BEST FILMS I SAW THIS YEAR
I used to not like anything created before 9/11, because I had weirdly Maoist ideas (especially about art) and was generally wrong about a lot of things. Turns out that while everything is so much, everything has always been so much.
Blue is the Warmest Color
I’ve never scissored but I have spent days crying while eating because the humble little gay life that I worked so hard to build was crumbling around me so yes, this was much better than Glee.
Seeing this movie was maybe the most casual, stress-free cultural experience I had in New York City this year. I felt very grateful.
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
This year I have been working on myself - learning to love myself, developing confidence in my ideas, addressing my insecurities. Zizek is obsessed with trash, believes in the impossible, and his haters only make him stronger. One of many tween spirit guides for 2013.
The New World; Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Syndromes and a Century; Upstream Color; Post Tenebras Lux
You know how some black metal bros learn to find transcendence not in oppressive blast-beat obliteration but the overwhelming beauty and casual cruelty of nature, and then they make those beautiful melancholy buzzy albums about woodland sprites? I think this is my favorite kind of movie. When I took shrooms this summer I thought I was in a Malick film, I felt like maybe I was dead, I kissed the earth and forgot why I was crying.
Killer of Sheep
Probably the best thing I’ve ever seen.
- you: whats ur major
- me: have u heard of lesbian witchcraft?
- you: there arent many jobs in that field u know.......
- me: *turns u into a gay ass frog*
"We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’ domain. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present. The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of the moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds … Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world."
In memory of José Esteban Muñoz, from his book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (via nyupress)
"I have proposed a different understanding of melancholia that does not see it as a pathology or as a self-absorbed mood that inhibits activism. Rather, it is a mechanism that helps us (re)construct identity and take our dead with us to the various battles we must wage in their names- and in our names."
José Esteban Muñoz, Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (via ganais)
NSC mtg. with President—
As [it] ended he asked to see me alone…
After the meeting ended I went to Oval Office—He was alone
He was at his desk—
He talked about the meet
Then he said I want you to develop a plan to invade Ir[aq]. Do it outside the normal channels. Do it creatively so we don’t have to take so much cover [?]
Then he said Dick [Cheney] told me about your son—I broke down and cried. I couldn’t speak—
said I love him so much
He said I can’t imagine the burden you are carrying for the country and your son—
He said much more.
Stood and hugged me
An amazing day—
He is a fine human being—
I am so grateful he is President.
I am proud to be working for him.
This is crazy. My dad is an astronomy professor, and we just had dinner with his astronomy advisor from Harvard. He asked what I was into and I told him about my ventures into hip-hop (I’m a rapper/producer). He asked if I knew about Kanye West, and obviously being a Ye stan I kept my cool and told him yes. He then told me that him and Donda West were good friends and co-teachers in China, and he got to spend a great deal of time playing with Kanye as a kid. Out of nowhere he whips out this picture and my jaw-drops. He said Kanye was a really sweet kid who wasn’t afraid to speak to adults and ask questions.
"The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally."
Amiri Baraka (via westindians)
plain and simple.(via experimentaltimeorder)