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17 Oct 12:01

Monday links

by KimFrance

Sharing for the second link. Matty, I thought it was going to be fanzone crazy for you, but instead it's a book of costumes I want.



12 Jul 15:00

Bee’s Knees in Allston Is Only Temporarily Closed for Renovations

by Dana Hatic

Kenny, is this true? Give us the property management dirt.

There's been an ownership change

Boston hasn’t seen the last of a specialty food store that papered over its windows last week. As it turns out, Bee’s Knees Supply Company in Allston is only temporarily closed, and as the business moves forward following ownership changes, it will undergo some renovations and menu changes, according to Elliot Kim, who is the Allston store's general manager.

A Twitter post from the company last week that announced the closure of the Allston location was apparently sent by someone no longer affiliated with Bee’s Knees, and it has since been removed, Kim said. "That was not the ideal way for us to share with the community, as far as us going through renovations," Kim told Eater.

Moving forward, Kim said, Bee’s Knees will focus on delivering the same high-quality products and food to the Boston area, but the team will do some renovations to the space and redevelop the menu. "So this is actually a really good restructuring," he said.

"There’s a lot of moving pieces, obviously right now. Those need to be solidified before we give any kind of time projection," Kim said. "There’s a lot of things that may be entertained." Bee’s Knees will have the same concept and same quality, as well as a renewed commitment to serving the neighborhood, according to Kim.

01 Oct 05:01

Pricks of the Month: 13 Enamel Pins for October

by Haleigh Schiafo

so i'm going to by the hocus pocus one of course. kenny, you need the nancy one

Rejoice! It’s October, and you know what that means: Halloween. Of course, for the weirdos and witches of the world, we live every day like it’s All Hallow’s Eve. But for the next month, the rest of the world has caught up with our darkling ways. Ghosts, ghouls, black cats, and Jack-o-lanterns are everywhere, and it’s time to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

These pins capture all the spoopy excitement of Halloween, but of course, we’ll be wearing them all year round.

Spellbound Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Cavity Colors

The Sanderson sisters seem to have cast a spell on all of us; a spell to keep us strangely attracted to Sarah Jessica Parker’s witchy wiles and coming back for nineties nostalgia year after year. It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus, and it isn’t Halloween without it. Cavity Colors//$13

Black Cat Kewpie Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Lady No Brow

We’ll admit it, sometimes we can’t resist a little kitsch. A chubby-faced kewpie doll dressed as a black cat carrying a smiling jack-o-lantern is the perfect ode to cutesy vintage Halloween. Lady No Brow//$10

The Masterpiece Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Nadafinga Pins

Mad Monster Party is the severely underrated spooky cousin to Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. The familiar animation style of Rankin/Bass combines with our favorite monsters to bring us this red-headed bombshell of a creation, Francesca. Nadafinga Pins//$10

Monsters Club Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: The Creeping Museum

It’s not just a costume, it’s a way of life. Your monstrous ways extend far beyond October 31st, as does your love for all things black and orange. The Creeping Museum//$8

Spoopy Skeleton Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Bombasine

Everyone’s favorite misspelling turned viral meme, the term “spoopy” somehow envelops the silly fun of Halloween even better than its real word counterpart and we’re not ashamed to use it. Bombasine//$11

Wolfman Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Monster Club Co

The wolfman is a beloved classic monster, so wear this pin to all your Halloween movie viewings, and hold onto it to whip out around that special time of the month (the full moon; a Dracula pin might be more appropriate for that other time of the month). Monster Club Co//$12

Candy Corn Pentagram Pin

enamel pin
Credit: JXRXKX

This pin says, “I worship at the alter of Halloween candy,” and we fully support that. All hail the Lord of dark chocolate. JXRXKX//$5

Beetlejuice Gravestone Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Hope Sick Co

Here lies the ghost with the most. Keep his name out of your mouth so he stays undead and buried. Hope Sick Co//$8.50

Nancy Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Eat Her Brains

The nineties was a great time for witches, and Nancy is no exception. Sure she’s crazy, but we’ll be stealing her eyeliner and choker game for the rest of forever. “Relax, it’s only magic.” Eat Her Brains//$7

Jack-O-Lantern Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Creepy Co

Nothing says Halloween quite like a classic Jack-o-lantern. This one has a vintage look, and appears to have seen a ghost. Or perhaps he’s a bit concerned about the pumpkin spice everything craze. Creepy Co//$11

Strange & Unusual Club Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Lunar Crypt Co

“I myself am strange and unusual.” Lydia Deetz’s club seems like just the place for Dirgelings. Where do we sign up? Lunar Crypt Co//$8

Vladislav The Cat Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Staring Yeti

“Vladislav used to be extremely powerful. He could hypnotize crowds of people. Great orgies. 20-30 women. He could turn into all sorts of animals. But now he never gets the faces right. He would kill anybody. Men, women. Children. Burning… everything. It was totally great.But he suffered a humiliating defeat…at the hands of his arch-nemesis…The Beast. And, he’s never been the same.” We feel you Vlad, we feel you. Staring Yeti//$10

Fright Night Enamel Pin

enamel pin
Credit: Woe & Shucks

“It’s freaking bats! I love Halloween.” Enough said.

