19 7 / 2014

Alice Bag & Poly Styrene on the cover of Slash magazine

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17 7 / 2014

curate:

as the newest barrage of israeli bombs are dropped on gaza, many friends have texted or emailed me to see how i’m doing, to check on the status of my family, and generally lend their support for palestine and her people. those messages have warmed me and reminded me that people are watching and listening and holding gaza in their hearts. but at the same time, i’ve felt deep guilt, resentment, and futility watching this, the third attack on our land in 7 years. the fatalities are high, the carnage seemingly never ending. what should you do? what should i do, to stop this? to support Palestine? to make the lives of gaza matter? i compiled a short list of things we might do. the struggle for Palestinian liberation is a long one, and its strategies are not short term–a commitment to Palestine is broader than the current tragic moment, and requires a sustained and vested interest in the politics, place, and people. so here goes:

1) Educate
Whether it’s yourself or others, most folks are woefully misinformed about what happens in Occupied Palestine and Apartheid Israel. This is entirely intentional–history is written by victors, and Palestinians have been losing since 1948. Moreover, the US, Israel, and multiple other ideological groups and organizations have a vested interest in muddying the waters and painting the “Palestinian Israeli Conflict” as a justified position of self defense of Israel against Palestinian terror. This is a lie, but like many lies, it’s spouted as the truth. We have to look beneath the surface, seek out alternate news sources and records to understand what has happened and is happening. This isn’t actually as hard as people think, especially in our digital times. The people of Palestine are remarkably steadfast, and have been documenting and speaking and showing the world our truth for some time. It is up to us to see it, hear it, repeat it. It’s a position of fortune and privilege to remain uneducated about Palestine and Israel, to claim the issue is too complicated or that we don’t know enough to make a call. It’s a coward’s position. While we hide from the truth, bombs are landing on houses and killing 16 people in a single family. You have the capacity to know, and you have the capacity to teach others. Do so. Here are some sources to start:

a) http://electronicintifada.net/
b) http://mondoweiss.net/
c) http://www.jadaliyya.com/
d) For the visual, these graphs are amazing resources: http://visualizingpalestine.org
e) Also good visual content: http://ifamericansknew.org/

2)The decimation of Palestine is material, so our response must be material.
A) Currently, the US government sends $4 billion US dollars to Israel to aid in their genocidal and apartheid efforts. Our tax dollars helped blow up a center for the disabled in Gaza just days ago. The current administration, like other before it, feels no pressure to desist this aid from the American people, especially since Israel’s relationship with the US provides the US with a strategic, “democratic” ally in the Middle East and thereby serves US colonial interests. We have to put pressure on our government to desist funding the occupation. We have to elect officials who will stand for Palestinians. Lots of people will tell you that writing letters to your government, calling them, or attending protests will not make a difference. But you might also want to ask, how could these efforts hurt? They may not have the immediate desired effect, but lots of individual action can have a cumulative effect–not just in the sense of one more body at a rally, but a history of rallies.

Here is a group with actions and resources: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/
Here is a list of rallies around the world for Palestine: http://samidoun.ca/2014/07/take-action-protests-around-the-world-respond-to-assault-on-palestine/

B)Palestinian civil society has called for and been enacting BDS since 2005. From the bdsmovement.net:

The campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:

Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall; Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

BDS has made huge strides in the past several years. Do not underestimate the value of the strategy. From the same site, here are 9 ways to support Gaza through BDS: http://www.bdsmovement.net/get-involved

Here are 8 products available in the US that you can boycott: http://muslimvillage.com/2014/07/13/55694/8-israeli-products-boycott/

3)The decimation of Palestine is discursive, so our response must be discursive.
One of the ways the occupation/oppression of Palestine has persisted so strongly is that Israel is a masterful producer of meaning about the Israeli state. Brand Israel hopes to underscore the state of Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East,” a haven for persecuted Jewish populations and other oppressed minorities (women, queers). It presents itself as an ecologically conscious community. It presents itself as under threat rather than threatening. Because people believe this to be true, they can remain unconcerned or impassive in the face of what Israel actually is and does, not just to Palestinians, but to some of its so called protected Jewish community (see for instance, it’s treatment of Ethiopian Jews: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/resources/commentary-and-analysis/3917-israel-promised-land-for-jews-as-long-as-theyre-not-black).

We must dispute the falsities Israel creates and replace them. Many organizations are devoted to this, for example, Jewish Voice for Peace, a Jewish community who understands that critiquing Israel is not anti-Semitic (http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/) and Breaking the Silence, where former Israeli soldiers speak about their experiences with occupation and the IDF (http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/). Some of the links I shared above are equally committed.

By educating ourselves, we take the first steps toward remaking meaning around Israel and Palestine. By sharing that meaning and promoting it with others, we gain momentum in the movement to liberate Palestine. There is so much coming from Palestine that we can read and share, so much art and culture and life. When we engage it and recommend it and discuss it, we begin to create the ideological conditions that can move forward more material changes. We must attend to both simultaneously–how we frame the story and whether or not we pay to see it. You can do this everyday in conversation and with the choices you make regarding what you read, what you share, what you promote, what you buy, whether you stay silent in conversations about Israeli aggression, whether you decide this issue is not your concern. We cannot afford to stay silent. Our silence protects only the aggressor.

