Sometimes your Daguerreotype boyfriend might be a Daguerreotype girlfriend.
Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.
The untold stories of women who dressed and served as men in the Civil War
3:44 pm • 18 March 2013 • 2,891 notes
Michael Wolf - Tokyo Compression (2012)
Tokyo is world-famous for its urban density. Wolf’s candid series captures the daily grind, the exhaustion, discomfort, overcrowding and annoyance of city life.
(Source: likeafieldmouse, via i-dont-see-the-problem)
5:09 pm • 17 March 2013 • 7,721 notes
“This was 1996. The New Republic had just told the world that black people had evolved to be stupid, and it seemed like every week they were saying something just as racist. I was at Howard University, surrounded by a community of brilliant black people, cut off from the Ivies. None of them had the contacts or the resources to reply. They just had to take it. I can’t tell you how much that angered me. I was made in that moment. And when I got my first break in writing, I didn’t think about being ripped off. I thought about whipping ass. I haven’t changed.”
I’ve read this paragraph four, five, six times. All of this. All, all of this.
I Didn’t Think About Being Ripped Off, I Thought About Whipping Ass - National - The Atlantic
11:22 am • 14 March 2013 • 3 notes
“We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.”
— The Year of Magical Thinking // Joan Didion
10:22 pm • 13 March 2013 • 6 notes
so long you pretty thing
the music that you played so hard ain’t on your radio
8:02 pm • 13 March 2013 • 51 notes
“I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.”
— What Marie Curie told a family friend who offered to buy her a wedding dress. Respect. (via explore-blog)
3:08 pm • 13 March 2013 • 296 notes
“Depression can be political, can be a process of breaking through. What others—family members and bosses, in television commercials—see as depression can be in fact the use of one’s own body as a site of refusal to participate and function fully in capitalism, (hetero)normative social behavior, or gendered labor: an ongoing space to cultivate one’s self as a political and sovereign subject by shutting down. Why is Cvetkovich in such a hurry to get over depression? Perhaps what appears as a space of nonaction and passivity, is actually a site of activism, a strike of sorts, of bodily contemplation, of working through. The girl in bed can be a type of activist. Perhaps there is something worthwhile in her failing and flailing and documenting it. In Cvetkovich’s reclamation of the ‘girl culture’ of diary writing, she notes rightly that this practice now most often happens on the Internet, yet in this wild confessionalism of Tumblr girls, both white and of color, I see the potentially radical that diverges from Cvetkovich’s project. Online I see contemporary examples of the agitated and restless and hopeless, of Ahmed’s ‘angry black woman’ and ‘feminist killjoy’ who are well-versed in the discourse of therapy and sometimes refuse rehabilitation — ‘self-care’ being an ambivalent, popular hashtag. These are girls who have come of age reading feminist confessional literature and affect theory, and they’re performing this constant awareness of the self in their diary entries and selfies, performing rage and sadness as if against the culture and all its desirous consumers and consumptives. They posit that the petty too, and all of our tremendous feelings, can be political.”
— kate zambreno on ann cvetkovich’s depression: a public feeling at the new inquiry. this is relevant to many discussions. i like the part about needing new forms of writing to counteract the mainstream depression memoir; the mention of barbara’s i’m trying to reach you (obviously); the idea of linking despair to “the often humiliating experiences of capitalism”; and that this article is related to my last post. (via karaj)
6:54 pm • 12 March 2013 • 126 notes
Mike Brodie // Hitchhikers and Freight Train Hoppers
4:36 pm • 12 March 2013