12 9 / 2014

"It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘Try to be a little kinder.’"

Aldous Huxley

03 9 / 2014

Anonymous said: why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance




you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.

In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.


28 8 / 2014


Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue ~ Piet Mondrian


Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue ~ Piet Mondrian

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27 8 / 2014

26 8 / 2014


"THAT’S the line for ice cream sandwiches?" 

We stared down the intrepid row of Saturday night feeders wrapped outside the building. Really? Could this many people in Los Angeles digest dairy? It didn’t seem likely or possible, but here we stood at the tail of a snake that only ate ice cream. I’ll always find sacred awe in the cooperation and patience of Los Angeles foodies. A line like this thick could start a mutiny other places, but just WATCH the reverence at In&Out around 2PM, it’s spectacular. Everyone behaves for good food. 

We watched “A Hard Day’s Night” at the New Bev, one of my favorite movies at one of my favorite theaters. It was a beautiful 50th anniversary cut; I heard a swine fever joke I never caught before. Watching it with an audience surely satisfied some deep psychological need; I had a ball. Ani and Nick joined Sean and I. You could hear our row get excited as Nick’s grandma came on the screen and uttered those delicious words: “Are you a mod or a rocker?” Yes, that’s NICK’S GRANDMA. Those criminally iconic words. 

We took our post-movie chat to Milk, and ordered #13. the Thai Tea Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches. This is our 3rd venture off the 28 Droolworthy Junk Food Treats from LA list, and proved to be a drippy success. I ordered the Rocky Road ice cream sandwich, and I’ll be honest: macarons < cookies. Is this the JUNK FOOD list, or the “impress your in-laws” list? I don’t know. I ate my sandwich with a spoon, so don’t listen to anything I say.

After all had melted, Nick invited us to a rack of ribs sitting in a suitcase in the back of his car. I questioned all night what he meant by “there’s a rack of ribs in my trunk,” but he was quite serious. The wicker suitcase opened up to a midnight picnic, and we stood on Beverly Boulevard getting dry-rub BBQ in/around our faces while Wynonie Harris played in the background. This was surely The Good Life, at its most ideal.

Well when you put it like that, I suppose it’s all pretty whimsical.

25 8 / 2014

"What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude."

Brené Brown (via quotes-shape-us)

21 8 / 2014

17 8 / 2014

"Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking."

Audre Lorde (via quotes-shape-us)

13 8 / 2014

"Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed."

Alice Walker, Living by the Word (via quotes-shape-us)


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12 8 / 2014


Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing, a remake of this post. Source.

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11 8 / 2014

This is a tough one. Growing up, I really loved Robin Wiliams. I loved Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire like everyone else in my generation, but I was also the kid that loved watching grown up movies. I remember watching Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting and being blown away that this was the same guy who played the Genie. I distinctly remember a switch in my brain going, “Oh, you can do both.” You can do funny things and serious things and maybe it’s all one thing.

As an adult, I became obsessed with improv and I heard legend of him dropping in on a Shitty Jobs show at UCB, about a week before I started going every week, and I always hoped he would drop in again. That was a weird, small little fantasy of mine that will never come to pass.

I wanted to post something I loved from Robin Williams and I thought of this. It’s a video from Set List, where stand-ups improvise a set on the spot based on words that pop up onscreen. Robin Williams dropped in and they got it on film. This is from last year. I love this.

11 8 / 2014

This 21-day meditation thing is pretty amazing. It’s free. It starts today. 

08 8 / 2014



(Source: relationshipquote, via improvscapades)

08 8 / 2014

Without self-knowledge, experience breeds illusion; with self-knowledge, experience, which is the response to challenge, does not a leave a cumulative residue as memory. Self-knowledge is the discovery from moment to moment of the ways of the self, its intentions and pursuit, its thoughts and appetites. There can never be “your experience”; the very term “my experience” indicates ignorance and the acceptance of illusion.
*head explodes*
I’ve been reading Jiddu Krishnamurti’s Book of Life. Russell Brand had mentioned him as someone he reads, and I always try to take the recommendations of people I admire. It’s terribly interesting. It’s meant to be read daily; each passage takes maybe 30 seconds to read. I’ve posted many entries here. The first passages are about listening, and what it means to truly open up and listen to the world, to others, to yourself. Ironically, the next several passages regard authority, specifically the rejection of authority, the authority of leaders, gurus, knowledge, experience. Authority, Jiddu writes, is a kind of illusion and illusion is a barrier to truth. Truth comes from within; any claim to authority, Jiddu feels, is a kind of exertion of power and power is a corrupting and controlling element. We must listen and allow truth to manifest from within us.
The section I’m on now, which is about 23 days into it and excerpted above, is about what it means to know yourself. It’s completely fascinating. I’m not sure I agree with everything he writes, but I’m trying to let go of judgment, let go of agreeing or disagreeing, let go of opinion, and simply listen, which I believe is the point. We listen, we do not allow for the illusion of the authority, and somehow, somewhere inside of us, we know the truth.
Or something, I’ve only read 7% of the book according to this hot #oyster app I use to read #books.

07 8 / 2014



fun fact the girl who sent this letter to courtney actually formed a band and talked about it on a 1991 bikini kill zine

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