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The music is nice and all, but could someone explain what makes her work "groundbreaking"? Oh, dude, I'm sorry that you don't see it. For me, her work is groundbreaking because: 1. The density of images and references and… [more]
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Janelle Monae is pretty amazing. I feel like there's maybe also some response to Santigold in this, in terms of her costuming and some some the general aesthetic royalty/nobility stuff? Also I suppose Michael Jackson, what with the jacket and all… [more]
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Hey, PFL. I went through an extended period of being uninterested and bored by others and being troubled about it. It wasn't exactly as though I was uninterested - I wanted to be interested, I wanted to remember to ask about the baby or the… [more]
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(Honestly, it sounds like the occasional cheese-plate and vegetables night would be helpful - you just have some slices or chunks of decent cheese (not super expensive but should stand on its own, Tillamook or whatever and maybe a soft cheese) and… [more]
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Also, have you considered Helen Oyeyemi? Her book Mr. Fox made a big splash last year. I've bought it but haven't read it - it looks really good. She also has a new one. [more]
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I think there are queer sensibilities to all kinds of stuff including cooking - but I also think these are not constant, it's meaningless to posit a transhistorical sensibility. And of course, where does class play into this? I found myself… [more]
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God, that is a terrible article. I mean, it gets at some interesting stuff, a little - the whole situation of being middle aged and how that changes your relationship to youth culture. I am very aware of this myself in my late thirties. You get… [more]
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not sure of who thor fucks, but afp is not straight. Fair, but the lived experience of a woman who is very visibly married to a wealthy straight man is very different from that of someone whose primary relationship is not heterosexual… [more]
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"But people being priced out of their "family homes" because they're now living on their own, not with a partner and 2.5 kids anymore? That's not a fucking tragedy. That's a necessary move to make it possible for young people, young… [more]
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I am sorry that I was so aggro about complaining about the list. I really could have dialed that back a lot. I saw my neighbors' dog get hit by a car today (and some other life stuff has been really difficult) and I have realized tonight… [more]
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Fresh green beans, sauteed with garlic, ginger, sugar and soy until fully cooked and slightly browned in patches. Baby spinach wilted in the microwave a tiny bit (or in a pan) Pressed tofu strips Cucumber slices Honestly, not much beats… [more]
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From that perspective, I'd be less interested in someone represented indiscriminately online or someone completely absent from search engines, and more interested in someone who has a respectable curated online presence. The willingness and… [more]
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Daiya is - for certain applications - a really excellent cheese substitute. The shreds make a superlative childhood-type grilled American cheese sandwich - add some thin-sliced tomato or avocado and some mayo or mustard. It also works pretty well… [more]
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As one of the honorees at the event, I think it was very telling that Monae asked CHVRCHES to cover Tightrope. The one thing about their cover that stood out was that it put the lyrics front and center without the excitement and visual energy… [more]
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Honestly, I took my money out of my "interest bearing" account, because there was a monthly fee and I was barely breaking even with rates the way they are. And I had about the amount you're discussing. [more]
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Okay, does your partner second guess themselves a lot? I have been - sort of - your partner. In a very good relationship in which I was extremely happy and which I did not want to end, but second-guessing myself all over the place… [more]
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Is there some Official Radical Queer Theory Politburo that determines the party line on these things, or just a bunch of people being extremely cruel to each other on tumblr? Surely you know the answer to this question. (Or really,… [more]
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I would be interested to hear folks' readings in terms of gender, race and sexuality stuff. Things that jumped out at me: 1. Initial uneasiness about reconfigured Janelle Monae with her hair down and girlier clothes. On the one hand, I'm a… [more]
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You know what I'd do? I'd call up some radical bookstores and anarchist social centers (I leave googling them as an exercise for the reader), talk to the people on the desk and try to make some contacts before you get there. You may not get… [more]
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There is just an outside chance that she's not mad at you but scared and embarrassed. Is there some reason why she might think of you as intimidating or cold or judgmental? I know that when I am worried that I have offended someone (or that I am… [more]
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Also, people may pull your leg. There was a story written about my high school alleging as how there was just satanism all over the place (this was the eighties) and it was because reporters showed up asking leading questions, decided to interview… [more]
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(I once saw a Sally Tims show in a small local bar where she was so mean to her opening act that it made me acutely uncomfortable. This was Cowboy Sally-era, oh my god she made fun of him and everything, and not in a funny way… [more]
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A thousand pities. It's funny - when I read that story, I think about what it must do to a kid to see his friends die in front of him, to see the bodies after violent death, as happened to this boy. I think about the men I've known who've grown up… [more]
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I really like playful/thought-provoking counter-readings like this one. A more scholarly but also interesting one is Franco Moretti's Dialectic of Fear: At the end of Dracula the vampire‚Äôs defeat is complete. Dracula and his lovers are… [more]
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"This sounds like a near rote recitation of some "how to be called out" blog posts I've seen radicals post. I mean, there is this tension in online activism between manners/rules stuff and individual circumstance -… [more]
