If you’re a boy writer, it’s a simple rule: you’ve gotta get used to the fact that you suck at writing women and that the worst women writer can write a better man than the best male writer can write a good woman. And it’s just the minimum. Because the thing about the sort of heteronormative masculine privilege, whether it’s in Santo Domingo, or the United States, is you grow up your entire life being told that women aren’t human beings, and that women have no independent subjectivity. And because you grow up with this, it’s this huge surprise when you go to college and realize that, “Oh, women aren’t people who does my shit and fucks me.”

And I think that this a huge challenge for boys, because they want to pretend they can write girls. Every time I’m teaching boys to write, I read their women to them, and I’m like, “Yo, you think this is good writing?” These motherfuckers attack each other over cliche lines but they won’t attack each other over these toxic representations of women that they have inherited… their sexist shorthand, they think that is observation. They think that their sexist distortions are insight. And if you’re in a writing program and you say to a guy that their characters are sexist, this guy, it’s like you said they fucking love Hitler. They will fight tooth and nail because they want to preserve this really vicious sexism in the art because that is what they have been taught.

And I think the first step is to admit that you, because of your privilege, have a very distorted sense of women’s subjectivity. And without an enormous amount of assistance, you’re not even going to get a D. I think with male writers the most that you can hope for is a D with an occasional C thrown in. Where the average women writer, when she writes men, she gets a B right off the bat, because they spent their whole life being taught that men have a subjectivity. In fact, part of the whole feminism revolution was saying, “Me too, motherfuckers.” So women come with it built in because of the society.

It’s the same way when people write about race. If you didn’t grow up being a subaltern person in the United States, you might need help writing about race. Motherfuckers are like ‘I got a black boy friend,’ and their shit sounds like Klan Fiction 101.

The most toxic formulas in our cultures are not pass down in political practice, they’re pass down in mundane narratives. It’s our fiction where the toxic virus of sexism, racism, homophobia, where it passes from one generation to the next, and the average artist will kill you before they remove those poisons. And if you want to be a good artist, it means writing, really, about the world. And when you write cliches, whether they are sexist, racist, homophobic, classist, that is a fucking cliche. And motherfuckers will kill you for their cliches about x, but they want their cliches about their race, class, queerness. They want it in there because they feel lost without it. So for me, this has always been the great challenge.

As a writer, if you’re really trying to write something new, you must figure out, with the help of a community, how can you shed these fucking received formulas. They are received. You didn’t come up with them. And why we need fellow artists is because they help us stay on track. They tell you, “You know what? You’re a bit of a fucking homophobe.” You can’t write about the world with these simplistic distortions. They are cliches. People know art, always, because they are uncomfortable. Art discomforts. The trangressiveness of art has to deal with confronting people with the real. And sexism is a way to avoid the real, avoiding the reality of women. Homophobia is to avoid the real, the reality of queerness. All these things are the way we hide from encountering the real. But art, art is just about that.

Junot Diaz speaking at Word Up: Community Bookshop in 2012 

Truth 

(Source: hiniascott, via closesttogodot)

Business

I read this through and through.


butwhataboutit
:

Should I change my major? Do I throw in the proverbial towel?
Let my parents know they were right about the dead-end I drove myself into?
Slum into the advising office and announce my departure from the writing path.
They’ll protest, sure, and say how I am really an English engineer,
that the…

Too many credit card slips… @hxilsxtxn

Too many credit card slips… @hxilsxtxn

Bonding times in bath tubs

Bonding times in bath tubs

If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.
If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.
Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.
The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.

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Best line to be quoted, “didn’t they start from whiteness?”

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To be quite honest this quote is ignorant as fuck.
Some families did start from nothing when they migrated to the United States.
Did you forget about Hitler and World War II ?? Just curious.
Whiteness has nothing to do with anything.  
This is why racial issues still exist because people keep holding things against other cultures that happened years and years and years ago that we ourselves had absolutely nothing to do with.
How can you patronize someone for being proud of their heritage?
Culture is what brings people together, hardships make people stronger.
Poverty is not a choice I understand, BUT laziness is. 
I guess ignorance is not one’s fault but how they were raised but fuck that you make the choice to follow suite.  
That’s all I have to say about that.

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Pea’s shennanigans

Pea’s shennanigans

Pea’s new post. She hates me for moving her around so much. @shuaharrell

Pea’s new post. She hates me for moving her around so much. @shuaharrell

Photo experimentation…..I need my own darkroom.
#photography #selfie #filmisbest #travel

Photo experimentation…..I need my own darkroom.
#photography #selfie #filmisbest #travel

Hey remember that time when we got on the tour bus with gramatik? @lover_face #gramatik #exmag

Hey remember that time when we got on the tour bus with gramatik? @lover_face #gramatik #exmag

Preview of some ideas I had for my second project.
Portraiture, a personality revealed.

