Today in one shot.
If you’re going to give up on something because it doesn’t come out right the first time, you were never going to get it anyway.
How can we possibly not get your story? We clean your hallways and scrub your toilets. We cook and serve your food. We change your grimy sheets. We wash your clothes. We draw your blood. We record your vitals. We fix your hard drives and your cloud storage. We stock your shelves. At the call centers we see your credit card statements and put you on mute as you curse us out. We speak our language and we often know the rules of yours better than you do. We are deft enough, witty enough, and agile enough to navigate two worlds at once.
What you fail to see is that we understand things about whiteness and America that you don’t. We know that it makes you uncomfortable to look squarely at bigotry and what it means and when we point you toward the reality of your whiteness, you are often terrified. You turn that terror into rage. And your rage has no questions (only authority and certainty). A writer without questions is the tool of a tyrant. It’s your certainty of history that makes you sad.
excerpt, Patrick Rosal, via Karissa Chen
I just received this message from a former classmate. In the early 2000s, I attended a very conservative Catholic all-girls’ high school. When I once tried to stop students from saying “That’s so gay,” a religion teacher stopped my social justice speech and ushered me out of her class.
Here’s what one classmate had to say to me fifteen years later:
That’s What She Said - A queer, Asian-American web series following the lives of 5 friends in Los Angeles. Created out of a desire to see positive Asian representations in the media, as well as to give voice to the often untold stories of queer Asian women, the series chronicles the lives of five fictional characters – Leslie, Rae, Shin, Baby, and Nic – within the queer sphere of the greater Los Angeles area.
I’d watch that. fetafete?
One day you meet someone and for some inexplicable reason, you feel more connected to this stranger than anyone else—closer to them than your closest family. Perhaps this person is to teach you an important lesson or to keep you safe during a perilous time. What you must do is trust in them—even if they come hand in hand with pain or suffering—the reason for their presence will become clear in due time.
Oh I love this little gif. One day I shall have a creature of my own to intrude in so loving a way.
UPDATE, 12/1/13: I have one now!!! Her name is Basil, and she only wants to cuddle and play and kill bugs for me. Her eyes, coincidentally, also match my glasses frames.
Select the right words and put them in the right order and you can run a cable into the hearts of strangers. Strangers in China, strangers not yet born.
If you are doing something that you are entirely comfortable with, that is probably because you have done it before. Or somebody else has done it before. So there is actually little point in doing it again. Always take on incredibly difficult and hard projects that will probably be the ruin of you.
For grief is the black hole that is left in our lives when we lose someone irreplaceable—a child, a parent, a lover. It is the negative image that, in its blackness, sometimes reveals love with a greater clarity than its positive counterpart.