venusbone:

"It was about killer cockroaches or something and I was just like, NOPE."
-Andrew, on the X Files episode he skipped

Ok BUT this episode has the most important page on Wikipedia:

 ”The show’s animal trainer, Debbie Cove, used around three hundred cockroaches for this episode. Cove later noted that only one of the cockroaches died during the filming, due to old age. Director Kim Manners was very pleased with the way the cockroaches behaved, noting that “every shot I wanted to get, they got.” Cast and crew members later recalled that Manners began giving orders to the roaches. Cinematographer John Bartley explained, “when I saw Kim Manners talking to a bucket of cockroaches, that was a highlight for me.”“

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Just never gonna get over my naive shock at all these people who can have a totally solid and nuanced understanding that a group of people (celebrities, rich people, men, whoever) saying they’re above basic standards of ethics and humanity doesn’t make that true, and then turn around and do whatever the fuck they wanna do because they’re writers, ok, it’s different, it’s their responsibility to democracy to do the exact terrible thing they were always gonna do anyway. 

Walking out reminds you that while submission can at times be a pleasure, a risk work taking, you don’t have to manufacture consent whenever or wherever it is nominally in demand. (I know countless people — mostly women — who refuse to watch movies with gratuitous rape scenes. And many of these people believe — and I count myself among them — that there is an excellent argument to be made that any rape scene, at this point in cinematic history, is gratuitous. Here, the refusal to manufacture consent to watch bears a strong, albeit metaphorical relationship to the refusal to manufacture consent to tolerate unwanted sexual incursions.) The fact that the exit door isn’t barred, the feel of the fresh air on your face when you open it — all of this serves to remind you of how good it feels to angle the full force of your body and attention toward that which seems to you a good use of your short time on the planet, and to practice aversion toward that which does not. These are freedoms that life does not always grant; God help us if we would prefer an art that further whittled down the choices.
— The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Maggie Nelson (via hotdog-hotdog)
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(((Regarding CAConrad’s House of Horrors, Part 2: It is bizarre and disgusting to me when people can’t (won’t?) distinguish between “think of the children!!!” as reactionary political tool, and actually thinking of actual children as a basic part of compassion & justice & empathy // It is bizarre and disgusting to me when people try to distinguish between Tipper Gore’s rhetorical “but think of the children!” and their own rhetorical “but think of the children [who are victims of drone strikes]!!!”)))

Consent and warning are not acquiescences to arbitrary, repressive notions of decorum or authority. Rather, they are space-makers, and they allow for the very possibility of voluntary submission or emancipation. The desire to catch an audience unawares and ambush it is a fundamentally terrorizing, Messianic approach to art-making, one that underestimates the capacities and intelligence of most viewers, and overestimates that of most artists.
— The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Maggie Nelson (via hotdog-hotdog)
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“My feelings belong, as it were, to me, and I should not impose them on others.” In service of this conviction, [John] Cage spent his long career aiming to discover forms of “waking people up” that privilege making space around them rather than violating their boundaries.

The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Maggie Nelson (via hotdog-hotdog)

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A precious performance, Blaine had called it, in that gently forbearing tone he used when they talked about novels, as though he was sure that she, with a little more time and a little more wisdom, would come to accept that the novels he liked were superior
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

doskapozora:

Plato didn’t just say we poets should be told to shut our mouths, he was saying we should actually be removed from the city entirely. That censorship is severe, making poets a threat to the hypocritical template of democracy right from its very inception over 2,000 years ago. Poets have a history and a birthright to disturb.

"a birthright to disturb [survivors of trauma]"

"a birthright to disturb [people who are working very very hard to survive]"

"a birthright to disturb [other people’s boundaries]"

"a birthright to disturb [but idgi why are you so disturbed all the time, get over yourself you baby]"

("Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book.”)

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Cold enough for a scarf today and I am VERY HAPPY about it.

Cold enough for a scarf today and I am VERY HAPPY about it.

I dreamed that there was a 6th member of One Direction and it was Bill Haverchuck

Just got yelled at by some rain-drenched dude in a skeleton costume. “Why are you STANDING like that, it’s just WATER. Jeeeesus.”

