The Irrelevance of the Canon: An Essay Painted in a Really Broad Brush
I wrote a little essay based on this one that Susanna sent me. It’s really basic, so I’ll probably re-work it later, but I at least wanted to get the draft up here.
One of the most valuable questions asked by students and most frequently shot down by teachers is “why are we learning this? When is this ever going to be useful in our lives?” Often teachers will evade answering somehow, or will say something like “It’s useful now. So pay attention.” It’s not the teachers’ faults, of course. In many cases, it can be an impossible question to answer. Why do we learn so much of what we learn in high school and all the way up through college? Who decided what books we read, what subjects we need to be well-versed in to be “well-rounded people”? What is a well-rounded person and who wrote the definition?
A pet pig went for a stroll near Tiananmen, and has been escorted by police.
disappointed i was not there to see this
A Beijing Thanksgiving
Music by Local Natives and Thao and Mirah
guys i am sorry i never post photos anymore :(
for some reason tumblr won’t let me whether my vpn is on or not, so i’m afraid y’all will have to wait 3 weeks (only 3 weeks!) until i’m back in the states
until then, here is flickr
well then I misunderstood completely, because falling in love with her was my plan all along.
part 29532843 in kate’s never-ending quest to find decent lesbian films
this one is pretty good, even though the plot is one of the oldest lesbian film tropes like ever. but it’s shot really well, i like the characters, and it’s swedish.
someone in my latin america class today argued that japan had a really good political system because there was very little competititon (read: none) for the LDP so there was always one party in power, which creates stability and is gr8
okay stability is very good especially for countries like china who went through horrendously tumultuous periods and really needed someone to organize shit
single-party states more often than not (most often) actively crush opposition and prevent the development of ANY lifestyle, politically, socially, etc. that is not in line with their own ideology. under the Japanese LDP, environmental groups, feminists, and racial minorities suffer from discrimination/lack of access to political resources. People are ill-informed about important issues (like Fukushima!) because the LDP doesn’t want them to be
and in China’s single party state, there is such a small, small, small voice for the queer communities, for ethnic and racial minorities, for basically every minority group.
i was about to start laughing when she made her argument, and then crying, and then i just sat there because i didn’t think the professor wanted to deal with a really heated argument when he was trying to teach us about mexico