sequentialsmart asked: Do you think it's possible for an artist create touching, meaningful art if they lived a life without tragedy? While I haven't had an ideal life, I'm still the product of a privileged, middle-class, suburban life that's never been exposed to the horrors of war, violence, addiction, abuse, sudden deaths of loved ones, or any of the tragedies that have befallen the great artists. While I feel incredibly lucky so far, it feels the best art in our history came from some very broken people.



Have you not felt heartache? have you not been betrayed? have you not been disappointed by life?

have you not been in love? have you not been loved back?

 everyone feels pain and joy. everyone has tragedy and triumph. of course living in a free country with unlimited opportunity is a lot better than not but it doesn’t take away from the fact that we all have the full range of experience and emotions in our life.

and if you are in touch with them you can write about them.

 and if you are in touch with them and can write about them then other people will know them to be honest and true because we have all felt those things no matter where we are from

And, by the way, you don’t have to have them inside your house to not have been affected by the horrors of war, violence, addiction, abuse or anything like that.

So not one, but two of my favorite writers responded back to me!


This will help you write good.

As far as number 2 goes, some people are bad just to be bad. The character Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello is a great example of this. I work at a theater where we’re doing a production of this classic right now and we have people ask “Why does Iago destroy Othello, what’s his motive?” Truly his motive is because he hates Othello, not for any clear reason that the audience can understand, and because he can. He’s a classic sociopath in the way he’s tricked people to seeing him one way, “Honest Iago” and using that reputation against the people he’s destroying who’re only looking for the truth. Ultimately the pointlessness of it all is what makes the story so tragic. Nothing could have been done to prevent the bloody outcome, because there’s no defense, logical, physical or emotional, against pure malice.

Great cartoon! 

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Ornate and complex astronomy charts from Tibet.


Ornate and complex astronomy charts from Tibet.

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I wish I owned these.

"Twice as Gay"

..because there’s TWO ladies!


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Anonymous asked: I volunteer in a second grade classroom, and one of the little white girls asked a little black girl if she dreamed of being white. The little black girl looked at her and said "No, because I only dream of my life being better, not worse."















THat baby taught me. Shiiiiiiiiit.


Kay Nielsen

When someone asks me if I am shaping a changing world

Why Women Need Iron

Women need iron. Not the vitamin. The barbell.

We are trained by the world around us to have fucked up ideas about our bodies; iron unfucks them.

We are supposed to be as thin as possible, as small as possible, perhaps until we disappear; iron teaches us to take up space.

We are taught that the only good direction for the scale to go is down, and to agonize ritualistically when it goes up. Iron teaches us the power of gaining weight for strength and gives us another weight to care about – the weight we are lifting.

We are taught to eat small amounts daintily and treat food as sin and pleasure. Iron teaches us to eat heartily, to see food as fuel for life, and to seek out nutritious food rather than avoiding sinful food.

We are taught to think of our bodies as decorative, an object to be looked at; iron teaches us to think of our bodies as functional, our own active selves, not passive objects for another’s regard.

Whole industries exist to profit by removing from us our confidence and selling it back as external objects. Iron gives us confidence from within through progressive training and measurable achievements.

We are taught to be gentle and hide our strength or even to cultivate charming physical weakness until we start to believe our bodies are weak. Iron teaches us how strong we can be.

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Oh sweet baby jesus i love this.

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Fuck yes!

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Reasons why I Gus is a fucking gift.

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