(Source: flohweri, via dirtyknife)

"To be haunted in the name of a will to heal is to allow the ghost to help you imagine what was lost that never even existed, really. That is its utopian grace: to encourage a steely sorrow laced with delight for what we lost that we never had; to long for the insight of that moment in which we recognize, as in Benjamin’s profane illumination, that it could have been and can be otherwise."

— Avery Gordon, Ghostly Matters

precisely

precisely

(Source: laueite, via qbutch)

Gertrude Stein, “If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso”

(first published in Vanity Fair in 1924)

  If I told him would he like it. Would he like it if I told him.
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told him if I told him if Napoleon. Would he like it if Napoleon if Napoleon 
if I told him. If I told him if Napoleon if Napoleon if I told him. If I told 
him would he like it would he like it if I told him.
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  Feeling full for it.
  Exactitude as kings.
  So to beseech you as full as for it.
  Exactly or as kings.
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shutters shut and shutters and so and so shutters and so shutters shut and 
so shutters shut and shutters and so. And so shutters shut and so and also. 
And also and so and so and also.
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as a resemblance, exactly as resembling, exactly resembling, exactly in 
resemblance exactly a resemblance, exactly and resemblance. For this is so. 
Because.
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at all.
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shares all, all is as all as as yet or as yet.
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and as he and he. He is and as he is, and as he is and he is, he is and as he 
and he and as he is and he and he and and he and he.
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  As presently.
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  Father and farther.
  Was the king or room.
  Farther and whether.
  Was there was there was there what was there was there what was there 
was there there was there.
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  As well.
  As or as presently.
  Let me recite what history teaches. History teaches.

(Source: elevan, via glitterlion)

nevver:

The Reconstructionists: Week Three

(Source: dannybown, via wolvesarecoming)

"

There is a certain left intellectual position that holds out critique as an unadulterated good.

Critique is superior, more knowing, more responsible than action. Indeed, it’s held up against action, support, enthusiasm, as the more responsible and mature position. What are the presumptions at work in such a vision of critique?

1. That one’s opponent is uncritical—as if the ideas expressed had not themselves been products of critical reflection.

2. As if any and every space were the right space for critique because critique is always right.

The problems with such a view, particularly now, is that they neglect the characteristics of our setting:

1. Constant critique and cynicism.

2. The academy as industry.

3. The need for left mobilization, coalition, and hope.

I have never met an activist or intellectual who didn’t live and breath critique. That’s how we wake up, eat, drink, and go to sleep. We are constantly critical. But in our enthusiasm for critique we neglect the ways we become dependent on its displacements of responsibility and activity, as well as it inner satisfactions of knowingness. For activists and intellectuals, it’s not a matter, now, of being insufficiently critical. It’s a matter of courage and will to push forward. We are already critical, together, in various settings. We don’t need to, and shouldn’t be, critical of ourselves in every place and every time. We need to build ourselves, our confidence, and our mutual trust.

"

I cite: Critique (via lazz)

(via lazz)

"[If] you apply the logic of critique too consistently, you create this almost gnostic notion of reality, that the one thing we can do is to be the person who realizes the world is wrong. It may be incredibly rewarding intellectually, but it’s also a terrible trap. I always go back to Marx’s famous phrase from 1843, “Toward a Ruthless Critique of Everything That Exists.” It was something he wrote when he was twenty-five, which is appropriate for that age. When I was younger, I felt that way, too. Now I feel that such ruthlessness has its price."

— David Graeber (via lazz)

"The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath."

— Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart (via fuckmedapperqueer)

(Source: kamface, via glittt)

loverofstories:

Sierra DeMulder

loverofstories:

Sierra DeMulder

(Source: petapeta, via marenge)

"the point of origin is not a date or a theory or a conjunction of cultural trends, but a story, the intersection of a wish and the tip of a pencil."

- michael chabon, “secret skin” 

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/03/10/080310fa_fact_chabon

(Source: nevver, via streetetiquette)