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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…

It’s almost here!!

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”

26

Feb

Machine Wall Drawing (Four Months)Tristan PerichNovember 16, 2013 to March 30, 2014
Is it art if the work is being produced in front of you?  Is it art if the artist is absent?  Is it art if a gadget holds the pen and is guided by two pulleys whose movements are dictated by pre-written code?

Tristan Perich says yes, and he is right.

Machine Wall Drawing (Four Months)
Tristan Perich
November 16, 2013 to March 30, 2014

Is it art if the work is being produced in front of you?  Is it art if the artist is absent?  Is it art if a gadget holds the pen and is guided by two pulleys whose movements are dictated by pre-written code?

Tristan Perich says yes, and he is right.

25

Feb

thegetty:

The secret life of a French buttress.

Perspective des contreforts et commencement des rues perdues de N.D. de Rheims, Champagne, 1857, Adrien Dauzats, Charles Nodier. Getty Research Institute.

This immediately hits me like a made-for-TV miniseries.

"The Secret Life of a Parapet"

"The Secret Life of a Rain Barrel"

"The Secret Life of a Train Bridge Trestle"

What “secret life” prospects make you tingle?