“Now it’s 2013, though nothing has changed. Seeping, soul-level post-Fordism and the precarization of the labor market mean that most of us never stop working: socializing bleeds seamlessly into networking, and meanwhile, each tweet and retweet and Like and click and comment all converge in the production of demographic data. You could say there’s a Sisyphean aspect to life in late Capitalism. Energy drinks and Adderall, cuz sleep is for sissies and the stock market and Internet never sleep at all. An animated GIF never stops cycling silently in the ether, even as your tabs are closed and your laptop shut.”
— Jesse Darling on GIFs for Rhizome
5:15 pm • 17 May 2013 • 1 note
“I’d say ‘I’ll see you,’ but since I don’t know what ‘see’ and ‘you’ would mean in this context I’m not sure it’s true.”
—Jesse Darling, from An Open Letter to the Brotherhood on 10 Postcards from Berlin (Part 2), 2013.
4:48 pm • 17 May 2013
Colorful eats by Kenny Curran.
4:19 pm • 17 May 2013 • 1 note
A fantastic way to memorialize a delicious, beautiful project: a week of themed feasts with menus, decor, and music inspired by the designs of six distinct flags.
Flags & ambiance by PJ Rountree. Food by Kenny Curran. Hosted at the Mexico City restaurant Café Zena this April.
4:18 pm • 17 May 2013 • 2 notes
Same-sex marriage is legal in this city. Gay and lesbian couples can adopt children, and the government touts tolerance and respect for “sexual diversity” in messages posted on subway platforms and bus billboards.
Yet, according to Jonathan Zamora, a 31-year-old psychologist, the advancement of gay rights in Mexico’s capital in recent years conceals an ugly, persistent problem: unchecked discrimination and violence in what is, on paper at least, one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.
Daniel Hernandez for the LA Times about police discrimination against gays in Mexico City.
Glad to see some reporting on this topic. I was fascinated by this double standard as well when I was in DF this March and April.
You see gay dudes making out in public squares in Mexico City the way that straight people do everywhere else in Latin America. I even saw preteen lesbians kissing on the subway track. But then, at the same time, I often heard rumbling among gay friends about two recent killings of high-profile gay men— including the American journalist Armando Montaño—the sort of crimes that happen in Mexico and then never seem to get investigated or solved. Many people are scared to use online dating apps in DF or even leave a bar with someone they’ve just met because of the fear of getting murdered.
Odd that this fear exists in what feels like one of the world’s most exciting and liberated places to be gay. It’s cool to be gay in DF, until you’re dead.
1:05 pm • 17 May 2013
CooperUnion.biz is a well-conceived Google bomb by students at the school who are protesting its decision to charge tuition for the first time in 111 years.
10:31 am • 16 May 2013 • 1 note
Finally got access to Joel Stein’s paywalled TIME cover story, “The Me-Me-Me Generation.” Glad he cleared up this misunderstanding about poor millennials so eloquently and non-racist-ly.
2:52 pm • 15 May 2013 • 46 notes
“Well, I’ve got an extra-specific story about Dr. Dre. I saw him when I was 9 years old in Compton—him and Tupac. They were shooting the second “California Love” video. My pops had seen him and ran back to the house and got me, put me on his neck, and we stood there watching Dre and Pac in a Bentley. I’ll never forget this moment—it was probably about a year and some change before Pac died. So the moment I met Dre 15 years later, that’s what was playing in my head. He was talking to me, and the whole time I was like, I hear him, but I’m not listening, because all I could think about was that moment when I was a kid. It was tricky at first because right after that he said, “Go in the booth,” so I had to, in a split second, stop being a fan and get professional. That moment was make-or-break for me in my career, but I executed.”
— Kendrick Lamar, on meeting Dr. Dre twice.
4:14 pm • 13 May 2013