your panty line

The Best Stuff I Read This Week

“Once upon a time
when everyone had pubic hair
and read books and had been taught
penmanship and bombs
and oh good PB&J there was pleasure
in things specifically now
forgotten or rather abandoned
Let’s forget the crusted nostalgia
of the global ruling classes
Go fist yourself
a roasted duck on a warm spit”

— Maureen N. McLane / “Prospect”


“It is usual to speak of the Fascist objective as the ‘beehive state,’ which does a grave injustice to bees.”

— George Orwell / The Road to Wigan Pier


“Glenn Albrecht, an Australian philosopher, came up with the term solastalgia to describe feelings of unease or homesickness that someone might experience when climate change, disaster, or environmental degradation mars the place they love and call home. He has also noticed that those who take action to restore or protect their home landscapes, or those with a strong sense of both community and personal empowerment, tend to overcome the sadness of witnessing environmental damage at home. He calls this phenomenon soliphilia . . . ‘Soliphilia introduces the notion of political commitment to the saving of loved home environments at all scales, from the local to the global.’”

— Madeline Ostrander / “In the Era of Climate Migration, What Will ‘Home’ Mean?” / The Nation


“Is that your panty line
Or a silken esker of longing”

— August Kleinzahler / “Orientation Weekend”


“I know a lot of people working in climate science who say one thing in public but a very different thing in private. In confidence, they are all much more scared about the future we face, but they won’t admit that in public. I call this climate appeasement and I believe it only makes things worse. The world needs to know how bad things are going to get before we can hope to start to tackle the crisis.”

— Bill McGuire / Hothouse Earth


“If you think this is bad, you should have seen the end of the Permian period . . . I find reading about catastrophe is actually helpful.”

—Jim Shepard / Interview with Amy Sutherland, The Boston Globe


“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.”

— Louis Pasteur / The Life of Pasteur, vol. II

What I’m Listening To:

“If we heard mortar shells
We’d cuss more in our songs
And cut down on guitar solos”

— The Minutemen / “Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing”

About istsfor manity

i'm a truncated word-person looking for an assemblage of extracted teeth in a tent full of mosquitoes (and currently writing a novel without writing a novel word) and pulling nothing but the difficult out of the top hat while the bunny munches grass in the hallway. you might say: i’m thee asynchronous voice over in search of a film....
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