jenny and the librarians.

librarian, zinester.

secret the cat came to visit for the night and thought this seemed like the best place to hang out in my room.

(ps- zinecats)

dirk & sof’s pizza housewarming party. with temporary horse tattoos and vegan mac & cheese pizza (oh and i made friends with a baby).

when valen tried chelada (budweiser + clamato, or, the foulest beverage i can imagine) and dirk documented the process.

"i can taste…the clam."

thefilthofhealth:

historicaltimes:

"Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capital Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990."

fuck yes

thefilthofhealth:

historicaltimes:

"Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capital Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990."

fuck yes

(via lizdecoster)

when you were young you were the king of carrot flowers

when you were young you were the king of carrot flowers

a beautiful weekend to eat delicious things and smile because it feels like summer, but not the gross DC version of summer that’s still to come.

-vegan sriracha sliders at food for thought, post-cylon happy hour (just okay- good flavor but too mushy)

-everlasting life/woodlands sunday brunch: french toast, vegan sausage, tofu scramble

1. springtime nights are dreamy

2. bernay’s propaganda, all the way from macedonia

You should know better, Chris Clavin.

Well John Hinckley Jr. might have been a little crazy
But there ain’t nothing wrong with trying to kill the president
Specially when that president’s Ronald Reagan, he almost killed us all

John Hinckley Jr. might have been a little crazy
For getting a little obsessed with Jodie Foster
But how can you blame him, when she’s so beautiful
And he did it all for love, he did it all for love
He did it all for love, it was all for love

And John Hinckley Jr. might have been a little crazy
For letting the movie affect him so strongly
But Robert De Niro was great back then
And it’s easy to get swept away
If you ask me he was a true romantic
Like a hero from some fairy tale
I just hope someday, someone will love me that way

Whoa, I want to be loved, yeah I want to be loved
Like John and Jodie
I want someone to want
To assassinate a president for me.

-John and Jodie, Ghost Mice

I saw Ghost Mice play Thursday night at the Rocketship, a show I was excited to attend. Spoonboy was playing as well, and David is a generally nice person so I was looking forward to attending with my friends on a spring night. 

I’ve heard some of Ghost Mice and Chris Clavin’s music before and enjoyed it, but was completely floored when they played the above tune, “John and Jodie,” and not in the positive way one hopes at these sorts of things.

I was floored because this song is deeply, deeply offensive and everyone was happily singing along. Because this song was written for a record that came out 2 years ago and I can’t imagine any excuse for it, especially from someone who is well-known in the DIY & punk community. Because I can’t imagine someone not calling them out for it before, and if someone had, I can’t imagine why the fuck they’d still be playing it live.

Listen: I don’t give a shit that this song is about wanting to kill a politician. I’m no Ronald Reagan fan, and don’t give a fuck if you want to write a song about how you wish powerful, oppressive politicians would meet their ends.

But I do take issue with a tune that completely trivializes mental illness and acts of violence against women.

Not only does the song “John and Jodie” romanticize the stalker/victim relationship by saying it was all for “love,” it passes at least part of the blame on the victim herself, saying:

"But how can you blame him, when she’s so beautiful
And he did it all for love, he did it all for love”

FUCK THIS FUCKING SONG.

Stalking is not about love. Stalking is about power. It’s about control. John Hinkley, Jr. fell in “love” with Jodie Foster after seeing a film in which she plays a child prostitute. She was an 18-year-old college student when the stalking began- a teenager in the public eye who became the focus of one man’s obsession and sickness through no fault of her own. And John Hinkley, Jr. is still suffering from mental illness today, something which should not be trivialized no matter how upsetting and inexcusable his behavior remains.

Consider this:

"At some point in their lives, 16 percent of women and 5 percent of men have experienced stalking victimization in which they felt fearful or believed that that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. Of stalking victims, 76 percent were female and 24 percent were male."

This equates to 6.6 million people over the age of 18 in the United States alone every year, and those are only the incidents that get reported.

I don’t care if Chris and Ghost Mice as a whole meant this song to be cheeky or political, to support their anarchist ideals in a narrative that fantasizes about killing a political figure. 

Fuck intentions. We all partake in things that are problematic from time to time. We don’t always understand the effect they have on others until it’s pointed out. But we have to recognize when they perpetuate harm and do better, Chris.

(Stats)

deafula:

Guess what!!! DEAFULA #7 is almost here! Come to the Philadelphia Soapbox Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm for the RELEASE READING!
Here is a writeup of the event:
"Kerri Radley, a deaf Philly zinester, was awarded the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and as a part of her project, she created the newest issue of her zine, with handprinted covers created at the Soapbox. Deafula explores deaf identity, discrimination, and ableism, as well as queries the very label of disability itself. Kerri will read from her newest issue, which aims to raise awareness of inaccessibility at community events and explores how we can make these events more inclusive.Kerri will be joined by JC, a DC-based zinester who writes the perzine Tributaries and edits the comp zine Collide, which focuses on the intersection between physical disability and mental illness. JC writes about her experiences growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Please come out for readings and discussion on a truly important subject: how can we better our approach to accessibility in Philadelphia’s arts, zine, and radical spaces / communities.”
my excitement is bursting, ya’ll. 
fb event HERE.

kerri’s writing is informative, funny, and so important. i’m so honored to be her friend, and to be a part of this awesome release event! i’ll be reading some new stuff that i’ve been working on since tour.

deafula:

Guess what!!! DEAFULA #7 is almost here! Come to the Philadelphia Soapbox Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm for the RELEASE READING!

Here is a writeup of the event:

"Kerri Radley, a deaf Philly zinester, was awarded the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and as a part of her project, she created the newest issue of her zine, with handprinted covers created at the Soapbox. Deafula explores deaf identity, discrimination, and ableism, as well as queries the very label of disability itself. Kerri will read from her newest issue, which aims to raise awareness of inaccessibility at community events and explores how we can make these events more inclusive.

Kerri will be joined by JC, a DC-based zinester who writes the perzine Tributaries and edits the comp zine Collide, which focuses on the intersection between physical disability and mental illness. JC writes about her experiences growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Please come out for readings and discussion on a truly important subject: how can we better our approach to accessibility in Philadelphia’s arts, zine, and radical spaces / communities.”

my excitement is bursting, ya’ll. 

fb event HERE.

kerri’s writing is informative, funny, and so important. i’m so honored to be her friend, and to be a part of this awesome release event! i’ll be reading some new stuff that i’ve been working on since tour.