One of the most powerful experiences of my life was listening to Larry Kramer respond with appropriate rage to the so-called leaders of this country and their lack of response to AIDS because of who was dying: queers, Black people, and those who used needles. I hope to use what I learned from him each day of the rest of my life.
What a joy to see former students all in the same literary magazine! @london.pinkney @baradorable @calming_insanity @cjaberi! Congrats one and all. @transfermagazine
I learned more at the pinball machines and on the dance floor at @studsf with @mikewaynestewart @ericcarroll3_sd @julezsf and so many others than I learned in college and grad school combined. When I was 19 I had a fake ID that said I was 5’4 blond, and tan and because I was queer af I was let in every time. I’ve heard incredible stories about what the stud had been at The Holy Cow location from my queer elders. I hope to pass on my stories to the young queers who land in its future iteration.
A good portion of my life’s energy, as an artist at work and a person in the world, is asking the question: is this owl just an owl? For me, the answer is almost always no. I suspect I’m often wrong. #louiseerdrich #literaryquotes #labfave #thelabwmcd
Bringing old school Madge to Zoom today as my teaching assistant.
The new swipe right.
Oh yes, honey. Excessive sorrow sure does laugh. Excessive joy sure does weep. Learned those lessons during the onset of the first pandemic I witnessed. Blake is a tiny part of one of the six sessions of The Lab Online. It really focuses on Maurice Sendak and a set of questions around our characters’ beliefs. Btw: if you want to take The Lab online and cash is your only issue, let’s talk. Link to the Lab Online in bio. #williamblake #williamblakequote #mauricesendak #thelabwmcd #thelabonline
I #runwithmaud . Stopped here on my way home from a run to the beach. I’m guessing it was around the 2.23 mile mark. I turned around and saw my long shadow, a fitting symbol for what Black and brown Americans face on a daily basis: our country’s history, a long shadow of white supremacy, violence by whites against brown and black bodies—and the more insidious forms of silence, of ignoring, of justifying; all the while consuming and appropriating the significant contributions those same bodies have made to our culture. The irony was not lost on me that Beyonce’s Freedom came on my playlist during my run. How many pairs of Air Jordans do Ansu and I own? A social media post I saw asked me, as a white person, to consider channeling the energy behind the outrage I express when, say, my ISP’s bandwidth is low, or some such, into an expression of outrage that our country is still not safe for all of its citizens. I flushed, felt shame for how many injustices I have ignored or failed to comment on because of ego: fear of how it might be perceived. Today I want to say Thank You to the Black citizens of this country and Black and brown members of my family for unending list of contributions you’ve made to our culture and my life. I’m thinking of Ahmaud Arbery's family and community for reminding me of the courage to change the things we can part of the serenity prayer. May young Ahmaud Rest In Peace today on what would have been his 26th birthday. #ahmaudarbery #justiceforahmaud