“I couldn’t believe the masses of people who were out protesting against something that doesn’t affect them in any way. To really see real people that are so emotionally invested in denying you equality is really disconcerting.” – Martina Navratilova (referring to the May 26, 2013 march in Paris, where over 100,000 people came on streets to oppose same-sex marriage law – three days before the first gay couple legally tied the knot in the country).

“I feel like Putin’s just trying to go against whatever the West is doing. If the West would be bad about gays, he would have gay marriage, but because the West is good with the gays — or getting better, he goes the other way.” – Martina Navratilova, 2013.

PostModern Blues

My resistance to post-modernists is huge. Partly because I think they make the dissident movements effete by their convenient generalizations. Partly also because I don’t see the vagueness as clearly as they do. Either of us has to be less intelligent to perceive the halos. Let me be the one, then. In the meantime, I found Stuart Hall in his “On postmodernism and articulation: An interview with Sturat Hall”, (ed. Lawrence Grossberg) say this about Baudrillard. How very accurate. Did I tell you how much I love this man, Hall, who refuses to be a mere legend. “Let’s take Baudrillard’s…

On My Birthday

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are people who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. That struggle might be a moral one; it might be a physical one; it might be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will. People might not get all that they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.” – Frederick Douglass