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Haleigh Schiafo

Haleigh Schiafo

Haleigh is a lover of all things magical, mystical, haunted, and historical. She is a buyer at Gypsy Warrior and co-founder of Babe Coven. When she's not doing one of those things, you can probably find her exploring the woods, lurking in a cemetery, or petting a cat. You can follow her on Instagram if you want to see pictures of her doing those things.


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23 Sep 22:24

The most amazing whistler in the world

by Jason Kottke

This guy is a better whistler than me.

Steve Wiles is a band director from Oklahoma who is a extremely talented whistler. Wiles can whistle two melodies at the same time.

Competitive whistler Christopher Ullman is pretty good too — he doesn’t kiss before competitions and his best friend is a tube of Chapstick.

When Roger Whittaker whistles, he sounds like a damn bird! Pavarotti was also not too shabby a whistler.

Tags: audio   Christopher Ullman   Luciano Pavarotti   music   Roger Whittaker   Steve Wiles   video
21 Sep 16:27

Wang Shu

by admin

// wang shu

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Wang Shu wall via El País.

13 Sep 20:55

The Illustrated Book of Poultry

by Jason Kottke


Illustrated Poultry

Illustrated Poultry

Illustrated Poultry

Illustrated Poultry

Illustrated Poultry

The Illustrated Book of Poultry by Lewis Wright, first published in 1870 and revised several times in the decades following, was “regarded as the most desirable of the English poultry books”. Poultry was very popular in Victorian England and the book housed a tremendous amount of practical poultry knowledge. From a Harvard Library blog post:

“Hen Fever”, as it became known during the Victorian Age, was an unprecedented obsession with owning, breeding, and showing the finest chickens in the world. The genesis of the poultry fancier owes much to Queen Victoria and her royal menagerie. In 1842, she acquired exotic chickens from China, and whatever the Queen did, the public would soon try to imitate and incorporate at home. The Illustrated London News reported “Her Majesty’s collection of fowls is very considerable, occupying half-a-dozen very extensive yards, several small fields, and numerous feeding-houses, laying-sheds, hospitals, winter courts, &c.”. From this point forward, poultry was no longer viewed as common farmyard critters, but valued and appreciated throughout the classes of Victorian Britain. The import and breeding of poultry was not just a leisurely hobby, but a profitable endeavor with sky rocketing price tags for the finest examples.

But the books also contained many wonderful illustrations of the finest examples of chickens and other poultry in the style of Audubon. The different breeds have amazing names like Buff Orpingtons, Plymouth Rocks, Dark Dorkingtons, and Gold Pencilled Hamburghs.

I pulled the images above from a 1911 edition of the book. (via @john_overholt)

Update: I removed a link to a reproduction of the book on Amazon because a reader reported that the quality was not great. (thx, alex)

Tags: art   books   illustration   Lewis Wright   The Illustrated Book of Poultry
14 Sep 13:00

Between Fable and Reality: The Art of Darla Teagarden

by Sarah Ghoul

I want to make witchy props

Please welcome S. Elizabeth to our growing team of staff writers! Sarah is no stranger to Haute Macabre, having contributed as a guest blogger many times over the years. She was a contributing writer for our friends at CoilHouse Magazine, on the BloodMilk Blog, Death and the Maiden, and was the creative force behind Skeletor Is Love. View her previous contributions to Haute Macabre here, and visit her personal blog at

The Gift

The Gift

The discovery of Darla Teagarden’s mixed media photography and conceptual self-portraiture was a thoroughly unexpected pleasure and a bit of a revelation to me when I initially became introduced to her work a few years back.

First, I suppose, because the image I chanced upon was a portrait of a friend, Angeliska Polachek–small world!–and secondly, although I knew my friend to be quite beautiful, Darla had transformed her into an otherworldly enchantress, a shimmering, splendid, utterly sublime creature. I’m not even the slightest bit embarrassed to admit that this was the very same way I pictured her, when I conjured the lovely Angeliska’s reflection in the mirror of my imagination!

As a fantasist who doesn’t quite always see things as they are, I view our world through a splinter of glass in my eye, a feverish vision of of circumstances and scenarios, slightly distorted and different. Darla Teagarden’s surreal photographic narratives, which walk that delicate line between fable and reality, resonated very deeply with this dreamer in me.

Angeliska Polachek as Titania

Angeliska Polachek as Titania

For the richly detailed imagery that comprises the highly atmospheric vignettes that she photographs, Darla draws on an intriguingly varied background consisting of experiences as a stylist, model, production designer, vintage clothes buyer and cabaret dancer. Through these myriad lenses, her projects are deeply imbued with fragile secrets and intense emotion, and I’ll confess, I have been following her subsequent work quite closely since the beauty of that first tremulous photo captured my heart.

Read further for this extraordinary artist’s insights and inspirations regarding her creations, as shared with Haute Macabre.

Poem for the Unnamed Witches

Poem for the Unnamed Witches

Haute Macabre: You provide the viewer with a narrative through photography; it shares a story, tells a tale. While I understand that you don’t wish to convey utter reality, I would also hesitate to call your work fiction or fable. Would you say that your photos then inhabit the space in between? And why do you think that space is such fertile ground for your work?
We all sort of live between fable and reality, anyway. There’s that side of us which walks into a misty forest, let’s say, and in an instant we make the moment richer in relation to our own experience. Connecting our inner lives to day-to-day situations is a way we can better understand ourselves. Cinema has allowed us new emotional access, and photography is related. I guess what I’m saying is, photography helps me understand myself and my issues.



