revisited, revised, refreshed

Alex Rubio, Espíritu

Alex Rubio, Espíritu

When the system of mass incarceration collapses (and if history is any guide, it will), historians will undoubtedly look back and marvel that such an extraordinarily comprehensive system of racialized social control existed in the United States. How fascinating, they will likely say, that a drug war was waged almost exclusively against poor people of color—people already trapped in ghettos that lacked jobs and decent schools. They were rounded up by the millions, packed away in prisons, and when released, they were stigmatized for life, denied the right to vote, and ushered into a world of discrimination. Legally barred from employment, housing, and welfare benefits—and saddled with thousands of dollars of debt—these people were shamed and condemned for failing to hold together their families. They were chastised for succumbing to depression and anger, and blamed for landing back in prison. Historians will likely wonder how we could describe the new caste system as a system of crime control, when it is difficult to imagine a system better designed to create—rather than prevent—crime.

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

I mean it when I say this: THIS BOOK SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR AMERICANS. Fuck Catcher in the Rye (and I loved that book as an adolescent)—make the kids read this. 

303 Plays
Angel Olsen
The Waiting

"And now I’m fruitlessly waiting for

Someone not thinking before they start rushing to my door

Someone to run, not walk

Someone to sing, not talk

No hesitation at all

Sometimes I need you to be the one to call”

I’m  obsessed with this song. That voice! Those words! I love you, Angel Olsen. 

1,135 Plays
Angel Olsen
Hi Five

"Are you lonely too? Hi five, so am I."

853 Plays
Sam Cooke
Nothing Can Change This Love

Add to: Songs That Kill It/Me

breaking news

DATING IS THE WORST! The absolute worst.

Sure makes for some great stories though. 

Writing is torture, and I am a masochist.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In 1972, English folk musician Nick Drake
recorded his album *Pink Moon.* He finished it in a mere four hours,
singing all 11 songs and playing every instrumental track himself. It took years for anyone to appreciate his artistry, but eventually the magazine *Melody Maker* selected *Pink Moon* as number 48 on its list of the “All Time Top 100 Albums.” Here’s one way I suspect your efforts will be similar to Drake’s in 2014, Libra: You will have the ability to get a lot done in a short time. Here are two ways your fate will be different from Drake’s: First, you will have a big pool of trustworthy allies to call on for help. Second, what you produce won’t take nearly as long to get the appreciation it warrants.
— Rob Brezsny’s Astrology Newsletter

I’m a witch woman high
on tobacco and holy water.

I’m a woman delighted with her disasters.
They give me something to do.

A profession of sorts.

Keeps me industrious
and of some serviceable use.

— Sandra Cisneros, “Night Madness Poem”
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