Closing tabs

The new semester has hit me on the head like a gigantic hammer! It's all good, I am thoroughly enjoying it (and particularly excited about teaching Clarissa again), but three of the last four days have featured me collapsing into bed mid-afternoon for a three-hour nap as I try and make the transition back from independently and naturally nocturnal to sociably diurnal - let us hope I can soon compound the transition....

Too lazy to log the light reading and associated links, but here are some tabs to close:

Owl cafes.

Viktor Shklovsky, hilo hero.

Debbie Chachra on why she is not a "maker."

Charles Simic remembers Mark Strand. I didn't know Mark well at all, though we taught in the same department and I used to see him regularly midmorning at Bodystrength Fitness on 106th St., where we both worked out for a stretch of several years. I did have one memorable night out with Mark and his then partner (my colleague and friend) Tricia Dailey: they had an extra ticket to what this (Mary Louise Parker, a great fan of Mark's poetry, was starring in the revival of Craig Lucas's play and had comped him tickets). We said hello to her afterwards and then transferred ourselves for a glorious meal and copious alcohol at the Russian Samovar, also mostly on the house due to Mark's longstanding close friendship with the late lamented Joseph Brodsky. A glimpse into another world!

Finally, the best clip I have seen this week on the internet: how hamsters fit so much in their cheeks.
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130186: Michaela Kocianova for Christian Dior Haute Couture…



130186:

Michaela Kocianova for Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2008

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installator: “Olivier Richon bei der Aufnahme im Depot des…



installator:

"Olivier Richon bei der Aufnahme im Depot des Weltkulturen Museums, April 2013." (Weltkulturen Museum)

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Viktor Shklovsky

shklovsky_lgBreaking through received perception and making the world new.
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This is exactly the kind of gizmo I like.



This is exactly the kind of gizmo I like.

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Tosh Berman and Hal Glicksman Sign “WALLACE BERMAN – IN CONVERSATION at Los Angeles Art Book Fair


Tosh Berman and Hal Glicksman will be signing the vinyl album "WALLACE BERMAN - IN CONVERSATION" at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair at the Geffen MOCA on January 31, 2015.  2PM.  G09.

WALLACE BERMAN – IN CONVERSATION...

A previously lost recording published for the first time, featuring Wallace Berman - discussing his work, art and literature with Shirley Berman, Hal Glicksman, Jack and Ruth Hirschman.

Recorded by Hal Glicksman at the Berman family home, Topanga Canyon, 1968.

Mastered from the original tape recording, with a text by Tosh Berman.

“When I hear Wallace on this tape, I still can’t recall his voice or sound.  Some years ago, Hal Glicksman played this tape to me and my mom when we were planning the retrospective right after Wallace died.  What shocked me is that he was playing it in the background at a meeting and I didn’t have the foggiest idea it was my dad on that tape.  I spent the first 21 years of my life with Wallace, and when he died, his voice disappeared as well.”
 – Tosh Berman



Vinyl LP available to order from:
EDITION MUTA
DERRINGER BOOKS
and from specialist retailers.


LP launch and
signing by TOSH BERMAN and HAL GLICKSMAN
at the LA ART BOOK FAIR
Saturday 31st Jan 2015
at 2pm. Table G09.
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postgraduategoth: fawnvelveteen: Georges Jules Victor…



postgraduategoth:

fawnvelveteen:

Georges Jules Victor Clairin, Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, 1876

The Divine Sarah and her pet saluki. I am in awe.

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installator: “You can feel the energy buzzing around the…



installator:

You can feel the energy buzzing around the galleries as the team puts the finishing touches on “In Glorious Technicolor.” These are Technicolor dyes being put on display. Wait until you see this in person! #Technicolor100”. (George Eastman House)

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The Unconquerable (30)

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new-aesthetic: Is ‘SimCity’ Homelessness a Bug or a Feature? |…



new-aesthetic:

Is ‘SimCity’ Homelessness a Bug or a Feature? | Motherboard

SimCity players have discussed a variety of creative strategies for their virtual homelessness problem. They’ve suggested waiting for natural disasters like tornadoes to blow the vagrants away, bulldozing parks where they congregate, or creating such a woefully insufficient city infrastructure that the homeless would leave on their own.