Just got yelled at by some rain-drenched dude in a skeleton costume. “Why are you STANDING like that, it’s just WATER. Jeeeesus.”

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
 Aries: This week, your own world is going fall into some kind of strange orbit around you; this week, everything’s going to work out the way you need it to. Every single thing is going to be okay. Try to believe this, try to let it move you, try to let it light your way. This week you can be daring, you can be weird, you can be your best self. Spend your days with the people who believe in your magic even more than you do. Spend your days outside; spend your days with the windows open.
 Taurus: This week, the world’s going to unfold itself slowly and carefully. This week, the things you’ve been waiting for will start to show themselves. If you’re not patient you could walk right by and not notice the hints of green; if you’re not patient you could walk right by and never see the bright moments of gold. You might not even realize how long you’ve been waiting; you might not even realize how bad you’ve needed the gentle love your world can show you this week. Live quietly and listen to songs about joy.
 Gemini: This week, feel the world you move through speeding up, and feel yourself speeding up in it. Even if you don’t yet know where you’re going, let yourself pick up speed. As you move through your days, let the energy of the sun and the sky and the street build up inside of you; let it keep you going. Keep moving this week, even if you’re not sure where, even if you’re not sure why, even if you don’t think you’re ready to arrive. Watch thunderstorms this week, watch the tides. Trust that you’re where you should be.
 Cancer: Some things might feel messy this week; some things might feel strange, out of order, mixed up. This is a week for rearranging, for putting the pieces back together, for changing the shape of your world if you want to, if you need it. It might not sound like it but it’s such a gift, such a blessing, such a chance. This week you can rebuild your heart and you can rebuild your home and you can make things better; you can make it right. Cook foods that take a long time; cook meals that make you feel strong.
 Leo: This week, watch the world around you pick up color, watch it gain in brightness, watch it shimmer like sunlight on a lake. Your world is going to be full of such beauty it could knock you over; your world is going to be filled with such a clear gentle light, it won’t even make sense. Let this goodness fill you up; let it make you brave; let it make you the kindest version of yourself. Call your family. Fill your house with flowers, or eat fruit, or watch the trees outside begin to bud.
 Virgo: You’re maybe going to feel like you don’t know everything you should this week, like you’re in the dark, like there are doors you need to open, like there clues and secrets and keys you need to find before you can finally live. Try to remember that you already have the things that you need. Try to remember the steel in your bones and the warmth in your heart. Write letters, write in your journal, write stories you can look to when you need to be reassured that you’re wise and you’re brave and you’re true.
 Libra: This week, if you want, you can make so much noise. This week, if you want, you can get noticed, you can be seen. Think about your sharp edges, think about your most jagged dreams. This is a week for speaking the strangest truths you can. This is a week for letting yourself breathe and letting yourself grow. Think about the noisy songs in your heart and let them sound in the night. Let yourself glow like a beacon, let yourself shine like gold, let yourself catch the light, let yourself light up your town.
 Scorpio: This week, everything’s going to be okay, and your world is going to be a little soft, and your days will be filled with small bright things. This week, you can believe that everything will only get better and better; this week, you can make it true. Feel the strength that’s been sitting inside you, quiet and sleepy all winter long. This week, feel your own weird power move through you, feel all the things you can do, and don’t hold back. Don’t be scared of your own vitality. Drink so much coffee and watch the sun rise.
 Sagittarius: This week is going to be full of turning points, full of possibilities, full of invitations to change your whole life. You don’t have to say yes, but try to pay attention, try to always remember that they’re there. Try to always remember that everything could change. Try to remember that there are exits, there are ways out, there are different lives that could be yours, if you want them. It’s not about the changing, this week; it’s about the choosing, it’s about living the life that you’ve built on purpose.
 Capricorn: This week is for living in goodness, as much as you can; it’s for living in light, it’s for living in long sweet afternoons, it’s for going to the park and watching your world get green. Try not to worry so much about your plans; try not to worry so much about your bright bendy future. Try not to worry so much about how to live best, just let the morning sun touch your face. Listen to the music that pours out of other people’s windows, other people’s cars, other people’s headphones on the bus.
 Aquarius: You’re going to be given so many choices this week; you’re going to be given so many different ways you could live. Try to be as daring as you can. Try to be guided by courage; try to be guided by your dreams more than your fear. This is a week to make choices that seem strange even to the people who know you best. This is a week to trust your guts, it’s a week to trust the wisdom that lives in your muscles and bones. Tell your weirdest stories. Listen to Joanna Newsom.
 Pisces: The world is going to show you so much this week; the world is going to stretch out like the widest field, like the longest highway, like the densest bluest night. This week, it’s okay to ask for what you need, in this huge strange world. It’s okay to tell the truth to anyone who asks for it. It’s okay to tell your friends how you want to be treated, how you need to be listened to, how you need to be loved. Listen to the ocean, listen to the river, listen to songs about staying.
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This week, your own world is going fall into some kind of strange orbit around you; this week, everything’s going to work out the way you need it to. Every single thing is going to be okay. Try to believe this, try to let it move you, try to let it light your way. This week you can be daring, you can be weird, you can be your best self. Spend your days with the people who believe in your magic even more than you do. Spend your days outside; spend your days with the windows open.

