out to puja patel who’s doing her damn thing at la voz for dance fiends. out to rusko who always looks completely ridiculous, with a douchbaggly brohawk that parts like an artifact from the terrible days of tektonique, which he somehow always makes look totally babely. he’s my tiesto-crush. i mean look at this cutie. SOMETHING IN THE WAY HE MOVES. he’s married, i think his wife is latina but i might be projecting.
Working with Rihanna: “She was good, man. She showed up to work. And you know, there wasn’t any special treatment or anything like that, and I don’t think any one of us would have allowed it anyway. [laughs] She’s chill, she was great.”
Playing outdoor hockey: “Oh no, no, I can’t, I can’t. I haven’t played outdoor in forever! Oh, I’d murder to, though.”
More HERE from my interview with Kitsch for Interview Magazine
“Dre was my main contact, and he brought Snoop and Warren G by. I would create the soundtrack elements for their music videos on Murder was The Case, Dre Day, and many others. They would have a small movie set up before the tune started and they loved what I came up with. I had big guns, amped-up car effects, and when they found out I had done the Halloween music, they had me add tension scoring under the scenes.”—For my latest Riff City column, I interviewed legendary film composer Alan Howarth — who’s done all the scores for John Carpenter movies, along with a few rap videos — about everything. Super psyched about this one, dude is awesome.
“Yes, Marcos is gay. Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the Metro at 10pm, a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains. Marcos is all the exploited, marginalised, oppressed minorities resisting and saying `Enough’. He is every minority who is now beginning to speak and every majority that must shut up and listen. He is every untolerated group searching for a way to speak. Everything that makes power and the good consciences of those in power uncomfortable — this is Marcos.”—
Marcos is almost more than a person. Marcos is a character, a symbol, in a way I think is unique to Mexican culture. Usually I’d have a problem with statement like this, but being that woman on the metro, that Chicanita in Eugene, that unhappy student, this rings true.
“I mean, do a group of old white ladies govern what goes on with my balls? No. They don’t. But this is what happens in America. Old white men who believe in an invisible man in the sky get to say what goes on in all women’s vaginas. The last time I tried to make anything happen inside a woman’s vagina I didn’t even get past the whole “taking her to dollar-beer and bingo night at the bar by my house” thing. Swing and a miss, there. And hey – that was just one vagina. In their case, they are trying to control ALL OF THE VAGINAS. Who do they think they are? Prince circa Purple Rain?”—
ALL OF THE VAGINAS. anyone who wants to drop a quarter in my tubes-tying tip jar, feel free. Actually, do you think i could get a kickstarter acct for that if I call it an ‘anti-anti-choice performance art project’ and offer bits of the surgical thread to top donors post surgery? Alternately, can we get a kickstarter account to shoot the GOP Congressppl into space on a rocket launcher? Yancey Strickler I’m officially asking!!!
“Up until recently I’d come out of any closet I found myself in — queer, non-monogamous, I fucking love Tool still, whatever — not that I live to hear the drink-choking sound, but because, to me, coming out was just one of the ways I could pay back the privileges that had been arbitrarily bestowed upon me (educated! white-appearing! “normal!”). My responsibility to normalize as much as I could. But training as an abortion provider is the first thing in my life that I hold back on spilling about. At the core of it, there’s a huge gap between saying “I had one” and saying “I do them.” I don’t want to alienate people. And nothing else I’ve ever done or been has felt like a direct invitation to a motivated someone out there to kill me and get away with it.”—
This is internet-old [March], but I just reread it and was again choked up. It’s a humane, funny, factual, powerful essay by a woman training to be an abortion provider in America, 2011. MUST READ.
Related: I briefly blogged today about the Indiana Republican who wants to ban abortion for rape and incest victims because, in his revolting words, “someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.”
In the comments of that post, women are advocating sterilization as a ‘pre-emptive strike against rapists and Republicans.’ That might sound extreme, or absurd, or unnecessarily expensive… until you read this companion piece to my post: Indiana Charges Pregnant Woman with ‘Feticide’ and Homicide. It will make you want to get your tubes tied before these woman-hating psychos can legislate against them.