…and as a visual story-teller, what are the kinds of stories you like best to share?
I love sharing symbolic insight and abstraction. I’ve always maintained that when I go into a concept it has to be succinct, like a poem. I love the challenge of being succinct while conveying something that could, if given the opportunity, fill a an entire film. I guess I like stories about survival most. We are all going to die, yet we still have to make choices.



I have enjoyed reading about your perspective on failure. Fail big and often, you seem to say–don’t be a giant, fragile weenie, just go out there and do the thing! I’d love to hear about your inspirations and influences in terms of Doers of Things and Fabulous Failures.
I have always surrounded myself with people who seemed to care less about the perceived consequences of failure and more about the need ‘to do’. The need to do should outweigh fear or else you’re going to be paralyzed. Of course, this is a goal and not always the case, but I try to accept possibility either way before I try something new. When I first began doing my photo projects, I knew I would suck. I did, and the proof is floating forever in the ethers of the web. However, I knew I had something to say. I knew I had to do something that made me less miserable, something that could alleviate injury… and, If i get better at it along the way, great. My inspirations have always been friends who need, not want, to express themselves because, I need it too. I guess it’s a tribe.



“Altars” was a collection of self portraits about living with mental illness, inspired both by your own life as well as the lives of friends and family members. Was your intent to educate or advocate, or perhaps to confront and work through some of your own struggles?
I would like to say my intention was to educate and advocate, but in the end, it was really just therapy for me. Yet, by coming from a singular place, it becomes broad and easily shared. It feels good when someone says, oh! I know this ! It’s a feeling of unity.

Mr. Goff

Mr. Goff

Mr. Goff, Guru of Grief, is a series that appears to be dealing with themes of mourning and loss. Can you speak to how this series came about, and who Mr. Goff is to you?
That series was in two parts, Mr. Goff and The Lamentation of Mrs. Fly. ( one of him alone and one with both of us).Mr. Goff is among the very few people I’d known in my youth, which is a big deal for me because I’ve lost so many friends to drugs, suicide, AIDS, mental illness, and the pure need to distance myself for survival. Anyway, he and I share the love and experience of one person named Nick Bohn- a visionary young man who died from a drug overdose after years of severe, poorly treated schizophrenia. He got me to move to New York were he was working with Kembra Pfahler, Little Annie and other like New York artists as a filmmaker. His life was frightening and chaotic but amazing, and inspired me to grab my own piece of New York. Mr. Goff and I reconnected recently and I felt to need to be with him in a piece of art to mourn Nick, but to also celebrate our survival in a simple visual poem. It’s in the shape of a fable but it’s all about mourning people who are gone , people who shaped you. Friendship.

Vesper (White Bat)

Vesper (White Bat)

And most recently, your Noble Creatures series, can you tell about that?
Noble creatures is about being misunderstood. For whatever reason I find it difficult to express what I’m about and what I need from people in real life. I just suck at it, but I keep trying nevertheless. These creatures are saying, “give me a chance or leave me alone.” It’s just a simple nod to people doing their best to be who they are without beating themselves up to fit somebody else’s ideas. I don’t mean to be precious–I am saying with a certain amount of humor, I’m pretty OK with myself these days, “Here’s my wings, here’s my many eyes, here’s my shell, my burdens, my dangerous bits… deal.”



Much of your work, though certainly abstract and surreal, is considered self portraiture. I’m curious as to where you see such your art as it relates to the “selfie society” that we’re thought of as living in today?
It’s the same in that the ‘selfie generation” is merely looking back at themselves to see themselves and hope others see them too. I am here! See me! But, there are rather significant differences in self portraiture, generally. Conceptual self portraitures are deliberate stories in relation to space that may or may not require the focus to be on the performer. My body and those of my collaborators are catalysts for story telling. I don’t require my ‘image’ to be the story but that of the environment created around the body. Selfies say, ”see me, I’m REAL !” Conceptual portraiture says, ”Feel this ghost”.



Any fantastical ideas percolating that may manifest soon? Any future projects on the horizon?
I want to explore the idea of being saved. We’ve all been saved and maybe even saved somebody. I like the idea that we have the capacity to save someone, from death, from despair, from going down the wrong path, from being blind, loneliness, obscurity, from illness, others, from ourselves. I like how vulnerable we really are. I love that, even with all the casual cynicism, we are still unreasonable romantics.

Thank you kindly, Darla, for giving your time to answer our questions.
See more of Darla Teagarden’s work on her website or follow her on Instagram for news and updates.

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30 Aug 14:12

The Woodcuts of Bryn Perrott

by Erin


Bryn Perrot‘s amazing woodcuts  are my new droolworthy-thing-I-seriously-need.  You can’t really get a sense of scale from the photos, but these are all nice big wall hanging pieces, not wee little rubber stamps. Although they would make AMAZING rubber stamps.

Did I mention that there are pet portraits?

