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“There ought to be books for sleeping : in the most vicious style, with barely chewable words, long as fingers, words that twirl into incomprehensible silver curlicues at the end ; consonantal knickknackeries (or at most an occasional dark vowel in ) : books to fight thoughts.”

-Arno Schmidt (via plzpityshatov

if anyone knows the book/text this comes from, let me know 

(via whiteandmale)

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I suppose at least a little faith in literature’s ability to make us better is what lies behind this question. But I have no such faith. The president has already read many wonderful books from many different cultures. Now we need him to act justly in certain matters: to stop killing people extrajudicially, and to stop deporting people with such enthusiasm. I doubt that more reading will quicken his conscience in these matters.

Teju Cole: By the Book. (via batarde)

Le chat dans la grande bibliothèque by Jean-Jacques Sempé
I spent the weekend with writers, poets, translators. Listening to them, mostly, curiously quiet. I was drunk with ideas, and later, drunk on too-sweet wine and too many languages. French, English, literature, poetry, feeling, fears. 

Now I just want to call in sick to work. Sick with ideas, with inspiration, with sadness. Let me stay at home, to waste away with my piles of books and magazines and empty glasses.

Le chat dans la grande bibliothèque by Jean-Jacques Sempé

I spent the weekend with writers, poets, translators. Listening to them, mostly, curiously quiet. I was drunk with ideas, and later, drunk on too-sweet wine and too many languages. French, English, literature, poetry, feeling, fears. 

Now I just want to call in sick to work. Sick with ideas, with inspiration, with sadness. Let me stay at home, to waste away with my piles of books and magazines and empty glasses.

“In war, men are seen as combatants, women as victims — even if the woman was a revolutionary … For online consumers of the resulting images, the women’s suffering is the element of a conflict that those far removed from the conflict can still access. Blue-bra girl. Woman in the red dress. … Once viral, their images lose politics, lose geography, lose protest. They continue to resonate for what they gain: our sustained gaze. Like saints before them, protest’s girl martyrs are famous not because of what they did but because of what was done to them”

Riot Square Sanctificare (via nathanjurgenson)

Reminds me of some of the ideas I tried to scratch at in this piece back in 2013. 

Jackie Summel blurs the line between art and activism with her project based on her relationship with Herman Wallace.

It all started with a simple question, “What kind of house does a man who has lived in a 6 foot by 9 cell for over 40 years dream of?”

Herman’s House is on display in Quebec City at the Galerie d’Arts Visuels from March 25th until April 20th.

Two books that Jackie recommends as starting points for people who want to know more about the prison industrial complex in the United States: New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness by Michelle Alexander and Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis.

A shorter version of this conversation aired on CBC Radio.