& somehow cops managed without a tank & tear gas. #ferguson #mikebrown #policebrutality #racism


What the FUCK

White people riot all the damn time. UNC wins? Riot. UNC loses? Riot. Penn State fires a guy for covering for a pedophile for years? RIOT RIOT RIOT!

But too many black people gather, even peacefully, and here comes the tear gas and rubber(coated) bullets.



Stay woke

But remember how a significant portion of the young boys Sandusky molested were black? So in one part of the U.S. you have white people actually rioting over the firing of a man who helped cover up the molestation of numerous black boys. Then in another part of the U.S., you have black people engaging in peaceful protests over the shooting of an unarmed young black man being met with riot gear, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets. Whether by the state or by its citizen, the mere idea that there should be any kind of consequences for harming and killing black folks in the U.S. is met with indignant violence. 

Gee, I wonder why I get so few questions when I’m far more likely to sneer about their underlying assumptions than I am to just answer them like a normal non-dick human being.


Anonymous asked:

36, 51, whatever the fave fictional character one was


36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

I dunno, what’s usually? My lifetime adult average would have to hover just above zero because for most of that time I haven’t had any books checked out, but when I do it tends to be in groups of ten or more. Right now I have around twenty from two different library systems, both of which I work for. I feel like questions like these assume regular habits on the part of the answerer, and I haven’t had any regular habits since I was a child. Shit is forever in flux. Keep moving or you die.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

I don’t even understand how that would work. Are all readers supposed to be constantly plowing through these immense reading lists, and sending stuff to the bottom of the queue they don’t feel ready to face emotionally, or something? I just read, man. I read what I’m interested in, and I am (apparently) terrifyingly ill-informed on what I’m not. But it’s not avoiding them if you never think about them, is it?

38. Favorite fictional character?

The inevitable hodgepodge of willful delusion, limited understanding and outright fabrication that goes into any person’s sense of self means that I’m my own favorite fictional character. Oh, and narcissism. Did I mention narcissism?


bowiesongs asked:

32, 52


32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

I can read Spanish, though I haven’t tried reading prose fiction in Spanish since I was a teenager; but in an ideal world in which I could automatically read in whatever language I wanted without all the trouble and struggle of learning it, I’d have a hard time deciding between Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, Russian, and Greek. Roman-alphabet languages at least give me the comforting illusion of being able to pronounce them, even if I don’t understand the vocabulary or syntax; having access to a whole other cultural universe (okay, all other cultural universes) is kind of my main dream.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

I often neglect to consume a nutritionally effective amount of calories before starting work, and I work in libraries, so I have quite frequently lost my temper with books that have done nothing more offensive than, for example, not standing up by themselves when I’m trying to load a cart. I think the last one that made me really mad — for just such an irrational reason — was a thousand-page tome by Brandon Sanderson, because I had to shift four shelves in order to fit it into the overcrowded and underweeded SF/Fantasy section. If you’re asking about the content of a book, I’m really good at avoiding reading books that piss me off. I can’t imagine I’d get anything out of, say, an Ann Coulter book that would be worth the blood pressure, anyway.


lonepilgrim asked:

book quiz: 2 & 53


2. What are you reading right now?

On the improvised nightstand by my bed right now are How to Be Happy, a collection of comics stories by Eleanor Davis, and Bill Egan’s biography of Florence Mills, which I’m revisiting in preparation for a project I’m starting to worry I won’t do. I also intend to get back to Walt Before Skeezix and Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Green House and Bohemians: A Graphic History (shouts at nickminichino) and probably some other stuff I’m forgetting because I’m not in my apartment right now.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

I don’t think I’d ever bother trying to read a book I didn’t expect to like on some level. Life is way, way too short for that kind of self-flagellating nonsense.

55 Reading Questions

  • 1. Favorite childhood book?
  • 2. What are you reading right now?
  • 3. What books do you have on request at the library?
  • 4. Bad book habit?
  • 5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
  • 6. Do you have an e-reader?
  • 7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
  • 8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
  • 9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
  • 10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
  • 11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
  • 12. What is your reading comfort zone?
  • 13. Can you read on the bus?
  • 14. Favorite place to read?
  • 15. What is your policy on book lending?
  • 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
  • 17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
  • 18. Not even with text books?
  • 19. What is your favourite language to read in?
  • 20. What makes you love a book?
  • 21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
  • 22. Favorite genre?
  • 23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
  • 24. Favourite biography?
  • 25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
  • 26. Favourite cookbook?
  • 27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
  • 28. Favorite reading snack?
  • 29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
  • 30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
  • 31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
  • 32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
  • 33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
  • 34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
  • 35. Favorite Poet?
  • 36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
  • 37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
  • 38. Favorite fictional character?
  • 39. Favourite fictional villain?
  • 40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
  • 41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
  • 42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
  • 43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
  • 44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
  • 45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
  • 46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
  • 47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
  • 48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
  • 49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
  • 50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
  • 51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
  • 52. Name a book that made you angry.
  • 53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
  • 54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
  • 55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
  • I know you all hang on my opinions, so ask away

Chantal Montellier, “Virginia Woolf. La parole de l’eau” from (à suivre) #4, May 1978.


Anonymous asked:

Just discovered your aceterrier 960 songs site. Amazing project. Commenting seems to have been disabled, so I'm writing to you here. People may quibble over omissions, etc., especially for the later decades, but they sure as hell can't write like this! Have you heard Stella Mayhew's "That Devilin' Tune" from 1911 ? Wonder what you'd make of it. Totally mindblowing stuff.


That would be this site, for those just joining us. Commenting is disabled because I finished that project five years ago and have finally gotten sick of emails about the spam comments that made it through the filter. I haven’t heard that Mayhew track (or at least I don’t think I have), but feel free to post it to the comments at Just One Song More, which is the new version of that project, to which I fully intend to get back one day, if and when I ever manage to get to a point where I don’t have to do all my internetting over 3G. I always meant for the comments there to be full of people heckling me for leaving out their favorite records of the year, but I’m aware no critical mass of readers, let alone commenters, will form until at least 1956, when we have agreed to pretend that pop begins because, I don’t know, fucking Boomers.

"Dossier Amparo Torrego," a collage comic by Marika (Mari Carmen Vila) from a script by Felipe Hernández Cava, from Totem Extra Mujeres, 1978.

Matana Roberts and ensemble, 8/14/14. Ahh-mmm.


Our talented designers have done it again! This gorgeous design you see here will grace the cover of a new book by award-winning Spanish cartoonist, Max.

Vapor stars a disgruntled, ascetic-seeking character named Nick, who escapes to the desert for some solitude and spiritual balance. Instead, he finds himself mesmerized and seduced by the procession of the Queen of Saba.

The book is slated to be out by the end of the year. We’ll have lots more previews and info in the next few weeks and months, and presale for the book is up now!

I mean obviously I’m here for this. I still really want a career retrospective though.

(via mercurialblonde)

Down on Morse four blocks south and one block west of me, some live band who sounds like they wanna be the Counting Crows with keyboards is playing “Ooh Child” and it’s kind of the most beautiful thing I’ve heard since the Matana Roberts free-jazz/third-stream/pomo-gospel concert in Millennium Park last night.



National Geographic asked me to summarise the 1990s in one image. This is what I came up with.

the 1990s was heralded beforehand as ‘the spiritual decade’, an antidote to the materialist ’80s

I remember believing that. I think that’s why I remember a different 90s than so many of you.