26 Aug 22:55

Lesser Life

by swissmiss

well sometimes you don't get to choose, motherfucker

“do not choose the lesser life. do you hear me. do you hear me. choose the life that is. yours. the life that is seducing your lungs. that is dripping down your chin.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

24 Aug 13:00

Chinatown Has a New Spot for Shaved Ice and Crepes

by Dana Hatic

I want to go here!

Time for a matcha cocoa crepe at Sakura Sunakku

A new street food shop in Chinatown opened earlier this month, serving decadent crepe concoctions and frozen treats. The self-proclaimed "Japanese snackery" Sakura Sunakku opened up at 42 Beach St. with a lengthy menu of ice cream-filled crepes, non-dessert crepes, and some novelty snacks.

"Our mission is to bring the most popular street food to our customers and delight their taste buds," the business’s website reads. Those foods include piles of shaved ice, parfaits, rock salt milk tea, and more.

The sweet crepes include a crispy banana crepe, a fruit crepe, and a matcha cocoa crepe, which is served with strawberries, cookies, red bean, chocolate drizzle, and more. The lunch and dinner crepes are filled with everything from shrimp and salmon to chicken teriyaki and assorted vegetables, and the shaved snows and parfaits have a create-your-own option in addition to the set menu selections.

Sakura Sunakku grandly opened on August 6 and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Sakura Sunakku [Official Site]

16 Aug 05:10

The Sentient Sculptures of Ronit Baranga

by Maika Keuben

Love 'Untitled Feast' even if I think a great Hemingway pun was missed.

Israeli sculptress Ronit Baranga creates wonderfully unsettling clay sculptures that exist in a liminal realm where determining what is alive and what is inanimate is a hazardous guess at best. For series such as The Feast, Untitled Feast, and Breakfast, Baranga sculpted nimble human fingers and sensuously open mouths emerging from porcelain and ceramic tableware.

'The Feast', Ronit Baranga, 2014
‘The Feast,’ Ronit Baranga, 2014
'The Feast', Ronit Baranga, 2014
‘The Feast,’ Ronit Baranga, 2014

Baranga delights in turning inanimate dishware, both fancy and humble, into something visceral and unpredictable. When describing her tableware to Hi-Fructose, she said:

“I took the simple utensil- the utensil we take for granted, the passive utensil- and I gave it the limbs with which we use it. So, now the utensil is in a different place. It is active. It can decide whether to use itself, whether to allow me to use it, or whether to run away.”

'The Feast', Ronit Baranga, 2014
‘The Feast,’ Ronit Baranga, 2014

Self-aware and aware of its surroundings, Baranga’s surreal dishes and cups are active participants at mealtime. Sure, you’re hungry, but your plates are too. So dine with care or perhaps learn to share with your china, lest you lose a finger.

'Breakfast', Ronit Baranga, 2014
‘Breakfast,’ Ronit Baranga, 2014

Sitting down to afternoon tea sounds like a perfectly cordial and mundane event until the teapot starts to wander off, your saucer refuses to let go of your biscuit, or your teacup tries to kiss you.

'Breakfast', Ronit Baranga, 2014
‘Breakfast,’ Ronit Baranga, 2014
'Untitled Feast', Ronit Baranga, 2015
‘Untitled Feast,’ Ronit Baranga, 2015

In 2015 Baranga participated in Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park project in Somerset, England. Her Untitled Feast was exhibited inside a small circus tent on a large wooden dining table surrounded by 10 chairs.



Assembled around the table, as though about to participate in the wayward feast, was a motley gathering of fantastic creatures, each created by different artists. Among their number was Damien Hirst’s preserved “unicorn” (The Dream), Dorcas Casey’s Dream Beasts, a taxidermy mount created by Polly Morgan, one of Scott Hove’s Cakeland scupltures, and Banksy’s own envoy, a rabbit sitting upright inside a magician’s top hat holding a broken wand.

'Untitled Feast' in the Circus Tent at Dismaland
‘Untitled Feast’ in the Circus Tent at Dismaland

Was Lewis Carroll born too soon or Baranga much too late? Either way, the Hatter’s tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland would’ve been an even more chaotic and deranged affair had the guests included these 3 masked ladies and their dextrous china.



The odds are good this grabby teapot would’ve simply eaten the somnolent dormouse.

'Embraced, #1', 2016
‘Embraced, #1,’ 2016

Sentient tableware is only part of Baranga’s fascinating oeuvre. With an educational background in psychology and literature, she uses her relentless drive to create with clay in order to explore both herself and human nature on a larger scale, the intimacy of relationships, or sometimes simply to seek out the humor in the grotesque.

“My art expresses my life as it is at any given moment. It emphasizes my thoughts and feelings at the time. Some sculptures deal with feelings of lost or unused abilities – of which only the remains can be framed for display.” (Public Republic)

'The Border', Ronit Baranga, 2015
‘The Border,’ Ronit Baranga, 2015
'The Border', Ronit Baranga, 2015
‘The Border,’ Ronit Baranga, 2015

No matter what’s on her mind when she’s working on a sculpture, Baranga’s primary goal is to provoke an emotional response from her audience, be it positive or negative.

