“The problem with cultural appropriation is that it replaces the original with a copy created by the dominant culture. It dilutes the original, removes all symbolic value from it and replaces it with a ready to consume product devoid of context and meaning. Cultural appropriation, at its most extreme, is a violent form of colonization because it removes the original group behind the culture and reinforces stereotypes about that group (i.e. ALL First Nation folks are reduced to “war bonnets”, whether their culture uses them or not; all Latin@s are reduced to a stylized version of Catholicism regardless of their spirituality; etc.). The mechanism of commodifying a culture ends up being a tool to re-inforce [sic] racism as it reduces the people behind those cultures to a mere cartoon like representation of their realities. It’s a great way to ultimately Other and objectify entire groups of people by taking something that is dynamic and ever evolving and freezing it for a marketing photo opportunity.” — Flavia Dzodan (via femmeanddangerous)
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“I understand, all right. The hopeless dream of being - not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are alone. The vertigo and the constant hunger to be exposed, to be seen through, perhaps even wiped out. Every inflection and every gesture a lie, every smile a grimace. Suicide? No, too vulgar. But you can refuse to move, refuse to talk, so that you don’t have to lie. You can shut yourself in. Then you needn’t play any parts or make wrong gestures. Or so you thought. But reality is diabolical. Your hiding place isn’t watertight. Life trickles in from the outside, and you’re forced to react. No one asks if it is true or false, if you’re genuine or just a sham. Such things matter only in the theatre, and hardly there either. I understand why you don’t speak, why you don’t move, why you’ve created a part for yourself out of apathy. I understand. I admire. You should go on with this part until it is played out, until it loses interest for you. Then you can leave it, just as you’ve left your other parts one by one.” — Ingmar Bergman (via emotionalelixir)
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
Submitted by panicinmotion.
Francis Bacon is everywhere all of a sudden.
What I write are Dear Francis Bacon letters. Francis Bacon the painter. You know, the guy who painted the screaming melting pope. Possibly the coolest painter in ever. Why? It’s the faces. He makes faces look like they can’t hold still. That’s so right on…That Francis Bacon understood just how faces are. For instance. When you get up close to someone to suck face? Their faces look like Francis Bacon paintings.
-Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch
I’m not even going to try to describe all seven of the paintings. I saw them, and for the most part, that’s sufficient. They were garish, grotesque things…[They] brought to mind the works of Francis Bacon…But I’m certainly not knowledgeable enough to describe the style. I did look at the Wikipedia article on Bacon before I began writing this…and the images included seemed to confirm my initial impression that the painting in the attic are reminiscent of his style, especially Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944), Head (1948), and Study After Velasquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1953)…The Wikipedia article states that Bacon’s “…artwork is known for its bold, austere, often grotesque or nightmarish imagery.”
-The Red Tree by Caitlin R Kiernan
At the Girolamini Library in Naples, a librarian has been accused of “one of the most dramatic thefts ever to hit the rare-book world.” Pilfered volumes include rare editions of Aristotle, Descartes, and Machiavelli.
You can read more about how wide ranging the thefts were here and here
“I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that - I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position - it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.” — Hugh Mackay (via recoveryisbeautiful)
(Source: black-wolves, via betterthandarkchocolate)
“I would never re-write you. You are by far my most complete and greatest novel.” — Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West dated 23 November 1926. (via theburnthatkeepseverything)
(Source: violentwavesofemotion, via theburnthatkeepseverything)
Eugene Soloviev | apachennov.daportfolio.com
Eugene is a self-educated digital artist. His images are quite surreal and beautiful. If you feel like you have seen some this style before, it could be that you recognize it from the cover of Imagine Dragon.
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