a bit out of context, but more lively than Pierre Bourdieu
hungryghoast:i just thought i had a good idea
HG:but apparently it's not a good idea
me:just write it into some fanfic and see how it works
HG:oh god deborah
me:put in a harry and draco makeout scene
HG:did you really tell me to cross that line?
HG:I'M NOT EVEN A FAN
me:and it'll be superpopular no matter what
HG:i CAN write it
HG:it's NOT FanFic
HG:cuz i'm NOT a fan
me:YOU HAVE STUMBLED UPON THE ULTIMATE TRUTH
me:NOW SCIENCE WILL TRIUMPH
HG:haha actually, i think the truth i might have stumbled upon is that people who write FanFic aren't actually fans... they're not satisfied with what was given, they're not actually fans of it, they're fans of what they made up about it in their OWN heads
me:welcome to the wondrous field of cultural studies!
“A woman at twenty-five is in the flush of her young womanhood; a man at twenty-five is just beginning life. This magazine feels like a man.”—25th anniversary issue of the Ladies’ Home Journal, November, 1908
“Today it is already less difficult for women to assert themselves; but they have not as yet completely overcome the agelong sex-limitation that has isolated them in their femininity. Lucidity of mind, for instance, is a conquest of which they are justly proud but with which alone they would be a little too quickly satisfied. The fact is that the traditional woman is a bamboozled conscious being and a practitioner of bamboozlement; she attempts to disguise her dependence from herself, which is a way of consenting to it. To expose this dependence is in itself a liberation; a clear-sighted cynicism is a defense against humiliations and shame: it is the preliminary sketch of an assumption.”—
SdB, you kicked my ass through that last bit of The Second Sex, and it was a much needed chastisement and inspiration. The experience of reading this was all dated and difficult and not entirely what I believe, but it works.
“Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States had an enormous impact on me. It set me down in a place that I recognized and felt I had a claim to. It made me feel that I was a player in this moment in history, as we all are, and that this moment in history was mine, somehow, to do with whatever I could. It gave me a sense of myself in the context of this huge American experience and empowered me to feel that in my small way. I had something to say, I could do something. It made me feel a part of history, and gave me life as a participant.”—
“It’s more like whale eats popsicle.”—The awesome scientist who is dissecting the squid describing an encounter between a sperm whale and the giant squid. Take that, NY Natural History Museum. And Noah Baumbach.
These are the worst fucking questions I’ve ever read. Numbers 9, 11, and 13 are particularly indicative of the fact that these were written by a nineteen-year-old from Bloomington.
2. What street did I grow up on
3. What was my first babysitter’s name 4. What was the first album I owned 5. What was the license plate of my parents’ car 6. Who is my favorite video game character 7. Who was my favorite teacher 8. What was my first phone number 9. What’s the best nickname in my family 10. What’s my favorite movie role 11. What car did I want in high school 12. What was my first pet’s name 13. Where did I catch my first fish 14. What brand and color was my first bike 15. What was my favorite childhood book 16. What is my favorite street to walk down 17. What was my least favorite meal as a kid 18. What is my favorite city 19. What elementary school did I attend 20. What is my favorite line from a poem 21. Where was I going the first time I flew in a plane
I just read nearly three years of Sassy in under 24 hours. During the last stretch, I put on bis because I think they did for me what Sassy would have done, had I been old enough to read it when it was good.
"Everybody Thinks That They’re Going to Get Theirs" was the soundtrack to my teenage years. I don’t think you can buy this record anymore.
Also, I’m about to go to Twin Cities zinefest, and bis is FO SHO some zine-making music.
Listen to this while you’re looking at the Sassy photoset, please.
“It is remarkable that in all those forms of behavior the young girl does not seek to transcend the natural and social order, she does not aim to extend the limits of the possible nor to work a transvaluation of values; she is content to display her revolt within the bounds of a world the frontiers and laws of which are preserved.”—Simone de Beauvior (who I think of as just SDB and have been holding off quoting for some reason or other) will be the guide to my Sassy expedition