My brother saved this document and everytime he gets angry at our neighbours for being loud he prints it to their wireless printer and you can hear the wife shout “Why the fuck would you print this AGAIN?!” to her son.
"It seems to me that on one page I recognized a portion of an old diary of mine which mysteriously disappeared shortly after my marriage, and, also, scraps of letters which, though considerably edited, sound to me vaguely familiar. In fact, Mr. Fitzgerald (I believe that is how he spells his name) seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home."
—Zelda Fitzgerald, in a review of her husband’s book in 1922 (via trishahaddad)
Reminder that F. Scott Fitzgerald stole his wife’s writing, many times, while suppressing her works. See “Save Me the Waltz”, which he forced her to revise so that he could use parts of it in his own book “Tender Is the Night”. And which author do we study in school?
I didn’t know this.
He also encouraged her to have affairs so he could use that for inspiration, and when she wanted to leave him for a man she fell in love with, he locked her in their house and wouldn’t let her leave.
When she wanted to publish “Save me the Waltz,” Fitzgerald wrote in his diary about DELIBERATELY trying to TRIGGER her schizophrenic episodes and making her incapable of fighting that battle.
And Fitzgerald scholars KNOW all this. They write articles about how it was all okay because in the end, it inspired Fitzgerald to write Great Literature.
knife his corpse
that sounds about right
He was a shitty author, tho…
(Source: trishahaddad.com, via cantbereallife)
Dear obese PhD Candidates →
As I was doing my usual perusing on Tumblr, I came across this horrific Tweet.
While this tweet is not directed at one particular sex or gender, I found the screen cap of this on a body image blog, which is geared towards women. While I am a survivor of anorexia nervosa, and therefore might be more invested in body image issues such as these, it is quite obvious to the average person (hopefully) that body shaming is more often than not directed towards women.
Besides the normal issues that came to my mind, most notably fat shaming and thin privilege, it reminded me of the discussion we had in section about the body as being a visual reminder of self-control. For example, a student shared a story about a friend who would only marry a skinny woman as it showed she’d be able to manage a household well; she’d be able to control her desires in order to sacrifice for her family. Apparently here, this man thinks carbs automatically makes you obese. Taking it even further, he argues that those furthering their education are essentially a waste of time. How can someone manage balance their PhD workload and personal life, if they can’t even manage their weight? This ties back to the fat as abjection. This man seems to look at fat as something that should be cringed at. Yet, there is no connection between weight, control in other aspects of life, and intelligence. Additionally, who says every obese person is shoving his or her face with carbs?
Barbara Creed’s article discusses bodily functions and food in terms of abjection, through an analysis and discussion of Kristeva’s theory. We can, therefore, apply this theory to a short analysis of the linked twee in terms of the body, its fat, and the carbs themselves. The body and its fat becomes an abjection, something that makes people uncomfortable and determined to eliminate as much of it as possible due to the idea that fat rolls are ‘gross.’ How many of us have seen the images that show 5 pounds of fat outside of the body in order to gross us out and ‘motivate’ us to lose it? As a result, it must be ‘radically excluded.’ Radical exclusion of such can be done through starvation, dietary restrictions such as a decrease in carbs in relation to the tweet, and extreme exercise, as it ‘threatens life.’ How many of us have seen memes with ‘motivational’ phrases on them that directly reference sacrifice and control for a ‘healthy’ body? As the tweet suggests, the obese have seemingly not radically excluded their fat through control. And, as she points out in her discussion of exclusion and tolerance, their obese bodies provide evidence as to what is dangerous and represent a threat to what is deemed ‘whole and proper.’
‘One Million Bones’ Massive art installation in Washington, D.C., calls attention to genocide
- Rochelle Campbell places bones, crafted by students, artists and activists, in place on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on June 8, during a massive installation called One Million Bones. The installation is meant to symbolize a mass grave and is a visible petition for bold action toward an end to genocide and mass atrocities. Picture: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP
- Volunteers fan out to display bones and skulls made out of paper and plaster as part of the One Million Bones art installation, led by artist Naomi Natale. The project mobilized artists and students around the world to create the bones in order to bring attention to genocide and mass atrocities. Picture: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Maia Flore (b.1988, France)
The work of French artist Maia Flore is inspired by what she perceives as the boundaries between reality and unreality. One way to challenge the mundane everyday is to reveal surprises within it, says Flore. Her subjects are young women being levitated by objects. Flore wishes to emphasize the attraction the girls feel towards their new, boundless surrounding, and the lightness of the reality they are entering into. Their contorted movements is meant to articulate a contrast between physical limitation and the limitlessness of imagination.
[more Maia Flore | artist found at darksilenceinsuburbia]