“…it’s easier for minorities to remain central to a music scene when it’s small, local and personal. Once it becomes a massive global phenomenon, it’s much harder for marginalized people to stay inside the frame of attention. But another reason for this absence is that history is written by victors: as dance music became more mainstream and had more crossover success, the people writing its history followed the “more relevant” threads into primarily straight, white, middle class environments, quickly forgetting about the more queer and colorful scenes that were still dancing and making music.”
1 month ago
Luis-Manuel Garcia in "An alternate history of sexuality in club culture"
This is super long and of course can’t cover everything, but it is worth the read, from start to finish. Love that someone is finally addressing the straight/white/male mainstream dominance of club culture and what that means for fringe populations.
do you find that songwriters/lyricists influence your writing style as much as literary writers do?
My favorite musicians are almost always brilliant lyricists and songwriters, but I don’t think their style influences my writing. My favorite lyricists include Bjork, St. Vincent, and Kate Bush. I believe their diction is much more pointed, calculating, and debilitating in their exactness than I could ever accomplish with my writing. They know exactly what they want to say and they get to it in the precise and perfect amount of words.
I do think, and this will probably sound strange, that my writing style is often informed by the rhythm and production of many musicians. When I was younger, I made a conscious decision to write as if the written word were being spoken aloud. I like writing (and music) that has a distinct voice, but even more, a distinct flow. I try to write as if enveloping the reader, leaving them consumed with the mood and the rhythm of the words even more than the words themselves. I am not the type of listener that can find something to enjoy in any genre. I stick to certain genres because they produce feelings that feel authentic to my experiences, and thus, to anything I do (whether it is dancing or crying or writing).
Most of my writing, even if it is not about myself, tries to evoke the feeling of consuming or studying or enjoying or hating a part of culture or art. I’ve always been drawn to music that feels immediate, as if it was pulled right out of the creator’s mind and heart and I try to write from that perspective as well.
“Yes, you get older, but you can also grow tougher, kinder, braver. You can claw out the life you wanted. But as you age, the world will tell you you’re less worthy, even if you know that’s a lie. If there’s one thing society won’t stand for, it’s for a woman to be content.”
1 month ago
"On Turning 30" by Molly Crabapple
I am only 26, but it’s like this essay by Molly Crabapple came at the absolute right time. I read it this morning the day after a breakup, with heavy, swollen eyes. My night was consumed with thoughts about age and contentment. This felt very comforting, if necessarily raw.
my 2 year old daughter is also a diva warrior princess. her headstrong personality shows me this everyday
Every parent should nurture headstrong personalities in their daughters. It is critical to their survival.
friendly reminder that you are a human being. have a nice day now :)
No, I am a Diva Warrior Princess from the future.
why are ladies scared of a well hung dude?
Maybe they’re not scared of your endowment. Maybe you just don’t know how to work with what you’ve got.