April 24, 2013
Porn Studies CFP

Porn Studies is the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts. Porn Studies will publish innovative work examining specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts.

Porn Studies is an interdisciplinary journal informed by critical sexuality studies and work exploring the intersection of sexuality, gender, race, class, age and ability. It focuses on developing knowledge of pornographies past and present, in all their variations and around the world. Because pornography studies are still in their infancy we are also interested in discussions that focus on theoretical approaches, methodology and research ethics. Alongside articles, the journal includes a forum devoted to shorter observations, developments, debates or issues in porn studies, designed to encourage exchange and debate.

 

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rprn20

October 6, 2012
Louis CK selling audio standup set by Tig Notaro after she learned she has cancer

Greetings to the people and parts of people that are reading this.   Hi.  This is Louis.   I’m a comedian and you bought a thing from me. Well, I’m writing to tell You that there is a new thing you can buy on my website louisck.com.   It’s an audio standup set by not me but another comedian named Tig Notaro.  Why am I selling someone else’s comedy on my website?

Well,   Tig is a friend of mine and she is very funny.  I love her voice on stage.   One night I was performing at a club in LA called Largo.  Tig was there.   She was about to go on stage.   I hadn’t seen Tig in about a year and I said how are you?   She replied “well I found out today that I have cancer in both breasts and that it has likely spread to my lymph nodes.  My doctor says it looks real bad. “. She wasn’t kidding.   I said “uh.  Jesus.   Tig.    Well.   Do you… Have your family… Helping?”.   She said “well my mom was with me but a few weeks ago she fell down, hit her head and she died”.   She still wasn’t kidding.

Now, I’m pretty stupid to begin with, and I sure didn’t know what to say now.  I opened my mouth and this came out.   “jeez, Tig.   I.   Really value you.  Highly.”.  She said “I value you highly too, Louie.”.  Then she held up a wad of note-paper in her hand and said “I’m gonna talk about all of it on stage now.  It’s probably going to be a mess”.  I said “wow”.  And with that, she went on stage.

I stood in the wings behind a leg of curtain, about 8 feet from her, and watched her tell a stunned audience “hi.  I have cancer.  Just found out today.  I’m going to die soon”.   What followed was one of the greatest standup performances I ever saw.   I can’t really describe it but I was crying and laughing and listening like never in my life.  Here was this small woman standing alone against death and simply reporting where her mind had been and what had happened and employing her gorgeously acute standup voice to her own death.

The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be.  A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them.   Tig took us to a scary place and made us laugh there.  Not by distracting us from the terror but by looking right at it and just turning to us and saying “wow. Right?”.   She proved that everything is funny.  And has to be.  And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example.  So generous.

After her set, I asked Mark Flanagan, the owner of Largo (great club, by the way) if he recorded the set.  Largo is set up for excellent recordings.  He said that he did.

A few days later, I wrote Tig and asked her if I could release this set on my site.  I wanted people to hear what I saw.  What we all saw that night.  She agreed.  The show is on sale for the same 5 dollars I charge for my stuff.  I’m only keeping 1.  She gets the other 4.   Tig has decided to give some of that to cancer research.

Tig, by the way, has since undergone a double mastectomy.  She is doing well.  Her doctors say her chances of survival are excellent.  So she went there and came back.  Her report from the frontlines of life and death are here for you to… Enjoy.

Please go to my site louisck.com and buy her show.  You can buy it here:

http://buy.louisck.net/purchase/tig-notaro-live

Thank you.  Have a terrific afternoon.

Louis C.K.

September 1, 2012
Anarchivic

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let
her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must
come; make her laugh at that. Prithee, Horatio, tell
me one thing.

found via “archival desire” and presented without comment.

August 27, 2012
A report from the National Hobo ConventionAUG 21 2012
One of the best things that Buzzfeed does is to send Matt Stopera to cultural events around the country to report back about what he found. He recently went to the National Hobo Convention in Britt, IA and his photo essay on the 61 Things [He] Learned At The National Hobo Convention is genuine and interesting.
There is A LOT of hobo pride. Hoboes, former hoboes, tramps, and hoboes-at-heart all strive to spread the culture and history of the hobo. It’s what the National Hobo Convention is all about. It was weird going up to people and asking them about being a “hobo.” Non-hoboes have been raised to think the word hobo is a derogatory/negative word but it’s not.

If you can’t read that, it says:
We are in accord with the following:1. You are the way you are, and, it’s OK for you to be that way. 2. May my love for you always be greater than my need for you.3. May I always do what’s right even if it’s not what I want.4. To help you be a success in your way.

[via kottke.org]

A report from the National Hobo ConventionAUG 21 2012

One of the best things that Buzzfeed does is to send Matt Stopera to cultural events around the country to report back about what he found. He recently went to the National Hobo Convention in Britt, IA and his photo essay on the 61 Things [He] Learned At The National Hobo Convention is genuine and interesting.

There is A LOT of hobo pride. Hoboes, former hoboes, tramps, and hoboes-at-heart all strive to spread the culture and history of the hobo. It’s what the National Hobo Convention is all about. It was weird going up to people and asking them about being a “hobo.” Non-hoboes have been raised to think the word hobo is a derogatory/negative word but it’s not.

If you can’t read that, it says:

We are in accord with the following:
1. You are the way you are, and, it’s OK for you to be that way. 
2. May my love for you always be greater than my need for you.
3. May I always do what’s right even if it’s not what I want.
4. To help you be a success in your way.

[via kottke.org]

August 4, 2012
ONGOING DATABASE THAT DEPICTS WHEN AND WHERE UNARMED POC WERE KILLED BY AUTHORITY FIGURES

icecreamritual:

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July 18, 2012

jessethorn:

W. Kamau Bell destroys MaxFunCon.

Watch his new show this summer on FX. Totally Biased. After Louie.

July 4, 2012
What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?

Required reading on a day of celebrating our nationalism, Frederick Douglass gave this brilliant speech at a July 4th ceremony in 1852. Click through for the full text at http://goo.gl/9cPxx

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

July 2, 2012

Am I the only one bothered by the commas in Anderson Cooper’s headliner sentence? Twenty-two word sentences do not need a half dozen commas. I guess this means he wrote this himself?

"The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."

Anderson Cooper in an email to Andrew Sullivan (Anderson gave Andrew permission to post the email, which you can read in its entirety on The Dish). (via newsweek)

June 21, 2012
thedailywhat:

Seasonal Fruit Infographic of the Day: Love fruit but hate doing research? Chasing Delicious has done the saintly work of compiling the seasonal availability of fruits, vegetables and herbs into a series of eye-pleasing infographics. Never eat an out-of-date date ever again.
[explore]

thedailywhat:

Seasonal Fruit Infographic of the Day: Love fruit but hate doing research? Chasing Delicious has done the saintly work of compiling the seasonal availability of fruits, vegetables and herbs into a series of eye-pleasing infographics. Never eat an out-of-date date ever again.

[explore]

(Source: thedailywhat)

June 17, 2012
"You press a little touchtone key pad… You touch this, touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier, and there’s your sandwich,” Romney said. “It’s amazing!"

Mitt Romney really liked the sandwich computer at Wawa - Yahoo! (via brooklynmutt)

There is clearly a much larger point to be made about Ol’ Mitt’s affinity for using robots instead of people, but it’s also Sunday night.

(via brooklynmutt)

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