…the familiar understanding of the Civil Rights movement is that Martin Luther King, Jr., was the person who initiated it—but in fact, ass-kicking investigator and activist Rosa Parks was initiating resistance while King was still in high school. She wasn’t an elderly woman who happened to sit on the bus: she was a radical activist who saw what needed to be done, and then kept her mouth shut so that she could become a strategic symbol.
I think there are a lot of things out there that focus on the aesthetics of riot grrrl and punk, and might just show covers of zines or something, but I wanted to show the texts as well…People are still really hungry for this material.
Uh, can somebody please explain to me why I never knew that NYU had a Riot Grrrl zine collection!? I could have been supporting the scene this entire time! Slash, this is reminding me that I still need to read our book, Girl Zines. Check it out!
Loving the one on the top-right.
Now, via medievalist Emir O. Filipovic, evidence that cats have been up to this same mischief for six centuries: inky pawprints, gracing a page of the 13th volume of “Lettere e commissioni di Levante,” which collated copies of letters and instructions that the Dubrovnik/Ragusan government sent to its merchants and envoys throughout southeastern Europe (Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia etc.), according to Filipovic — sort of a 15th-century Federal Register. The particular document that the cat got its paws on dates to March 11th, 1445.
Read more. [Image: Emir O. Filipovic]
Some things never change.
But I know that the moments I’ve felt the loneliest are when I’ve been in a relationship, wondering why there’s so much distance when there should only be closeness. The coupled are supposed to be the lucky ones, so why all this sadness? Is it possible that the coupled inoculate themselves against this haunting sense of disconnect by refusing it away, and pushing their confusion onto the single, insisting, again and again, that it’s the single who are lonely, not they?
We <3 this lady. Seriously—did you know that before New York ultimately came to host the UN, small towns in South Dakota thought they were the right fit?
Intrigued? WE WERE TOO. Watch Charlene Mires’s entire interview here and listen to the doozy of a story—boosters! political drama! famous families stepping in to save the day!—that is the race for the capital of the world.
“Getting Wasted” on Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras is a day of raucous celebration, especially among college students. Of course, sometimes these celebrations can go a bit too far, an issue that Thomas Vander Ven examines in his work, Getting Wasted. In the work, Van provides an account for the excesses that typically occur on college campuses, especially around days like this. Nevertheless, we at NYU Press hope that you have a fantastic Fat Tuesday–just go easy on the cocktails!