Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shit New Atheists Do

1) Conflate all churches and Christianity with the Medieval Catholicism and current American Fundamentalist Evangelism.
2) Conflate Islam with terrorism because they know little of Islam, except it is a religion and bad.
3) Evoke Buddha, Krishna and Baal to demonstrate they argue against all religions equally, when they are still mostly arguing against Christianity (see #1.)
4) Confuse comparative literature with historical inquiry to “disprove” any empirical evidence of any historical Jesus.
5) Believe anything any fringe crank on the internet claims about how every myth in the world is just like the Gospels and therefore the Gospels were derived from them.
6) Utterly ignorant of the First Century context of the Gospels, except where convenient for their theories of a non-historical Jesus.
7) Think the Gospels were derived from every tradition in the world, including Homer, Egypt and India, except the Jewish tradition of Judea and Galilee, where, you know, the Gospels take place.
8) Think that the ancients were as cynical and self-conscious as us and sat down to make up religions out of whole cloth, rather than building on tradition out of fear and reverence.
9) Thinks only religion kills millions; never heard of the secular ideologies of Hitler, Stalin and Mao.
10) Shocked to hear that in fact religious wars tend to be the exception rather than the rule.
11) No one could possibly believe in God without being a harm to themselves and others.

(No, I’m not religious, just easily annoyed.)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

There are no angels in this hell. My sister had no support system. No one will claim her body. I have to live with that.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

thickbackbone said: I don’t know the context, but this made me chuckle.

She took this suggestion VERY seriously.

hotpervymess said: I’m very obedient

That is fucked up, lol

I think more of you should show this kind of initiative.

I think more of you should show this kind of initiative.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
I slept on benches in the Bronx. My little sister had one shitty job and was supporting my Florida runaway ass. My older sister kept the peace with the landlord that gave us a single room to sleep in. I lived off a vitamin pill and a quart of milk a day.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Yes, but I’m worried I will leave grad school and no longer be able to speak English. I know this woman in grad school, a friend of a friend, and just listening to her talk is scary. The semiotic dialectics of intertextual modernity. Which makes no sense at all.

Chimamanda Ngozi Abichie, Americanah (2013)

And later, unrelated to the above:

She had told Blaine about it later, and there was an impatience in her tone, almost an accusation, as she added that academics were not intellectuals; they were not curious, they built their stolid tents of specialized knowledge and stayed securely in them.

(via screwrocknroll)

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

brevetcaptain said: Truth washed down with a locally sourced IPA.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

endlesslyunamusing said: sounds like you’ve been drinking too much blood-orange haterade

I can live with that. Brooklyn is just down the drink. The children of the one percent can be very grating.

The modern hipster is just a suburban yuppie in disguise. All bourgeois taste is based on the idea that one is in touch with regular folks, say with Pabst and bacon, but also more knowledgeable and selective in terms of refinement and nutrition, so kimchi and kombucha. It is lower class cultural appropriation reinvented as a “serious” palate. Pickles can’t be pickles, they have to be artisinal and flavored in some way that feels sophisticated, like cayenne and habanero. Donuts can’t be donuts, they must reflect individual rarefied tastes, such as matcha green tea. The whole thing is designed to show off that you only consume the “best” and most “natural” foods, while still retaining the common touch. Suburban yuppies are ostentatious about their food pretensions, hipsters attempt to cover theirs with tattoos, spectacles “irony” and, above all “quirkiness.”


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Friday, April 11, 2014
My biggest fear is that people may come to view my work as too solid and not complex enough in aesthetic and concept to be pursued or explored any further than what it is. It’s worse than failing. It’s so dismissive and restricting. To not be good enough nor to aspire high enough. It’s like a dagger to your pride. But it hurts more because in your mind you know.. You know your work means so much more. TO (Studio notes. Written: 13 December 2013)

NYC in 2014 was the Coolest!

I keep seeing these photos of New York in the 70s and 80s and even the early 90s. Sure, that’s cool, but it is nothing like New York in the early 20-teens. I’m posting pictures of my favorite New York hotspots in those crazy days and wow, was New York really so cool all those years ago? Here is one of my favorites!


Here’s the TD Waterhouse where I first fell in love with the city! In those days you had to be in bank gang, whether it was Chase or Bank of America, that was your gang. It was rough in those days, like when you saw someone from your rival bank, you totally had to not breakdance or anything to show your pride in your bank. That was when New York was cool and banks were everywhere and you never knew how much money you were going to get out until you pressed the buttons! My friends and I used to not get dressed up and just spontaneously go out to a bank and not dance. We would listen to the coolest live bands not there. Sometimes the bank was closed and we used the ATM and felt like real New Yorkers! It was wild. Kids today would never understand.