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What Barbara Kruger Teaches Us About Speaking Up

What Barbara Kruger Teaches Us About Speaking Up

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Image: Hirshhorn Museum

Use your words, guys. Barbara Kruger does.

The 67-year-old artist based in New York is known for using big, bold text (often in Helvetica) to create sharp, witty mixed-media critiques about the world around her. Design jobs at Conde Nast and Mademoiselle have given her insight into American consumerism, mainstream media and the print world—and the opinionated artist…

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#WhyIStayed, #WhyILeft: Why Do We Have To Keep Explaining Ourselves?

#WhyIStayed, #WhyILeft: Why Do We Have To Keep Explaining Ourselves?

By STACIA M. FLEEGAL

I’m a survivor of domestic violence.

Even my abuser, at one point, asked me why I stayed—why, if I was so miserable and scared, didn’t I just leave him already?

“You love being a victim,” he sneered in conclusion.

Unfortunately, the ones committing the violence are by far not the only ones who have a warped and reductive view of what it means to be a victim.

I’m a huge…

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Weekly Tarot With Tif: You Don’t Have To Measure Up

Weekly Tarot With Tif: You Don’t Have To Measure Up

Weekly Tarot for 09/14/2014-09/20/2014

The last weekly tarotadvised: “For this weekly tarot, the Queen of Swords is elegantly dressed and wields a magnificent sword. This queen needs no rescuing. Her discerning ability can be quite uncanny at times.The Queen of Swords is a call to utilize such personality aspects in your life this week. What area of life, which situation calls you to take the…

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In Conversation With Francesca Lia Block: Beyond The Pale Motel

In Conversation With Francesca Lia Block: Beyond The Pale Motel

by SARAH HERRINGTON

“You can talk about all aspects of sex and death in this world, but love still remains a monster that scares people away. I don’t know why. Maybe because we all secretly want it so much. Or, at least I do. For me, it’s worth the devastation. It’s the thing I most desire and I’ll continue to seek it out no matter what, no matter how far gone I am. No matter that I am way, way…

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Talking Back: A Review of Conversation with the Stone Wife

Talking Back: A Review of Conversation with the Stone Wife

by LYNN MELNICK

“Define for me a body,” the stone wife says.

Discovered in Austria in 1908, the so-called “Venus of Willendorf” is likely the most well known human image from Paleolithic Period art. With her pronounced vulva and rotund figure, Venus has become a familiar image of overt sexuality and female-ness, the woman from whom we all derive, and much has been written about her, from…

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Reprinted from Quail Bell Magazine: Bodies: I Am a Skinny Girl

Reprinted from Quail Bell Magazine: Bodies: I Am a Skinny Girl

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I’m a size 3. Poor me right? I can fit into cute outfits, look “acceptable” in a bikini, and I don’t know…do “skinny girl things” that only we skinny girls know about, things that keep us skinny and, no, you’re not invited! I learned to value my skinny figure growing up, especially when people would say, “I hate you Courtney, you’re so skinny.” Clearly I had something other less skinny girls…

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Alt Lit Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry: Roggenbuck, Lin, Smith/Trull & “Sad Girl” Misogyny

Alt Lit Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry: Roggenbuck, Lin, Smith/Trull & “Sad Girl” Misogyny

Editor’s note:The below post encounters a serious issue (art or misogyny?) within the subcultures of the literary community. While this issue is common in all art, the extraordinarily misogynistic work/”art” being released by the “alt-lit” community has an affect on literature as a whole. Beyond that, these works demonstrate a caveman-like & tangible lack of respect toward other writers and…

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Selfie: Cut from the Same: Poetry by Aaron DeLee

Selfie: Cut from the Same: Poetry by Aaron DeLee

Selfie: Cut from the Same

I see my brother in my self, spread

    out as he was when the riding

lawn mower ran over him.  We played

     chicken, waiting to see who would move

first.  Statuesque, he didn’t and disappeared

     with a yellow-curdled scream heard

above the mower’s snarl.  His back

     pressed against the sticking blades

of grass while the mower’s metal

     spun above.  The smell…

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OINTB Tutorial: Nicky Nichols’ Eyeliner Look is Perfect for Small Eyelids, Just Like Me!

OINTB Tutorial: Nicky Nichols’ Eyeliner Look is Perfect for Small Eyelids, Just Like Me!

orange is the new black

Here’s my beauty secret: I have really small eyelids. And the saddest thing is that eyeshadow is my favorite kind of makeup. There are so many looks that I just can’t do because they’ll be lost on my eyelids, never to be seen again before all the flawless blending I did morphs into one glittery shade of brown.

That’s why when I watched OITNB, I was so happy to see one of my favorite characters,…

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Self-Publishing Poetry & Creative Independence

Self-Publishing Poetry & Creative Independence

31% of Amazon ebook sales are from self-published authors. From a practical viewpoint self-publishing is easy- it is possible to make your book available across various online platforms within one day. Yet it is sci-fi and romance that dominate the self-publishing marketplace, not poetry (a phenomenon that has been compared to the pulp fiction boom of the 1960s). So amongst the surroundings of…

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A Deal With The Devil—On Scottish Hotel Sex, Babies, & Goya

A Deal With The Devil–On Scottish Hotel Sex, Babies, & Goya

Four barefoot men led the parade. Orange turbans coiled on their heads, and their beards to their bellies. Each man held a scimitar, the blade pointed upwards. Behind them rolled a van bedecked in orange flowers, spitting petals off each side, while an assortment of brightly draped men, women, and children hung out each of its openings waving at the spectators lining Sauchiehall Street.

Photo By Cee Martinez

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We Need A Way To Improve Morning Commutes

No one likes commuting to work. Whether you’re driving and stuck in traffic or crammed in a subway car, it’s annoying and makes everyone grumpy, pretty much without exception. It’s helpful to try and not take impatient drivers and commuters personally – we’re all stuck in the same situation. Sometimes, though, people take it out on each other.

Just this morning, I was riding the subway on my way…

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Weekly Tarot With Tif: No Rescue Needed

Weekly Tarot With Tif: No Rescue Needed

Weekly Tarot for 09/07/2014 – 09/13/2014

The last weekly tarotadvised: “…the Sun encourages us to take joy in our lives and with those in our lives. A young woman and man hold hands and seem to be dancing, with their dog, outside on a bright clear day. Sunflowers bloom from an industrial machine. Just as this bright star makes abundant life possible in our neck of the universe, the tarot card…

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What Feeling 22 Looks Like, Looking Back

What Feeling 22 Looks Like, Looking Back

By Devon Fitzgerald Ralston

originally published on youhadmeatneurotic.com

I know that some people like to make fun of Taylor Swift, her look, her lyrics, her relationships. After her Grammy performance, which I hated, I could understand that her music isn’t for everyone. I think that’s okay. We don’t all have the same tastes in music or clothing or TV shows. My mom used to say, “wouldn’t it be…

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Maintaining Creativity Whilst Taking Psychiatric Medication #4

Maintaining Creativity Whilst Taking Psychiatric Medication #4

This is my fourth in a series of columns about keeping creativity going at the same time as adhering to a regime of psychiatric meds. One of the most common reasons people stop taking their medication is that they feel their creative ability has become impaired as a side-effect of taking it. This column is made up of tips and exercises to help the 1 in 4 people (like me) that have to take…

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