“sitting with the loss of the world requires a supple affective infrastructure, or a religion, which i reject, as i prefer not to be triangulated. if you’re a kind of thing whose lack of fit is endemic, if you sense that the bad life is impersonal and political while also overclose, it structures living as organically as anything about you, such as having had the trunk of your own body your whole life, stretching, bloating, twisting, holding you up, taking blows, manufacturing joys in the cracks, and being outlined by fabric that discloses so little that nakedness is always jolting.”
— lauren berlant, “what is forgetting?”
(Source: aimeelouisewall, via karaj)
9:08 am • 23 April 2014 • 20 notes
Why do I keep forgetting that “the other” is a colonial aesthetic object?
Must get over concerns for structural injustice so that I can witness the complexities of white male subjectivity under neo-colonial empire.
The pain of others is unfathomable & related to your privilege = crush it down into small consumable aesthetic objects so that u can move on
Am astounded when US poets believe that language is abstract, metaphysical and not material, historical, imperial.
Also reading women of color feminism & postcolonial theory will kill u. Literally destroy your subject position. An imperial canon is safer.
–– Can the Neo-Colonialist Writers Shut Up? Thank you in Advance, by Eunsong Kim | Quaint Magazine
11:03 pm • 22 April 2014 • 9 notes
“My capacity for having a good time exists.”
-Speedboat, Renata Adler
9:15 am • 21 April 2014 • 9 notes
"…the government has shuttered dozens of libraries and environmental research centers, and in December literally burned or landfilled centuries’ worth of materials on Canadian natural resources such as forests and waterways under the mendacious pretext of digitizing records, and at significant cost. Provincial governments are looking at partnerships with oilsands companies to develop school curriculum from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Environmental legislation has been rewritten to remove barriers to exploration, and oversight of environmentally sensitive projects has been deliberately limited. Protections for endangered species have been scaled back, and millions of dollars in funding has been cut from environmental research and climate change initiatives, while environmental charities are being subjected to tax audits. Canada has withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol (Harper called it a ‘socialist scheme’) and the country now ranks last among OECD countries for environmental protection.”
Remember when Bruno Latour came to McGill and made fun of us?
9:06 am • 20 April 2014 • 1 note
"Over the past few decades, however, private business interests and their neoliberal allies in government have led a concerted push to expand the role of the market and shift government expenditure away from social need. The assault on public services hasn’t been conducted by criticizing them on principle, but by manufacturing crises and then suggesting that the only solution is to expand the role of the private sector.
"Such is the strategy playing out right now at the post office. […] The same strategy has been exercised repeatedly in health care: crises are brought on by underfunding, and the alleged only solution is to expand the role of private profit. Services are ‘delisted,’ i.e. taken out of universal medicare coverage, but private supplemental insurance becomes available to cover them. Public hospitals are closed but private clinics allowed to open. Wait times for services increase due to budget cuts, but patients are permitted to ‘jump the queue’ and pay out of pocket for their own MRI. The public is thus softened for market-based solutions, although on an ideological level it remains staunchly committed to medicare and vocally resistant to efforts to introduce parallel private health insurance and private hospitals. The CBC, itself constantly menaced with cuts, recently held a months-long contest to select ‘The Greatest Canadian.’ The population chose Tommy Douglas, the architect of Canada’s medicare system, ahead of Wayne Gretzky, Alexander Graham Bell, and Pierre Trudeau."
— Marianne Lenabat, "What Happened to Canada?"
8:44 am • 20 April 2014
“is it because women want to make use of what is personal for them — to make it matter? to give the personal they’ve been confined and restricted to real currency and value?”
— masha tupitsyn, "a sentimental education"
(Source: karaj, via karaj)
11:34 pm • 17 April 2014 • 46 notes
Some good words from my mom on protecting yourself: “Don’t hurt any feelings that you don’t have to. But if somebody’s feelings HAVE to be hurt, better theirs than yours.”
Some good words from my sister on cameltoe: “I mean, whatever, I don’t really worry about it. Like, congratulations, I have a vagina, you got me.”
8:42 am • 16 April 2014 • 29 notes