Over the last year or so, I’ve been gathering a list of links I’ve ran across online. The links range in theme, with articles and videos on Black liberation, alternative news sources, anarchism, creepy shit, cultural studies, fascism, Trans* liberation, U.S. imperialism, Marxism, nuclear catastrophe, environmental radicalism, radical jurisprudence, transformative organizing, veganism and how Slavoj Zizek aint shit.
I don’t know how many volumes this’ll be, but I’ll try to include 20 links in each volume. The links are embedded in a short description.
This cut was in heavy rotation back in the Fall of 2011. I felt alone and misunderstood and full of pain (which is probably why I gravitated towards a Nirvana cover?) Regardless, I remember lying on my bed, thinking hard about who I am, why this was happening to me and listening. Just listening. The shift towards the end was almost salvific for me then, and salutary to me now. Still a great song.
I love this album. This particular song reinvigorates my organizing work for Climate Justice. When D’Angelo says that “Tragedy flows unbound, and there’s no place to run. Till its done,” I don’t make light of that. D’Angelo and the Vanguard engage in a deep, critical inquiry into some of the truly horrifying stuff we are up against (global war, climate change, nihilism) with a collective tenderness that takes me back to how vulnerable I felt trying to sing my falsetto when I was in grade school group chorus.
I choose to interpret “Till its Done” not as “until the end of the world,” but instead as “until the end of this world.” But hey, I might be reading into it too much?
After a number of failed attempts to stick to a writing process that is challenging and liberating, I’ve settled on offering my thoughts online. This wordpress/blog/ whatever it is serves as a way for me to practice putting my thoughts, experiences and words in a space that will hold me at least somewhat more accountable than my personal journals.
I want to first offer a look at who I am as a being in the world, what my philosophy is and also what that leads me to do, think and believe. Next, I will discuss why I am deciding to write online. Finally, I will try to find out exactly what the heck it means to be ablackunbound. Continue reading