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01

May

What we have here is a clear and simple case of architectural racism. “It’s not like everything else around here!” is a pathetic excuse for hiring a lawyer to have a building permit reversed. I am ashamed to be associated with whatever system it is that permits narrow-minded neighbors with no taste to imperiously and arbitrarily determine what is “acceptable” and what is not with the homeowners exclusively bearing the financial cost.

What we have here is a clear and simple case of architectural racism. “It’s not like everything else around here!” is a pathetic excuse for hiring a lawyer to have a building permit reversed. I am ashamed to be associated with whatever system it is that permits narrow-minded neighbors with no taste to imperiously and arbitrarily determine what is “acceptable” and what is not with the homeowners exclusively bearing the financial cost.

22

Apr

Woodruff’s is dead; long live Woodruff’s

The last ever acoustic open mic night is taking place right this very moment. What a delightfully excessive amount of making out and pot (yes, even for Ypsi). You’ll be missed, Woodruff’s; the chains moving in to Depot Town this summer won’t be able to hold a candle to your squalid self-assurance.

14

Apr

An open letter to the auto service industry

Dear tow drivers, roadside assistance techs, mechanics, and even gas station attendants:

I have both a small car and a vagina.  Neither means I am illiterate when it comes to repairs.  If I bring something to you requesting service, I don’t want to be asked with a smirk whether I’ve performed remedial troubleshooting before calling you.  Ask me; or ask me the same, slightly more intelligent questions you ask of my male counterparts; but keep your condescending attitude to yourself.  What do you think “service industry” actually means?  And anyway, didn’t your mother teach you better than that?  

Furious,

Jessica A.S. Letaw

P.S. I realize you treat me with slightly more respect when I wear my plaid flannel shirt, and I guess? I appreciate the improved treatment when you think I’m a dyke, although I am at a loss how in your world logic my perceived sexual partners determine my automotive proficiency.

08

Apr

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
Stanley Kubrick

08

Mar

The Quote that Set the Stage for "Sites of Decline"

ampersandmichigan:

"All cities are geological; you cannot take three steps without encountering ghosts bearing all the prestige of their legends. Certain shifting angles, certain receding perspectives, allow us to glimpse original conceptions of space, but this vision remains fragmentary. It must be sought in the…

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05

Mar

"Great taste" is often conflated with "inflexibly opinionated".
Jessica A.S. Letaw

02

Mar

You can have a silence full of words. A lute retains, in its bowl, the notes it has played. The viol, in its strings, holds a concord. A shriveled petal can hold its scent, a prayer can rattle with curses; an empty house, when the owners have gone out, can still be loud with ghosts.
Hilary Mantel, “Wolf Hall”