Victims of police brutality… Art by Ashley A. Woods.

This is my submission for the APB - Artists Against Police Brutality book - with John Jennings and Bill Campbell. Please take the time to read about the victims in the subsequent posts.


Victims of police brutality… Art by Ashley A. Woods.
This is my submission for the APB - Artists Against Police Brutality book - with John Jennings and Bill Campbell. 

The book will be available this fall. More details to come.


RIP Taylor Mead, lower Manhattan’s “last resident, the final holdout,” as described by writer Craig Hubert.

A scene from Jim Jarmusch’s film Coffee and Cigarettes with Mead and Bill Rice.

Read This Week

About every week (been less frequent with these lately; busy) I share recently read articles, essays, journal articles and/or papers that I find important or interesting and think you may be interested in based on you reading Gradient Lair. 93rd Read This Week

Ouroboros Outtakes: The Circle Was Never Unbroken by @Blackamazon on Model View Culture is exquisite. A perfect look over 2014 in the age of social media, contextualizing online harassment, political movements and Black influence/Black emotional and intellectual labor. Beautifully written. A must read. (I LOVE her writing so much.)

For Tamir, Who Was Stolen by @slb79 on her own blog is beautiful as per usual with her writing. It is about Tamir Rice, the 12 year old Black boy extrajudicially executed by police and aged up to age 20 (common anti-Black stance is to deny Black childhood). His family has been degraded by media in the usual post-mortem media violence. I appreciate her passion and pain in this essay—felt it, of course.  

In Times Like These (Ferguson) by @ericabrazelton on The Negress is a powerful and vulnerable read. “In times like these I never feel more like a black woman, either. Never more ostracized from an anti-racist narrative that continues to be cis, heterosexual, and male centered. The sons and fathers and husbands who are inexplicably bound in our racialized struggles yet push us to the margins of visibility. The black men who still subject us to acts of violence, even as we stand on the front lines for their victimhood.”

Why Are Some Black Men Dismissing Black Women’s Criticism of Bill Cosby? by @Russian_Starr on The Root is important. I’m fucking disgusted with how the same Black men who expect Black women to dedicate our lives to activism on their behalf (not our own), and ignore street harassment, and be silent about domestic violence do all of the same gaslighting and denial about Cosby. Here he addresses the problems and the violence of this. The subtitle? "Given that 90 percent of all sexual assaults are intraracial, one has to wonder if the men defending Cosby are protecting him—or themselves." 

The Parable of the Unjust Judge or: Fear of a Nigger Nation by @theshrillest on The Toast is a remarkable read. Though I am not a theist, the metaphor that he uses here to describe oppression and State violence against Black people is compelling. He mentions "we live in under a state that is at best, indifferent to our problems, and at worst, actively seeking to destroy us." We really do. 

Stay tuned for the next Read This Week. 

John Szarkowski, Mirrors & windows - American photography since 1960

Published 1978 by the Museum of Modern Art

l: Walter Chappell, Number 10, 1958 ; r: Art Sinsabaugh, Chicago Landscape #299, 1966

Walter Chappell, Untitled, 1959

l: Dave Heath, Arnie and Sheila in 7 Arts Coffee Gallery, New York, 1959 ; Max Waldman, Untitled (Marat / Sade), 1966

l: Jerome Liebling, Slaughter house, 1960-61 ; r: Danny Lyon, Ellis Prison, Texas, 1968

Robert Heinecken, Refractive hexagon, 1965

l: Lucas Samaras, Photo-transformation #6469, 1976 ; r: Leland Rice, Wall site #34, 1977

l: Bill Arnold, Untitled, c. 1970 ; r: Mark Cohen, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1975

Joseph Dankowski, Manholes (from an album of 27 photographs), 1969-71

Richard Misrach, Stone #4 (Stonehenge #1), 1976

l: Garry Winogrand, Untitled, 1957 ; r: Garry Winogrand, Los Angeles, 1964

Joel Meyerowitz, Christmas, Kennedy Airport, 1967

l: Diane Arbus, A young man in curlers at home on West 20th street, New York city, 1966 ; r: Diane Arbus, Untitled, 1970-71

Diane Arbus, A child crying, New Jersey, 1967

Bill Zulpo-Dane, Four postcards, 1973-76

Chauncey Hare, Escalon Hotel before demolishment, San Joaquin valley, California, 1968

William Eggleston, Memphis, 1971 ; Stephen Shore, Meeting street, Charleston, South Carolina, 1975

Nicholas Nixon, Heather Brown McCann, Mimi Brown, Bebe Brown Nixon, and Laurie Brown, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1975


Champagne (by Hehenrik)

RIP Taylor Mead. This scene from the movie Coffee and Cigarettes has always been a favorite.

Society, basically:

Woman: “I was raped.”

"What? Are you sure? Maybe you were just drunk? These are serious allegations. We have to go over every bit of your story and make sure there are no inconsistencies. Also, we’ll dig into your past. Harsh? Maybe. But we need the TRUTH~!

Cop: “I shot to death this unarmed black guy in dubious circumstances.”

"Eh, don’t worry about it. We trust you."


jim jarmush - coffee and cigarettes, last scene, with bill rice and taylor mead