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

(via punkpedagogy)

29 6 / 2014

Not long ago, I attended a performance in San Francisco by women presently or formerly incarcerated in the county jail in collaboration with Bay Area women performance artists. After the show, I went backstage to the “green room,” where the women inmates, guarded by deputy sheriffs stationed…

22 6 / 2014

serefsizkiz:

brosfallback.bigcartel.com
brosfallback.bigcartel.com
**new content and design for legal fundraiser**
from the new edition’s introduction… “Bros Fall Back isn’t a “movement”. It’s not a group you can like or reblog or even join for that matter. There are enough institutions already. The concept isn’t generalizable to any other alienated context. It’s not a thesis, don’t be surprised if it disrupts yr academia. Bros Fall Back was originally just something to put on flyers in hopes of making assholes think twice. It’s an oversimplification of a complicated subject. It’s a jumping off point for interacting with oppressive behavior rather than ignoring it.”
100% of proceeds go towards the legal defense fund of a trans woman being victimized by completely false charges brought on by a bro, a violent misogynist person (and now cop collaborator) who for too long wasn’t kept out of radical spaces. Redesign and reprinting by negatecity.
send an email to antieverythingshows@gmail.com if you’re making an order of over 10 zines or if you’re ordering from outside of the US!!
brosfallback.bigcartel.com
brosfallback.bigcartel.com

serefsizkiz:

brosfallback.bigcartel.com

brosfallback.bigcartel.com

**new content and design for legal fundraiser**

from the new edition’s introduction… “Bros Fall Back isn’t a “movement”. It’s not a group you can like or reblog or even join for that matter. There are enough institutions already. The concept isn’t generalizable to any other alienated context. It’s not a thesis, don’t be surprised if it disrupts yr academia. Bros Fall Back was originally just something to put on flyers in hopes of making assholes think twice. It’s an oversimplification of a complicated subject. It’s a jumping off point for interacting with oppressive behavior rather than ignoring it.”

100% of proceeds go towards the legal defense fund of a trans woman being victimized by completely false charges brought on by a bro, a violent misogynist person (and now cop collaborator) who for too long wasn’t kept out of radical spaces. Redesign and reprinting by negatecity.

send an email to antieverythingshows@gmail.com if you’re making an order of over 10 zines or if you’re ordering from outside of the US!!

brosfallback.bigcartel.com

brosfallback.bigcartel.com

(via dressesandyarn)

22 6 / 2014

odditiesoflife:

Amazing Aluminum Human Wire Sculptures

Korean artist Seung Mo Park created these incredible human figure sculptures using tightly wrapped layers of aluminum wire based on fiberglass forms. The works shown here are part of the Brooklyn-based artist’s Human series where he recreates the delicate wrinkles and folds of clothing as well as the sinuous musculature of the human body in metallic layers reminiscent of tree rings. He’s also sculpted bicycles, musical instruments and other forms as part of his Object series.

(Source: mymodernmet.com, via arabellesicardi)

22 6 / 2014

"Folks involved with punk music, or any subculture for that matter, all know, or at least should know, that while unendingly important in the lives of those involved, there’s a much bigger and complicated world out there. “Punk rock, don’t stop,” and don’t get me wrong, we should never stop, but we also need to keep going until we find ourselves far, far away once in a while."

In advance of next weekend’s Philly Feminist Zine Fest (which we are very excited to be tabling at!) Cynthia Ann Shemmer reflects on how she really first found zines, love, and feminism. (via fvckthemedia)

21 6 / 2014

"Folks involved with punk music, or any subculture for that matter, all know, or at least should know, that while unendingly important in the lives of those involved, there’s a much bigger and complicated world out there. “Punk rock, don’t stop,” and don’t get me wrong, we should never stop, but we also need to keep going until we find ourselves far, far away once in a while."

In advance of next weekend’s Philly Feminist Zine Fest (which we are very excited to be tabling at!) Cynthia Ann Shemmer reflects on how she really first found zines, love, and feminism. (via fvckthemedia)

21 6 / 2014

odditiesoflife:

Amazing Aluminum Human Wire Sculptures

Korean artist Seung Mo Park created these incredible human figure sculptures using tightly wrapped layers of aluminum wire based on fiberglass forms. The works shown here are part of the Brooklyn-based artist’s Human series where he recreates the delicate wrinkles and folds of clothing as well as the sinuous musculature of the human body in metallic layers reminiscent of tree rings. He’s also sculpted bicycles, musical instruments and other forms as part of his Object series.