“Viewers of my work almost instantly react: they are either enthusiastic or appalled, but never indifferent. I hope that their harsh physical reaction stimulates them to think about the ideas and content that’s derived from my art.” (PUBLIC REPUBLIC)

'My Artemis', 2016
‘My Artemis,’ 2016
'I am a Jewel', Ronit Baranga, 2014
‘I am a Jewel,’ Ronit Baranga, 2014
'Grave Watchers' Childhood', Ronit Baranga, 2015
‘Grave Watchers’ Childhood,’ Ronit Baranga, 2015
'Unaware', Ronit Baranga, 2014
‘Unaware,’ Ronit Baranga, 2014

Visit Ronit Baranga’s website or follow her on Instagram or Facebook to view more of her provocative sculptures and keep up with her latest creations and upcoming exhibitions.

All images via Ronit Baranga.

Author information

Maika Keuben

Maika Keuben

Maika is a bird-mad bibliophile and professional seeker of all things eldritch and awesome. When she isn't buried in books and cats, creating tentacular curiosities, or building her witchy wunderkammer, she’s wandering forests, cemeteries, and beaches of the PNW with a satchel full of toy cameras and expired film, tossing peanuts to attentive crows. She's co-editor of Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome and can be found haunting Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and possibly the trees in your backyard.


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12 Aug 20:36

I Am - Somebody

by Jason Kottke

reminder to self

From 1971, here's Jessie Jackson on Sesame Street doing a call-and-response with the children of the poem I Am - Somebody.

I Am
I Am
I May Be Poor
But I Am
I May Be Young
But I Am
I May Be On Welfare
But I Am

It's difficult to imagine something like this airing on the show now. Sesame Street was originally designed to serve the needs of children in low-income homes, but now the newest episodes of the show air first on HBO...a trickle-down educational experience. (via @kathrynyu)

Tags: Jessie Jackson   poetry   Sesame Street   TV   video
19 Jul 13:55


by Samantha

WHAT?!?! Gray lipstick samples are happening.

Rituel de Fille Feral

The Feral collection by Rituel de Fille has filled the void in my life of a perfectly wearable grey lipstick. Strange Creature has just enough of a saturated undertone that it pairs impeccably with the Viscera Ash and Ember Eye Soot, a metallic blood red.

Rituel de Fille is now offering sample palettes, so you can test out their products before purchasing the full size (which I guarantee that you will).

Rituel de Fille Feral

Rituel de Fille Feral

Rituel de Fille Feral

26 Jul 06:57

Pickle Person

by swissmiss

Pickle Person

I am most definitely a Pickle Person.

19 Jul 14:14

Constructing a grass hut from scratch

by Jason Kottke

i'm going to go live in a hut

The dude from Primitive Technology is back and this time he's constructed a grass hut from scratch.

This hut is easy to build and houses a large volume. The shape is wind resistant and strong for it's materials. Gaps can be seen in the thatch but not if viewing from directly underneath meaning that it should shed rain well. A fire should be possible in the hut as long as it's small and kept in a pit in the center.The reason the hut took so long is due to the scarcity of grass on the hill. It could be built much quicker in a field.

Tags: architecture   video
11 Jul 00:16



love this rando tumblr so much

08 Jul 22:28

Police racism: a tale of two justice systems

by Jason Kottke


In 1974, Studs Terkel published a book called Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. One of the people he talked to for the book was Chicago police officer Renault Robinson. Robinson is African American and offered up his views to Terkel on how blacks are policed are the relevant bits of the interview. On traffic stops:

"About sixty percent of police-citizen conflict starts in a traffic situation. It's easier to stop a person on the pretext of a traffic violation than to stop him on the street. It's a lot easier to say, "Your tail light's out." "Your plate is dented." "You didn't make that turn right." You can then search his automobile, hoping you can find some contraband or a weapon. If he becomes irritated, with very little pushing on your part, you can make an arrest for disorderly conduct. These are all statistics which help your records.

Certain units in the task force have developed a science around stopping your automobile. These men know it's impossible to drive three blocks without committing a traffic violation. We've got so many rules on the books. These police officers use these things to get points and also hustle for money. The traffic law is a fat book. He knows if you don't have two lights on your license plate, that's a violation. If you have a crack in your windshield, that's a violation. If your muffler's dragging, that's a violation. He knows all these little things....

So if they stop the average black driver, in their mind the likelihood of finding five or six violations out of a hundred cars is highly possible.... After you've stopped a thousand, you've got 950 people who are very pissed off, 950 who might have been just average citizens, not doing anything wrong - teachers, doctors, lawyers, working people. The police don't care. Black folks don't have a voice to complain. Consequently, they continue to be victims of shadowy, improper, overburdened police service. Traffic is the big entree."

And on the type of young white male that the job was attracting at the time:

A large amount of young white officers are gung ho. It's an opportunity to make a lot of arrests, make money, and do a lot of other things. In their opinion, black people are all criminals, no morals, dirty and nasty. So the black people don't cooperate with the police and they have good cause not to. On the other hand, they're begging for more police service. They're over-patrolled and under-protected.

