1. betterbooktitles:

    I went to college so I could write tweets like this. Please don’t let them go unseen:

    Follow @DanWilbur for more

    (via colesarar)


  2. jaredpaulpfa:

    On the steps of NYC Hall yesterday w/ some of my comrades from the 2004 RNC case after the press conference! The basic facts: 1. our case set a federal precedent against the use of “group probable cause” as justification for mass arrests in NYC or anywhere in the U.S. 2. as a class, it is the largest protest related settlement in U.S. history 3. because we fought through 10 yrs of bullshit to get the full “Discovery” of NYPD records for this case, hundreds of documents detailing the NYPD’s insane & questionably legal spying on anti war & peace groups are known & able to be reported on 3. All members of the case now retain the right to disclose all details of the case, the settlement ensures that no info is bound 4. the city/nypd drops all charges against all members of the class (there are hundreds of us). I was one of the Fulton street arrestees & a Pier 57 detainee (“Guantanamo on the Hudson”). I’m writing a piece on the case now & am available for interview at jaredpaul@gmail.com. For immediate details on the case see: www.nyclu.org #ClassWarPath


  3. buttonpoetry:

    Cam Awkward-Rich - “A Prude’s Manifesto.”

    "Often, I fantasize about tying a blond boy down to his own bed, leaving him splayed and panting, and then… just leaving."

    Performing at Button Poetry’s inaugural Inside Voices show.


  4. buttonpoetry:

    Sam Sax - “Heavy Petting”

    "I suppose in the throes one can say almost anything, and the sweat will make it hot."

    Performing at Button’s inaugural “Inside Voices” show. Keep an eye out for Sam’s chapbook, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters, out with Button later this year!

    (via samsax)


  5. yudoricookie:












    My hands are too small to do this effectively.

    I wish I wasn’t iPod


    if you’re on ipod you just hold down the reblog button

    wtf just happened??


    (via omarholmon)


  6. ddemonicc:


    Cold First Friday

    My city.


  7. tonistark24:

    My AP Psych teacher from high school keeps binders and notebooks with dicks drawn on them to use as visual aids for the Freudian unit.

    One time she did this life changing little “experiment” where she ever so calmly asked guys why they draw penises on things. They tried to say “it’s just funny” or “you don’t understand” and she just kept saying “you’re right, I don’t understand. Explain to me. You already know what a penis looks like, why do you have to draw it on things? Are you marking it? Are you tagging it? Girls don’t draw vaginas on things.” And the guys suddenly started questioning their motives for everything they do and one guy was like “ms, stop talking about penises, you’re making us uncomfortable.” And she shouted “HOW DO YOU THINK WE FEEL SEEING DICKS DRAWN ON STUFF ALL THE TIME?”

    (via wordfury)


  8. Jackson Pollock


    Jackson Pollock
    is tired of being
    your go to metaphor
    for a messy disaster

    His name looks plastic
    playing off your lips
    like a new found toy
    picked up and dropped
    in the same breath
    all for one line
    about blood splattering
    across pavement

    As if his drips of paint
    were some sudden unexpected tragedy
    and not a long fought for breakthrough
    years in the making
    He was a man with bleached insides
    and a sloshed up temper
    but found steady hands
    when holding the brush

    There once was
    thin paint-speckled plaster walls
    humming with percussion and brass
    caked on nicotine film
    creeps down from the ceiling
    licking at the canvas
    and the man brimming with life
    there is a purpose here
    it dances across the studio floor
    fitting in the space
    between the brush and surface
    kept alive
    as long as this broken man can will it

    But at night
    the orchestra of new york traffic
    plays harmony
    with the drunken howls
    of feeling hopeless
    bleeding fingernails
    gouge out wooden grooves
    searching for some traction
    in a life heading no where

    But the paint gives purchase
    he finds a grip
    and holds an understanding
    that his world will stop spinning
    if he just stares at the floor
    so he moves the canvas
    and just stares at the floor
    becomes the eye of the storm
    learns to spill his insides out
    on white lead paint
    this is a slow dance
    a deliberate performance
    like tiny particles gathered up
    to form constellations
    it involves no factors of chance

