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(no subject) [Jan. 1st, 2008|12:00 pm]
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poetry [Feb. 2nd, 2006|01:25 am]

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to know [Jan. 31st, 2006|01:02 pm]
To put it another way, the evidence of experience, whether conceived through a metaphor of visibility or in any other way that takes meaning as transparent, reproduces rather than contests given ideological systems--those that assume that the facts of history speak for themselves and those that rest on notions of a natural or established opposition between, say, sexual practices and social conventions, or between homosexuality and heterosexuality.
Not only does homosexuality define heterosexuality by specifying its negative limits, and not only is the boundary between the two a shifting one, but both operate within the structures of the same "phallic economy"--an economy whose workings are not taken into account by studies that seek simply to make homosexual experience visible.
Theorized this way, homosexuality and heterosexuality work according to the same economy, their social institutions mirroring one another.
Making visible the experience of a different group exposes the existence of repressive mechanisms, but not their inner workings or logics; we know that difference exists, but we don't understand it as relationally constituted.
It is not individuals who have experience, but subjects who are constituted through experience.

"The Evidence of Experience" -- Joan W. Scott

Wow. The ability to rethink the methodology of the phallogo- along with that which "opposes" or seeks to expand it is big. I could be misplacing, but I think it actually makes the operations of lesbian and gay, and most recently trans- investigation more interesting. Problematic yes but interesting. Cuz it seems to me that discursively-produced identities have often been assumed, the process of becoming has also, and the "experience"/story has been privileged in favor. Though--making this particular set of theory too "cemented" could also be basically experiential with regards to Scott and her ideas. So glad I'm not in comp anymore.
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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2006|08:27 am]
Oscar noms are starting in a few minutes. In light of Crash and its very probable Best Picture nomination, I just had to voice my dissenting opinion. In fragments, because I never finished my review. I exaggerated for emphasis.

"In short: a transparent and simple film that thinks it’s complex. A film that tries to involve the audience but feels oddly distant and manipulative. It can’t decide what it wants to say about race so it tries to tackle the whole of racially-driven emotion and experience—-but then does so in strict dualisms (good/bad, happy/sad/, smart/stupid, tense/relieved).
Crash feels much like an extended episode of some popular hour-long TV drama.
That said, the performances are mostly excellent, given the circumstances.
The "intersecting paths" thing was a little unbelievable in Traffic but forgivable there, because in all other respects it was a superior film. Here, by the time Ryan Phillippe's Officer Hanson completes the cycle of coincidence, I was wondering if there are, like, ten people in L.A.
The most intense moments (I think everyone has seen this but just in case) are much more manipulative and predictable than well-constructed.
And the very strange treatment of its Asian characters.
Some reviewers have called it too bleak, some have said the dialogue is too metaphorical and theatrical-—these aren’t my problems with Crash. The film deludes itself into thinking that it’s something more than a single extended cliché, so some of us buy into its gritty hope and easy observances, but this reviewer was left cold."
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(no subject) [Jan. 30th, 2006|01:17 am]

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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2006|08:52 am]
Back at Vassar. Strangely, I kind of missed my room here. I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Sorry to anyone I missed over break.

We knew it would happen--NOT WORK SAFECollapse )

Oh, and even though Chloe Sevigny has her own page on Go Fug Yourself, she made it onto Vogue's Best Dressed List this year, for

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Okay, I'll start being smart and thoughtful... NOW.

Good wishes for the semester.
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(no subject) [Jan. 7th, 2006|11:55 pm]
Thanks for the kind comments; they helped.

After talking on the phone for an hour at 9 am this morning I had a pretty good in-person conversation with my dad. Whether anything good future-worthy will come of it I don't know.

Decorating my room here helped more than I thought it would. After my mom stripped my room's wall of everything, it really felt more empty than necessary, and sad. So now I can look at Michael Pitt [looking hot in one corner and studious over my books] and Jamie Bell from GQ [over the bed, mm] and some random paparazzi pages from Blackbook and Flaunt. And a great cartoon [from Bust I think] of a grrl giving it to her boi.

I hate Hardee's commercials. I really really really hate them. I know they're no worse or more sexist than any other ads [hello hypocrite Vogue/Elle reader] but they just irritate me so much. Maybe it's the meat. And Comedy Central, do they own the Girls Gone Wild company? Because seeing the commercials at least once every commercial break is gross.

Missing season 2 of Project Runway's killing me. :( Go buy the season 1 DVDs so Bravo will release the 2nd season when it ends. Here are:

My favorites so far, just from picturesCollapse )
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(no subject) [Dec. 16th, 2005|12:59 pm]
[mood |tired]
[music |age of consent]

Composition 205 is officially over; just turned in my final portfolio.

