Indigenous Feminism Without Apology | RISE

 “Indigenous feminists are also challenging how we conceptualize indigenous sovereignty – it is not an add-on to the heteronormative and patriarchal nationstate. Rather it challenges the nationstate system itself. Charles Colson, prominent Christian Right activist and founder of Prison Fellowship, explains quite clearly the relationship between heteronormativity and the nation-state. In his view, samesex marriage leads directly to terrorism; the attack on the ‘natural moral order’ of the heterosexual family ‘is like handing moral weapons of mass destruction to those who use America’s decadence to recruit more snipers and hijackers and suicide bombers.'”



The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A With Mazen Maarouf | Sampsonia Way Magazine

“Mazen Maarouf is a Palestinian poet and writer who was raised in Lebanon. He currently lives in exile in Iceland and has been lauded as a “rising international literary star,” after the publication of three books of poetry: The Camera Doesn’t Capture Birds, Our Grief Resembles Bread, and most recently An Angel Suspended on the Clothesline. Maarouf came to City of Asylum Pittsburgh in April, 2014 and translations of his poems were read by his translator, the poet Nathalie Handal. In this interview Maarouf discusses why he doesn’t write political poetry, the complications of translating his poems, and the process of writing for as large an audience as possible.”

via The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A With Mazen Maarouf | Sampsonia Way Magazine.

Destroy All Monsters | The New Inquiry

“The necessity of responding to the inherently disaster-prone nature of actually existing modernity with a radical critique of modernity is what is at stake in Shimura’s character, the scientist who wants to study Godzilla rather than kill him. When Shimura first proposes this, you think, ‘But that’s crazy! Godzilla eats people! How the fuck can you study something that eats people?!’ When Shimura points out that we have a compelling self-interest to learn how Godzilla was able to survive the H-bomb, you grant that that’s a pretty good point, but still: he eats people! ‘He eats people!’—that’s what you keep thinking all the way to the end of the film, and when, after they’ve killed Godzilla and every other living thing in Tokyo Bay with a one-off super-weapon that they can never use again cuz it was the only one they had and the goddamn inventor killed himself and destroyed his notes, Shimura points out that there’s every reason to believe that there are more Godzillas out there and that continued H-bomb testing will only continue to piss them off and you think ‘Fuck, he was right!'”

via Destroy All Monsters – The New Inquiry.

Surf’s Up in Haiti | Roads & Kingdoms

 “Not long ago surfing was completely alien to Kabic Beach. Ken Pierce, a doctor from Hawaii, first traveled to Haiti a few weeks after the 2010 earthquake as a disaster response physician. He later served as director at an orphanage in Cyvadier, near Jacmel. When he came to the coast, Pierce, who has surfed since his teens and had brought a board with him from his home in Kauai, asked around and nobody could recall seeing anyone surfing the local breaks. ‘The first time I paddled out at a spot near Kabic—now known as Pierce Point—the rocks were lined with kids and adults who were enthusiastically cheering for me,’ he says. ‘When I paddled in, I asked if they would like to learn how to surf. The response was unanimous.’ The next time Pierce went home, he brought back several boards and started teaching local kids.”

via Surf’s Up in Haiti | Roads & Kingdoms.

high priestess of future-weird | THE STATE

“What the hell is going on? Looking at this and calling it weird, or even future-weird, doesn’t seem to suffice. From this onslaught of imagery it is clear that atemporality is coming down around us like a riot, or a demolished housing project. But now what? What do we do after watching this video a few (or ten) times?”

via high priestess of future-weird | THE STATE.

Questlove: How Hip-Hop Has Become the New Disco

Disco Demolition Night, Comiskey Park, 1979

“Disco just grew, and then grew some more. And then, at some point, like all products, it reached the point of inevitable obsolescence. We don’t have to recount the specifics of the genre’s fall from grace, embodied most (in)famously by the 1979 Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in Chicago, in which the DJ and avowed disco enemy Steve Dahl burned disco records in the stadium’s outfield. (Though if you don’t remember that, look it up: It’s worth it just for the reaction of Nile Rodgers, the lead guitarist of Chic — and one of the genre’s few legitimate virtuosos — who likened the promotional stunt to Nazi book burning.) Strangely, Dahl did disco’s job for it, in a sense. Disco was always designed to be disposable. It depended on limiting cost (and with it, a certain kind of quality) to maximize profit. The end of the road was always part of the road. Let the record show that the records showed that.”

via Questlove: How Hip-Hop Has Become the New Disco – Vulture.