You can read all of these proposed final solutions in Matteo Bittanti’s How to Get Rid of Homelessness, “a 600-page epic split in two volumes documenting the so-called ‘homeless scandal’ that affected 2013’s SimCity.”

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‘My husband spies on me with a smartphone app – and I don’t care…



'My husband spies on me with a smartphone app - and I don't care at all' - Mirror Online

When teacher Catharine Higginson, 45, discovered by accident that her husband James, 42, had installed an app on her phone which allows him to track her movements, read her texts and even listen to her conversations she didn’t plan to divorce him as her friends urged, for being creepy and intrusive.

Instead, the mum of three from Dorking, Surrey, says it makes her feel loved and safe

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deadlyart: Lemmy Gonthier



deadlyart:

Lemmy Gonthier

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Is ‘SimCity’ Homelessness a Bug or a Feature? |…



Is ‘SimCity’ Homelessness a Bug or a Feature? | Motherboard

SimCity players have discussed a variety of creative strategies for their virtual homelessness problem. They’ve suggested waiting for natural disasters like tornadoes to blow the vagrants away, bulldozing parks where they congregate, or creating such a woefully insufficient city infrastructure that the homeless would leave on their own.

You can read all of these proposed final solutions in Matteo Bittanti’s How to Get Rid of Homelessness, “a 600-page epic split in two volumes documenting the so-called ‘homeless scandal’ that affected 2013’s SimCity.”

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Radium Age: Context (30)

harbouThea Von Harbou's METROPOLIS (1928)
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itscolossal: Watch: Scientists Develop Hydrophobic Metal That…





itscolossal:

Watch: Scientists Develop Hydrophobic Metal That Causes Water to Bounce [VIDEO]

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fuckyeahfluiddynamics: It’s tough to get much closer to flowing…



fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

It’s tough to get much closer to flowing lava than this video of freshly forming coastline in Hawaii. Lava is complex fluid, with viscous properties that vary significantly with chemical composition, temperature and deformation. Here, despite being very viscous, the lava flows quickly—perhaps even turbulently. Several times it forms a heap and even shows signs of the rope-coiling instability familiar from viscous fluids like honey. All in all, it’s quite mesmerizing. (Video credit: K. Singson; submitted by Stuart B.)

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smithsonianlibraries: (one more for squirrel appreciation day,…



smithsonianlibraries:

(one more for squirrel appreciation day, then we’ll stop.)

from  Die Säugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur, mit Beschreibunge

 

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Letter from my great-grandfather

Last summer when I was at my Grandma Sylvia’s house in Tucson I copied out a handwritten letter her father, Jack Sussman, had written to her and her husband.  Here it is, for safekeeping.  Misspellings from the original.  My grandfather (also named Jack) had asthma, which is why they had moved to Tucson while my great-grandparents stayed in the Bronx.

June 12, 1944

Dear Sylvia and Jack,

First of all I want to apologize for not writing to you for such a long time. The family and I are in the Best of health. I ame also interested very much in Jacks health. I Believe that it is very important he should see a doctor more often. the same applies to you. Shirley is telling me that you dont look so good. I would like to mo wath is the matter with you. Mother and I would like to se you but it is too much expense we would rather se you come here.

I wish you a happy anniversary I hope that when your lease expires Jacks Sickness should also expire. love and kisses

Daddy


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Hogan McLaughlin Fall 2013 Collection





Hogan McLaughlin Fall 2013 Collection

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kiameku: Jan Christensen No Input 2004 blue, monochromacity,…



kiameku:

Jan Christensen
No Input
2004
blue, monochromacity, neon, projection

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“NOT JUST A PRETTY ROBOT, SHE’S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.”



"NOT JUST A PRETTY ROBOT, SHE’S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE."

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nitratediva: Ann Dvorak in G-Men (1935).



nitratediva:

Ann Dvorak in G-Men (1935).

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secretcinema1: Overhead View Of Men Wearing Hats, New York,…



secretcinema1:

Overhead View Of Men Wearing Hats, New York, 1930, Margaret Bourke White

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Code-X (47)

benadrylChild Superhero
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Knightscope, via @prehensile. The Knightscope K5 is an…



Knightscope, via @prehensile.

