Daily Archives: 9:29 PM, September 10, 2010

Flashbacks to High School: Oh, the Lord of the Rings

Warning: There is some serious stream-of-consciousness rambling ahead. It’s random and not particularly well-written, but it was fun to write! If you don’t have the patience for mindless, aimless drivel, please skip this.

It is almost ridiculous how much I love The Lord of the Rings. I love the books; I love the movies; I love the books about the movies. My fabulous roommate Karrah is back (she was on a trip for the past week), and she and her boyfriend decided to watch The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. And, of course, if you’re going to watch LotR, you’ve got to do it properly, so I volunteered the movie (for three years, my most beloved Christmas presents from my parents were the extended editions). And I couldn’t very well pass up an opportunity to watch LotR, especially not when Karrah was watching it (given that Karrah and I have numerous memories of LotR-related shenanigans from when they came out in theatre). Continue reading

Who is Dean Spade? (a.k.a. Why I’m So Excited About His Book)

So, I realized that I just freaked out about the fact that Dean Spade has a book coming out, and most of you have probably never heard of him (unless you were near me around the 26th of March this past spring, as I had just attended a lecture he gave and wouldn’t shut up about him).

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Dean Spade Wrote a Book!

Dean Spade has a book coming out! I’m so excited! !!!!!

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I’ll continue in a more sedate manner. Continue reading

What We Want, Not What We Can Win

I’m currently reading a book by The CR10 Publications Collective (CR10 referring to Critical Resistance‘s 10th anniversary of its first conference in 1998); it’s called Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex, and it’s really fascinating reading. I haven’t added it to my book recommendation list yet because I haven’t actually finished it, but it’s been really great so far.

Rachel Herzing, the CR10 Project Director at Critical Resistance, is quoted as saying

Prison industrial complex abolition is dreaming wildly and having that be okay. It’s genuinely asking for want we want, rather than what we think we can win [emphasis added]. Why should I not want to be completely liberated and have my people around me and feel healthy and stable and be able to engage with people, to be able to hold people accountable? (11)

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Freshly Shortened Hair

Haircut 9/10/10 - 1 Haircut 9/9/10 - 4

I just got my first haircut in Chicago! New haircuts always put me in a good mood. I get so frustrated with my hair as it grows out and gets shapeless (by which I mean, I begin to look like a chia pet), so having it nice and short again just makes me smile. A lot. Continue reading