The young white guys turn out to be actually worse than their predecessors. They're more vicious. The average young white policeman comes from a working-class family, sometimes with less than a high-school education. He comes with built-in prejudices. The average young white cop is in bad shape. I think he can be saved if a change came from the top. If it could be for just eight hours a day. They may still hate niggers when they got off duty. They may still belong to the John Birch Society or the Ku Klux Klan. So what? They could be forced to perform better during the eight hours of work."

Reading about this stuff, I keep going back to the 9 principles of policing drawn up by London's Metropolitan Police in the 1820s in which the power of the police comes from the people, force is to be used minimally, and the efficacy of policing is judged on the absence of crime, not on the number of arrests or people sent to jail.

Redditt Hudson served as a police officer in St. Louis during the 1990s. He shared his perspective on race and policing with Vox last year: I'm a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing.

It is not only white officers who abuse their authority. The effect of institutional racism is such that no matter what color the officer abusing the citizen is, in the vast majority of those cases of abuse that citizen will be black or brown. That is what is allowed.

And no matter what an officer has done to a black person, that officer can always cover himself in the running narrative of heroism, risk, and sacrifice that is available to a uniformed police officer by virtue of simply reporting for duty.

(via @tonyszhou)

Tags: books   crime   interviews   legal   racism   Redditt Hudson   Renault Robinson   Studs Terkel
07 Jul 15:00

Idle Hands Gets to Work at New Brewery in Malden

by Dana Hatic

Y'all come chill in Malden with us!

It’s been a long year of construction, but Idle Hands reopens today

The space is new, but the beer is not. Idle Hands Craft Ales Opens its bigger, better, and brand new brewing space in Malden today after many months of construction, preparation, and brewing.

"This project has been in the works for so long," founder Chris Tkach told Eater on Wednesday during the brewery’s soft opening at 89 Commercial St. Idle Hands hosted friends and family at the brewery the night before to celebrate the hard work to get to this point, and Tkach said now was the time to decompress before the rest of the work begins — construction may be done, but the task of running the brewery is certainly not.

"Now it’s just a different list," Tkach said.

During construction, Idle Hands did a small amount of tenant brewing at Night Shift in Everett. Both breweries were previously located next to each other on Charlton Street in Everett, but they were forced to change locations due to the impending Wynn casino build.

Since Idle Hands did not have a full brewing schedule, Tkach said there was "certainly a lot of free time for me to pay attention to the buildout" of the Malden space.

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Idle Hands Craft Ales

The goal was to keep things on track as much as possible and to build a larger, more permanent brewing space than Idle Hands had in Everett, about which Tkach said, "it was very much a grassroots, cobbled together type of brewery." The Malden space was more thought-out and geared to be long-lasting. "There were things that we didn’t skimp on," Tkach said.

There were definitely some struggles, as with any building project, and Idle Hands didn’t get its certificate of occupancy until 40 minutes before opening for friends and family, Tkach said. Still, the trouble was worth it for the expansive space, which features seating for 60, a full bar, and functioning bathrooms (an improvement over the old bathroom situation), not to mention a 15-barrel brewing system, which Tkach estimates gives Idle Hands a 25-percent larger brewing capacity.

Idle Hands is bringing back some of its classic Belgian-style ales and adding some new hoppy beers that Tkach said seem to be driving the industry. The brewery is also getting rid of growlers and moving to the increasingly popular crowler, or 32-ounce can. It will likely begin retail sales of beer within the next couple weeks. Idle Hands brings in food from Mystic Station and will look to partner with food trucks in the future.

Tkach said having a taproom that is their own and created in their own vision makes all the difference. "That was a key thing when we were looking for a new location," he said — having a place to call home that provides the space to present the Idle Hands brand and beer.

 Dana Hatic for Eater
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24 Jun 07:01

Lizica Codreanu

by admin

life goals

// Lizica Codreanu in Brancusi via I'm Revolting

// Lizica Codreanu in Brancusi via I'm Revolting

// Lizica Codreanu in Brancusi via I'm Revolting

Dancer and yogi Lizica Codreanu, for whom Brancusi made costumes in 1922:

“[He] played a vinyl recording of Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies and invited the dancer to do a one-off performance in his studio, among sculptures.”

22 Jun 00:49

The Black Door Store

by Samantha

creating hairlines!

The Black Door Store


Mega babe Heather Gabel has launched her all-black vintage shop, The Black Door. Curated with pieces that mix domme with ultra-femme, each find is a special treasure.

Shop now at The Black Door.

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16 Jun 19:00

How to tell left from right

by Tim Carmody

Andy you are not alone (and neither am i)!

Not everyone can distinguish between left and right. Besides natural affinity (or lack of it), health, drug use, other chemical changes, and stress can all cause our basic body compass to break down.

Telling left from right necessitates complex brain processes that include spatial perceptions, memory, language, and the integration of sensory information. The task is made increasingly complex when a person must identify laterality on someone else. Yoga teachers and other fitness instructors have it extra rough: While calling out to students to bend their left knee, the instructor has to raise their own right to mirror the class...

