apparently I’ve gotten 5 spam asks in my absence.
I know it’s been months since my last post (I deleted it, so I don’t know exactly how long), but I am back. I may be busy a lot, so I don’t know how much I’ll post on here, but I am going to try to post at least a little.
I’m starting college classes on Monday, which is why I will be fairly busy/distracted, and I will probably be a little more attentive to my main tumblr account.
I apologize for abandoning this account for so long, but I think it was important to take a break for my own wellbeing, and I am feeling much better (due to a lot of things, most notably: I have begun taking antidepressants again, so I am feeling far less hopeless).
I have also felt much more shift-y lately, which happens. My shifting seems to come in cycles; although I am always aware of my identity, every few months I seem to become far more aware of my being fae, and now is one of those times.
Anyway, hello again everyone. I’m glad I’m back on this account, and hopefully I’ll have time to post more soon.
I am being significantly cheered up by the loud thunder and bright lightning right outside my window.
How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries
An interview with the creator
The concept, sponsored by Locke’s imaginary Department of Urban Betterment, is that New Yorkers will pick up unfamiliar titles while running their errands and then, perhaps, replace them the next day with favorite books of their own. That’s in an ideal world. Of the twoguerrilla libraries that the artist has fashioned, one has been used properly while the other has had its entire collection repeatedly ganked by sticky-fingered pedestrians. Its shelves were also stolen.
But Locke has many more libraries planned. With plywood consoles that slip over payphones as neatly as aprons, these sidewalk objets are endlessly replicable. (No doubt they’ll feature in his 2012 Columbia course, “Hacking the Urban Experience.”) I caught up with Locke over the weekend to ask him about what was and wasn’t working with these literary outposts, as well as why he started the project in the first place.
More at The Atlantic
This is an incredible idea. I’m going to try and find one pronto.
[photo: black and white image of a bearded, white, tattoo’d, bespectacled person wearing a black tshirt, overalls and cap, sitting in a motorized mobility scooter, clasping their hands together while smiling big, with their forearm crutches sticking up behind them; text reads: “Know what i’m tired of? Images of disabled people doing random things, turned into “inspiration porn”. These images (e.g. children joyfully running with their prosthetic legs, someone painting with their toes, an elder skiing, etc), are then emblazoned with text like “what’s your excuse?”, “your excuse is invalid”, “if ___ can do it, why can’t you?” and other gems. They call on non-disabled people to buck up and stop making excuses for not doing something, and guilt other disabled folks into feeling like crap for not being able to pull themselves up by the proverbial bootstraps & “just do it”. These images & sentiments are an ableist tool. They exceptionalize disabled people based in ablesist notions of accomplishment & worth. They build on & reenforce able bodied pitydom of gimps. Just fucking stop it ok? We’re just doing our thing, yknow? We are not a goddamn guilt-trip tool to get you to do stuff. Please, if you need to use gimps as a tool to get you to do stuff, yer using the wrong starting point. (*for example, in this photo, i am simply enjoying a moment with a friend… I AM NOT YOUR INSPIRATION!)”]
not sure why people would post this without the image description when there was one right there in the original blog post to use…
ableism— it’s not just lazy, it’s incredibly lazy.