I really wanna see this: Marie-Antoinette Trailer with "Age of Consent" on it--and it's completely featured, no dialogue or anything. Kind of weird. One of New Order's all-time best songs! Sofia Coppola definitely has the best musical taste of any director, ever, hyperbole. Yeah, the studio probably put the trailer together, but still. I doubt any NO will be in the movie. Have to wait until Fall 2006, though...

Kind of grumpy. Three more exams to go, one a take-home. Definitely ready for it to be over.
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(no subject) [Dec. 11th, 2005|04:25 am]
[mood |tempted, ceremonious, krafty]

So I gave in and bought the New Order: Item DVD collection. It's just as great as I thought it'd be, to have crisp fabulous exciting versions of ALL the videos they've made over the years, plus new versions of a few. The new video for "Ceremony" (their first single ever) is very strange, and was shot in Beijing I think. Plus the documentary New Order Story, on which they used the album art from Republic (no idea why; I've always thought it looks pretty bad), which I haven't been able to watch yet but looks great. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia) directed the video for "The Perfect Kiss" in 1985, cool but less than I had expected. Maybe I'll review some of it. For the New Order fans out there. The set is definitely fan-friendly. There could be more but what's there is fine.

And along with it I got the new Singles 2 CD-set they've just released. The first thing I noticed was that the first disc was basically Substance's first disc, but I figured, whatever, it'll be just as great this time and redundancy isn't so bad, and the second disc has interesting newer stuff on it. But to my pleasant surprise these are actually the 7" versions of the singles, some of which I have NEVER HEARD before, or had only heard over crappy streaming audio. Most notable is an "original" version of "Temptation" (my favorite favorite song by anyone ever) that I have never heard. It's stripped down but still beautiful in that decadent, blank way. The singing and tempo are more intense, less polished. There's also a remix of "Temptation" by Secret Machines.

The Killers. Interpol. Franz Ferdinand. Without New Order's influence they could have all ended up making albums of country & western ballads. Since the demise of Joy Division in 1980, the British synth-pop quartet has been diligently changing the course of popular music, lobbing unlikely but inventive hits like "Blue Monday" and "True Faith" into the charts. Twenty-five years on, New Order remains shockingly vital. Its eighth proper album overflows with shimmering melodies, anchored by Peter Hook's spine-tingling bass lines and Bernard Sumner's thin but emotive voice in thrilling new songs like "Krafty" and "Dracula's Castle." -- Aidin Vaziri
--from Amazon.com's review of Waiting for the Sirens' Call

some people get up at the break of day, gotta go to work before it gets too late
sitting in a car and driving down the road, that ain't the way it has to be
but that's what you do to earn your daily wage, that's the kind of world that we live in today
it isn't where you wanna be, and isn't what you wanna do
just give me one more day (one more day), give me another night (just another night)
i need a second chance (second chance), this time i'll get it right (this time i'll get it right)
i'll say one last time (one last time), i've gotta let you know (i've gotta let you know)
i've gotta change your mind (change your mind), i'll never let you go.

--from "Krafty." horrid, isn't it? sometimes the lyrics are just cringe-inducing. they mean nothing and everything. they're cliche but unique. i love them. for some reason it works.

With both of these released within 3 months of each other, it seems like New Order (or their record company) was like, "Wow, for a band with a pretty dedicated, interesting fan-base, we don't offer much in the way of merchandise. Let's throw them two bones." This fan is happy obviously. I'm babbling but it's just because New Order's something I can count on to be good, make me laugh, make me sad, entertain me, make me think, make me feel, get me through, etc. My favorite.

So I've crossed those off the imaginary xmas list. I still don't have their latest standard-release album, Waiting for the Sirens' Call though. Sure I downloaded the stuff back in April when it was released but yeah.

Also, watching TV is always good. Except when you're hungry and Food Network is showing delicious potato dishes. "That martini was calling my name, and I answered." (from Whose Wedding is it Anyway? on Style Network)
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(no subject) [Dec. 7th, 2005|09:13 pm]
Imagine my delight at waking up this am to find a new userpic in my emailbox, made by pirategail. It is now featured here. I <3 Gail. And I <3 my husband Jamie Bell. Yes, that's me in the lower right corner of the "This is Jamie" slide. It is. It's true.

I realized the other day that I don't have The New Order DVD Set that came out in SEPTEMBER. :(

the pretty cover

I think I blocked it out of my mind because I needed to spend the little paycheck cash I had on books for school and clothes and it would depress me too much to think about not owning every video they've made plus new versions of "Ceremony" and "Temptation," two of their first and still their best singles plus an extended version of the documentary about them aaaaah. Very good Xmas gift idea. Other good ideas include gender theory books and music dvds of bands I like (Interpol, release some more shit argh!) and gift certificates to places where I can buy precious polo shirts. I heart New Order and gender stuff and polos. Yes.
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