th, 2011

RT @iyad_elbaghdadi: Here it is, Christopher Hitchens calling the Dixie Chicks “fu!!!ng fat…

RT @iyad_elbaghdadi: Here it is, Christopher Hitchens calling the Dixie Chicks “fu!!!ng fat slags” for criticizing Bush & the Iraq War: …

December 17th, 2011

markrichardson: Promo of the day: a cassette encrusted with…



markrichardson:

Promo of the day: a cassette encrusted with broken glass. “The enclosed cassette holds the potential to harm the purchaser physically, mentally, and spiritually” reads the sticker on the bottom. 

December 17th, 2011

Brilly. Belatedly adding that this is Lulu and the Lampshades…



Brilly.

Belatedly adding that this is Lulu and the Lampshades singing what is (I think) a Mainer and the Miners tune that Muddy Waters also recorded. This is covered exhaustively in the comments, along with tits, etc.

December 17th, 2011

But I’ve never been called fat for having an opinion.

But I’ve never been called fat for having an opinion.:

Dan Solomon.

December 17th, 2011

"Many people hate Bob Dylan because they hate being fooled. Illusion is fine, if quarantined and…"

“Many people hate Bob Dylan because they hate being fooled. Illusion is fine, if quarantined and diagnosed as mild; otherwise it is potentially humiliating (is he laughing at me? conning me out of my money?). Some still discount Dylan as merely a pop culture here (how can a teen-age idol be a serious artist — at most, perhaps, a serious demagogue). But the most tempting answer — forget his public presence, listen to his songs — won’t do for Dylan has exploited his image as a vehicle for artistic statement.—Ellen Willis on Bob Dylan”

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fivedollarradio:

This quote is at least thirty-years old, but even with that much historical distance, it’s hard to image Dylan as a teen idol. I’ve been sitting on it for a couple days now, since I found a older book of Willis’s at the library, most of the essays written in the late 70s. Admittedly, I’m not a Dylan fan, so Dylan-worship is all forms disturbs and fascinates me. Actually, so

That’s the thing, right? Or a thing. Dylan gets taken Seriously as an Artist despite having been a teen idol and having “exploited his image as a vehicle for artistic statement.” See also: Bowie, etc. But women who play with their image and/or are teen idols are seen as opportunistic and cynical.

And there’s my killjoy moment of the day, also do I have to read Ellen Willis now?

December 17th, 2011

razorbladesalvations: Blue Pond (by Ogan) I love nature…



razorbladesalvations:

Blue Pond (by Ogan)

I love nature installation art beyond reason. From Smithson to Pooh Land (weird series of dioramas of Winnie the Pooh scenes somewhere in the same woods as the summer camp I went to) to Steve Austin and Jamie Somers carving their initials in the tree in Ojai. Ana Mendieta. Anything. Elves, theory, nature walks with numbers. All in.