"Yet, take away the badges worn by the dozen officers who clubbed us, and the backing of the justice system well versed in controlling Black bodies, and we have all the elements of a hate crime."
This book gets stronger as it pushes up against today, but it's mostly about systems in our heads, not cops.
After 3.5 years I have cracked another phone screen. The cost to have someone else repair it is a #pinephone , the cost of doing it myself is no doubt greener than a new phone, but involves purchasing a number of effectively single-use tools. Bleh. For now, keep using it til I get a cut.
Re-reading my notes on "The Great Derangement" by Amitav Ghosh, it opens with discussion of fiction and probability, that the modern novel is fixated on "believability" and therefore modern mundane gradualism over the mythic. This has to work extra hard to conceal the exceptional unlikely moments that drive narrative, and that we need for meaning (and survival after global carbon consumption economy).
First ripe tomato of the year tonight, a yellow cherry, that unbeatable fresh in season flavor even in the little wedge cut to share with the family. It's going to be a good summer. #gardening
Anyone want to credit the artist of this painting, acquired from them at an upstairs informal anarchist-adjacent art show at a bar on South St in Philly a decade ago, chime in!
Everyone else, enjoy the fruits of my spring cleaning. Uncertain which room this is destined to hang in now. #mastoart
Transplanted a bunch of wild grasses (and probably sedges, I'm no botanist) in the yard today from unmowed areas to cultivated areas, after buying a pretty native Eastern Blue-Eyed Grass (really a tiny iris) from a nearby nursery and then finding two varieties endemic blooming in our yard. Concentrate the things I like before ultimately mowing the rest, but I'll keep a few patches this year to see if there are surprise warm bloomers in there too. #gardening #indigenousplants
and you never even
opened the door
to take a seat in
the room where
it happened -
I know, for I too,
stood in the hallway,
still and silent,
listening to crimes
through the doorway
of the place
where I often sat
next to you, and you,
right next to me
inspired by 'It Was In The Boardroom' by Tyler Pennock
Sometimes you just need to be calmly reminded of what you keep hearing and finding ways to deflect: this pandemic is going to go on for years.
(Hour long podcast with 3 guests, no transcript. The statnews link in the related reading is a reasonable substitute. All of these take a fairly level optimistic view, not focused on negative behavior or scary what-ifs. Normal will be new.)
Growing up in the foothills,
shoveling sure to find rocks,
a free wall at cost.
Now down in the swamp,
not a stone to be found,
name a price.
I scavenge old bricks. #smallpoems
Idk why KPFA's Making Contact doesn't do show summaries, but this episode last month was one of their excellent cuts from a documentary, in this case Mirrors Of Privilege on white folk waking up to needing to fix our own house, well worth a listen https://kpfa.org/episode/making-contact-february-7th-2021/
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