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3rd February 2016
The Californian Ideology, a reply; or, Self-googling sometimes pays off.
I had entirely forgotten that I had written this. It seems to be undated, but if such memory serves, I wrote it around 17 or 18 years ago. The first paragraph is a quotation from what I was responding to, but the quotation marks have been stripped somewhere along the way. I'm not sure which internet forum I first typed it into. :
Before you read it, know that my personal concern with poverty, racism, sexism, and environmental degradation has increased considerably since I wrote this. I had never heard of intersectionality yet when I wrote this.http://www.hrc.wmin.ac.uk/theory-californianideology-responses7.html
I showed it to a couple of very close friends since rediscovering it, before posting it here, and they both agree that my style has mellowed with age.
30th January 2016
- Fri, 12:04: Now this is the kind of TV criticism I enjoy. https://t.co/uF1Skg2YK8
- Fri, 12:17: .@BluejoWalton's Thessaly books are the trigger reason why I'm rereading Plato now. https://t.co/frDCDOMXVa
- Fri, 21:55: RT @dalecarrico: 1 When I teach critical writing I stress four habits: 1 strong thesis 2 define key terms 3 support with evidence 4 anticip…
- Fri, 22:09: OK, do you know those "while you were away" things when you've been off twitter for a while, and it shows you a curated selections of posts?
- Sat, 00:00: Would it be too radical to have a black actor who looks the way MJ would have looked without all the plastic surgery? Unrecognizable?
- Sat, 01:37: Youtube continuations. I don't remember what I left playing when I put my headphones down, but when I picked them back up it was Fetty.
- Sat, 02:34: https://t.co/Yebn4C6FZ8 Click on it, and read it.
12th January 2016
I got obsessed with this one particular quote.
I got obsessed with this one particular quote right around the time I found out the great hero of my youth, David Bowie, had died. Later, I was impressed how he, a well-monitored public figure, had kept his illness a secret within his close circle. I was impressed by how hard he had been working on his multiple swan-songs, which I haven't heard nor seen yet: I've heard a little about Blackstar, a little about Lazarus, and I'm looking forward to paying close attention to them when I'm not so distraught. :
But when I first got the news, I was thinking about this:
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
As quoted in The Life and Work of Martha Graham (1991) by Agnes de Mille, p. 264, ISBN 0-394-55643-7.
Sourced from https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Martha_Graham
30th November 2015
- Sun, 12:15: RT @matthew_d_green: Who needs encryption backdoors when we have proprietary encryption.
- Sun, 12:44: RT @kaepora: Cryptocat rewrite is native desktop client, no web, no mobile. Uses Axolotl, has buddy lists. Goal: kill Pidgin. https://t.co…
- Sun, 13:01: RT @emptywheel: In any case, now that we're pretending NSA isn't spying on Americans anymore, can we focus on FBI's far more dangerous spyi…
- Sun, 13:07: RT @NAACPmpls: The community loving on one another during worship #Justice4Jamar https://t.co/Y9XhD0L4ci
- Mon, 09:39: RT @BlackLivesMpls: @BlackLivesMpls: Plz head down 2 #4thPrecinctShutDown we need food 2 help w/ snow, cars 2 warm ppl up, & bodies 3 hold …
- Mon, 10:54: 15 hours now, looks like. https://t.co/AdbLpH6Vty
28th November 2015
- Sat, 00:25: Do Quakers even tweet? Can I tweet and still be a Quaker? I'm seriously asking here.
23rd November 2015
Two things make a post
1) For all my leisure nonfiction needs lately I've been resorting to Habermas and Hobsbawm. This has been going on for months now, and I just finally twigged to what's so annoying about the two of them in combo: as white men raised a long time ago, they are relentlessly, guiltlessly-because-obliviously racist and sexist. It's subtle, but IT'S ALWAYS THERE. And it's part of my white privilege that I've been able to read that much of those books without wanting to throw them at a wall. :
I need to find more magnificent sociological theorizing and modern history written by anyone who isn't an old white man. I'm sure it's out there, and that I haven't already gone looking for it reflects poorly on my ambitions as an amateur scholar.
2) @FeministaJones on twitter posted Paul Rosenberg's explanation, published on Salon.com, of the Ben Carson phenomenon, including links to the National Prayer Breakfast incident and the WSJ's immediate nomination of Carson for POTUS. While I'm a member of a generational subculture who have been ridiculing Donald Trump since I was a teenager, the Ben Carson phenomenon took me by surprise and I still barely understand it. http://www.salon.com/2015/11/16/this_is_why_ben_carson_lies_the_dark_disturbing_reality_of_race_religion_and_todays_right_wing/