Haunted America

Haunted America

Haunted America is the name of a ghost story book with wonderful cover art by Edward Gorey. The book came out in 1990. Gorey died in 2000. A draft of the cover artwork sold at auction in 2014 for $8,125, according to this site. That seems like a bargain to me.

Blind Item: Which large, Portland-based athletic apparel company creates vile, militaristic t-shirt designs which equate support of their brand with patriotism?

Okay, it’s not a blind item. It’s Under Armour! Barf, Barf, Barf. Maybe their graphic designers are fans of the book Jennifer Government.

How did we get here


Where are we going?

Something that makes me feel better when I watch it is the music video for “Holding On” by The War On Drugs. It’s the music video that America needs… but it’s not the one that America deserves.







“A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself. Whilst she is walking across a room or whilst she is weeping at the death of her father, she can scarcely avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. And so she comes to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as the two constituent yet always distinct elements of her identity as a woman. She has to survey everything she is and everything she does because how she appears to men, is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life. Her own sense of being in herself is supplanted by a sense of being appreciated as herself by another….

One might simplify this by saying: men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object — and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.”
― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

“Drawing is a constant correction of errors”

Maybe looking in the mirror is a sort of constant correction of errors as well-

Second Attempt Crossing

A beautiful poem by Javier Zamora.

I am looking forward to experiencing Carne y Arena at LACMA… even though tickets are sold out at present! That’s a positive thing :)

Big. Old. Bag of Trash

Big. Old. Bag of Trash

This one’s going out to Donald J. Trump, a big (old) bag of trash. Who would think he still had the ability to surprise us with his vile, self-serving behavior?! And yet Donald Trump’s tweet about banning transgender people from the military was shocking. Fuck that guy.

Wash the nauseating narcissism from your brain with this lovely TED Talk from human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

…ultimately, our humanity depends on everyone’s humanity. I’ve learned very simple things doing the work that I do. I’ve come to understand and to believe that each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. I believe that for every person on the planet. I think if somebody tells a lie, they’re not just a liar. I think if somebody takes something that doesn’t belong to them, they’re not just a thief. I think even if you kill someone, you’re not just a killer. And because of that there’s this basic human dignity that must be respected by law.


True Story

Spotted in Portland: a woman wearing a shirt that said

Old Genealogists Never Die; They Just Lose Their Census