However, the field under the most pressure to avoid lateral confusion is medicine. In the dentist's chair, there's money wasted when hygienists x-ray the wrong tooth. It's even worse when a left-right-disoriented dentist pulls one or more teeth from the incorrect side of the mouth. It's even more serious in general surgery: A 2011 report estimates that there are 40 wrong-site surgeries done weekly in the U.S., and many of those involve mixing up a patient's left and right. This is a devastating problem: If a doctor removes the healthy kidney and not the cancerous one, the results can be fatal. Wrong eye? Now we have a fully blind patient.

There's nothing inherent about left, right, up, and down -- or what are sometimes called "egocentric coordinates." Speakers of Guugu Yimithirr in Australia famously use a coordinate system that leans much more heavily on absolute geocentric references at right angles (their equivalent of north, south, east, and west).

This plays a little easier when you're playing off objects with fixed positions, like landmarks, or especially, the sun, than it does in big twisty-turny cities. But you could imagine in a world with ubiquitous handheld maps and compasses that a north/south/east/west orientation might make more sense.

What's more, some of the old tech people used to train themselves to distinguish or remember left and right -- miming handwriting, or wearing a wristwatch on one arm -- aren't as common or dominant as they once were. See also: distinguishing angular position by analogy with the face of an analog clock.

Either we come up with new tricks and new metaphors, or it's conceivable that what's seemed like an intuitive, natural way to think about the relative position of bodies in space could become a whole lot less intuitive for more and more people.

Tags: bodies   maps   science
15 Jun 16:30

X marks gender-neutral

by Tim Carmody

"Mx." (pronounced "mix" or "mux") is a gender-neutral honorific. It's used by people who don't want to be identified by gender, whether their gender identity isn't well-represented by the older forms, or they just don't want to offer that information or assume it when addressing someone else. "Mx." was added to Merriam Webster's unabridged dictionary in April, has begun to be used on official forms in the UK (the Royal Bank of Scotland has been an early adopter), and appeared in two recent stories in the New York Times, once as a preferred honorific for a Barnard College student who doesn't identify as male or female, and once in a story about "Mx." itself.

Linguistic experts say it is harder to change usage habits of words uttered frequently in speech, such as "she" and "he." But a realignment in honorifics may be more quickly achieved because courtesy titles are less often spoken than written, like in the completion and mailing of government, health care and financial documents, as well as in newspapers and other media publications.

This second story, quoting Oxford University Press's Katherine C. Martin, also notes that some of the earliest uses of "Mx." were in the 1980s, "when some people engaged in nascent forms of digital communication and did not know one another's gender."

Likewise, "Latinx" aims to be more comprehensive and more inclusive than the older terms Latino and Latina. "The 'x' makes Latino, a masculine identifier, gender-neutral," writes Raquel Reichard. "It also moves beyond Latin@ - which has been used in the past to include both masculine and feminine identities - to encompass genders outside of that limiting man-woman binary."

This lights up my amateur linguist brain in all sorts of ways, but here's one of them: the telescoping (maybe kaleidoscoping?) between usage, in all its messiness, and forms, in their desire for clear standards and finite options.

You can break that down further into usage within a community or group versus usage outside that community, and the formal protocols a publication like a newspaper or dictionary might follow versus paperwork or a database run by a business or government office. They all interplay with each other, and linguistic change happens or doesn't happen through all of them.

And I guess the last thought is about how digital culture, by expanding and transforming the kinds of communities, identities, forms, and publications that are possible, can accelerate those changes or hold them back.

This tweet by NBC News is a good example: the tweet uses "Latinx" (and "Hispanic") -- the linked story, like the name of the news vertical and twitter account, overwhelmingly uses "Latino," in both the body and the headline.

Or take Planned Parenthood. Many of the health provider's affiliates have updated their intake forms and other paperwork and communication. The new language is more gender-neutral, gender-inclusive, and more specific, separating anatomy, sexual activity, and gender identity. The national office is working on a new style guide to help other affiliates make their own changes.

Language about certain kinds of birth control has changed as well. "Male condoms" and "female condoms" are now referred to as internal and external condoms at Planned Parenthood of New York City.

"The language we're using today reflects the fact that gender is a spectrum and not a simple system, a binary system of male and female," says [PPNYC's Lauren] Porsch. "We really talk about having sexual and reproductive health services: women who have penises, men who have vaginas, and there are people with all different types of anatomy that may not identify with a binary gender at all," she says.

Again, while the changes eventually get reflected in Planned Parenthood's intake forms and other official language, it was implemented early in digital and social media -- specifically, in response to users on Tumblr.

"The Tumblr audience is smart. They understand feminism. They understand that sex ed isn't one-size-fits-all--even though that's what they were taught in school," says Perugini. "And they know that words matter. They didn't see themselves reflected in the language we were using on our social media pages or our website, and they let us know."

This is happening. It's happening in progressive, diverse, digital communities first. And for all their fractiousness, and the inherent difficulty in dealing with areas as complex and personal as identity, gender, and sexuality, it does feel like some standards are emerging. These are words worth watching. If you work with digital technology and people (and yeah, that's almost everyone), I hope you're paying attention.

Tags: dictionaries   language   Latino   Latinx
12 Jun 00:54

Motion capture dance madness

by Jason Kottke

wonder what Nick Cave would have to say?

People are doing amazing things with motion capture these days. (via colossal)

Tags: dance   video
29 May 20:59


by swissmiss

Fun way to write more? Annoying to get more email? Ether way, not a great plan as I job search/am writing my thesis.