    He spent two years sober
    hiding out in an abandoned barn
    that acted as a whale’s belly
    enough time to venture off into the unknown
    and return with tales of what was to come
    and America was so eager to hear
    what was to come

    Long paint runs thin
    ropey wisps of looping color
    try to describe what is within
    canvas spreads out wide
    like a dark monolith
    hung in white-walled shrine
    where the New York Elite came to worship
    pulling Pollock out of his cadaver of isolation
    saving a man
    who did not want to be saved

    What do you do
    when you win the game halfway through
    when your name
    becomes the coin of the land
    just another brand to roll off the tongue
    it tastes like that ‘new new’
    mhmm say it again
    and our heroes journey
    was hijacked by public demand

    Unable to recognize his own reflection
    held in so many strangers’ eyes
    he turned to long lost friends
    the familiar irises of empty bottles
    found well worn grooves
    where old habits fitted so well
    the clink of ice drowned out
    all pleas not to take that step back
    but he had done it
    he had made it to the promise land
    so why hold back this creative self destruction

    And when his blood
    begins to drip
    on to the interior of his overturn car
    do not describe it
    as a “Jackson Pollock painting”
    the man might have been a mess
    but his art was no accident
    waiting to be cleaned up
    it was a self-made haven
    meant to weather the storm
    of his own life

    This red stained soil and crumpled metal
    is just the blundering mishap
    of a man with no steady hands
    he had been stumbling
    through life for years by then
    unable to keep his legs beneath him
    his world kept spinning
    forever in motion

    But now
    truly broken
    dying on his back
    the night sky opened up before him
    to reveal a dark monolith
    covered with drips of starry light
    it had been so long
    since he last left the city
    and as he stared at the world’s ceiling
    Jackson Pollocks life slowly came to a stop
    looking at a masterpiece that would never be


  9. nevver:

    Jenny Holzer

    I hear Jenny Holzer’s name and i think of neon words in empty white spaces.  She was invited to do a commencement show at my college which she accepted but then refused to give a commencement speech saying she only speaks through her work never outside of it.

    Sounded silly to me, but Then i see these pieces and it really throws me for a loop.  I can see now how, when you’re entire medium is words you must be careful when you speak.

    These aren’t ideal sentiments, in fact they’re pretty toxic, but reading them has a cathartic feel.


  10. greatartinuglyrooms:

    Pablo Picasso

    i don’t even like Picasso and this makes me upset.


  11. flightcub:

    totalitarian dystopian future lit is like “what if the government got so powerful that all the bad stuff that’s already happening ALSO HAPPENED TO WHITE PEOPLE?”

    (via propoleno)


  12. america-wakiewakie:

    1. Search for affordable housing. 

    Especially in urban areas, the waiting list for affordable housing can be a year or more. During that time, poor families either have to make do with substandard or dangerous housing, depend on the hospitality of relatives, or go homeless.
    (Source: New York Times)

    2. Try to make $133 worth of food last a whole month. 
    That’s how much the average food stamp recipient gets each month. Imagine trying to eat well on $4.38 per day. It’s not easy, which is why many impoverished families resort to #3…
    (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)

    3. Subsist on poor quality food. 
    Not because they want to, but because they can’t afford high-quality, nutritious food. They’re trapped in a food system that subsidizes processed foods, making them artificially cheaper than natural food sources. So the poor are forced to eat bad food — if they’re lucky, that is…
    (Sources: Washington Post; Journal of Nutrition, March 2008)

    4. Skip a meal.
    One in six Americans are food insecure. Which means (among other things) that they’re sometimes forced to go without eating.
    (Sources: World Vision, US Department of Agriculture)

    5. Work longer and harder than most of us.
    While it’s popular to think people are poor because they’re lazy (which seems to be the whole point of Ramsey’s post), the poor actually work longer and harder than the rest of us. More than 80 percent of impoverished children have at least one parent who works; 60 percent have at least one parent who works full-time. Overall, the poor work longer hours than the so-called “job creators.”
    (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)

    6. Go to bed 3 hours before their first job starts. 
    Number 15 on Ramsey and Corley’s list was, “44% of [the] wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of [the] poor.” It may be true that most poor people don’t wake up three hours before work starts. But that could be because they’re more likely to work multiple jobs, in which case job #1 means they’re probably just getting to bed three hours before job #2 starts.
    (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)

