Victims of the École Polytechnique shooting
We don’t give other people credit for the same interior complexity we take for granted in ourselves, the same capacity for holding contradictory feelings in balance, for complexly alloyed affections, for bottomless generosity of heart and petty, capricious malice. We can’t believe that anyone could be unkind to us and still be genuinely fond of us, although we do it all the time.
Years ago a friend of mine had a dream about a strange invention; a staircase you could descend deep underground, in which you heard recordings of all the things anyone had ever said about you, both good and bad. The catch was, you had to pass through all the worst things people had said before you could get to the highest compliments at the very bottom. There is no way I would ever make it more than two and a half steps down such a staircase, but I understand its terrible logic: if we want the rewards of being loved we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known.
Hey y’all! I made these totes today and they were all sold to my friends immediately. SO! I’ve set up a pre-order on my etsy for a near-future edition, so if you would like a fabulously aggressive bag to carry all your stuff or know someone who would (who doesn’t??) head on over to my shop and go grab you and your angry feminist bff one!
I’ve also got patches coming up, just need to get a nice picture!
let’s all be angry TOGETHER!
Archangels II: Herald of Incarnation (Gabriel)
Second of four (previously: Michael). Lots of Marian music, but also some grittier stuff, some melancholy polyphony and some pitiless gospel.
And the Lord said to Gabriel: “Proceed against the bastards and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy [the children of fornication and] the children of the Watchers from amongst men [and cause them to go forth]: send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in battle: for length of days shall they not have.” —1 Enoch 10:9
1. seraphic fire // vesper della beata vergine: magificat a 6 (claudio monteverdi) [trans. from latin: my soul proclaims the greatness of the lord] 2. eden // the angels’ prelude [inst.] 3. yeah yeah yeahs // skeletons [soon comes rain, dry your eyes, frost or flame] 4. m.i.a. // born free [i’ll throw this shit in your face when i see you cause i got something to say] 5. emily haines // expecting to fly [while i laughed i wondered whether i could wave goodbye] 6. sufjan stevens // concerning the ufo sighting near highland, illinois [history involved itself, mysterious shade that took its form, or what it was: incarnation] 7. sonia wieder-atherton & daria hovora // supplication (jewish life no. 2) [instr.] 8. choir of king’s college, cambridge // hodie beata virgo (palestrina) [trans. from latin: on this day the blessed virgin mary presented jesus in the temple] 9. death in vegas // 23 lies [gaze up, you’re so restless, on your way down so fast] 10. the new pornographers // all the old showstoppers [with her hand to guide you, you are nothing if not home] 11. monks of glenstal abbey with sinéad o’connor // the seven rejoices of mary [the first rejoice our lady got, it was a rejoice of one, it was a rejoice of her dear son when he was born and young] 12. mary margaret o’hara // he got better things for you [no doubt you’ve been converted, but that ain’t never been all] 13. jesse winchester // step by step [a trillion voices sing the name the mortals may not know, and heaven’s walls are too high to hear the trouble down below] 14. ursula shwartz // elohim yatza letyul asakim [trans. from hebrew: you’re not lucky, that’s the trouble…god’s away on business] 15. sinéad o’connor // hosanna filio david [trans. from latin: hosanna to the son of david] 16. the toronto bahá’í chorale // o god my god // [o god my god, o my beloved] 17. ennio morricone // ave maria guarani [trans. from latin: restore us to god who broke bread with us, holy mary, teach us to accept all things with humility] 18. noirin ni riain // caoineadh mhuire (mary’s keen) [trans. from irish: is that the wee babe I borne nine months in my womb? alas and woe to me!]
Belle Epoque opal and diamond choker necklace, circa 1900. With four rows of opals and three rows of pearl and diamond flowers, this antique choker has 80 carats of opals (78 stones), 232 rose cut diamonds (7 carats), and 96 pearls. Via Diamonds in the Library. Click through to original page for more images!
THIS IS CLEARLY THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON.
I have no idea where this is from. Would love to know.
