Last week we reported on “sealfies,” a “tongue-in-cheek protest to all these very serious animal rights activists.” The seal is essentially an Inuit natural resource. Eat them, wear them, use the bones for toys or sell their furs on the open market. The Inuit’s relationship with the seal goes back to time immemorial.
Nadia Myre, Sonny Assu, Rebecca Belmore, Mathieu Beausejour… yeah, you could say I’m pretty excited for this year’s Manif d’Art.
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
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.
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.
No - pattern - handmade embroidery