I have three poems up on Two Serious Ladies.
I’m playing musical improv at Lindsey Kugler’s book release party this Saturday at the IPRC in Portland.
I feel like the universe is putting me through a course called: You have a body, by the way. I got in a bike accident and broke my hand and screwed up my shoulder and such. It was a very humbling experience. I will never forget the night I made chili and had to figure out how to use a can opener with one hand, and when I was finally done cooking I was so exhausted I didn’t have the energy to eat. Then a couple months ago I started having problems with acid reflux, which has required a complete change of my lifestyle. I’m grateful for the opportunity to make better habits, I just wish that I didn’t have to wait for the river to be on fire to figure out not to dump garbage in it all the time.
The other big thing that happened was that my grandfather died. He chose to go off dialysis, so it gave us all time to prepare. I was there for the last few days of his life. It made me very aware of the limits of language. I couldn’t say anything to him without it sounding completely inadequate. Then, he couldn’t really communicate at all. I began playing guitar for him and it seemed to soothe him. I sang Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” and he smiled, almost. On the night of his death I took requests from my uncles and we all sang together. It made me think about what music is for, and why I’m doing what I’m doing in the first place.
3:12 pm • 18 March 2013 • 5 notes
Should I get into an argument about income inequality on facebook?
2:43 pm • 4 March 2013 • 3 notes
“As a society, we encourage girls and women to be emotionally accessible, and in touch with their feelings; we say that it’s an innately feminine trait. We say it, that is, until they have feelings that make us uncomfortable, at which point we recast them as melodramatic harpies, shrieking banshees, and basket cases”
Tori Amos (via eaaao)
This is actually a quote from a Sady Doyle piece about Tori Amos! Not a quote from Tori. Source
(Source: queerintersectional, via yoursecretary)
6:00 pm • 21 February 2013 • 21,976 notes
Musical director and guitar player BiBi McGill plays guitar next to Beyonce Knowles during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
But What About Beyoncé’s Band?
Whether you’re a fan or not you have to admit Beyonce’s Knowles performance at the Super Bowl was full of explosive energy. Her 13-minute performance included a 120 dancers, a 10-piece all female band and several back up singers.
Then there’s the Super Dome staff, stage, lighting and costume designers, the choreographer, the hair and make up folks, the list goes on.
It’s no surprise Beyoncé is getting all the attention but since no one else is talking about the musicians that made that performance happen it’s a great opportunity to highlight the band.
Beyoncé says she started the 10-piece all female band called “The Sugar Mamas” so young girls could have more role models.
“When I was younger I wish I had more females who played instruments to look up to. I played piano for like a second but then I stopped,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “I just wanted to do something which would inspire other young females to get involved in music so I put together an all-woman band.”
Meet some of the band members that make up Beyonce’s band “The Sugars Mamas.”
Whether you like or hate a lot of what Beyonce says or does, you’ve gotta admit that this is awesome, along with her all-woman show at the Super Bowl.
12:28 pm • 5 February 2013 • 4,307 notes
Join Cartoonist Lynda Barry for a University-Level Course on Doodling and Neuroscience
Can I just stop you for a minute and note how fucking amazing it is that one of our greatest living cartoonists is not only teaching this class, but she’s letting us all follow along? Incredible.
LYNDA BARRY, DO I EVER ADORE YOU
what bluebeadsandbones said
I’ve been following this and it’s incredible.
12:15 pm • 30 January 2013 • 832 notes
Gentle Reminders About Writing
2. Prolific doesn’t mean good. Sometimes, it just means someone has produced a lot of mediocre writing. Do you want to be known for writing a lot or for writing well?
I think about this a lot.
1:47 pm • 28 January 2013 • 743 notes
Late Bloomers of the Arts
For all of you who’ve felt even for a second that it’s ever too late:
1. Charles Bukowski had his first book published when he was 49
2. Leonard Cohen was 33 when his first album was released
3. Marina Abramovic’s career as an independent artist wasn’t solidified until she was 42
4. Julia Child’s career started when she was 36
5. Van Gogh started drawing when he was 27
6. Monet painted Sunrise when he was 33, but wasn’t producing his best work until his early 40s
7. Kazuo Ohno started dancing when he was 27
8. William S. Burroughs had his first novel published when he was 39
(Source: likeafieldmouse, via upthefolks)
4:19 pm • 27 January 2013 • 21,045 notes