Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day Reading

The Empty Election
by Werner Herzog's Bear
There's a mysterious third party candidate called "Dark Angel" (no joke) on the ballot who actually has some good positions on student loan debt (his big issue), so he'll get my protest vote.
Read More at Notes From the Ironbound


The Hot-Taking of Evangelicalism
by David Sessions
Matt Walsh is a conservative blogger who recently moved to The Blaze after his personal blog, shared constantly by thousands of conservative Christians, became a viral phenomenon. Matt Walsh is a moron and a bad writer. He is proudly reactionary, sexist, anti-gay, and everything else you can imagine. He is the Platonic ideal of a douchebag as defined recently by Michael Mark Cohen.
Read More at Medium.com


Arena Homme+ (Fall/Winter 2013)
by Stoya
I like to use food as a metaphor sometimes, because most people seem to feel comfortable enough discussing food to do it anywhere, with anyone, and be able to look them in the eyes at the same time. There are a wide variety of foods in the world. Some are highly nutritious. Others have little value other than that of being considered a delicacy by the person about to ingest it. It is common for a person to enjoy many types of food, and to desire specific dishes at various times. Some people consistently prefer very simple foods and others can’t seem to get enough of complex and exotic dishes. The last time I checked, it was considered rude to mock someone for their culinary preferences whether those preferences are for grilled cheese or caramelized lobster with caviar mousse. We have no qualms about asking an acquaintance whether eating shrimp chow mein from eight days ago is a horrible idea or just a bad one.
Read More at GraphicDescriptions.com


On Lena Dunham
by Stavvers
Defenders of Dunham–and Dunham herself–have rejected claims that these behaviours were in any way abusing, using a two-pronged method. First, they are focusing on the source of the first media outlet to pick up on how concerning the behaviour Dunham confessed to was. They behave as though this is merely a right-wing issue, and these are the only people criticising Dunham, when in fact the vast majority of what I have seen has come from feminists, women, survivors. All these complaints are being erased, swept under the rug to form a narrative that it’s only bad people who have a problem with what Dunham said. That is categorically untrue.
Read More at Another Angry Woman


Every Man Gotta Right to Decide His Own Destiny: 35 Years of Bob Marley’s Survival
by Christopher J. Lee
It has been thirty years since Legend’s 1984 release, only three years after Marley’s early, tragic death from cancer at the age of 36 (a striking coincidence with Frantz Fanon, who also died at 36 from cancer). And I might have entitled this piece thirty years of Legend, except for the raw fact that the album largely, if not completely, erases Marley’s political legacy. Containing most of his charted hits with his backing band the Wailers, it is primarily an apolitical affair, though inclusions such as “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Get Up, Stand Up”—both originally from 1973’s Burnin’—provide a sense of the irreverence found in his back catalog. “Buffalo Soldier” (from the posthumous album Confrontation released in 1983) and “Redemption Song” (from his final album, Uprising, released in 1981) similarly invoke histories of black empowerment and resistance, the latter song drawing in part from Marcus Garvey (Garvey is considered a prophet by Rastafarians). But the trouble with Legend, as with most retrospective compilations, is that it upends the album concept—the sound recording as a problem-space, to borrow an expression from Columbia University anthropologist David Scott, who also happens to be from Jamaica.





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