“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”—Isaac Asimov (via loudandsoft) (via jjarichardson) (via frothyparadise)
Made from the feathers of all the birds that would have been cooked in the oven over the 300 year history of the house, EVACUATE is made up of feathers from pheasants, chickens, turkeys, mallard, goose, peacock, woodcock etc. Wow.
“Horrifyingly beautiful, the installation suggests a new (or perhaps ancient) and menacing presence eminating from the cast iron oven. Coiling, pluming and creeping through the kitchen, the work feels weighty, meaty. The visitor at once is taken by the gorgeousness of the piece itself - the assemblage of ‘common’ feathers presented as something completely exotic - and the shame involved in discarding objects of beauty for a perfunctory dinner.” ~ an excerpt from the Tatton Park catalog.
In case no one's asked this before... Which five albums you would take with you to a desert island? And which five books?
No one has asked this before! And this is a ridiculously hard question to answer (hence the delay). You will totally have to answer this next, missy!
Five Albums (in no particular order and subject to change on any given day): 1. Amnesiac by Radiohead 2. The White Album by The Beatles (I can get both disks, right? If not, then Magical Mystery Tour.) 3. Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine 4. Quiet is the New Loud by Kings of Convenience 5. Blue by Joni Mitchell
Five Books (in no particular order, but less likely to change on any given day): 1. Ulysses by James Joyce - so much going on in this book, it would probably keep my occupied for a lifetime 2. AVA by Carole Maso - my all time fave. 3. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - I learn something new every time I read this book 4. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - it was that good 5. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby - <3 Nick Hornby
This is the crap that made me want to take a break from feminist blogging. And also the crap that makes me ashamed to call myself a feminist. Why is feminist bride-bashing so rampant lately? Women have choices. It’s the basic principle of feminism. Women sometimes choose to have big weddings. You don’t have to like it; you just have to defend our right to choose it.
Student:Miss, what can you do with a major in philosophy.
Me:Is this a joke?
Student:No. I'm just curious.
Me:Well, the interesting thing about philosophy is that it doesn't just teach you literal philosophy. It teaches you how to see the world and think critically about it. So there are lots of ways that could benefit you.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”—Elie Wiesel (via wordpainting) (via kat-ing)
I’m going to try to compartmentalize my blogging. I’m going to reserve Small Strokes for the “serious” and more analytical blogging, and I’m going to use this Tumblr to post fun pictures and quotes and links and funny conversations I have. I don’t know how much I’ll be on here, but for now, this is what I’ve decided to do. I enjoyed having this as a space for posting lighter and less analytical stuff, so that’s what I’ll continue to do! :)
Oh, and if you have any questions or something, ask. :)
My English 2 students are giving impomptu speehes today and they are hilarious! My topics for them have included things like: how to eat an Oreo, you are a salesperson trying to sell us your shirt, what are 3 uses for a pencil besides for writing, why should we vote for you for president, help Elmur Fudd catch Buggs Bunny, etc. And they are GREAT! The students really take these topics and run with them. This has been a very good morning.
Please do not prescribe to me how to live my life. This sort of goes against feminism, doesn’t it? I mean, isn’t the point of feminism that we should have choices about how to live our lives? And that whatever we choose should be good if it is the right choice for us? Personally?
If I see one more post about how awful weddings are or how women shouldn’t change their names when they get married or how being a mom (especially a stay at home mom. GASP!) takes feminism back 50 years, I’m going to start unfollowing people. It’s a choice, OK? I know lots of great feminists who are stay at home moms and took their husbands’ last names and had big, beautiful weddings. These things may not be for you, personally, but choosing one or all of them for your own life does not make you a bad feminist.
“In reality, feminism wants you to be whoever you are—but with a political consciousness. And vice versa: you want to be a feminist because you want to be exactly who you are.”—ManifestA by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards (via lipstick-feminists) (via apallicat)