Types of matter



Would we ever think to ask if this is a golden age for men essayists? Is it even credible to use the phrase “men essayists”? Why does it sound incorrect in a way that “women essayists” doesn’t? And why does a writer like me — female, feminist, familiar with the discreet and overt forms of sexism in the literary world and beyond — bristle when presented with such a query, one undoubtedly intended to celebrate rather than diminish the achievements of a category of people I admire and to which I belong?

Probably because I’m of the opinion that as long as we still have reason to wedge “women” as a qualifier before “essayist,” the age is not exactly golden. And yet it’s hard to deny there’s something afoot. Essayists who happen to be women are having a banner year.

In a spectacular New York Times op-ed, Cheryl Strayed – herself a phenomenal essayist – considers the alleged golden age of “women essayists.” 

Also see – for no discussion of the subject is complete without it – Ursula K. Le Guin’s spectacular piece on being a man

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You can delete me on Facebook, you can unfollow me on Twitter, you can delete my number, but you can never unlick my butthole.
Sylvia Plath (via incorrectsylviaplathquotes)


The Prince’s tale

If I am to be witch, then so be it, I said. And I took to eating black things — huitlacoche, the corn mushroom, coffee, dark chiles, the bruised part of fruit, the darkest, blackest things to make me hard and strong.
Sandra Cisneros, from “Eyes of Zapata,” Woman Hollering Creek (via lifeinpoetry)


Beautiful Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park by Tom Fruin

Artist Tom Fruin is back with a new creation, a beautiful stained glass house installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The colorful glass house is inhabited by two performers, who portray everyday dilemmas and lifestyle paradoxes in a subtle manner. They have lost the ability to meaningfully discriminate, and are trapped in a long chain of procrastination, mirroring our current social patterns.

Via:  My Modern Met


HP MEME » Six Spells, Magical Creatures, Potions, and/or Objects [1/6]

An (Almost) A-Z of Spells

"There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words."


Meryl Pataky

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Her work relies on her own personal narrative and the concept of universal connection. Pataky works in an extensive variety of materials including metal, paper, neon and organics. All of the materials or media she uses are elements of the periodic table. Silver, copper, iron, carbon, neon and all of the noble gases.


vik muniz,  waste land: What a Dump! Garbage In…Art

Out Pictures of Junk and Pictures of Garbage. In each of these projects, Muniz creates images using… you guessed it: junk and garbage.

The New York-based artist constructs painting-like visuals out of random waste. He utilizes discarded items that include food products, dirt, toys, papers, plastics, wires, old clothes, and tires. The list is never-ending and ever-fascinating. His innovative creations have a magnetism that would otherwise be unfit for a pile of garbage.

In Pictures of Garbage, Muniz takes pictures of catadores, the people of Brazil who collect recyclable materials from garbage dumps, and recreates their images using discarded rubbish. After meeting these hardworking people, it became a collaborative effort in which the subjects helped to create their re-imaging. Muniz’s other waste-fueled project, Pictures of Junk, is the artist’s junkyard reinterpretations of classic paintings, including Caravaggio’s Narcissus.


Make me choose

katarkiwi asked: Hermione Granger or Rose Tyler?

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