Anyone in the Tampa Bay area should go check this out and see my buddy’s band Sun Signs at Crowbar.You won’t regret it.catsintheblog:

 I jacked this photo from Y Los Dos Pistoles Facebook
Brokenmold Entertainment presents:PLAN B BLOCK PARTYSaturday October 5, Ybor Citydoors 3:30pm / $10advancevenues include:Crowbar / New World Brewery / The Social / The Market on 7th / Dirty Shame / Roosevelt 2.0 Lineup:The Soulshine stage at Crowbar:Rocksteady@8 1:30-2:30Nervous Turkey 11:55-1:10YoungBlood Brass Band 10:45-11:35The Woolly Bushmen 9:35-10:25Sleepy Vikings 8:30-9:15Florida Night Heat 7:25-8:10Ketchy Shuby 6:20-7:05Sun Signs 5:30-6:00Ninebullets.net & S.A.F. stage at The Dirty Shame:Wolf-Face 12:55-1:30 Raguckas 12:05-12:35 Duppies 10:55-11:45The Wholetones 9:55-10:35 Greenland is Melting 8:50-9:35 Andy Zipff & The Cowards Choir 7:40-8:30Damion Suomi 6:45-7:20Lauris Vidal 5:40-6:25Ricky Kendall 4:30-5:20The Market On 7thGreyMarket 12:50-1:30Luxury Mane 11:45-12:30Feral Babies 10:55-11:25Benjamin Booker and Max Norton 9:45-10:35Alias Punch 8:50-9:30Bellows Music 7:55-8:35The Send Offs 7:05-7:40Y Los Dos Pistoles 6:20-6:50DieAlps! 5:30-6:00New Granada Records stage at New World BrewerySUNBEARS MidnightDear & Glorious Physician 11-11:40 (1st Show in 5 YEARS)Zillionaire 10-10:40Alexander and The Grapes 9:00-9:40 Mrenc 8:00-8:40King of Spain 7:00-7:40 Empire Cinema 6:00-6:40 Rec Center 5:10-5:40Atlantic Oceans 4:20-4:50 The Roosevelt 2.0Saskatchewan 11:35-12:05The Dewars 10:40-11:15Day Joy 9:50-10:25Funny Bunny 9:00-9:30Sweet Bronco 8:15-8:45Zulu Wave 7:30-8:00Sterling Schroeder and The Chosen Ones 6:40-7:10Zap Dragon & The Attack5:50-6:20Alien House 5:15-5:45The SocialThe So So Glos 11:10-12:00Auto?Automatic?? 10:10-11:00Cats in the Basement 9:05-9:50Early Forms 8:00-8:45Flashlights 6:55-7:40Radarmen 6:05-6:35Moon Jelly 5:15-5:45

Anyone in the Tampa Bay area should go check this out and see my buddy’s band Sun Signs at Crowbar.
You won’t regret it.

catsintheblog
:

 I jacked this photo from Y Los Dos Pistoles Facebook

Brokenmold Entertainment presents:

PLAN B BLOCK PARTY
Saturday October 5, Ybor City
doors 3:30pm / $10advance
venues include:
Crowbar / New World Brewery / The Social / The Market on 7th / Dirty Shame / Roosevelt 2.0 

Lineup:

The Soulshine stage at Crowbar:

Rocksteady@8 1:30-2:30
Nervous Turkey 11:55-1:10
YoungBlood Brass Band 10:45-11:35
The Woolly Bushmen 9:35-10:25
Sleepy Vikings 8:30-9:15
Florida Night Heat 7:25-8:10
Ketchy Shuby 6:20-7:05
Sun Signs 5:30-6:00

Ninebullets.net & S.A.F. stage at The Dirty Shame:

Wolf-Face 12:55-1:30 
Raguckas 12:05-12:35 
Duppies 10:55-11:45
The Wholetones 9:55-10:35 
Greenland is Melting 8:50-9:35 
Andy Zipff & The Cowards Choir 7:40-8:30
Damion Suomi 6:45-7:20
Lauris Vidal 5:40-6:25
Ricky Kendall 4:30-5:20

The Market On 7th

GreyMarket 12:50-1:30
Luxury Mane 11:45-12:30
Feral Babies 10:55-11:25
Benjamin Booker and Max Norton 9:45-10:35
Alias Punch 8:50-9:30
Bellows Music 7:55-8:35
The Send Offs 7:05-7:40
Y Los Dos Pistoles 6:20-6:50
DieAlps! 5:30-6:00


New Granada Records stage at New World Brewery

SUNBEARS Midnight
Dear & Glorious Physician 11-11:40 (1st Show in 5 YEARS)
Zillionaire 10-10:40
Alexander and The Grapes 9:00-9:40 
Mrenc 8:00-8:40
King of Spain 7:00-7:40 
Empire Cinema 6:00-6:40 
Rec Center 5:10-5:40
Atlantic Oceans 4:20-4:50 

The Roosevelt 2.0

Saskatchewan 11:35-12:05
The Dewars 10:40-11:15
Day Joy 9:50-10:25
Funny Bunny 9:00-9:30
Sweet Bronco 8:15-8:45
Zulu Wave 7:30-8:00
Sterling Schroeder and The Chosen Ones 6:40-7:10
Zap Dragon & The Attack5:50-6:20
Alien House 5:15-5:45


The Social

The So So Glos 11:10-12:00
Auto?Automatic?? 10:10-11:00
Cats in the Basement 9:05-9:50
Early Forms 8:00-8:45
Flashlights 6:55-7:40
Radarmen 6:05-6:35
Moon Jelly 5:15-5:45

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I’m obsessed.
If I’m not in the dark room I just want to be on my computer.

My first full size print. No filter. #photography

My first full size print. No filter. #photography

Reliably Unreliably

Joshua Harrell of Oxford Noland and Christian Stewart of Sun Signs.
You can hear me in there somewhere.  I couldn’t resist I just love this song.

Electromagnetic pulses infect my brain