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lamenting to the moon

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 7:39 pm
Mood: albuna
Now Playing: Tattle Tale - Glass Vase Cello Case
Gabriela, who is Dominican and is always bewildered when it's written with ll because in Spanish, it's pronounced like the Hungarian ly, who is an actor, and loves to write scripts, poems, and short stories, and whenever she gets going, she won't stop. She asked me about The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, which apparently Mo Sing Ing hated so much she threw it in the trash so nobody else would ever pick it up, which is a damn fucking shame if you ask me. My decision to read it had little to do with that and more to do with wanting some escape from our current reality. Which, I suppose, is what Boston is. I might read Jack Faust at some point, and maybe The Summer Isles.
She wanted to be an astrophysicist but then algebra happened.
She says that the Dominicans and the Puerto Ricans each act like the other copied their culture.
There are no penguins in Madagascar, she says.
John is good at math and science.

I was expecting Sydney's name to be Ashley. I was about to say something about Ashley being more appropriate for Sam but then I remembered that Samantha is a character in Vagrant Story. Samantha is a name of uncertain origin. Also there's a John Hardin in Vagrant Story.
Sam and Sydney might be sisters but I doubt it.

Brenna's become a really common name, apparently. Brenna was saying something about cats to Emily. I didn't even ask Baylie to spell her name for me; she probably gets a lot of people asking so she spells it out preemptively. She has a jade pendant.

There was a woman with half abyssopelagic black and half crimson hair, and her face reminded me of Shannon's.
The woman with the black hat, hoop earrings, a bright orange trench coat, a scarf, a colorful skirt asked me if I was taking notes or drawing her. A woman passed by, exiting the train, and told me they were beautiful.
Whatever their names are, I didn't get them. Ashley or Callo or Neesa or Tia, no doubt.

I think it was a coincidence but in the corridor at the back entrance that nobody actually uses unless they came from the Gardner museum of want to see the giant baby head had works by two African-American artists. Some people were sketching the subjects of his portraits.
Black lives matter more than ever now that we have Trump in power.
HomiE has been up since July, but that's important too. And I want more stuff like Clarice Assad and Gonzalo Grau in the future.

I forgot to write this down last time I was there: the mural currently in Political Intent with the black and white silhouettes is a commentary on sexual and racial violence in the antebellum south, and in those days, houses were decorated with framed silhouettes.

Sarah and Katie are twins. I can't tell if they're identical or fraternal because they do try to distinguish themselves. Katie had pink-dyed hair and I started drawing her from one position but a woman had to get by me and so I finished drawing her from a different position, and she wore a light brown fleece hoodie and a gray shirt with silver sequin designs. Sarah's hair is undyed and she kept relatively still. She wore a black jacket and black shirt underneath. Otherwise, they look alike.
They are singers in the Handel and Haydn Society's youth chorus, but at their school, they have only an a cappella group. They were performing works by Claude Debussy, I think she said Nuits d'etoiles or maybe Nuits blanches, but I can't remember, and by Felix Mendelssohn, which I didn't ask about. I've been listening to Debussy's music since before they were born. Arabesque #1, La cathédrale engloutie, and Reverie are all used in the obscure Macintosh RPG Odyssey: The Legend of Nemesis. They are intrigued by the Guatemalan chorus.
They both had safety pins pinned to their shirts. In other words, they're no fans of Trump. In fact, they were at a protest against Trump on Friday night. I said that my only real hope is that Trump burnt too many bridges with the Republican establishment and they'll try to get rid of him but that just means we end up with Mike "Conversion Therapy" Pence, and that the Democrats abuse the shit out of the filibuster whenever they can, which is a frail hope. Frailer still, if the Democrats can pull their heads out of their asses in the midterm elections, and maybe those rural voters will realize what a buffoon he is. Maybe his staggering ineptitude will mean that the military will refuse to fight for him. And I don't think they have they can approve of an amendment yet.
Thing is, even if Trump isn't himself a white supremacists, it was the white supremacists who brought him to power. Katie says this enables them and legitimizes their beliefs. I know I called Satan a faerie tale during the spirit cooking fiasco but in every story where someone makes a deal with the devil, they always end up with a lot more than they bargained for. Unless you're Rick Sanchez.
They were old enough to vote, which is good. Katie says you really can't complain if you don't vote but I think people who can't vote because they were too young or people who aren't citizens or people who couldn't reach the polling place because they need the cardinal rule of "if Dora the Explorer couldn't find her polling place, it's too hard to find. And Dora couldn't find her arse with both hands and a treasure map" can all complain if they want to. And the election was suborned by Putin, Dugin, Assange, Teddy Beale, et cedera.
And I can't blame the Johnson voters because they were never going to vote for Hillary and there weren't enough Jill Stein voters to make an impact. I can and I will blame the moderates for not voting. And those people who voted for Hillary but straight Republican for everything else, all to satiate their deep-seated fear of all things Islamic. Hello? You had one job and boy, did you screw it up big time. We're one state away from having enough Republican state legislators to amend the constitution. She felt the same way I did: maybe Michigan and Wisconsin will change sides because Virginia did. I guess Detroit and Flint have hemorrhaged a lot of population (most of the cities in the Midwest are hemorrhaging population and any statewide population gains are rural or suburban) and I don't know what expectations I had for the state that re-elected Scott Walker.
Katie blames the electoral college as well. It swings things too far in the other direction: it marginalizes 1) anyone living in a city and b) anyone not living in Ohio or Florida.
I can imagine him becoming overwhelmed or bored, leaving the actual statecraft to Pence and the cabinet, and spending most of his time aggressively redecorating the white house and turning the entirety of Washington D.C. into the Palace of Yzorderrex.
She said Brexit was divided between urban and rural as well as England and Scotland. Or maybe she said that Brexit was because moderates are idiots.

The conductor sounded like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I can't think of a bad one-liner involving trains. Good thing whatever he said had to do with the Ashmont train and buses to Ashmont so it didn't matter to me.

Shannon asked this. No, Shannon, you aren't the only person who's "wired other-centric." I get that some mine worker in West Virginia who is at risk of losing his job due to the obsolescence of coal power and whose son is overdosing on heroin isn't going to think of the plight of Muslims or black people and won't be convinced that white privilege is a thing. But come on, I imagine everyone has friends or family who are GBLT and yet they voted in a vice president who supports electroshock aversion therapy.
burning question: When did it become okay to only think about oneself and to turn a blind eye on blatant hate-filled speech?


siglinde99 at 2016-11-13 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
I read an interesting article by a a guy who was originally from the rural mid-west, and he said he never met a gay person (at least that he was aware of) until he went away to college. His roommate was gay. I suspect the anti-gay rhetoric in some areas is so strong that those who are stay firmly in the closet until they have escaped to another part of the country. The author of the article was arguing for reaching outside of our bubbles to the "other" and put a human face on it. I think it works to a certain extent. I am told that one of my great-uncles was pretty vociferously anti-gay until one of his grandsons came out. He didn't like gays when they were abstract but he loves Devin to bits, so suddenly he had a major attitude shift.
asseleto98 at 2016-11-16 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
the room is full of ghosts
yamamanama at 2016-11-16 23:06 (UTC) (Link)
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