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A fun thing to do when people accuse you of “thinking people should just have stuff HANDED TO THEM! ! !” Is to just cold be like yes. I absolutely do believe that. I think every single person should have their needs met unconditionally without ever having to prove that they “deserve” it based on arbitrary criteria of usefulness. You got me. Busted.

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Working on a gay each-uisge flash fiction story.

The each-uisge (‘water-horse’) is a monster that lives in lochs or the sea or sea lochs and likes to lure people into approaching it, as it stands either in the form of a beautiful horse or man, on the edge of the water. If you ride the horse, attempting to take it away with you, it sticks you to its back and drags you under the water, pulling you apart, devouring you, bones and almost all, excepting your liver, which it spits out and floats to the surface. 

What the beautiful man does to drown you, I have not found any account. 

So I’m writing it.

Life is stressful and I watched The Fall, enjoying the broken story telling and the sickness and dreamy hospitals and oranges and the adorable Alexandria and how it all basically engulfs the world and renders it disjointed and costumey.

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“Say NO to paying for something that happened 100s of years ago,” screamed one meme that was doing the rounds on social media around the time tabloids began to claim that Caribbean nations were “suing” for reparations. They aren’t, strictly speaking, and nor can something which ended only in 1838 be compared, as it often is, with the Viking invasions or Roman conquest. The CARICOM group of nations, led by Barbados , is really calling for a wider dialogue about historical justice. Why should Britain – or any other former slave-trading nation – shy away from it?

After all, in almost any other sphere, historical continuities are acknowledged, even venerated – aren’t we told ad nauseum that the monarchy is important because it represents continuity? Even something like the “Commonwealth” – whose Games will be held in Glasgow this summer – celebrates the international “links” forged by Britain’s Empire and its apparent historical achievements. Britons are constantly reminded by politicians and some historians to take pride in having “given” former colonies those two old chestnuts, the railways and the English language. Seems a bit odd, if not thoroughly hypocritical, to then swiftly put distance between our “proud” present and the Empire’s rather less flattering legacies, which include gargantuan impoverishment and dislocation across swathes of the globe. How is it possible to keep up the endless national self-congratulation for the abolition of the slave trade while insisting that no one today has any connection to slavery itself?

Priyamvada Gopal for the New Statesman | brilliant piece on reparations  (via derica)

Things I find unsettling –

A brain coral – no, an actual brain, the folds of gray matter
unraveling through a sleeve underwater –

The gutter, a lake of no respect –

Are you a lifer – schadenfreude-laced exchange
at the speed of its antidote, a confession or apology –

A suspicious package at the local airport,
milled palm-oil soap called green tea –

Carry me, cries a stranger, mispronouncing my name –

—Last week’s poem of the week was Karen An-hwei Lee’s “X Is For Xenophobia” (via themissourireview)

Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.

—Jean Baudrillard (via cuttyspot)

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When I’m disappointed by a novel, why am I disappointed? And it’s really something so simple. For it to be a worthwhile novel, there has to be a reason for it to be in written language. In 1820, that was not one of the demands because there was no other option. That’s what there was as a medium. But now there are all these other mediums. I could hear a song. I could watch a film. I could be on the Internet. You have to give me a reason why you have written this down. It doesn’t have to have an elaborate literary structure. Some of the most simple books… you could make into a movie, but you would be losing something. It had to be in sentences. The sentences were necessary. That’s all people want from fiction, right? The feeling of it being necessary.

—Zadie Smith (via mttbll)

(Source: interviewmagazine.com, via oliveryeh)