I stumbled upon this great organization/idea and needed to share it. Little Free Libraries are crate-sized DIY lending libraries that one can build (or purchase) and install in a place to be accessed by the public. Your Little Free Library is … Continue reading →
The word “Pinterest” looks very similar to “Everest.” Well, anyway, after months of having an account and not doing anything with it, I’ve decided* to update my Pinterest boards. *Losing all the files on my work hard drive contributed greatly … Continue reading →
There is a chess game going on in my brain… I often think about what jobs/careers will actually be around in ten years, and which will fall by the wayside. Between outsourcing and advances in technology, there’s this acceleration happening: where once a single job might be rendered obsolete, now entire fields and industries are disappearing. Ten years ago this happened with manufacturing, and now more is crumbling around us. Post offices are disappearing. Newspapers are becoming pamphlet-sized. Libraries are closing their doors (hopefully only temporarily).
As someone considering a few career options, it’s terrifying. I can envision this type of dystopia where “the powers that be” have pity on us and re-open these types of industries in the name of creating jobs. Yet, the people working those jobs are completely aware that what they are doing is totally futile. Meaningful work is important. Purpose is important.
As this system collapses into itself, there will obviously be jobs that are secure. Doctors, nurses, mechanics, firefighters, soldiers… these fields that deal with direct experience, with the body seem safe. But there’s not enough demand to allow everyone in the U.S. to be a doctor, or a police officer, or a farmer. What about the rest of us? What’s next?
My back-and-forth a purely intellectual pursuit in no way connected to authenticity, natural-born talent or the human soul.
I’ve been fascinated with Orlan since I first discovered her my freshman year of college. At the time, she was presented in my art history class as an artist who composited all these faces from famous works of art, and strived to transform herself into a grotesque copy of this simulated face. When I think about it now, this notion/narrative seems simplistic and quaint. There is such a performative aspect to her work that the above explanation is really the easy way out.
One of the most beautiful things about Orlan is that she makes apparent the fact that we are performing with our bodies each day. And while none of us are undergoing surgery without anesthetic, perhaps we should wake ourselves up to the artificiality of our day-to-day life and our movements.
I love it when artists make declarations like, “pain is an anachronism.” On the surface they seem so self-indulgent–oh, Orlan!–but these statements are perhaps the only things challenging us anymore.
A great song for when you’ve closed one chapter of your life, but you’re waiting for the next one to really get going. Not even in a romantic sense, just opportunities and ideas and relationships that have fallen by the … Continue reading →