"I read on a slip of paper at dinner tonight that
You must empty yourself before God may enter
so I emptied myself and found
the bottom of a lake bed
caked with sticky mud
next to a sign that said
do not swim."

— "After Another Execution" in There, There by George Higgins, reviewed by Heather Dobbins (via therumpus)

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"Don’t get too high and mighty, ladies. Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you. You bared body can always be used to shame and humiliate you. Your bared body is at once desired and loathed."

— Roxane Gay: The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning (via guardian)

I wrote this

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I generally assume that most autocorrect fails are set ups, but then this happened tonight between my wife and me.

I generally assume that most autocorrect fails are set ups, but then this happened tonight between my wife and me.



We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from poet David Roderick! In this 10-page missive, Dave gets back in touch with his handwriting skills while enjoying a new bookstore in his town. He writes to us about his children, his surroundings, his secret morning exercise, and of course, poetry. And, he includes a poem from his new book, The Americans!

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Chatted last night with Jericho about this book—it was our August Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection. It’s a fascinating book, dealing with guilt and redemption, pain and joy, all tied together in beautiful lyric form. Jericho is an awesome poet and a terrific person, and if you want a taste of his work, check out the @RumpusPoetry feed on Twitter. I spent some time on Sunday tweeting selections from the book.

"May the force be ever in your favor, Harry."

— Gandalf (The Chronicles of Narnia)

By Lemony Snicket

(Source: elderwand, via ramblingpoetry)

Anonymous said: this is about people wanting JUSTICE for a boy who was MURDERED in cold fucking blood. please stop being so ignorant with your "not all cops" bullshit


Uhm excuse me, but no. GENERALIZING AN ENTIRE GROUP IS WRONG NO MATTER WHAT GROUP YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS NOT A HARD CONCEPT. And if you’re attacking ALL cops because of one, you aren’t talking about justice, you’re talking about revenge. So please, don’t be so ignorant.

-the Polish one

Sorry, but no. This is like the whole #yesallwomen ad #notallmen debate, Not all cops are bad news. Not all cops are racist. But enough are that especially if you’re a person of color, you have to assume that the cop is probably going to hassle you for no reason until you have reason to believe otherwise.

Look, I’m of the demographic that theoretically has the least to fear from cops. I’m straight, white, male, middle-aged and have a middle-class income. And I’ve been hassled by cops for no reason, so I know if it’s happened to me, it’s happening to lots of other people who don’t have my level of privilege.

Put simply, I don’t trust a police officer until I have positive reason to do so. I understand that we must have police forces in a civil society, and I wish I could give all cops the benefit of the doubt, but given their actions time and time again in all the parts of the country where I’ve lived (all three coasts and the middle), it would be foolish of me to trust blindly. If the police want that kind of trust, they have to earn it, and right now they’re doing a collectively shitty job.

On one hand, I ask myself why I waited to long to read Butler. On the other, I’m enjoying this so much that I’m kind of glad I waited. Imago is the last book of Lilith’s Brood. Like some of her other series, this one is connected from book to book, but the books also stand alone in that they’re not focused on the same characters every time. Lilith plays a major role in all three books, but she’s the primary character only in the first one.

This book is from the perspective of Jodahs, one of Lilith’s children (with four other co-parents—I’m not going to try to explain it here). It’s called a construct, because it’s been built of both human and Oankali DNA, but what makes Jodahs really unique is that it’s the first Ooloi construct. I keep using “it” as the pronoun because that’s the proper one to use—Ooloi are sexless. They’re also the connecting point between mates, whether human or Oankali, and they manage the genetic composition of all offspring. So what Jodahs really is, though the book never states this explicitly, is the first generation of the human-Oankali hybrid species that had been talked about since book one.

What I like most about what Butler does in this book is the way she shines the fears that the humans have been expressing all along about this genetic trade back onto the Oankali. Up till now, the expectation has been that the Oankali take what they want from humans “in trade” for allowing humans continued existence as part of the Oankali. But really the choices are between assimilation and extinction, and the Oankali don’t get that, because they continue on much as they had before, with what they see as the good parts of the humans added to the mix.

So what Jodahs represents to the Oankali is their own practices coming back to bite them in the ass. Jodahs is a true hybrid, a new species, a whole new genetic path for the two species. It’s a terrific book and a great series.

Tips For Being An Unarmed Black Teen


Satire site, The Onion, posted this today.


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What next in Ferguson?

I don’t know, but I can tell you what I fear. The fact that Ferguson is calm now with the state troopers in place shows that the Ferguson PD was the largest part of the problem. The fact that the St. Louis county Prosecuting Attorney is incensed at Governor Nixon for moving the state troopers is also not a good sign. At this point I would not be surprised if nothing at all happens to the cop who murdered Mike Brown. I hope I’m wrong on that, but I won’t be surprised.

What I so expect to happen is that once the state troopers go back to their regular duties, once the Ferguson PD resumes control, I think there will be some payback. I think that department, unless it’s purged and rebuilt, will double down on its treatment of POC. And because we will have all moved on to the next story, we won’t hear abut it or protest it or get at what’s necessary to keep it from happening again.

And that is fucking depressing.