4) Donate to Gaza immediate relief funds
a)http://www.unrwa.org/content/gaza-emergency-appeal
b)http://www.palestinercs.org/en/donate.php
c)http://www.pcrf.net/membership
d)https://www.mecaforpeace.org/news/please-help-children-gaza
e)https://secure2.convio.net/anera/site/Donation2;jsessionid=B1294F7B9E65C9799792AC0ABABC6ECF.app251a?df_id=5740&5740.donation=form1

15 7 / 2014

amipunkyet:

made a flyer for this show~~~
http://www.facebook.com/events/1454704184760745/
APRIL 18TH, 2014 @ DEATH BY AUDIO, BROOKLYN ////
PRIESTS, GOOD THROB, HOUSEHOLD, ARM CANDY
how could you say no ?

My heart dies a little knowing that this show happened and I was not there for it.

amipunkyet:

made a flyer for this show~~~

http://www.facebook.com/events/1454704184760745/

APRIL 18TH, 2014 @ DEATH BY AUDIO, BROOKLYN ////

PRIESTS, GOOD THROB, HOUSEHOLD, ARM CANDY

how could you say no ?

My heart dies a little knowing that this show happened and I was not there for it.

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15 7 / 2014

tzintzuntzan:

Trans activists in Mexico City, protesting violence against the LGBTQ community.

tzintzuntzan:

Trans activists in Mexico City, protesting violence against the LGBTQ community.

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13 7 / 2014

paintdeath:


Marios Schwab Spring/Summer 2013

paintdeath:

Marios Schwab Spring/Summer 2013

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13 7 / 2014

10 7 / 2014

"The world has a serious shortage of both logic and kindness."

Haruki Murakami, 1Q84   (via lipstick-bullet)

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10 7 / 2014

suicideblonde:

SAINT DOLLY PRAY FOR US

suicideblonde:

SAINT DOLLY PRAY FOR US

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07 7 / 2014

summerscourtney:

sarahmccarry is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (which was the inaugural Headcrab Recs YA pick) and its forthcoming sequel (out July 15th, 2014), DIRTY WINGS. Kirkus has called her work, “Haunting, otherworldly and heartbreaking,” and “breathtaking” and believe me THEY ARE RIGHT.  Sarah’s work pulls no punches. None. You want to talk about complex, visceral, amazing female protagonists and the kind of stories that haunt your dreams because they’re so fucking good? Look no further. To read more about her books, visit her website.
To celebrate the upcoming release of DIRTY WINGS (and YES THIS INVOLVES A GIVEAWAY, details after the interview), Sarah agreed to sit down and answer an aggressive set of questions.
Why do your books have GIRLS in them.  Please tell me what kind of thought process was behind that decision. Was this to add to the magical realism? We all know stories about girls aren’t “real.”
SARAH: I know! It’s so embarrassing. It’s like every time I sit down to write, I’m all like, “No, THIS time, I’m going to write a REAL story about BOYS doing BOYS’ THINGS.” Finding themselves and crushing out on girls and being straight and manly and stuff. Like an emotional (but obviously not TOO emotional) journey of self-discovery and coming of age with poignant moments of bittersweet, wrenching humor and maybe cancer—you know, something really universal and relatable that brings Americans together around our shared common values. But when I start writing, I get possessed by these overwhelming urges to write about experiences that are actually interesting to me, and I do that instead! It’s a terrible problem to have.
Aurora inspires a lot of devotion to the unnamed narrator of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS but Aurora can be selfish. Let’s talk about that. Don’t you think you should have made her (and all of your characters, but especially the girls) more LIKABLE?
Courtney, I’m telling you, these girls started out super nice. They never made bad decisions, they wore clean dresses and brushed their hair, they used their inside voices. And then while I was working on this book, the WORST IMAGINABLE thing happened—it was like this inner voice was shouting at me, “Sarah, make your characters PEOPLE! Make them SEEM LIKE PEOPLE!” That was when everything went to shit.
There are drugs and also there is cursing in your work. Doesn’t seem to me you were thinking of the children. Why weren’t you thinking of the children?
I meant to think of the children! I’m easily distracted. Sorry, what were you saying?
The MPAA would probably rate your books R. What do you have to say for yourself?
I know!!! It’s terrible!!! Just think what they would rate my life. I would totally just die!!!!!!
Your writing style is gritty and unflinching. But isn’t life gritty and unflinching ENOUGH? Why not make your work a kinder, gentler experience for readers?
I was trying to make my books more like Game of Thrones. I’m told that helps sales.
Your work has been described as edgy and sharp, which sounds unsafe for readers. If someone were to read your work in spite of this warning, please list some of its potential emotional side effects.
TOTAL DEVASTATION. I have also been told it inspires people to slouch, dress in a slovenly manner, and listen to loud music, so consider yourselves warned. Dirty Wings may also cause you to, in no particular order: defy your parents, quit your job, run away from home, start a rock band, kiss girls, and do a lot of speed. I mean, hopefully not, but I would want readers to be prepared.
ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS was endorsed by a headcrab. That’s disgraceful. That’s not a question, I just wanted you to know.
I guess it could have been a louse.
!!!!!! 
You guys, I adore this woman and I adore her work and I want you to have it. That means…
GIVEAWAY! This giveaway is open to US & CAN only (sorry!). I am giving away TWO SETS of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS and DIRTY WINGS to TWO WINNERS. To enter, all you have to do is:
1) Like or reblog this interview or2) Retweet my tweet (https://twitter.com/courtney_s/status/485207053183758336) of this interview!
Super easy, RIGHT? Liking and reblogging = 2 entries (1 each), tweeting = 1, so you can enter up to 3 times total! Winners will be randomly drawn and contacted on July 15th, and have their prizes shipped out to them immediately!

