Tuesday, August 24, 2010


From Alex de Waal describing the particular form of political patronage at work in Sudan:

“. . . political vernacular is tajil, ‘delay’, from which is derived the particular skill of ‘tajility’, strategic delay or the art of procrastinating until one’s counterpart is exhausted or removed.”

i.e. what I pretend to be doing when I'm actually supposed to be outlining exam essays.

Less than 24 hours until I get my exam questions...

These two videos encapsulate my listening habits of late and also the contradictory state of my emotions right now:



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Interview w/ Joe Gage

Joe Gage one of the earlier pioneers of gay porn, who tended to focus on predominantly working-class men, getting their same-sex jollies often while on the job interviewed here by Bright Lights Film Journal. (image above is of Al Parker, exemplary of director's choice in "models" but I don't think ever worked with Gage, to my knowledge).

To be consumed...

Video by Pittsburgh artist Michelle Fried

Restaurant Fodder from Michelle Fried on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Palestinian Children's TV

I stumbled upon this while I was looking up youtube clips in giving a presentation of "what not to do while presenting" to my students this summer, under the search term "evil Hamas," for my composition course on terrorism and globalization. I was previously using a video entitled "Hamas eats kittens," that's been taken down for whatever reason but both worked for me as specious examples of "useful evidence" for making particular kinds of arguments, e.g. a terrorist organization is "evil" which is a metaphysical claim that can't necessarily be proven in a 6-9 page essay.

Note: I have no idea how accurate the translations are on here, but I'm waiting for Juan Cole to get back to me on this.

An interesting take on recent Greek anarchist declarations of guerilla war

From Franc-Tireurs, conflating anarchists with neoliberals. I think there is an important critique of the ahistoricism of some versions of anarchism.