2 months ago
Concerned that encouraging a poetic sensibility and connection to emotions hinders and undermines the kind of intellectual intensity and social focus I want to characterize my life. I want to be Susan Sontag. I want to be incisive and uncompromising. Not some sniveling, sad little poetry-writing snit.
ON THE OTHER HAND I think there’s a coldness and a numbness to pursuing aestheticism in writing and art &tc. that I want to avoid. I treasure my soft heart and take pride in being good to others, in feeling for the hurt and the oppressed and in having more intuitive, emotional understandings. I’m also proud of being about to see gray areas and sit on fences.
I don’t know. I don’t know why I’m so concerned with being great when clearly that will never happen for me.
3 months ago
anthem for a 23 year old girl
You want not to be wasting your life
you want your clothing ads to inspire you
you want your major to say something meaningful about your identity
you want your friends to do that, too.
You want to have been less of a good kid in high school
you want to drink, honor your hangovers, to be doing something and then stop, and think, “this would be great in a romantic comedy”
you want your life to have meaning
you want your pet to be the kind that is independent and unique and meaningful,
so you have a cat.
-Raquel Breternitz (Yeah, me, shut up—a friend of mine asked me to write a poem about a cat for his zine, put on by Raw Paw).
7 months ago
drugs, women, christmas, terror, religion
Political rhetoric this coming election season has become increasingly filled with war metaphors, which is perhaps ironic considering how little the media is covering the actual wars in which the United States is engaged.
1 year ago
Why am I writing a blog about Chris Brown and Rihanna?
Just heard Rihanna did return to Chris Brown, as I thought she would. That wasn’t true (yet), but does it matter?
Let’s cry for a culture that makes a young woman feel she needs to return to her abuser, then derides her, without ever understanding her position as a creation of that very society. That rewards a man for being petulant and deeply selfish just because he is talented.
While I’ve been one to rail, the truth is, these are both human beings, and neither has ever been treated, guided, or regarded as they should. Also, let’s not put all the blame on society—both parties here are young idiots. But also, Chris Brown is a psychopath.
I can’t help but be furious and hateful towards Chris Brown. He deserves none of the allowances and few of the accolades he is getting. Let’s cry for a society that will spend so more time and energy berating a woman for allowing herself to be victimized than in reprimanding and deriding the victimizer.
1 year ago
I’m reblogging this today because.
It’s obnoxious with all the “whee I’m in Europe” bragging, and it’s definitely early-stage writing, but sentiments run true.
And because today, now, I can write it openly. I love you, Lauren Griffin.
(link to original)
Of course, particularly since A. I know you and B. you’re the first to ask.
Someone I miss, and why (11); someone I love, and why (12) —
Because you don’t know this person, let me just tell you the why.
I miss 11 because I have been away for almost a month and a half. My best friend. And that’s the obvious answer. I miss 11 because the things I loved in Paris: the gardens, the ateliers; the things I loved and was inspired by in Italy: the studio visits, the stories, the architecture; the things I’m loving in Munich: motorcycling past fields of grain to a lake, the surfers in the English garden—all these things, were 11 with me, would be doubly appreciated as they deserve to be, and thus doubly appreciated by 11 and I as we shared perspectives. The things I felt I didn’t appreciate enough and the things I missed—the French language, wandering around Paris, mockups of Leonardo’s drawings and locomotives and etc. at the science museum, tiny details of things that I know I didn’t see that 11 would. Part of my missing is the feeling that I am only half-seeing; we have different modes of seeing, and so together, see so much more. Absorbing culture and intellectualizing about your space and your place is all well and good, but there is also when you can have an immense amount of fun wandering through Wal*Mart. Imagine what you can do to France, Italy, Germany (ha).
I had my friends in Italy, of course, who were tons of fun as well, and who also pushed me to do things I perhaps normally wouldn’t (and I miss them too) but new friends pale beside best friends, as the saying goes (Raquel, there is no saying like that —ed.), and now I’m once again on my own. (That sounds much more dramatic than it is; I’m having a great time! Great times are just even greater with friends.)
And I don’t only miss 11 because I am in an exciting place and want the input 11 would give me so I can more fully enjoy the things I’m doing; I would miss 11 if I were sitting at home watching movies and eating an entire tub of ice cream, if only because 11 would prevent that I get a monstrous stomachache later. Much like Doctor Who (had to slip that one in there), I am a person who does best with a companion…even if sometimes the best, closest companion available to me is a book or a computer.
12 is difficult, because time can change so many things. Did you know that in Venice, lovers will declare their love for each other over a lock, attach it to a bridge, and throw the key in the canals? It’s a beautiful story. I believe in some loves and not others.
Love is true in moments, in passing. Love messes with our heads. Love has so many meanings and exponential interpretations. Love is a particle and a wave. It is one thing when you look at it and another when you don’t.
The locks on the bridge in Venice are time capsules, these moments in time in which lovers truly believed in each other, in their devotion to this other person. Love is about giving your all in those locks, and searching for or believing the lock you’re in is the most beautiful, the most strong. Love is about doing without fully understanding, because understanding is pain or beyond us. Love is stuck in the time-space continuum.
You see how I just go down a rabbit hole.
So just reread 11.
Now, doesn’t that sound like a love letter?
1 year ago
Welcome Home, now blow it up.
Today is a holiday I would get excessively excited about as a child; I’d fabric-paint absurdly tacky red-white-and blue T-shirts for my entire family (and color-coordinate my outfit like I’d get killed if a single article of clothing wasn’t red, white and blue), go to the neighborhood parade and play the kazoo while throwing candy from a float (seriously), play on the firetrucks and the park where the parade ended, get facepaint and facepaint other people (including bald men’s heads), and eat so much watermelon and hot dogs I felt sick.
