“My mom used to say that if someone woke her up in the middle of the night and asked how old she was, she’d answer 27. Hearing her, I’d think: That’s ridiculous; your job as my mom is to be old. Now, in my mid-40s, I find that I identify with people even younger than that — teenagers! If I had to pick one age, it would probably be 17: that period of looking like an adult but not quite being one, of pretending to be “yourself” (whoever that is) and praying that people will believe you; of having wild hopes about what kind of life you might have but also fearing you’ll never make it out of the house — all of that still feels so immediate. Sometimes I’ll watch teenagers and find myself not quite believing I’m older than they are — even wondering, delusionally, if they can see any difference between us.”—cool quote, bro: Jennifer Egan (via) (also, FUCK)
Speaking of gateway drugs to revolutions. I think everyone should give knitting a try. Or any other affordable Do-It-Yourself project that sounds like it might be fun. I was pretty anxious and isolated when I started knitting. I grabbed a 99 cent ball of yarn, a…
My wife knits. It cracks me up to look at the economies of it and how poorly DIY really does - she will spend $200 in yarn (just the balls!) to make a sweater by hand that costs half that in a store. That says nothing about hours and hours of effort.
Actually, economic specialization is a good thing! Making machines to take repetitive tasks like knitting a sweater is, on balance, great for humankind. But the question increasingly becomes a question of ownership - how do we appropriately pay 12 people when 6 of them push buttons on a machine, 5 of them service it, and one of them took a capital risk to put the machine there in the first place?
Economic specialization is not the enemy. The issue is capital concentration.
It’s true. Knitting can be a ridiculously expensive hobby, and if you’re trying to save money, smaller projects make way more sense for time and materials. I’ve made yarn from used t-shirts and dresses, recycled old, torn or ugly second-hand sweaters or bought yarn remainders or buy things out of season. There’s lots of ways to make it worth your while. I also can knit while I read, talk on the phone, watch TV, wait in line or sit on the bus, so it’s a good way to use that time to also produce something useful. I don’t think handknits will save the economy, but as an activity, it’s made a big difference to me and makes me feel a little more capable and independent in a world that often tries to make us feel the opposite.
Onion AV Club muses on iPhone 4Siri’s relation to lazy TV watching. (apparently Jobs had a “Eureka” moment with deveolpment of Siri, feeling he cracked the code… of life itself. which is funny cause we have to seriously consider it)
* The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral. * We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed. * Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by. * Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt. * Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.
“I look at some other videos. i’m not naming names, because I don’t want that to be mentioned. There is the thing with sexuality. I’m naked for 13 seconds, and these people are naked the whole time and gyrating and saying come “lick on my lollipop,” and “suck on my cinnamon roll,” and, you know, suggesting sex. People are uncomfortable with sexuality that’s not for male consumption. could be ‘cause I did it in public too. Do you think people would have been complaining if I had on high-heel shoes?”—Erykah Badu (via) (been trying to imagine Beyoncé doing something like the Window Seat video)
very cool to see N+1 magazine making a special Occupy Wall Street issue/print run. I think N+1 hits their spot when they can channel the politics and intellectual rigor of their space/site/magazine into activism. When nothing’s going on, it can feel indulgent. But deconstructing the whole Occupy Wall Street moment, which is local and in in their ideological wheelhouse, sounds perfect. wishing them luck and looking forward to reading.