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Also the Etta James Chess sessions - Etta James Rocks the House - rock, canonically. [more]
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But it's not just the tone of an individual comment - it's the tone of the whole conversation which matters, which is part of why this is all so tricky. How often I've seen someone excerpt something which reads really appallingly out of… [more]
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I live mere blocks from a really fantastic hospital. I live in one of the poorest (and the largest, because it was made that way to reduce our clout on the City Council) neighborhoods in my city. I have insurance. I have been treated at that… [more]
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So yeah to police how people respond to being attacked as if the source of the problem of a raging bull is THE BULL and not the people who LOCKED IT IN A CAGE AND TORTURED IT-- is problematic to me. Society really does have a lot of ideologies and… [more]
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I'm trying to imagine the look on the face of the resurrected James Baldwin as some activist explained why it so very important to be sure that people admitted that Proteus was not an interactive artwork but a video game. It just so happens… [more]
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There exists an environment in which the concerns of many minorities are constantly misrepresented and said minorities patronised and the rage that comes out of that is, in my opinion, not only understandable but so insignificant I'm automatically… [more]
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My sense of just what "rocks" means is a little shaky, but Santogold rocks, I think. You may have heard "Disparate Youth" on the radio, I admit - and I actually think that's a song that is both popular and good, unlikely as it… [more]
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Although I know absolutely zip about European modernist churches, I do know that if you're passing near Columbus IN it's worthwhile to check out North Christian Church. You might need to take the architecture tour (which is worth it) to get to go in… [more]
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It sounds as though you might enjoy the sort of end-of-punk women fronted bands such as X-Ray Spex, Essential Logic, the Raincoats, the Slits. Also what about Chicks On Speed? Also, you might want in general to check out the bands on the Rough… [more]
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The reason to be aware of having a name that could be Jewish is IME (I mean, my name does not sound Jewish at all, but due to circumstances, I've been in situations where people have assumed I must be, so I've had to tell people that I'm not; also,… [more]
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Also, what about Dog Faced Hermans? And what about middle period Chumbas, like Timebomb? Good old Alice Nutter! The funny thing about this video is that I think there are different versions of it, with different regular people - I'm not… [more]
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So much of this depends on your general mien - think of it like wearing clothes. Some names are the frilly fifties prom dress, some are the minimalist charcoal silk-satin opera coat. I personally could wear a minimalist silk-satin opera coat and… [more]
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I actually have a great, great rec, strangely enough - although this is not my fandom or sort of fic. All, all should read The Violet Hour, which is actually good enough to stand on its own two feet. (I mean, I read lots of fic that isn't good… [more]
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Do you use tomato paste? I find that a shot of tomato paste (the kind from a tube) sauteed after I've bloomed the spices really boosts the flavor. [more]
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I live in Minnesota in a crumbly Victorian. We have radiators and a relatively recent furnace. We keep the thermostat at 60 most of the time, cranking it up to 63 or so for guests. The thing is, many people (not everyone - age, health and… [more]
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This haupia recipe (which is a traditional coconut milk pudding from Hawaii on which you can ring many, many changes - in its original form, it is sweet and plain, very much in the tradition of Chinese almond milk desserts. These two altered… [more]
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Here in the US, we bought because we want to be able to live in the city for good. Rents and house prices seem likely to continue to rise here over time because we're very centrally located, and I was afraid of being priced out, having to move to… [more]
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I was just thinking how I love talking about names, and it's a shame that so many conversations about names get derailed by unconscious/unintentional/ignorant racism and class bias. (Because really, the whole "ha ha Braelynn" thing… [more]
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There is someone I have to email occasionally whose last name is Riddle and whose first and middle initials are "M" and "E"...and according to the email generating conventions of this person's employer, this creates an internal… [more]
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While we're on the topic of Le Guin, in The Dispossessed all the characters from the anarchist moon are named by computer - everyone gets a six-letter, two syllable name which also serves as a sort of SSN...and of course, it's set up so that… [more]
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Now I just don't give a damn. Not hurting anyone else? Go for it. Over my lifetime, the amount of effort, money and time women are expected to spend making themselves minimum-sexually-acceptable has increased dramatically. Back when I… [more]
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Oh, how horrible. And I know from experience that having roaches just wears you down. I'd still check out Food Not Bombs, not least because maybe you can eat some free meals out of the house. If you do have food in your room, keep everything… [more]
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The thing about the kid, Brogan, is that he was brought into the crimes by suddenly seeing the older guy shoot the first victim - imagine seeing your father or some other father-equivalent commit some horrible crime right out of the blue in front of… [more]
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Angela Carter. Start with Wise Children and Nights At The Circus, IYAM. [more]
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1. Your landlord should guarantee you working appliances, and if you have a gas stove it can be unsafe if it's broken. So if by "nothing works" you mean that your landlord has let major appliances break, you should take that up with him… [more]
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