Thursday, October 30, 2014

something in between

They take the elevator down from her sixth floor apartment and walk out into a snowy yard. The fox, on a leash, runs out and immediately starts tunneling into a pile of snow.
Irina's fox is named Viliya and is both a pet and Irina's dissertation project. Irina is a graduate student at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics outside of Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia. 
She walks Viliya through apartment blocks and playgrounds. The fox waits patiently to cross the street. 
As they walk, groups of women coo at the fox, “what a beauty,” almost like it's a baby. Grown men stop, stare, and snap photos of Viliya. An elderly woman walking past asks, “Is that a wild animal? Or a domesticated pet?” Irina answers that the fox is somewhere in between. 
In fact, Viliya is the result of decades of calculated selection to see if it's possible to repeat the domestication of a wild animal, like a wolf, into a pet, like a dog.
More here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

i got this foliage going nuts

But what do you mean by basic though? Naruto x Fashion = both 2004 me and 2014 me internally squealing. The last FBI Burglar emerges after 43 years (filed under: badass ladies from Philadelphia; horizontal vs. vertical life). It's the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness. Let the nazi fall off onto his head. Nicki Minaj will not explain her ass to you. Bristol Palin, Malala YousafzaiHead, heart.

ayo shouts out to wisconsin foliage last weekend. i see you, boo.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

never catch me

Find your beach.  Put on your cutest shit and go to the fucking party and run it. A singular exhibit for a singular starman. Navigating all the fringe beliefs in LA. What I semi-seriously believe early childhood development to look like, moon allergies, witch hands and all. 10 grammar mistakes people love to correct that aren't actually wrong. For moms everywhere, I will find Oprah at this Oprah weekend. The reclusive, doll collecting copper queen of New York. Mongolian throat singing in the hands of a trained soprano.

the haunting, and curiously joyful:

Never Catch Me - Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

pie and coffee edition

Drinking a cold G&T in a rattan chair with a fan overhead — I like that a lot. Some of these zones really speak to me. Artistic advice from an awesome mom.  We cook to make ourselves indispensable and special. Delivering the mail, our collective secret dream job, not always so dreamy actually. What happens when your pet gets internet famous or, more generally, why do we meme? Artisanal cartography in the age of ArcGIS. This humpback whale goes Full.Damn.Breach.My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.” Fictional cities and fantastic architecture.

Aaaaaand, in honor of some damn fine news yesterday:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

suggested undergraduate thesis titles

"The Poetry of Tiana Pyer-Pereira:
Using Extended Nature Metaphors to Explore the Contours of a Failed Relationship"