Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

I Too- Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.
Mike Brown, Sr. at the funeral of his son.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Similar but Different

1910's US Marines tattoo jacket "A Girl in every port" HC collection
Joan Crawford wearing a sweater decorated by her husband.

The Democratic Cup

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Yes, He's Handsome -- But He's Not Your Model.

A Sioux man. South Dakota. ca. 1895-1899.

Photo by Jesse H. Bratley. Source - Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
How you look at these photos has something to do with who you are. Many in fashion would see the juxtaposition, the clash of styles, the diverse threads entwining in the crazy, mixed-up cultural and aesthetic tapestry of America. Yadda yadda yadda. 
Many Natives looking at these photos see the genocide of their ancestors.


The Absence of Native American Power from on Vimeo.


This room at the US Naval Correctional Facility in Seattle, Washington, was the first to be painted Baker-Miller pink (a.k.a. Schauss pink). Full spectrum fluorescent lights ensured that the color was not distorted. Courtesy Alexander Schauss.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Margaret Atwood

Short story on The Walrus


In the fall of 2015, Himanshu Suri — a.k.a. Heems, the Queens-born, Indian-American rapper and former one-third of Das Racist —decided to lay low in India for a few months while all this Donald Trump hysteria blew over. Well, it obviously hasn't. But if anything, Swet Shop Boys (Suri's collaboration with Riz MC, British actor Riz Ahmed of HBO's "The Night Of") and their forthcoming album, "Cashmere," is a needed and well-timed response to the increasingly mainstream xenophobia popping up on both sides of the pond.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Claudio Villa- Stornelli Amorosi

Gertude Stein and Alice B Toklas- book love

Illustration by Cecil Beaton
Alice B. Toklas Cookbook A culinary biography of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas’s love and life.

Strangers in Paradise- How Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas got to Heaven. _NewYorker article.

Monday, August 8, 2016

golden smile

Dentures for a sailor with the symbols of faith, hope and love.