Prompt is an experimental email-based community project.

The premise is simple: every day, you get a prompt in your inbox. You get 18 hours to write back with anything you want. The next day, you get a new prompt, but you also get to see what everybody else on the list wrote back.

Not that I want one more extra email in my inbox, but I do find the idea charming.

26 May 16:29

Thursday trifecta

by KimFrance

So that last one is by the teeny company I work for and I am so glad I went through and updated the availability for everything on our website on Monday because we are sold the fuck out and they will never be made again. By us.

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I bring you coasters, mostly because I’ve been looking for a new set, and—as I have related in the past—news is what happens to editors. First up: I am so in love with the improbable color combination here that I wish it were a dress.

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This braided version is like a cute little mini-rug.

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These are so fun and bright, but still also sophisticated enough not to look silly.



16 May 17:07

How not to get screwed buying a used car

by Jason Kottke

so can everyone make videos like this about everything? i can make one about being a decent retail employee, buying stuff at thrift stores, and running down hills in sabots

This video about how not to get screwed buying a used car crams an astounding amount of good information into three minutes.

Update: Bold claim by Robin Sloan on Twitter:

The calm density of this video is way more "future of visual communication" than 99% of claimants to that title

I agree. That video contained more information than a 44-minute episode of Mythbusters but the pace and energy were more relaxed.

Tags: cars   how to   Robin Sloan
16 May 18:42

Should Museums Be More Like Constables?

by Linda Norris

stuff i'm interested! community stories! sharing the mundane (because it's not really)!

I'm working on an exhibition for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Historical Society, in St. John's, NL.  I've been digging deep into their archives to learn more about the two hundred year history of the force, but a few weeks ago, I found some materials that I thought held some important lessons for museums.

I found a file containing a series of reports from 1948 from outport communities all over Newfoundland.  This was a critical time for what is now a province, because the vote about whether or not to become a part of Canada was drawing near.  It seems not far away, but as you'll see, it was still a time when those communities were often cut off by weather and bad roads.   These monthly reports were generally titled, "Economical and Social Life of the District,"  and were written by the local constable to be submitted to the chief constable in St. John's.

Here's a few excerpts:

In Corner Brook, in January, "the economical condition is quite good, and people in the main are employed gainfully and there is no report of able-bodied relief.  However, the herring fishery during the month is not nearly as good in previous years..."   and in February, the health of that community was "good during the month and there was no serious illness; there was however, a series of colds with no ill effects."

From Gander in February, "The Social aspect of the community remains more or less unchanged. However there has been some activity in connection with the various churches and the British Red Cross...the Gander Public Library is also filling an important position in the life of the community and is also increasing its services to the public..."

February was a quiet month in Ferryland, "There were no dances or parties of any kind held during the month" and the economy was bad, "Quite a number of men from Ferryland, Calvert and Cape Broyle are applying for relief."   In Trepassey, the weather was so bad that "the roof blew off Leonard Hachette's house and was beaten into matchwood."  As the bad weather continued there, "the men are complaining very much of having no food for their cattle.  There is no hay or oats anywhere in my territory as there is no boats running from here to town they cannot get food."

Spring finally comes that year, and the constable in Clark's Beach reports in April, "There have been no seals taken this month.  The people are all getting their fencing done for planting their vegetables...a card party and supper was held in the C.E. school at Salmon Cove and it was well-patronized by all."

Every month, the constables also took the political temperature of their towns around the issue of confederation or not, even though, said one,  "it's difficult to say."

What do I think museums can learn from these reports?

I can't tell you the number of times I've heard museum staff, board and volunteers say, "but no one comes, no one is interested."  That's because, I believe, you're not interested in them.  What would happen if you regularly spent time at a board or staff meeting talking about the social or economical conditions of your community?  Could you then learn about concerns--and equally importantly, learn about the parts of your community that you, as an organization don't connect with in any way?

I'm also struck by the empathy shown in these reports.  There's a real understanding of how and why relief is needed, of what benefits a community, and of the challenges and successes of community life.  That comes from attentiveness to the places we live--and all the people who live there too.  Our work can and should be a reciprocal process--that's how we can become essential parts of community life.

Top:  Constables and community member, RNCHS collection
Bottom:  Adults in kitchen, Pools Island, Bonavista Bay, Gustav Anderson Photo Collection, The Rooms.

06 May 20:17

Internet Argument Robot

by swissmiss

05 May 10:58

Ask Yourself…

by swissmiss

everything i do, apparently

“Ask yourself if you would do it if nobody would ever see it, you would never be compensated for it and nobody wanted it.”
– Ernst Haas

(via Oliver Jeffers)

04 May 20:03

ATTENTION SHOPPERS: The Comme des Garçons Mega-Sale Is Coming Back With Dover Street Market Too! + More Last Minute Sample Sales

by shophound

um, i wish i had any disposable income, cuz i would hop a bus to nyc on the 20th in a heartbeat...

We told you that there would likely be a few last minute sale announcements this week, and we weren't wrong. Like the private JIMMY CHOO sale that went public today at Metropolitan Pavilion (through tomorrow the 5th), Several covetable labels...