Taurus: This week, the world’s going to unfold itself slowly and carefully. This week, the things you’ve been waiting for will start to show themselves. If you’re not patient you could walk right by and not notice the hints of green; if you’re not patient you could walk right by and never see the bright moments of gold. You might not even realize how long you’ve been waiting; you might not even realize how bad you’ve needed the gentle love your world can show you this week. Live quietly and listen to songs about joy.

Gemini: This week, feel the world you move through speeding up, and feel yourself speeding up in it. Even if you don’t yet know where you’re going, let yourself pick up speed. As you move through your days, let the energy of the sun and the sky and the street build up inside of you; let it keep you going. Keep moving this week, even if you’re not sure where, even if you’re not sure why, even if you don’t think you’re ready to arrive. Watch thunderstorms this week, watch the tides. Trust that you’re where you should be.

Cancer: Some things might feel messy this week; some things might feel strange, out of order, mixed up. This is a week for rearranging, for putting the pieces back together, for changing the shape of your world if you want to, if you need it. It might not sound like it but it’s such a gift, such a blessing, such a chance. This week you can rebuild your heart and you can rebuild your home and you can make things better; you can make it right. Cook foods that take a long time; cook meals that make you feel strong.

Leo: This week, watch the world around you pick up color, watch it gain in brightness, watch it shimmer like sunlight on a lake. Your world is going to be full of such beauty it could knock you over; your world is going to be filled with such a clear gentle light, it won’t even make sense. Let this goodness fill you up; let it make you brave; let it make you the kindest version of yourself. Call your family. Fill your house with flowers, or eat fruit, or watch the trees outside begin to bud.

Virgo: You’re maybe going to feel like you don’t know everything you should this week, like you’re in the dark, like there are doors you need to open, like there clues and secrets and keys you need to find before you can finally live. Try to remember that you already have the things that you need. Try to remember the steel in your bones and the warmth in your heart. Write letters, write in your journal, write stories you can look to when you need to be reassured that you’re wise and you’re brave and you’re true.

Libra: This week, if you want, you can make so much noise. This week, if you want, you can get noticed, you can be seen. Think about your sharp edges, think about your most jagged dreams. This is a week for speaking the strangest truths you can. This is a week for letting yourself breathe and letting yourself grow. Think about the noisy songs in your heart and let them sound in the night. Let yourself glow like a beacon, let yourself shine like gold, let yourself catch the light, let yourself light up your town.

Scorpio: This week, everything’s going to be okay, and your world is going to be a little soft, and your days will be filled with small bright things. This week, you can believe that everything will only get better and better; this week, you can make it true. Feel the strength that’s been sitting inside you, quiet and sleepy all winter long. This week, feel your own weird power move through you, feel all the things you can do, and don’t hold back. Don’t be scared of your own vitality. Drink so much coffee and watch the sun rise.