The Knightscope K5 is an autonomous robot that provides a commanding but friendly physical security presence. The K5 gathers important real-time, on-site data through its numerous sensors, which is then processed through a predictive analytics engine. There it is combined with existing business, government and crowdsourced social data sets to determine if there is a concern or threat in the area. If so, an issue is created with an appropriate alert level and a notification is sent tothe community and authorities through the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC), a browser based user interface.
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Rolando Hinojosa

hinojosaThe Faulkner or Joyce of Mexican-American Texas.
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outcastmind: vanillolita: vanillolita: gypsy—caroline: vanill…



outcastmind:

vanillolita:

vanillolita:

gypsy—caroline:

vanillolita:

I am mermaid royalty #hair #mermaid #greenhair #hairart #clipperart #mermaidhair #mermaidprincess #fayce #fishscales #scales

HOW did you become so awesome please teach me your ways

Have your cosmetology teacher fuck up your hair then proceed to cry about it til you decide fuck this and turn into a mermaid. 

atleast thats how it went for me

wow that is fucking awesome hair

looooove it

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fuckindiva: Female Psycopaths in Film “Isn’t it time to…





















fuckindiva:

Female Psycopaths in Film

“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”  - Gillian Flynn

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Which show would you like to guest star on? [x]









Which show would you like to guest star on? [x]

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space inspired looks for valentino pre-fall 2015 dreamy



space inspired looks for valentino pre-fall 2015

dreamy

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“The Sum Of All Feels A mandatory update to popular social media site MyTunes requires all users to…”

“The Sum Of All Feels
A mandatory update to popular social media site MyTunes requires all users to upload their dreams in a continuous loop to an external server. A group of teens is selected to reenact every single dream sequence based on the popularity of their Vines. Maria, a teen, finds herself recreating her best friend Jared’s dreams, and must give up one of her internal organs to a wealthy invalid with every line she flubs.”

- Next On “Black Mirror”
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Gabourey Sidibe in FOX’s new series, Empire Eve loves her











Gabourey Sidibe in FOX’s new series, Empire

Eve loves her

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This 109-Year-Old Woman Says The Key To Living A Super Long Life Is To Avoid Men Completely

This 109-Year-Old Woman Says The Key To Living A Super Long Life Is To Avoid Men Completely:

georgewbush666:

“My secret to a long life has been staying away from men,” Gallan told the Daily Mail. “They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.”

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ostealjewelry:

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ufansius: Jason Polan, from his Watercolor Fruit series.













ufansius:

Jason Polan, from his Watercolor Fruit series.

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“Wallace Berman – In Conversation” 12″ Vinyl Album (Edition of 400) Published by Edition Muta

WB_IC
WALLACE BERMAN – IN CONVERSATION…
A previously lost recording published for the first time, featuring Wallace Berman
discussing his work, art and literature with Shirley Berman, Hal Glicksman,
Jack and Ruth Hirschman.

Recorded by Hal Glicksman at the Berman family home, Topanga Canyon, 1968.
Mastered from the original tape recording, with a text by Tosh Berman.
“When I hear Wallace on this tape, I still can’t recall his voice or sound. Some years ago, Hal Glicksman played this tape to me and my mom when we were planning the retrospective right after Wallace died.  What shocked me is that he was playing it in the background at a meeting and I didn’t have the foggiest idea it was my dad on that tape. I spent the first 21 years of my life with Wallace, and when he died, his voice disappeared as well.”
– Tosh Berman
Published 2015
Vinyl LP | 55m 55s
MUTA 05 / ISBN 978-0-9850044-6-0 / Edition of 400
Co-published with Derringer Books

You can purchase the album online here:
http://editionmuta.com/catalogue/wallace-berman-in-conversation/

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prostheticknowledge: The Pirate Cinema Online Online version of…









prostheticknowledge:

The Pirate Cinema Online

Online version of Nicolas Maigret's tech art installation is a real-time video visualization of torrent download activity (and oddly mesmerizing) - a video capture example embedded below:

The hidden activity and geography of real-time peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent is revealed in The Pirate Cinema an online piece by Nicolas Maigret.

In this monitoring room, omnipresent telecommunications surveillance gains a global face, as the program plunders the core of restless activity online, revealing how visual media is consumed and disseminated across the globe.

