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not reticent, I'm Renaissance.
quasi-academic. too old for Tumblr.
some people call me Laura. some people call me Lola. other people call me other things.


    Diving into the Wreck, Adrienne Rich →


    First having read the book of myths,
    and loaded the camera,
    and checked the edge of the knife-blade,
    I put on
    the body-armor of black rubber
    the absurd flippers
    the grave and awkward mask.
    I am having to do this
    not like Cousteau with his
    assiduous team

    — 9 hours ago with 144 notes


    do men have resting bitch faces as well or do they not have negative characteristics ascribed to them for putting on a neutral rather than a deliriously happy facial expression

    (via monstrositysuperstar)

    — 21 hours ago with 37857 notes






    tbh she is a huge inspiration for me for fashion and body positivity

    (Source: ohohopidr, via thelephantmansgf)

    — 1 day ago with 6945 notes

    Franz Kafka: the Rock Opera from Home Movies 

    still the funniest thing ever. 

    — 1 day ago with 1 note
    #kafka  #home movies  #now I'm sympathizin' with fleas  #he is franz kafka franzkafka 



    Auntie Kate at home with Puggle and table made of mannequin legs + detail shot of the living room wall, photographed for THE HERO ISSUE.

    © Amos Mac

    Kate is fighting cancer again and needs our help.

    (Source: amosmac.com)

    — 2 days ago with 298 notes
    Click here to support Help Keep Dan Smiling! by Jules Minkoff →


    Hey y’all this is the fundraiser for my teeth that my partner made for me. If you can, pls donate (I got a hold of some pretty great thank you gifts!), if you can’t, would you reblog/share this for me? Many many thanks <3 <3 <3 

    (via holyfuckmeinthemouth)

    — 3 days ago with 28 notes

    "it’s written in her blood, oh, it’s written in our bones / yeah, she’s ripping out the pages of your book / she’s gonna find another way back home /…she’ll only be bound by the things she chooses." - Lucius, "Wildewoman,” 2013 

    But people can’t, unhappily, invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, anymore than they can invent their parents.  Life gives these and also takes them away and the great difficulty is to say Yes to life.” - James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room, 1956

    "what I choose is my choice / what’s a boy supposed to do? / the killer in me is the killer in you." - Smashing Pumpkins, "Disarm," 1993

    — 4 days ago
    #lyrical comparisons  #james baldwin  #lucius  #freedom  #mooring posts  #giovanni's room  #choice  #Smashing Pumpkins 

    Julius Caesar and the Roman empire couldn’t conquer the blue sky

    — 4 days ago
    #jamz  #crowded house 

    I have a trigger warning policy in my syllabus. it’s been there for a few semesters. it encourages (w/o mandating) students to use trigger warnings themselves, explains why it’s considerate to do so, and states that I, as the instructor, will tell students in advance about intense subject matter.

    because it’s just more my style, I tend to be pretty casual with my “warnings.” I usually don’t even call it a trigger warning. I’ll just describe the subject matter of upcoming readings. for example, the students in my Rhetoric of Confession class have a group project where they pick from a list of memoirs to read parts of and present on, and I give them a list of keywords for each book which alerts them to potential triggers while also just giving students a taste of what each book is about. 

    the main thing I have to say about this is it just really isn’t a big deal in my class. no one has “used” being triggered to “get out” of anything.  if anything, I think just letting students know that I understand that our course content can be triggering and/or uncomfortable and that I would be responsive if they were triggered and/or uncomfortable makes many of them feel safer and/or more comfortable. 

    I believe, from my experience as a TA & instructor, that students in courses without any kind of trigger or content warning are probably more likely to check out & not do work & skip class for reasons of trigger / trauma / discomfort / anxiety than are students in courses where they feel like those concerns & responses will be taken seriously. 

    — 6 days ago with 9 notes
    #the dreaded academic trigger warning  #confessionalbooth  #rhetoric of confession  #pedagogy