Why did Esme Patterson write her album? “I feel like a lot of the work I create is stuff that I would want to find. If I discovered an album like this, I’d be pumped!” Get ready for this beautiful, conceptual album.
Why do so many teenagers turn to Satan? I did, because I was lonely. It filled a void in me that was created by lack of discipline and proper schooling. It’s common, but here’s why I think it’s a good thing.
If you’re going to read anything this year, read Gregory Crosby’s chapbook, Spooky Action at a Distance. It is everything I look for in a poetry collection.
What is our society’s obsession with sickness about? Why is our society fascinated with so-called “trainwrecks,” women who do not engage in “acceptable” healthy behavior, women who may be struggling or dealing with an addiction or disorder and dare to not hide it from the public eye? Their afflictions and corresponding behaviors are simultaneously glamorized and demonized by the media. They are urged to seek help while magazines make a living mocking their fallen moments.
We don’t need another article on how to avoid wandering in dark alleys or wearing tight clothes. Wandering in victim-blaming territory is dangerous, too.
It is not a competition over who has been hospitalized more times, who has gone longest without eating, who has the deepest/most amount of scars. And that’s what it has turned into in the Tumblr universe. So commonplace, people just scroll past it without stopping to realize how incredibly harmful – not to mention, triggering – these posts actually are.
My feminist zeal was of course its own form of myopia. It came with many rewards, but stripped me of one of Judaism’s greatest gifts: the ability to turn the mundane into the holy.