This live work produces an arbitrary mash-up of the BitTorrent files being exchanged in real time, based on the traffic of the Pirate Bay’s top100 videos. These fragmentary contents in transit are monitored, transforming BitTorrent network users (unknown to them) into contributors to an endless audio-visual composition.

You can view the real-time feed and find out more here

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10 Best Adventures of 1915

buchan10 Best Adventure Novels of 1915!
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Euclides Da Cunha

euclides-da-cunha“We are condemned to civilization.”
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William Giraldi cares only for beauty

Erin Clune, the feistiest blogger in Madison, goes off very satisfyingly on William Giraldi, who wrote in the Baffler about drinking away his paternity leave while his wife took care of their kid.  Not in a “why am I such a worthless loser” kind of way.  More of a “paternity leave is a scam because being a dad isn’t actually any work” kind of a way.  Given his feelings, he doesn’t quite get why paternity leave exists, but he’s pretty sure it’s a scam, perpetrated by, you know, this kind of person:

 I instantly pictured a phalanx of ultra-modern men parading down Commonwealth Avenue, jabbing placards that read “It’s My Seed, So Give Me Leave,” or some such slogan.

But never fear — William Giraldi is not one of those men!  He is a real man.  He knows what it’s all about.  In another reflection on new fatherhood, he writes:

My best friend, a Boston story writer, married an Irish Catholic woman from Connecticut with two siblings, an older and younger brother, neither of whom she adored, and so now the diaper work and up-all-night obligations get split down the middle. Furthermore, his bride aspires to be a novelist of all things. His hair has gone grayer, and all those short stories canistered in his cranium stay in his cranium. I, on the other hand, married an Asian woman born in Taiwan who has an identical twin and three other siblings—two of them younger, adored brothers she tended to daily—and although she’s an artist with an aptitude that astonishes me— Katie crafted the mobiles above Ethan’s crib; they rotate and revolve with a perfection that would have impressed Johannes Kepler himself—all she ever wanted to be was a mother.

novelist of all things!  Didn’t she get the memo from her vagina that she wasn’t supposed to make art anymore?  Or, if she did, that it should be for kids only?  I’ll bet her novel totally sucks compared to Katie’s awesome mobiles.  I’ll bet Kepler would not have been impressed with her novel at all.  Taiwan, man, that’s where women are women.  Which reminds me of an even more charming turn in this essay:

The birthing staff at Beth Israel: Nurse Linda and Nurse Sara, seraphs the both of them; Doctor Yum—Doctor Yummy—the preternaturally beautiful doctor on call (because our own preternaturally beautiful doctor was in Greece on a date (Ethan arrived two weeks early); and one other nurse who entered stage left rather late in the act.

Yep — Giraldi takes a little break to note the hotness of the Asian woman who’s in the process of delivering his child.

Yummy!

But what do I know?  I’m a feminist and an academic.  Giraldi doesn’t have much use for my kind.  Here he goes again, in the Virginia Quarterly review complaining about smelly English professors and their theories:

These are politicizers who marshal literature in the name of an ideological agenda, who deface great books and rather prefer bad books because they bolster grievances born of their epidermis or gender or sexuality, or of the nation’s economy, or of cultural history, or of whatever manner of apprehension is currently in vogue.

But not William Giraldi!  He is not one of those smelly people.  He has no ideology, or if he does, he manfully wrestles it into submission because he is interested only in beauty.  Of books, of Asian ob/gyns, whatever.  That bit above is followed by many many paragraphs of complaint, which I can’t quite bring myself to reproduce.  But you can read it yourself, or just cut and paste a few dozen randomly chosen sentences from any book about “political correctness” or “tenured radicals” written between 1990 and 1995, and you’ll get the general idea.

What really bugs Giraldi is that academics, in his view, can’t write.

But all too often you’ll be assailed by such shibboleths as historicize, canonicity, disciplinization, relationality, individuated, aggressivity, supererogatory, ethicalization, and verticality before you are mugged by talk of affective labor, gendered schema, sociably minded animism, the rhetorical orientation of a socially responsive and practical pedagogy, historical phenomenology of literariness, associationist psychology, hermeneutic procedures, the autonominization of art, an idiolect of personal affection, the hierarchy of munificent genius, and textual transactions, and then you’ll be insulted by such quotidian clichés as speak volumes, love-hate relationship, the long haul, short shrift, mixed feelings, and playing dumb.  Why the needless redundancy “binding together”? Have you ever tried to bind something apart?