    7. Try to avoid getting beat up by someone they love. 
    According to some estimates, half of all homeless women in America ran away to escape domestic violence.
    (Source: National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009)

    8. Put themselves in harm’s way, only to be kicked to the streets afterward. 
    How else do you explain 67,000 63,000 homeless veterans?
    (Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs, updated to reflect the most recent data)

    9. Pay more than their fair share of taxes. 
    Some conservative pundits and politicians like to think the poor don’t pay their fair share, that they are merely “takers.” While it’s true the poor don’t pay as much in federal income tax — usually because they don’t earn enough to qualify — they do pay sales tax, payroll tax, etc. In fact, the bottom 20% of earners pay TWICE as much in taxes (as a share of their income) as do the top 1%.
    (Source: Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, January 2013)

    10. Fall further behind. 
    Even when poverty is the result of poor decision-making, often it’s someone else’s choices that make the difference. If you experience poverty as a child, you are 3-4 times less likely to graduate high school. If you spend your entire childhood in poverty, you are 5 times less likely to graduate. Which means your future has been all but decided for you.
    (Sources: World Vision, Children’s Defense Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation)

    11. Raise kids who will be poor. 
    A child’s future earnings are closely correlated to their parents’ earnings. In other words, economic mobility — the idea that you can claw your way out of poverty if you just try hard enough is, more often than not, a myth.
    (Sources: OECD, Economic Policy Institute)

    12. Vote less. 
    And who can blame them? I would be less inclined to vote if I didn’t have easy access to the polls and if I were subjected to draconian voter ID laws that are sold to the public as necessary to suppress nonexistent voter fraud.
    (Source: The Center for Voting and Democracy)

    13. When they do vote… vote pretty much the same as the rest of us. 
    Following their defeat in 2012, conservatives took solace by reasoning that they’d lost to a bunch of “takers,” including the poor, who voted for Democrats because they want free handouts from big government. The reality is a bit more complex. Only a third of low-income voters identify as Democrats, about the same for all Americans, including wealthy voters.
    (Sources: NPRPew Research Center)

    14. Live with chronic pain. 
    Those earning less than $12,000 a year are twice as likely to report feeling physical pain on any given day.
    (Source: Kaiser Health News)

    15. Live shorter lives. 
    There is a 10-14 year gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. In recent years, poor people’s life expectancy has actually declined — in America, the wealthiest nation on the planet.
    (Source: Health Affairs, 2012)

    16. Use drugs and alcohol pretty much the same as (or less than) everyone else. 
    Despite the common picture of inner city crack houses, drug use is pretty evenly spread across income groups. And rich people actually abuse alcohol more than the poor.
    (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)

    17. Receive less in subsidized benefits than corporations. 
    The US government spends around $60 billion on public housing and rental subsidies for low-income families, compared to more than $90 billion on corporate subsidies. Oil companies alone get around $70 billion. And that’s not counting the nearly $60 billion a year in tax breaks corporations enjoy by sheltering profits offshore. Or the $700 billion bailout banks got in 2008.
    (Source: Think By Numbers)

    18. Get themselves off welfare as soon as possible. 
    Despite the odds, the vast majority of beneficiaries leave the welfare rolls within five years. Even in the absence of official welfare-to-work programming, most welfare recipients enroll in some form of vocational training. Why? Because they’re desperate to get off welfare.
    (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services)

    19. Have about the same number of children as everyone else. 
    No, poor people do not have loads of children just so they can stay on welfare.
    (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services)

    20. Accomplish one single goal: stay alive.  
    Poverty in America may not be as dire as poverty in other parts of the world, but many working poor families are nonetheless preoccupied with day-to-day survival. For them, life is not something to be enjoyed so much as endured.

    (Source: america-wakiewakie, via thepeoplesrecord)




  15. typeworship:

    Calomino’s hand-painted signs 

    A lovely collection of signs and hand-painted skateboards by São Paulo illustrator and sign painter, Caetano Calomino, over on behance. Some are just for practice but look great.

    As seen on londondesignz & escapekit