summerscourtney:

sarahmccarry is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (which was the inaugural Headcrab Recs YA pick) and its forthcoming sequel (out July 15th, 2014), DIRTY WINGS. Kirkus has called her work, “Haunting, otherworldly and heartbreaking,” and “breathtaking” and believe me THEY ARE RIGHT.  Sarah’s work pulls no punches. None. You want to talk about complex, visceral, amazing female protagonists and the kind of stories that haunt your dreams because they’re so fucking good? Look no further. To read more about her books, visit her website.

To celebrate the upcoming release of DIRTY WINGS (and YES THIS INVOLVES A GIVEAWAY, details after the interview), Sarah agreed to sit down and answer an aggressive set of questions.

Why do your books have GIRLS in them.  Please tell me what kind of thought process was behind that decision. Was this to add to the magical realism? We all know stories about girls aren’t “real.”

SARAH: I know! It’s so embarrassing. It’s like every time I sit down to write, I’m all like, “No, THIS time, I’m going to write a REAL story about BOYS doing BOYS’ THINGS.” Finding themselves and crushing out on girls and being straight and manly and stuff. Like an emotional (but obviously not TOO emotional) journey of self-discovery and coming of age with poignant moments of bittersweet, wrenching humor and maybe cancer—you know, something really universal and relatable that brings Americans together around our shared common values. But when I start writing, I get possessed by these overwhelming urges to write about experiences that are actually interesting to me, and I do that instead! It’s a terrible problem to have.

Aurora inspires a lot of devotion to the unnamed narrator of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS but Aurora can be selfish. Let’s talk about that. Don’t you think you should have made her (and all of your characters, but especially the girls) more LIKABLE?

Courtney, I’m telling you, these girls started out super nice. They never made bad decisions, they wore clean dresses and brushed their hair, they used their inside voices. And then while I was working on this book, the WORST IMAGINABLE thing happened—it was like this inner voice was shouting at me, “Sarah, make your characters PEOPLE! Make them SEEM LIKE PEOPLE!” That was when everything went to shit.

There are drugs and also there is cursing in your work. Doesn’t seem to me you were thinking of the children. Why weren’t you thinking of the children?

I meant to think of the children! I’m easily distracted. Sorry, what were you saying?

The MPAA would probably rate your books R. What do you have to say for yourself?

I know!!! It’s terrible!!! Just think what they would rate my life. I would totally just die!!!!!!

Your writing style is gritty and unflinching. But isn’t life gritty and unflinching ENOUGH? Why not make your work a kinder, gentler experience for readers?

I was trying to make my books more like Game of Thrones. I’m told that helps sales.

Your work has been described as edgy and sharp, which sounds unsafe for readers. If someone were to read your work in spite of this warning, please list some of its potential emotional side effects.

TOTAL DEVASTATION. I have also been told it inspires people to slouch, dress in a slovenly manner, and listen to loud music, so consider yourselves warned. Dirty Wings may also cause you to, in no particular order: defy your parents, quit your job, run away from home, start a rock band, kiss girls, and do a lot of speed. I mean, hopefully not, but I would want readers to be prepared.

ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS was endorsed by a headcrab. That’s disgraceful. That’s not a question, I just wanted you to know.

I guess it could have been a louse.

!!!!!!

You guys, I adore this woman and I adore her work and I want you to have it. That means…

GIVEAWAY! This giveaway is open to US & CAN only (sorry!). I am giving away TWO SETS of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS and DIRTY WINGS to TWO WINNERS. To enter, all you have to do is:

1) Like or reblog this interview or
2) Retweet my tweet (https://twitter.com/courtney_s/status/485207053183758336) of this interview!

Super easy, RIGHT? Liking and reblogging = 2 entries (1 each), tweeting = 1, so you can enter up to 3 times total! Winners will be randomly drawn and contacted on July 15th, and have their prizes shipped out to them immediately!

04 7 / 2014

fuckyeahanarchistbanners:

There Are No Prisons In A Queer Paradise // San Francisco, CA, USA // Free the gay shame 3

fuckyeahanarchistbanners:

There Are No Prisons In A Queer Paradise // San Francisco, CA, USA // Free the gay shame 3

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