(Source: mymodernmet.com, via arabellesicardi)

16 6 / 2014

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How To Respond To Criticism :


Stop doing everything. Don’t say anything or be anything. Get as small as you possibly can without disappearing. Don’t exist. Or keep existing, but differently than before.


Remember: criticism is the same thing as wholesale condemnation and also murder, so react accordingly.


Apologize, but don’t really mean it, and plant a seed of secret resentment so deep in your own heart that years later you can’t even remember that you’re the one who nurtured it and made it grow, it seems that much like a native part of you.


Sink into a hole so deep that no one can ever find you.


No. No. No. No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no NO. NO.


JUST DIE. JUST GET SICK AND DIE AND THEN YOU’LL FEEL TERRIBLE YOU EVER SAID THOSE THINGS BECAUSE I’LL BE DEAD AND YOU’LL BE SO SO SO SORRY AND YOU’LL WISH YOU COULD BRING ME BACK BUT YOU CAN’T.


Give up on all of your goals immediately.


Tell everyone you know about the criticism, but in a way that makes it clear that you expect them to publicly find it ridiculous and assure you there’s not a shred of truth to it. Do this repeatedly, first while sober, then later after several glasses of wine on a Wednesday afternoon when no one else is really drinking except for you. “Can you believe it?” Ask them that repeatedly. “Can you believe that? About me?” Ask until no one will meet your eyes.


Spit until your throat bleeds.


Remember that life is a rich tapestry.


Become so rich and strong and tall that you’re a giant made out of gold and nobody can hurt you and everything you do is perfect and you can use your laser diamond eyes to melt the lungs of your enemies.


Dwell on it.


You can either be perfect or the biggest piece of shit who ever existed but not both, so if the criticism is right, you are the biggest piece of shit who ever existed. If it is not right, you are perfect and everyone else is wrong.


Fall in love with whoever criticized you. Don’t walk away until you’ve ruined their marriage.


Whisper their criticism every night to yourself until you have it memorized, word for word. Remember it forever. Have the words stitched into the shroud that covers your body before you’re lowered into the tomb so you and your criticism can embrace one another for eternity.


Do not rise above it. Never rise above anything. The sky is no place for a human.


Be sure not to separate the tone of the criticism from the content. If it was said ungracefully, it cannot be true. If it was said reasonably, it cannot be false.


Send an email explaining why you don’t deserve to be criticized, then another six emails after that, each one explaining the last, like a set of Russian nesting dolls that don’t think it’s your fault.


Set fire to something that was once beautiful.


Run into a cave and break your ankle so that people have to come find you and they see you lying at the bottom of this beautiful cave and maybe there’s a waterfall and the light from the crystals makes you look really beautiful and they say “Are you okay?” and you say “I think so” and they say “oh my God have you been here alone this whole time with a broken ankle” and you say “it’s okay” and they say “you’re so brave” and you are brave and you look so beautiful surrounded by cave crystals and everyone stands over you and says “oh wow” and “you poor beautiful thing” and “I’m so sorry we let you run into the cave but I’m so glad we found you” and let them carry you home and promise to be your best friends forever and that everything’s their fault and also they named the cave after you and you’re prettier than all of your enemies and your enemies all died of jealousy while you were in the cave.


Remember that there are only two kinds of people in the world: fans and haters. No true fan would ever express a criticism of you or your work; conversely no hater could ever seek to engage in a good-faith debate about something you said or did they disagree with. Dismiss everything everyone has to say about you.


Move away.


If it’s a close friend, say “Thank you for being so honest with me,” and then never talk to them again.


Do something with your feelings right away. It doesn’t matter what. Lash out, make a sculpture, whatever.


Log into YouTube and call someone “living Hitler” and “a waste of skin” until you feel better about yourself.


Remember, if someone doesn’t like your work, that means they don’t like you, and they wish that you had never been born, so just lay down in the road and die.

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