Sagittarius: This week is going to be full of turning points, full of possibilities, full of invitations to change your whole life. You don’t have to say yes, but try to pay attention, try to always remember that they’re there. Try to always remember that everything could change. Try to remember that there are exits, there are ways out, there are different lives that could be yours, if you want them. It’s not about the changing, this week; it’s about the choosing, it’s about living the life that you’ve built on purpose.

Capricorn: This week is for living in goodness, as much as you can; it’s for living in light, it’s for living in long sweet afternoons, it’s for going to the park and watching your world get green. Try not to worry so much about your plans; try not to worry so much about your bright bendy future. Try not to worry so much about how to live best, just let the morning sun touch your face. Listen to the music that pours out of other people’s windows, other people’s cars, other people’s headphones on the bus.

Aquarius: You’re going to be given so many choices this week; you’re going to be given so many different ways you could live. Try to be as daring as you can. Try to be guided by courage; try to be guided by your dreams more than your fear. This is a week to make choices that seem strange even to the people who know you best. This is a week to trust your guts, it’s a week to trust the wisdom that lives in your muscles and bones. Tell your weirdest stories. Listen to Joanna Newsom.

Pisces: The world is going to show you so much this week; the world is going to stretch out like the widest field, like the longest highway, like the densest bluest night. This week, it’s okay to ask for what you need, in this huge strange world. It’s okay to tell the truth to anyone who asks for it. It’s okay to tell your friends how you want to be treated, how you need to be listened to, how you need to be loved. Listen to the ocean, listen to the river, listen to songs about staying.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

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venusbone:

On a semi-related side note, this reminds me of that stupid fucking Gregory Corso quote that made the tumblr rounds a few months ago. Essentially lauding him for saying that many of the women in the beat scene were institutionalized because they were unconventional women in a patriarchal culture. Which like, I am not disagreeing with that statement HOWEVER if we are going to talk about these women’s lives and works (and funny how they are all totally nameless in his quote), let’s also talk about all these dudes’ rampant misogyny, racism, etc. There is more than enough evidence on record that talks about how women were belitted, sexually harassed off stage (sometimes while they were reading, and this phenomenon lasted as long as the dudes who ran the scenes were still hanging around: my father told me a story of how at Naropa in the 80s, Gregory Corso would make comments about women’s breasts while they were reading), not taken seriously, etc etc. It is almost hilarious how often these kinds of “radical” poetry types displace the blame on systems they rhetorically cast as separate from themselves. But if they actually looked at how their fucking scenes were/are structured, their claims to radicality and inventiveness just might start to seem rather empty and pathetic. IMAGINE THAT.  *teeeheee*

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Tags: ANTI GENIUS

venusbone:

Also since that roundtable went into the idea of trigger warnings and poetry readings:

Let’s talk about how a reading is a context. The people who read, the people who run the space you booked it at, the scenes that prop up those people, the people who attend it are all a part of this context. Some of those people will be abusers. Some of those people will be survivors of abuse. Let’s think about the structure of these scenes. How you get popular. Whose work is given legitimacy. Who do you think that structure protects? Let’s talk about experimental (or whatever fucking word you want to put there) poetry scenes. Let’s talk about rape culture in those scenes. Let’s talk about how your genius worship, your poem worship props up rape culture. Let’s talk about how people are so much more invested in protecting the sanctity of Art than they are in the survival of people who have been abused. Let’s talk about how a poet’s work is context specific always. Let’s talk about the contexts you never want to look at.

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Tags: ANTI GENIUS
Indeed, [Mo Yan’s work] shows evidence of resistance to and subversion of the official myths and histories of his society. But instead, he was attacked for not assuming an explicit and harshly critical position against his government—a government that, not uncoincidentally, some powerful elites in the West fear, dislike, and distrust.

You have to ask: How many writers in Anglo-America who, unlike Mo Yan, enjoy untrammeled liberty to say whatever they want on political issues, have actually made use of their privileges during the last decade of violence and mayhem unleashed by their governments? They are of course fully entitled to remain silent if they wish to, and even provide intellectual armor to their warriors, but then why attack Mo Yan for being pusillanimous? It’s then that you begin to suspect that the asymmetries of power that have shaped relations between the West and the rest of the world also exist in the realm of literary criticism.
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