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“I think it would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.” –Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

This philosophical novel, written in 1975 by American artist and Prince of Pop, Andy Warhol (1928-1987), is comprised of “quotable quotes” by the artist on subjects including but not limited to: love, beauty, fame, work, sex, time, death, economics, success, and art. 

One quote I find especially beautiful is:

“I can never get over when you’re on the beach how beautiful the sand looks and the water washes it away and straightens it up and the trees and the grass all look great. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

After a successful career in commercial illustrating, Warhol became a renowned, and sometimes controversial, artist. His works were created with a wide-ranging variety of mediums including: hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. Andy Warhol is best known as a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. His works are said to “explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising.” His most notable works include: Chelsea Girls, a 1966 film; Exploding Plastic Inevitable, a 1966 exhibit; and the Campbell’s Soup Cans, a 1962 painting.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again was not Warhol’s only literary work. He was also the founder of Interview Magazine and wrote a second novel, Popism: The Warhol Sixties

He was also the manager and producer of The Velvet Underground, a rock band that became a leading figure in the Punk Rock movement.

A true Renaissance man.

How ‘bout one more quirky quote from the book?

“When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don’t have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes—they’re not part of the good picture you want.”

Spoken like a true perfectionist. Solidarity, Warhol.

A signed copy of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again is housed in MU Special Collections and Rare Book Department.

-Olivia M.

anonymous asked:

I'm having a lot of trouble thinking of names for places in the novel I'm working on, and I obviously don't want to leave them with names like the desert and the capitol. Do you have any methods or tricks for naming places? Any help would be greatly appreciated

So, when I’m stuck, I usually go to name generators. For towns, if it’s just a normal town and I’m looking for some inspiration, I’ll play around with generators like this one to help come up with something I like. Names too - I look at lists of baby names. Based on the age of the character, I’ll pick from the top 100 baby names the year they were born (only if no name is coming to mind and I’m not looking for anything special anyways). I particularly like this website.  

If I’m trying to come up with a name with meaning for an important place - I’m a bit of a Classics geek - I turn to Latin and Greek roots and play around with what might make it sound more like the name of a city. For a capital, I might pick something that feels titanic or domineering, but it depends on what I’m going for. A lot of the time I don’t think too hard on it. I just make something up on the spot so that I can keep writing. I always will play around with the name while I’m procrastinating, but more often than not, the name I made up on the spot usually sticks - there’s usually a reason why it came to mind and the more I try to pick something new, the more I end up preferring the spur of the moment name. 

Seventh Sanctum is also a great resource. I can’t say I ever really use any of the names in the generators, but it usually prompts some kind of inspiration that with help me come up with a name on my own that I’ll use instead. For that reason, it’s pretty helpful. I hope this helps! Happy writing! 

Bisexual Queer: Don’t Want To Be Put Into a Boxed Label

Truth be told,

I don’t like to be put into some homo-queer box,

for I don’t like labels,

in fact, as shocking as it may,

I don’t want to call myself Bisexual,

but yet, I do…

although I’m a special kind of Bi,

the kind of Bi where I love women with a passion;

women makes me weak,

women is who I desire 99 and a ½% of the time,

while the other ½%

…is really a dot…

men…I don’t feel deepness for them…they’re cute,

but just because I had my share of dick in the past

…and it was good…

does not mean that my identity should be updated for the present.

Here’s my honest fear & the pressure that I feel:

I don’t wanted to be hated nor rejected by my own Bi community

for not wanting to be boxed into the Bi label,
nor be looked at as a hypocrite,

for I want to embrace a community

where I feel a sense of unity and acceptance,

but I’m feeling a sense of confliction…

don’t want to cause any confusion by calling myself Bi,

because if and/or when I date someone,

and give a full explanation of what I identify,

then I don’t want to feel that form of…


However, if the rejection occurs,

fuck them,

a bi-phobic being isn’t my type anyway.

Look, I’m not fearful of the Bi label,

although it sounds like I am…

and if I say that I don’t want to call myself Bi,

then I don’t want to be part of the problem

of an internalized “bi erasure” with myself,

but yet, I want to shamelessly embrace being me unapologetically

and say, “FUCK IT, I AM BI!”

I shouldn’t let this fear get in the way,

the fear of possibly having to defend myself for being me…

and let me clarify

that I’m NOT a Lesbian,

in fact, I don’t want to call myself a Lesbian,

nor a “Bisexual-Lesbian",

that ½% still counts for something…

I just don’t want to be put into a strict,

boxed in label of queer identities

that we have to wear like a badge of honor,
for I’m way more than my identity,
but yet, I want to continue honoring my loving,

beautiful Bi community,

hell, I want to honor being ME!

Honestly, as I think about it,

I SHOULD call myself Bi,

as a subliminal way of protest

and say FUCK YOU to the rest…

of the ignorant ass, bi-phobic bitches who wants to erase us & keep us oppressed.

I guess, I’m still working on fully coming out as Bisexual,

although once again,

I still don’t want to be put into a boxed label.

However, for the sake of me loving women,

with a drop of liking men…lightweight,

I should just comfortably call myself this:

Bisexual Queer

…and to me, it fits.  

Poetic Old Soul

September 21st, 2016


Derp Emblem: Gift Rapping 101

Based on a request from @sekretagentmans! It’s more of a spin on their original request, but I thought the “rap vs wrap” would be great for the holidays! We Mods have been a bit busy (again) between illness, dealing with finals, and even job searches, but we’re hoping to get back on a normal schedule now that most of it is done! All I want for the holidays is an actual consistent amount of time to do work and planning AND TO NOT GET SICK AGAIN. Hope we see more stuff coming soon c:

Also, that confidence spell with Olivia really is a thing.