Starting a school and sharing your vision for education with the world can be one of the most satisfying career choices you’ll make. But where to start? Between developing a comprehensive curriculum, negotiating the choppy legal waters of…
“To educate the masses politically does not mean, cannot mean, making a political speech. What it means is to try, relentlessly and passionately, to teach the masses that everything depends on them; that if we stagnate it is their responsibility, and that if we go forward it is due to them too, that there is no such thing as a demiurge, that there is no famous man who will take the responsibility for everything, but that the demiurge is the people themselves and the magic hands are finally only the hands of the people.”—Frantz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth. (via bbetty)
“"Children are the most desirable opponents at Scrabble," declares Scorpio author Fran Lebowitz, "as they are both easy to beat and fun to cheat." I don’t wholeheartedly endorse that advice for you in the coming days, Scorpio. But would you consider a milder version of it? Let’s propose, instead, that you simply seek easy victories to boost your confidence and hone your skills. By this time next week, if all goes well, you will be ready to take on more ambitious challenges.”—Small victories for the self.
There are some things about myself that I just can’t seem to undo. Like waking up late. It’s really hard for me not to wake up late unless I’m traveling. I hate traveling if I can’t sleep, so I always take early flights or trips. I can sleep deeply for really short periods of time. Like 5 minutes even. Anyway goodnight.
That was one of the first statements that bell hooks made during the panel, “Whose Booty Is This?” at the New School in New York. hooks and the women on the panel (including Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, Lynnee Denise and Stephanie Troutman) spoke about the new obsession in the…
I went out into “nature” today and couldn’t stop thinking about “the forest/wilderness” as a construction that is v real and necessary for the maintenance of capital. I did “feel better” in an area designated by capital to remain pure, to make me feel like I was experiencing…
I will have nothing to say, today, when we talk about “glass” in class. Instead of reading… I was preoccupied with finding the poetic bone in my body. Apparently, it was that “hamate” located in the carpus of my left hand, which fractured on a concrete playground almost 20 years ago now, when I fell while running to class from recess.
I failed to sufficiently express my feelings of pain and distress, and so no one at school believed me when I explained that I had just broken a bone. When my father picked me up he said, “I’ll bet you a dollar you didn’t break a thing.”
However, when my mother brought me to the doctor and had an X-Ray taken of my little black left hand, it came to reveal multiple fractures in the carpus. Later, in spite of my father keeping his word and giving me a dollar, I would grow up doubting my own experiences and knowledge.
Of the all the bones in the carpus, the word “hamate” really just suits me the best.
In my dream last night I was in Chicago. I had long straight black hair and everyone loved it myself included. I hit on the sorority girls in Evanston. I got in a fight with my mom about eating healthy and buying food.
“On a late summer day in 1666, scientist Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree in his mother’s garden in Lincolnshire, England. An apple fell off a branch and plummeted to the ground. A half-century later, he told his biographer that this incident inspired him to formulate the theory of gravity. Fast forward to the year 2010. Astronaut Piers Sellers got on the space shuttle Atlantis carrying a piece of Newton’s apple tree. He took it with him as he escaped Earth’s gravity on his trip to the International Space Station. By my reading of the astrological omens, now would be an excellent time for you to undertake a comparable gesture or ritual, Scorpio. With a flourish, update your relationship with an important point of origin.”—Scorpio, Matilda
“Let’s discuss that thing you are eyeing and coveting and fantasizing about. My operative theory is that you can enjoy it without actually having it for your own. In fact, I think it will be best if you do enjoy it without possessing it. There’s an odd magic at play here. If this desired thing becomes a fixed part of your life, it may interfere with you attracting two future experiences that I regard as more essential to your development. My advice is to avoid getting attached to the pretty good X-factor so as to encourage the arrival and full bloom of two stellar X-factors.”—cap in retro
In my dream a skinny young white man is seen is being watched from a closed caption television. He is seemingly in his bed. Pale, to the point that his skin and long blond hair are glowing in the camera, he throws a fit over the phone to what sounds like some type of appraisal business or antiques road show type of situation. He is panicking because he cannot rid himself of his elaborate collection of sailor moon paraphernalia that he once prided himself in amassing. The collection was also his gateway into a scene of drag cosplay that he wished to leave behind. He looked like he could have been a metal head.
When you are in a new place it is very easy to forget who you are. Especially if you were unsure of yourself in the first place. Now, while the time is ripe for new social interactions, practice introducing yourself to multiple people and sticking to the same story. Also, be honest about that story or something. That way, it is a story you’re comfortable with, and even if it is not… It is interesting to people, and the more you tell it, hopefully the quicker the story is overcome.
Another thing you can do while you are alone is close your eyes and meditate, or talk to yourself. The internet if abused fucks up your sense of self, and if you are too scared to introduce yourself to people, it helps to record yourself in re-affirmation.
Also, just getting coffee in a familiar spot, and seeing someone multiple times, is often rewarding and a great conversation starter “hi I actually see you all the time, thought I would say hi this time.” If you are like me you can say “I am an artist. This is what I do.” That helps later in moments of self doubt in the studio.
It’s name is “Hatha Yoga”
It is all drawings of clouds’ shadows
The shadows of clouds high above
That you can only see when you are
As if on a mountain
Or from an airplane
Just like all of my friends