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Small Beer Press: Not particularly an official megaphone. Using all the vowels on Tumbler. Georges Perec didn't use the letter e, but we do. We have a website: We have tea, biscuits (all kinds), and occasionally a small beer. We sometimes talk too much in spots like these. Also: music.

Everything we feared about communism - that we would lose our houses and savings and be forced to labor eternally for meager wages with no voice in the system - has come true under capitalism.

Jeff Sparrow (via sinidentidades)

What did you say, oligarchy, here? No …

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Contemporary Art Week!

S. Ross Browne

Series: Self-Evident Truths

from the artist’s statement:

These paintings represent a modern study in dichotomy and perception from a historical context using portraiture as the interpretive engine.

I often use the image of the black woman in unaccustomed/atypical context; derived to create a visual tension between historical fact, misinformation and myth. The viewer is lured into the possible narrative of the depicted figure by her beauty, strength and grace; however immediately enters an intellectual menagerie where they are confounded by the disconnected visual clues. Is she slave or slaveholder? Is she captive or free, is she servant or served? Is she factual or fictional in a historical context? All of these questions and more provide basis for the individual viewers journey of allegorical interpretation.

The images are imbued with cultural and ethnic symbolism that provides insight into the historical context of the painting. Yet, the icons, combined with my personal visual vocabulary, may remain unseen or misread by the “unknowing” eye; the eye that never learned the historic bases for all the possibilities in the lives of these women. In a society that often make instant cultural judgements based on visual cues that are often stereotypical, but not always, I feel offering ethnic imagery that defies common visual library of the modern citizen may challenge each individuals biases and foregone conclusions of their own notions of what race represents in history and therefore in humanity.

The images beg the question: Is “Truth” self-evident? Who’s “Truth”? How does knowledge, experience and perception of one’s “self” determine what is evident? If the view of oneself is skewed is it possible to see another clearly?


made for Emma (who has handsold about a bajillion copies), from Kelly Link’s STRANGER THINGS HAPPEN

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made for Emma (who has handsold about a bajillion copies), from Kelly Link’s STRANGER THINGS HAPPEN

Extra double-heart favorite!

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ZAHEL — Nomadic technocrats inhabit the South; barbarian hill-folk hold the North. In the East are the city states and merchant princes; in the West, a patchwork of experimental societies test the gamut of human experience. This is one land, one dominion, regulated by a single authority. Kingmakers, spymasters, philosophers and bootleggers — when knowledge is power and data is currency, Archivists rule the world. (By Karen Lord, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award-winning author of Redemption in Indigo and the forthcoming The Galaxy Game.)

This is a world where librarians are in charge!

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It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.

—Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (via penamerican)



McVities latest chocolate digestives advert (x)

Aww!  Look at all the wittle kitties! <3

Gavin! Look! Digestives!

Um. When I open a packet of chocolate biscuits/cookies, kittens are not what I am looking for nor what I’m going to eat. Also, they might all die by the truckload on the way to the shops, so, McVities, do not fill the chocolate digestives with cats, please.

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QUESTIONS FROM A WORKER WHO READS - Bertolt Brecht, trans. Michael Hamburger



QUESTIONS FROM A WORKER WHO READS - Bertolt Brecht, trans. Michael Hamburger

Who built Thebes of the seven gates?
In the books you will find the names of kings.
Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock?
And Babylon, many times demolished
Who raised it up so many times? In what houses
Of gold-glittering Lima did the builders live?
Where, the evening that the Wall of China was finished
Did the masons go? Great Rome
Is full of triumphal arches. Who erected them? Over whom
Did the Caesars triumph? Had Byzantium, much praised in song
Only palaces for its inhabitants? Even in fabled Atlantis
The night the ocean engulfed it
The drowning still bawled for their slaves.

The young Alexander conquered India.
Was he alone?
Caesar beat the Gauls.
Did he not have even a cook with him?
Philip of Spain wept when his armada
Went down. Was he the only one to weep? 
Frederick the Second won the Seven Years’ War. Who
Else won it?

Every page a victory.
Who cooked the feast for the victors?
Every ten years a great man.
Who paid the bill?

So many reports.
So many questions.