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May 13th, 2012

Me & Laurie Weeks


are about to get really personal, because I am in a writing workshop with her, and this is actually the best advice for my “transitional” time / career wreck (diving into it now people) so I thought I’d actually share it with you:

“The credo I invented to work by is “The Theory of Total Humiliation,” (TOTH) a rip-off of Karen Finley’s title of a play she did in the early ’90s called “The Theory of Total Blame.” This rule, where I must humorously embrace and welcome the threat of humiliation, is how I stop my punitive super-ego from keeping me chained to the radiator of self-contempt and fear of speaking, a culturally induced violence towards the value of one’s perception, which is what my work both explores and contests. It’s a gift I can give, to take the risk of totally sucking, as opposed to sucking up the audience’s energy for ego satisfaction.” -Laurie Weeks

I saw Mira Schor speak at Naomi’s event and she spoke about just this. She said every year she gives her students an assignment to fail. That’s it, they must fail. So enorm.

May 13th, 2012

violencegirl: Wow, thanks Melissa! I can’t wait to see your…


Wow, thanks Melissa! I can’t wait to see your book. I should mention that this photo is of me and Tracy Lea when we were both in Castration Squad. I think I am wearing my Misfits “Bullet” button with JFK’s picture on it and of course my Castration Squad armband with a dagger piercing a heart. My shoestring tie is literally a shoestring from a boot. Definitely haute couture! I love Tracy’s punk tomboy look, she is irresistibly cute. Alice


I had the chance to interview Alice Bag for “City of Style” and learned that she’s not only a pioneer in the punk music scene, but a style pioneer as well, fusing punk elements with Chola-style for a look completely her own and totally ahead of its time. xxM


Thanks for posting regarding your reactions to my statement that I didn’t experience sexism in the early LA punk scene (note that I speak only of my personal experience; I wouldn’t make a blanket statement that sexism or racism didn’t exist in the scene or that no one else experienced those things.) I can understand how this would be hard to accept for people who weren’t there at the time but I take exception to the assumption that I somehow had an easier time because of my association with already well-respected male musicians. This was definitely not the case. I only expected people to accept me as an artist and a creative person on my own terms, first and foremost. I wanted to play on an equal footing with male artists and musicians, so I put myself in a position to do so and I did it. My place was never accorded to me by others - I just did what I wanted to do. I still do. I suspect that any progressive social or art movement (like punk rock was in the 70’s) is much more egalitarian by nature, simply because of the small number of “prime movers.” Plus, the early LA punk scene prided itself on its heterogeneous makeup: it was all about celebrating otherness, and not about codified looks, behavior or attitudes. I think if you read my book, you might come away with a better picture of what the early scene was like and what our artistic communities can become when they embrace our differences. Thanks for hearing me out, Alice



I don’t think I have rebelled against Latin@ culture. I have rebelled against those who try to make me warm tortillas for my brothers when they can warm them for themselves, I have rebelled against a patriarchal religion. I rebel against small mindedness in all ways and in every situation but those things are not an intrinsic part of latin@ culture and I will fight tooth and nail against anyone who tries to make me feel like I’m less Chican@ for not embracing the small-mindedness.

- Alice Bag, interview on 1/23/12

When I saw Alice Bag speak and perform recently, I was shocked to hear her say that she didn’t feel as though there was any sexism in the punk scene when she was starting out. I have a tough time believing that. I haven’t gotten around to reading the book yet, but a friend of mine who has suggested that because of her associations with already well-respected male musicians, she would have been treated like royalty from the get-go. That’s one of the shitty, insidious things about sexism: as a woman, you need men to vouch for your legitimacy as an artist, a professional, a person, in order to be treated as “equal” by men and women who have internalized misogyny. I think it’s really great that Alice Bag didn’t feel like she was impeded by sexism, but it was disappointing to hear that she felt it wasn’t there at all.

May 13th, 2012

scornandritz: i feel like tumblr is just a compiled list of all the people prettier than i am my…


i feel like tumblr is just a compiled list of all the people prettier than i am

my world.

May 13th, 2012

grungebook: Members of Alice in Chains onstage with Poison,…


Members of Alice in Chains onstage with Poison, early ’90s. (Photo via Metal Sludge; H/T MetalSucks)

“In ’91, I got Alice in Chains to play a bunch of Northwest dates with [Poison]. All I knew was they were starting to break out big. I had a little studio at my house in Malibu, and in probably ’93, Jerry and those guys came out and we sang, wrote music, partied, had a good time. I was talkin’ to Jerry, and we both addressed how now there was supposed to be this anger and hatred between us. I said, ‘We don’t hate each other, right?’ We both laughed, and he goes, ‘I grew up on Sabbath and Kiss.’ And I said, ‘Me, too.’ And he said, ‘I know we’re supposed to not like each other, but you’re a cool dude.’ We were laughing about the media portraying us as such enemies. If you like somebody, you like somebody.”

—Poison singer Bret Michaels, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

I support this bro-down.

May 13th, 2012

“I’m not sure if you remember her, you met her at the ritual”

“I’m not sure if you remember her, you met her at the ritual”

May 13th, 2012

we went to dessert after brunch and toasted to having babies in weird ways


emily was like “super-weird.”

creepy mothers and weird babies

May 13th, 2012


May 13th, 2012

brilliantmistake: The female scorpion keeps her eggs inside…


The female scorpion keeps her eggs inside her body until they are ready to hatch. When they do, they look very much like tiny versions of their parents, except that they have pale, soft exoskeletons. The mother scorpion carries her babies on her back, caring for and defending them until after their first molt.

Happy Mother’s Day! 

May 13th, 2012

unicornology: there’s a whole cult of women in some city…


there’s a whole cult of women in some city somewhere that basically spend their whole lives trying to be Diane Keaton circa 1977, right? surely there must be.

I met some of these women during campaign 08. They were called “Hillary Supporters.” I am not even making a joke.