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to continue in my recent tradition of unfinished thoughts digsuised as blog posts (sorry babies but you were just too cute for me to intelligently and clearly explain why a yurt birth in namibia is so much more appealing to me than the drugged up hospital scenes of san francisco) i give to you, dear readers, some unfinished complaints.

who the f are you, elena kagan, and why is the only thing i know about you the fact that you are unmarried and childless?

i’ve been following news less than i used to, partly because i’ve been out of town and without computers pretty frequently recently and also because, what with my parents’ tv and cable options staring me in the face every time i walk downstairs, the newspaper isn’t as tempting as it used to be. my own fault. but but but even in the midst of this separation from current events and actual facts i still know that there is a woman out there named elena who omg has no children and wtf decided to embrace a career instead of a husband?!? choices that may have been compelling and new in i dunno the 70s are no longer the salacious news stories the media wants them to be — why are we still supposed to drop everything and discuss them when all i want to discuss is what kagan actually thinks about the law. some pseudo feminist has been quoted as saying that she wishes kagan was a mother, because her current marital status sends the wrong message. well, ms feminist, what message is her childless status sending and also seriously why does it matter so much to you? wouldn’t you rather know where she stands on reproductive rights and gay marriage and other important social issues currently facing the nation that will affect you, as a woman, so much more than whether or not she has kids and a husband?

and i know that if i took the time i would be able to find out exactly where elena kagan stands on all the important issues, and why obama sees her as a good choice for the supreme court, and why i should or should not be excited that this new individual is going to have an effect on my life. what bugs me i guess is that with no effort whatsoever i already know things about this woman that i don’t give a shit about. yeah yeah it’s fuckin fantastic that another woman has been nominated, and of course i know very well that there is a long way to go before women are truly equal to men in the us (not to mention other countries but this is obviously a complaint for another day) but the more we talk about how fabulous it is that there’ll be another woman on the bench the more we undermine the equality this nomination stands for.

so let’s suck it up friends and like or hate her views but please please stop running headlines on her marital choices because holy crap i don’t care.

thank you, for listening.

[ stefanie ]

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howard zinn died last month, and so i decided to finally finish a people’s history of the united states. a very good decision, one that i highly recommend.

 
zinn was a history professor, scholar, writer, and playwright. he writes history from the point of view of the oppressed (poor people, black people, women, american indians, people from vietnam and the phillippines, american communists, etc etc) rather than the oppressors, who unfortunately tend to be the ones writing the history books and historical documents in the first place (the founding fathers, the american government, etc etc). a lot of the reviewers on amazon criticize zinn for being a socialist or a socialist sympathizer–but who really cares either way? the point he tries to make is that there are countless narratives to tell the story of past events, but all too often these bajillion pluralistic points of view are boiled down into a singular historical narrative that only takes the hegemonic opinion into account. zinn isn’t “socialist” or “communist” or anything like that. on the contrary, he writes books that attempt to un-politicize history.

 

no matter what your personal politics are, it’s still totally worth it to learn the story of a traditionally belittled people from them, rather than the people who did the belittling.

 

 

[ stefanie ]

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found genevieve dimmitt on gawker this morning.

 

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her photos are beautifully starkly deceivingly simple.

 

coats1they are also laden with beautiful color, and make us feel warm and toasty inside.

 

cheapfireworkscroppedher style is super versatile, from seemingly-but-not-really sterile black & white shots to photos bathed in saturated grainy polaroid-esque color.

 

her artist’s statement is quite lovely as well. she reminds us, in writing at least (sorta visually, too), of william eggleston, which reminds us of his wonderful (WONDERFUL) show at the whitney (which, apart from crowds of people and a surprising amount of little kids, was my favorite museum-going experience in the past few months), which makes us like this lady even more.  

i want to meet everyone and take their portrait. I want to photograph the landfill and the kittens in your closet. I am interested in all facets of image making. I believe in democratic photography in the sense that all things are capable of being the subject of a beautiful image if the artist has the notion to share this vision. I document my surroundings constantly for this reason. I also create scenes from the imagery in my mind to balance the observed with the conceived. As I photograph I am constantly learning to see again.

chipholdingbook(all photos by genevieve dimmitt)

 

on an unrelated subject (a subject named barack obama), found this and this on ben smith’s politico blog. our soon-to-be-president was once an anti-war, pro-gay marriage sort of guy.

 

we are SO PUMPED for tuesday.

 

[ stefanie ]

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Every one and their 4 year old child knows that Barack Obama is hip.  He was just chosen for obvious reasons as Time Magazine’s person of the year, which includes the inspiration for this posting.  Obama is, for many, the anthropomorphic representation of that which has been lacking in America – in politics, morals, ideals, etc, etc.  Who knew that he also represents that which America lacks overall in straight up coolness.  Actually, some of us might have thought something was up considering the now famous retro-inspired images from his campaign, as below.  The use of such imagery could have been resultant simply from the smart choices of art directors and graphic designers in an effort to appeal to young voters (who no doubt had a large impact in his elected-ness), though I’m thinking (in light of the Time Magazine photos) that this image truthfully portrays aspects of Obama’s character that are less publicized.

Time Magazine Cover

Thankfully, Lisa Jack, an old time University colleague of the current president-elect had the smarts enough to rummage through her basement and re-surface these fabulous, fashion-conscious negatives from 1980, Barak’s freshman year at Occidental College in Los Angeles.  I heard that Obama showed up to the shoot with a leather jacket, Panama hat and pack of cigarettes of his own accord.  The shoot was a chance for the photographer to build her portfolio, from what I know.

Lisa Jack Photos

Aparantly Obama mentions this time of his life in his memoir as one which he spent searching for himself and discovering his identity as a mixed-raced/ African American male, though I have not read his book myself.  I’m not sure about you guys, but some of these images scream the Tito Jackson (maybe Jermain – not sure anymore..), even a young Michael if you could imagine Obama’s young face at the tender age of 6, still surrounded by that brillianty maintained afro.

Tito??

I will give full disclosure and say that Obama got my vote, for the sake that he sent the message that he understands the importance of innovative thought and a fearless approach to change.  I have high hopes that he will make great changes for our image as a country, all the details of politics that I have no interest in mentioning here, as well as (hopefully) for our political system and CULTURE.  Honestly, if he was this experiemental, fashionable and seemingly down to earth in his life at some point, my hope for those changes feels a bit more sound, if only within my own chest.

Its a Cig

Hey Obama

Abundant Confidence at 19is

80s Cool

What a hip ass dude.  …Go America.

[diane]

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