taylor swift is like that aunt that tries to be “hip” with the young’ns and “with the times” and then asks you what does bae stand for and after you tell her she starts calling everything bae even the lamp next to the couch
HEY YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAMP NEXT TO MY COUCH AND I WILL HAVE YOU KNOW THAT IT IS, IN FACT, VERY MUCH BAE.
what exactly informs the geography that runs throughout your songs? are they places you've been?
They are now, but when I started writing them, it was two things: one, I was poking fun of friends who thought they were going to solve all their problems by moving someplace cooler. Tiresome universal refrain, I think, how somebody’s gonna move to wherever and there won’t be any uncool people there. But then as I wrote, I discovered that imagining places I hadn’t been was a really inspiring way to start writing: imaginary terrain is incredible, because it combines the known (stuff you can verify from books or the internet or from friends) with what’s essentially projection (your own ideas that you bring to the imagined place in your mine: the stuff that essentially reflects you without telegraphing that that’s what’s going on). There was also this, really important to me back when I was first doing geographic-locations stuff.
But now it’s mainly places I’ve been - when I want to write about someplace I haven’t been now, I think about other planets, or the grave, or inside the atom, that’s where my head’s at with this stuff lately
Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school September 2, 2014
While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.
“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”
So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”
As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves.
This is a really interesting one. Lyn sent me the photo after their road-trip to the remote and tiny country town of Mullewa. While they were wandering around photographing the wildflowers, they spotted this huge moth on a tree trunk.