tales from the university
when talking to a co-worker (a clever one, european immigrant) at the university, they say something like, "paris is no longer paris- it's overrun with middle-eastern people"
and a few minutes later comes the deal killer: "black on black crime" ...
i guess if you listen while chatting with people, you can learn some things about them (even if they are things that one would rather not know).
"She told me that she didn’t call herself an anarchist because she didn’t feel that she deserved to—she didn’t do enough. I asked her if it was OK for us to call her one. She said she’d be honored."
Happy birthday, Ursula Le Guin.
uspol (death, media)
i keep remembering the lies he told
that were used to justify the slaughter and displacement of millions of iraqi citizens
it's all not his fault, but he was absolutely critical in building public support for the war
and i think his role there was not mentioned until 6 or 7 paragraphs down in the long obit-ish feature i read (filled with platitudes for his (military) service and his (unique) status as a dark skinned american political leader)
we're going to have to fight the fucking civil war again, aren't we?
people are going to be killed (needlessly) fighting this war against ignorance against opression against greed
(also, the climate will force a whole new population of refugees to seek shelter outside of their (newly) inhospitable homelands)
welcome to the future
saw high ranking GOP congressman on teevee being unable to say whether he thought the presidential election was stolen in 2020
i live in a bubble (mostly), so to see the (transparent) "obfuscation" (to put it mildly) that political leaders within the empire regularly require to try to hide their minority rule conspiracies is disheartening while (simultaneously) unsurprising
marianne moore ("half deity") writes a sentence about a butterfly (also, (somewhere) mastodon removes initial spaces, so i cannot fully reproduce this excerpt):
"... What zebra
could surpass the zebra-
striped-swallow-tail of South America
on whose half transparent wings crescents engrave
the silken edge with dragon's blood, weightless?"
just finished _the_disspossesed_
yes, the ending is a bit contrived (deus ex machina), but it's literature (and everyone loves a happy ending) not journalism
as many others have said, an extremely well thought out exploration of an anarchist utopia
there are many deeply moving passages about individuals and groups and properties and dreams and freedom and even more
i'd say it's worth the time to read
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