Pencils, Pebbles, Stories and Stationary with @inklinks
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London writer and editor Lito Apostolakou (@inklinks) has a deep appreciation for the tools of her trade. A collector of Victorian embossed glass ink bottles, eclectic pencils and pens and vintage stationary, Lito who’s also a trained historian, says neglected writing supplies of olden days bear the signs of time and have their own hidden stories. “One can’t have too many pencils — or pencil pots for that matter,” she says. Lito combines some of these finds with stones she picks up wherever she goes and turns them into paperweights, or, as she calls them, “paperstones.” “Pebbles are layers of time, words are layers of meaning,” says Lito. “The fusion of natural and man-made materials, of soft and hard surfaces, lettering, pencils, paper and inks leads to the creation of a new object with a story. Paperstones are writing companions and inspiration aids.”
What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
I am currently investigating an ambiguous, constructed, and animated space that utilizes open, abstracted imagery in order to bypass or delay immediate recognition and access a state of suspended wonder. Central to this is the creation of painting as palimpsest through process, negation, and reinterpretation in the service of exploring the tension between the explicable and inexplicable, whether it be celestial, spiritual, the natural world, or other.
“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”
“Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be loved.”
“The world should be full of love. Love…Love is the most important thing in the world.”
On this day, August 29th, 1958, in Gary Indiana, Michael Joseph Jackson- the greatest artist and entertainer in history was born.His outstanding performances and groundbreaking music helped him reach a fan base of 2 billion people; win every music award that there is in music; break 16 world records and produce the biggest selling albums in history, with Thriller being number one. Jackson raise hundreds of millions for charity and used his fame and influence to help children in need all over the world. His contribution to Music,music videos,style and dancing is unparalleled, and he will be remembered as the greatest artist and entertainer of all time.
The Economist defends America's enslavement of Africans #1yrago [They apologized later]
When The Economist reviewed The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,
its anonymous reviewer condemned it, sticking up for America’s legacy
of slavery as a means of wealth creation, saying “Mr Baptist has not
written an objective history of slavery; almost all the blacks in his
book are victims, almost all the whites villains – this is not history;
it is advocacy.”
At the core of the reviewer’s complaint is that the book’s author,
Cornell history professor Edward Baptist, carefully and methodically
shows that the roots of American capitalism are in the kidnapping, rape,
murder and forced labor of Africans. But as this is unequivocally
irrefutable, the reviewer couldn’t fault it, so instead he took issue
with the fact that Baptist didn’t consider that because they were
treated as property, the slaves must have gotten a better deal (because
property rights solve all problems!): “Slave owners surely had a vested
interest in keeping their ‘hands’ ever fitter and stronger to pick more
cotton. Some of the rise in productivity could have come from better
In the reviewer’s eyes, slavery gives workers a better deal than
employment, because employees can be discarded but slaves – as property
– must be tended and mended. This is not only profoundly immoral, it’s
also profoundly ahistorical and wrong as a matter of fact. In early
America, land was plentiful and workers to work that land were scarce.
As a consequence – as is carefully documented by Piketty
with deep data-sets – workers were able to command much higher
salaries, and it was only through slavery – forced labor – that the
capital owners were able to build their wildly profitable empires. In
other words, this review in The Economist denies the law of supply and demand.
After a barrage of public complaint, The Economist disclaimed the review, but not before a viral hashtag was born: #Economistbookreviews, which features capsule reviews of famous texts on slavery in the style of The Economist, like “Mr. Douglass never considers how much teaching slaves to read impacts plantation productivity” ( @suppressthis
referring to Frederick Douglass’s “Life”) and “"At no point does the
Diary of Anne Frank mention the daily tribulations of ordinary
hardworking Wehrmacht.” (from @oceanclub).
Understanding why The Economist did something so fucking dunderheaded is a challenge. One theory from historian Will Mackintosh seems plausible:
Here’s my theory: as a magazine, The Economist is perhaps the most
articulate, erudite defender of the neoliberal capitalist order. They
are too smart to waste their time as Laffer curve snake-oil salesmen or
crude economic nationalist (cough cough, Wall Street Journal, cough
cough), but nevertheless, the main commitment of their reporting and
their commentary is to defend late modern global capitalism as an
economic and moral good. Think Davos, not the Tea Party. And that’s why
they don’t like Baptist’s book: it demonstrates unequivocally that
modern capitalism was born in blood. Let me say that again: whatever
else you might say about capitalism, it took on its characteristic
modern forms of capital accumulation and labor “management” in the
context of American slavery. For a group of journalists with a deep,
almost unarticulated commitment to modern capitalism’s fundamental
benevolence, this is an uncomfortable truth indeed.
Hence the critical review, and the particular nature of The Economist‘s
criticisms. The book has to be wrong, because if it isn’t, then
capitalism isn’t an inherently moral economic system. And it has to be
wrong specifically in its description of how capitalism exploits labor.
The review has to hold out hope that slavery provided incentives for
slaveowners to treat their slaves better, that “the rise in productivity
could have come from better treatment,” because otherwise, the book
gets uncomfortably to the reality that modern capitalism gets its
increases in productivity at the expense of its workers, too. That last
point is pretty obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention since 2008
(well, and since the 1970s), but it’s one that The Economist’s
ideological commitments can’t allow it to confront. And that’s why we
got such an ugly and weird review of Baptist’s book … and why they
withdrew it, with such apparent bewilderment.
Trying on one of @karolinalaskowskalingerie’s inimitably imaginative creations. I just can’t even talk coherently about this piece right now. My heart started to ache when I took it off. How can I ever go back to wearing regular clothes again? #ococ15 (at Oxford, England UK)
“There is a violence and destruction inherent in
becoming: the violence of an outside which destroys
the self as it was and spurs it into new directions.
This is a form of creation which leaves a trail of
destruction in its wake.”
A brief but wide-reaching meditation on the difference between passive and active nihilism, and the reciprocity of destruction and creation in the practice of revolt. This piece is an excerpt from a longer writing project reflecting on experiences of pitched antagonism, defeat and subsequent disillusionment in Berlin’s radical housing struggles.
We hope to feature more exerpts from Lucrezia’s work down the road.