"The jewel contains electric terminals so that, when connected to a battery concealed in the wearer’s pocket, the eyes roll and the jaws snap." (from the V&A description)
From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on time travel:
You are very depressed. You are suicidally depressed. You have a gun. But you do not quite have the courage to point the gun at yourself and kill yourself in this way. If only someone else would kill you, that would be a good thing. But you can’t really ask someone to kill you. That wouldn’t be fair. You decide that if you remain this depressed and you find a time machine, you will travel back in time to just about now, and kill your earlier self. That would be good. In that way you even would get rid of the depressing time you will spend between now and when you would get into that time machine. You start to muse about the coherence of this idea, when something amazing happens. Out of nowhere you suddenly see someone coming towards you with a gun pointed at you. In fact he looks very much like you, except that he is bleeding badly from his left eye, and can barely stand up straight. You are at peace. You look straight at him, calmly. He shoots. You feel a searing pain in your left eye. Your mind is in chaos, you stagger around and accidentally enter a strange looking cubicle. You drift off into unconsciousness. After a while, you can not tell how long, you drift back into consciousness and stagger out of the cubicle. You see someone in the distance looking at you calmly and fixedly. You realize that it is your younger self. He looks straight at you. You are in terrible pain. You have to end this, you have to kill him, really kill him once and for all. You shoot him, but your eyesight is so bad that your aim is off. You do not kill him, you merely damage his left eye. He staggers off. You fall to the ground in agony, and decide to study the paradoxes of time travel more seriously.
My chain hits my chest
when I’m banging on the dashboard
my chain hits my chest
when I’m banging on the radio
suki zuky I’m coming in the Cherokee
gasoline there’s steam on the window screen
take it take it wheels bouncing like a trampoline
when I get to where I’m going
gonna have you trembling
“Suki, suki” means “drive, drive” in Arabic. In the music video Saudi Arabian women are driving and aren’t supposed to, so MIA’s saying “suki, suki”. They’re bad girls.
Further, سوقي (suuqii) is in the imperative singular feminine, in a form I think is Saudi colloquial — more formal would be اسوقي. So, it has an additional subtlety of telling a female to drive.
Archangels I: Invincible Prince (Michael)
I’m doing four of these. Did you know Michael is also the patron saint of the city of Toronto? I always include Toronto bands anyway, but it’s a nice tie-in. Anyway, this is not a Supernatural mix, per se (it’s just a take on the original mythology), but SPN fans might enjoy it.
1. cadence to arms // dropkick murphys [instr.] • 2. grace, too // the tragically hip [armed with will and determination, and grace, too] • 3. demons // fatboy slim (feat. macy gray) [all of your demons will wither away, ecstasy comes and they cannot stay] • 4. come back clean // the crystal method (feat. emily haines) [who kicks open every door lately? he can’t stop, he can’t stop fighting] • 5. hell broke luce // tom waits [I had a good home but I left, right, left] • 6. the words that maketh murder // pj harvey [what if I take my problem to the united nations?] • 7. chase the devil // cocoon [lucifer son of the morning, I’m gonna chase you out of earth] • 8. beating heart // la sera [aim for the heart, it’s only beating] • 9. hurry for the sky // robyn hitchcock [knock yourself out yesterday, tomorrow will be fine] • 10. back off boogaloo // ringo starr [wake up, meathead, don’t pretend that you were dead] • 11. blood and fire // niney the observer [there is no more water to put out the fire, let it burn] • 12. soldier’s grin // wolf parade [and I rode higher than forces that can’t make the horses lay down] • 13. it ain’t the same old cold war, harry // grant-lee phillips [the sound of all that sabre-rattlin’ makes the blood run cold] • 14. i am the resurrection // the stone roses [I couldn’t ever bring myself to hate you as I’d like] • 15. hero // regina spektor [I’m the hero of this story, don’t need to be saved] • 16. gloria // u2 [gloria in te domino, gloria exultate] • 17. before you leave // thrush hermit [and we all die alone at war or on the phone] • 18. taps // tony dolvin [inst.]