No, but then again, I’ve never encountered a cliché that wasn’t quotidian, either.  As for “bound together,” it’s good enough for the Bible, which suggests that no man put asunder what God has etc.  (“Joined together” is a more common rendering, but you can’t join things apart either.)  All this stuff about quotidian cliché is a bit rich, anyway, from a guy who called somebody’s second novel a “sophomore effort.”

Those technical terms, well, some of them I know what they mean:  “affective labor” is a real thing which as far as I know has no other short name, and “canonicity” means “the condition of being canonical” — would Giraldi really prefer “canonicalness”?  “Idiolect” is a handsome and useful word too.

But I don’t think Giraldi cares that much whether a word is handsome, or expresses a piece of meaning precisely and swiftly, because here’s the thing:  William Giraldi is a terrible, terrible writer.  Some special, willful deafness to the music of English is needed to have written “epidermis” in that first paragraph above.  Giraldi mentions “the significant struggle every good writer goes through in order to arrive at le mot juste,” but his own struggle always seems to end with a word he can admire himself for having typed.  It is not the same thing.  Again and again, until it kinds of hurts to read, he goes for the cheap ornament.  His wife doesn’t make mobiles, she “crafts” them.  His friend’s stories aren’t in his head, they’re in his “cranium.” It is not an apprehension that’s in vogue, or even a kind of apprehension, but a manner of apprehension.  In that book review I mentioned, he refers to the title of the book, I kid you not, as its “moniker.”  Better a hundred “gendered schemas” than launching a paragraph with “There has been much recent parley, in these pages and elsewhere…”

Reading Giraldi’s prose feels like sitting in an extra-fancy bathroom, with black and white tiles and gold trim everywhere and a fur-lined toilet, and no windows, into which someone has just sprayed a perfume whose label identifies it as “woodland fresh.”  Or like listening to William F. Buckley on an off day.  Or like listening to William F. Buckley on an off day in that bathroom.

Giraldi closes his book review with a reminder of “the moral obligation to write well, to choose self-assertion over mere self-expression, to raise words above the enervated ruck and make the world anew.”  (So that’s what’s wrong with my ruck — it’s enervated!)

Look, I’m on board.  But you have to actually do it, not make gaudy gestures in the direction of doing it.  He should have looked at his essays with a slow cold eye and thrown out everything that did no work.  It takes time and it’s not fun and it doesn’t help you settle your scores.  But writing well requires it.  Maybe that’s how he should have spent his paternity leave.

 

 

 

 


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kafkaesque-world: Café Kafka is a small coffeehouse in…



kafkaesque-world:

Café Kafka is a small coffeehouse in Springfield. It is a popular hangout for students of Springfield University because of its poetry performances.

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colepierce: Danny Giles Late Romance (2014) Spray Paint on…



colepierce:

Danny Giles
Late Romance (2014)
Spray Paint on security mirror

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An MLK day story on the importance of librarians and archivists

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now interviews Brian DeShazor the director of the Pacifica Radio Archives. He talks about finding a lost speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

So, this recording, this archive is an American treasure, and every citizen in America, I hope, understands that this collection, we want to be able to make it accessible to you, the public. We want it to be in the classrooms. We want it to be in high schools. We want universities to have this for their scholarly research and their scholarly endeavors. And that will make history change. It will be able to have us, the political left, if you will, the progressive left, the record of the activism available for history in the future. And if we don’t preserve this deteriorating, fragile tape, then that history will be lost, and we’ll lose the connection with our elders, like Dr. King. This very speech, this may have the quote that inspires somebody to take the next step in our fight for racial equality and justice in America.

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Charlie Hunnam for Man of the World







Charlie Hunnam for Man of the World

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Movement of the people

Ta-Nehisi Coates' MLK playlist.

(The Marley documentary is gripping, by the way, if you haven't watched it already....)
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Radium Age: Context (29)

thuvia1922 Dutch edition of Burroughs's THUVIA
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There are now more than 5,000 social media accounts operated by…



There are now more than 5,000 social media accounts operated by the federal government, spanning departments, agencies, and public officials, and delivering information directly to U.S. citizens and beyond.

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