I was about to continue this post with a “oh look how things change, woe is America,” but damnit, fuck it. I loved that shit as a kid, and it still sounds awesome. Hell, I’d do all that again today to a tee. I love this holiday.
I remember sitting on the banks of town lake at a very young age and dancing under the fireworks as they reflected over the water. I remember years of setting off fireworks with my friends and making smores and nearly killing (okay, probably just maiming/deafening) each other repeatedly.
In high school, I vividly remember a Fourth spent at a friend’s house with our physics table group (pyromaniacs, of course; we wouldn’t pay attention, we’d melt gummy bears and toast bread)(it was disgusting and tasted like bunsen burner but we ate it, by golly) and his parents (they were from South Africa and a bit insane, but in the best way, and even worse pyromaniacs), exploding balloons with helium and other chemistry tricks and then eating watermelon (best) while listening to Eric Clapton’s greatest hits and feeling drugged out, completely sober.
Another time my boyfriend at the time pulled his shoulder playing rooftop dodgeball, and another time we spent the day at the park and made out to the fireworks and took absurd pictures because that is what intelligent-yet-young adults do.
The most recent one involved drunken fireworks-throwing and insult-slinging, to and from the roof of my apartment with neighbors I didn’t see. It was highly dangerous and absolutely fantastic.
Today, I’m flying back home from being abroad for a month and a half, seven-hour time difference. But I know I’m going to make fireworks one way or another. There are a lot of things I can’t get behind about this country, but celebrating with fireworks, delicious food, and absurd semi-destructive shenanigans (fuck you Juno for ruining this word for me, I’mma use it anyway) is both poetic and a fucklot of fun.
So go paint the town red, kiddos, like who needs an excuse? You don’t have to be American—in fact, if you’re not, even better—celebrate that you can get all the fun parts and none of the bullshit. And then blow something up.
Of course, there’s a burn ban in my city.
1 year ago
: number 8 but talk about bread more
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8—My favorite food (but only bread).
Bread is great. I like stale bread especially when it is about 2 or 3 a.m. and I am suddenly hungry but too lazy to search actively for or construct a meal. That is precisely what I am about to do right now.
Now that I am back, let me tell you about other types of bread that are good. For breakfast nearly every morning in Italy (I think it is also a requirement now that I mention that I was in Italy in every one of these answers)(except, oops, I forgot to do that in the previous one, I am so sorry), I had what they call a brioche and the french and everyone else call croissants with delicious chocolate inside it. That was pretty sweet (pun intended because I am being lame and silly). Unfortunately I got a bit tired of bread and starches in general while I was there.
However, bread is very important for the perfect food, which is sandwiches (do not challenge me on this).
Do you know how sanwiches were invented? The Duke of Sandwich was playing cards. UNFORTUNATELY, he got incredibly hungry, but he couldn’t leave his card game! Whatever to do? In a flash of brilliance, he ordered his servant to put some meat and cheese in between two slices of bread. Voila, the food that bears his name was born. I learned about this in a book I had as a child (it also taught me the origin of pizza, which had something to do with frisbees).
So you see, if you have the wrong bread for your sandwich, all is lost. You can probably figure out for yourself how bread can ruin a sandwich; it can be too heavy, too slight, too overpowering, SO MANY THINGS CAN GO WRONG. It has to complement the other ingredients in the sandwich. There’s of course also the subjective element of taste. Oroweat’s Honey Nut (but in a pinch Oat Nut will do) is my favorite bread because it is nutty (obviously) and just slightly sweet, which goes wonderfully with salami and ham, my meats of choice. It also toasts really beautifully and tastes great even just as hot toast laden with butter.
Now I’m really hungry and homesick, though this nice, stale piece of sesame bread is doing the trick for the former.
1 year ago
Curiosity is great!
2—The age I normally get mistaken for
It’s no secret I look young, particularly because of my tiny size. I’ve been told the glasses ameliorate that, if only a touch.
My range has the youngest being 15, by a manicurist, and the oldest 40, by a teenager on the internet when I was 16 (to be fair, he had not seen me; he was only reacting to my perhaps-unwise habit of using elevated vocabulary and proper grammatical structure in a chat room).
A couple of times I’ve been carded for rated-R movies; a lot of times (okay, nearly every time) I’ve been carded for drinks. Teenagers past 16 usually assume I’m the same age they are. Most people assume I’m in high school. I think the average is 17 years old. People usually move that up when I speak, though, and there have been people who have thought I was 25, 26, so…that’s good, I suppose.
Oh, for the record/those who don’t know me, I’m 22. I know, I don’t believe it either.
6—My biggest insecurity.
Oh, girl, you had to go there, huh? It’s hard to say—I was going to continue that with “I have so many,” and to an extent that’s true, but I’ve also gotten a lot better about that kind of thing and I really couldn’t rattle ‘em off like I used to. There was a time where this would have engendered a very long, involved blog fraught with run-ons and histrionics.
If I pinpointed it right now, I think my biggest insecurity would be that I have a threshold of design ability (or really, ability in general: artistic, intellectual, whatever) that I can’t surpass, and at some point I will no longer be able to improve and will be doomed to a position squarely in (the upper levels, when I’m being nice to myself) of mediocrity. I have a very deep dread of mediocrity.
That’s it in a nutshell, I think.
I also have moderate amounts of anxiety about pinpointing an actual identity. I feel somewhat uncomfortably in flux right now; I may be experiencing a belated adolescent shifting, to go with the age I (apparently) appear.
I’m going to end this answer here lest I fall into a self-absorbed and deeply involved rundown of my fears, as forewarned.