smith & read

In calling me deceptive, Varner invoked one of the most odious stereotypes of transgender people, a stereotype that is often used as an excuse for violence and even murder. In proclaiming “Zeke is not the guy you think he is” and that “there is deception on levels y’all don’t understand,” Varner is saying that I’m not really a man and that simply living as my authentic self is a nefarious trick. In reality, by being Zeke the dude, I am being my most honest self — as is every other transgender person going about their daily lives.
—  Zeke Smith wrote a guest piece for the Hollywood Reporter about being outed as transgender on Survivor, and it is too good for one quote to do it justice. Read the whole thing here.

yuri is selfish. it’s how he’s been able to get this far, by putting himself first when no one else would. so when he can no longer take the heavy ache in his chest, the dull and constant need for more than gentle touches and soft reassurances, yuri cuts otabek out. 

skype requests get rejected, text messages ignored, & it takes all of yuri’s willpower not to let otabek’s warm voice filter into the quietness of his room after the fourteenth missed call that night. yuri needs to let go, needs to purge from his body the longing that he knows goes unanswered. 

and then, it all stops. yuri notes with bitterness that this is the part that hurts the most. the part where they become strangers again, where otabek walks past him at worlds without sparing a second glance, the part where yuri realizes that despite everything he is still stupidly in love with someone he cannot have. 


Have you seen Lemonade? Did you cry (sob)? Have you been thirsty ever since? Here’s our Lemonade-inspired (in no way extensive) reading list. We love these brave, strong, smart, ever-inspiring queens. 

Warsan Shire’s Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth forthcoming.

Women’s History Month is an opportunity to step back and reflect on the patient fortitude of women whose once-relegated role as ‘observers’ has bred generations of brilliant storytellers. Over at Signature, Nathan Gelgud illustrates the influence of twelve indomitable female authors, their books, and the literary links between them.

kartox8-fel-tovarish  asked:

I'm still relatively new here. What readings would you recommend?

Capital by Karl Marx
Capital in Manga by Variety Artworks
Capital Illustrated by David Smith
Reform or Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg
Workers’ Councils by Anton Pannekoek
Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton
Ours to Master and to Own by Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini
Subterranean Fire by Sharon Smith
Four Futures by Peter Frase
Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici
Red Rosa by Kate Evans
Democracy at Work by Richard Wolff
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn 
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
Socialism…Seriously by Danny Katch
The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin
Parecon by Michael Albert
Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey

These have probably informed my own ideas the most, so I highly recommend them. I apologize for not being able to provide links to these at the moment. Capital is free online, as are Reform or Revolution, Workers’ Councils, and A People’s History. Hope this can be a helpful reading list for you!


Books + color palette V | Parts I, II, III, IV |

I think of reading like a balanced diet; if your sentences are baggy, too baroque, cut back on fatty Foster Wallace, say, and pick up Kafka, as roughage. If your aesthetic has become so refined it is stopping you from placing a single black mark on white paper, stop worrying so much about what Nabakov would say; pick up Dostoevsky, patron saint of substance over style.
—  Zadie Smith, “That Crafty Feeling,” Changing my Mind: Occasional Essays

Back to the good ‘ol boys and bonding times with ‘em :D