I doodled on my notes in class and found that it helps me pay better attention. I’m not as confident I can say the same about using a computer to do it.
In deciding what to wear for the convocation remarks I’m delivering later today, I decided against wearing my political commitments on my sleeve. Instead, I opted for the lapel.
Even though I’m supposed to deliver remarks, this invitation makes me want to not show up at all.
You love the accidental. A smile from a pretty girl in an interesting situation, a stolen glance, that is what you are hunting for, that is a motif for your aimless fantasy. You who always pride yourself on being an observateur must, in return, put up with becoming an object of observation. Ah, you are a strange fellow, one moment a child, the next an old man; one moment you are thinking most earnestly about the most important scholarly problems, how you will devote your life to them, and the next you are a lovesick fool. — Søren Kierkegaard, “Either/Or” (via ohfairies)
(Source: bruisedbutbreathing, via getradified)
The sheer number of women forced into prostitution (through both physical force and poverty) by the collapse of the USSR is something I can think of hardly a more accurate description of than a mass rape, and yet liberal discourse allows no provisions for addressing it as such or recognizing it as an act of violence done by one class to another (specifically international capitalist class to working class and poor Eastern Europeans), or in any other way holding someone meaningfully accountable. The next time liberals try to insist to you that the erosion of third-world country’s national sovereignty by the creeping tendrils of international Human Right’s law is acceptable because of some emotional need to hold perpetrators accountable, remember that not only will that law never be used against the Pinochets and Montts and Suhartos while they’re actually doing the capitalist’s dirty work, but that for liberals the horrendous crime committed against the women of Eastern Europe didn’t even happen as such, that no one but ‘blind, immutable, uncontrollable economic forces’ manifesting themselves in particular, decontextualized incidents can be held accountable, and that not only are such atrocities completely invisible to international Human Rights law, as an institution its literally complicit in them every time its used by the West to justify turning another pocket of resistance or alternative development into a neoliberal hellhole.
(Source: konkretpolitik, via thestolencaryatid)