New music Friday

Hello hello and happy Friday!

I’m pleased to share a playlist of some of the new chill electronic music I’ve been working on lately. Maybe bookmark it for a chill moment at work or on the go if it strikes your fancy?

I’m also extremely proud to share the newest adventures of Mitsy Tuttle:

Hope you have a great day!

-Schlomo

New music

Hello hello and happy Friday!

I’m happy to be sharing my new song Pound with you. I hope to be sharing some more chill electronic music with you in the months to come, and I hope it can boost your own chill.

Hope you have a great weekend,
Schlomo

The sand you can’t stick your head in

Hello kittens,

First off, have I mentioned I’m running this new thingy? JK, I know I have, but I do hope you’ll check it out!

Anyway…

I want to write today about the sand you can’t stick your head in.

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(It was a very descriptive title!)

Lots of (*cough* privileged *cough*) people make a point of sticking in their head in the sand when it comes to “politics,” asserting a kind of moral superiority that comes from rising about the fray.

The thing is, your friends’ lives aren’t “the fray,” and fighting for ourselves and each other isn’t “noise.”

Your standoffish attitude doesn’t prove anything but your ability to remain morally neutral in a time of crisis.

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “it doesn’t matter, my life will go on the same either way,”

congratulations: you’ve just located your privilege.

You have to keep fighting, even when it’s not about you. That’s just Humanity 101.

It is a false equivalence to view Republicans and the people whose lives they’re trying to destroy in the same light, just as it is wrong to believe the truth lies halfway between opposing sides. People cannot overcome their oppression just by thinking about it less, or being less vocal about it, among things average people actually believe we should do.

“Politics” is not an escalating price war competing for your fucking soda dollars. You don’t have to spend 8 hours a day on Facebook. Lord, I hope you don’t! You don’t have to be on top of every situation and cross-post every article and care until your veins bulge out, but JESUS advocacy is not the same as targeted messaging!

No one has limitless fucks. Anyone who says they can absorb an infinite quantity of bad news without ever saying fuck it and acting like you’re never going to check the news again is lying.

But actually doing that is a choice that’s only for you. Own that. You’re agreeing with yourself not to participate in the forward motion of oppressed peoples. You haven’t fold the golden ticket to a clear heart, and your free mind full of bar trivia and fermented vegetable recipes can stew in its own juices for all I care.

You can check out. But don’t you dare act like it’s the “right” thing to do.

And THAT, my friends, is the fastest I’ve ever gotten to a point!

Ever love,
Big Mama Schlomo

My cat steadfastly refusing to be photographed with 30 of my favorite books

In dubious honor of my upcoming 30th birthday, I present: my cat steadfastly refusing to be photographed with 30 of my favorite books.

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Dr. Boop steadfastly refuses to be photographed with 20 poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (Neruda) and The Stranger (Camus).

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Idem Death and the Penguin (Kurkov), The Satanic Verses (Rushdie) and The Center of Things (McPhee).

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Her interests do include cookie crumbs but do not include The House of Leaves (Danielewski), The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (Dalí) or Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Bernhard).

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Dr. Boop is strongly interested in the ancient art and science of plumbing, but she’s iffy on The Halloween Tree (Bradbury), Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams (Plath), Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) and Devils (Taschen/Neret).

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Dr. Boop refuses to even acknowledge the existence of The Body Artist (Delillo), The Fall of America (Ginsberg), Hello Cruel World (Bornstein), The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) or Zombie (Oates).

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She briefly considered being photographed with Doc and Fluff (Califia), Welcome to Night Vale (Fink and Cranor) and Wigfield (Sedaris, Dinello and Colbert), but eventually decided against it.

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The doctor had grave reservations about being seen to endorse The Selected Poetry of Mayakovsky, The Beat Reader, The Miracle Hater (Hareven), The Bell (Murdoch), and especially Lunar Park (Ellis).

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She couldn’t get away fast enough from Venus in Furs (von Sacher-Masoch), The Twelve Chairs (Ilf & Petrov), The Woman Destroyed (de Beauvoir) and The History of Luminous Motion (Bradfield).

 

 

 

 

 

Social giving idea

Hello kittens,

I recently had an idea to combine social media and holiday giving, and today I decided to follow through. Here’s how in easy steps!

1) Pick five friends/social media contacts
2) Give $25 (or other amount!) to good cause of your choice
3) Send five friends an e-card/message to let them know you’re thinking of them, and that thought made you give to charity.
4) Encourage your friends to keep it rolling! One donation can turn into $150, and the next group of people tagged can push it over $600!

I’m encouraging private notifications to keep it in the intimate holiday spirit and to avoid socially shaming poor people. It’s a way to let people know you’re thinking of them and do good at the same time.

Have the brightest season, whatever that brings for you,
Schlomo

We got this

Hello kittens,

I am here for you.

If I am your friend in real life, I am here for you. If I am just a strange gay writer on the internet, I’m here for you.

History will assign blame. (Although let’s start with the people who voted for him!)

Now we must work together to make sure that Donal Trump is the least effective president ever!

I am on fire to protect us. I am not defeated. This is not Trump’s America. This is our America!

Rinse and repeat for the next four years:

  1. Speak your own marginalized truth
  2. Listen to other marginalized voices
  3. Amplify other marginalized voices
  4. Respectfully exert privilege for positive change
  5. Give your money to defeating Trump’s agenda
  6. Give your time to defeating Trump’s agenda
  7. Take care of yourself as well as you fucking can
  8. Care for others as you can
  9. Accept the care of others as you can
  10. Believe that we can do this.

I love you. I love you. I love you.

Schlomo

Letter to HRC: Black Lives Matter

This is the letter I just wrote to the HRC. Feel free to send your own, or to modify for an org representing your community to ask them to increase their participation for Black Lives Matter:


To whom it may concern,

I am writing today to exhort the Human Rights Campaign to bring its leadership experience and resources to bear to advance racial justice in our society. As American LGBTQ+ people, we are glad to know that the HRC is “horrified and profoundly saddened” by police brutality, but that will not ultimately change a thing.

I am not going to make an appeal to intersectionality, because even though police brutality affects LGBTQ+ communities of color, the participation of the HRC and other LGBTQ+ organizations in this movement should not be contingent on “how this affects us.” It is the responsibility of those who seek justice to seek it for all. To stop short of supporting communities in immediate and pressing need is a wrong that feeds the cycle of injustice.

The HRC has been at the leading edge of gay rights for the last 20 years, and in that time we have made immense strides. In the era after the marriage ruling of last year, it is incumbent upon the most advantaged LGBTQ+ people – a core supporting audience of the HRC – to consider how best to direct our resources and time. We are faced with an injustice the HRC is equipped to fight, and so it ought to.

The HRC should immediately re-prioritize so as to stand beside and among Black Lives Matter activists. The incredible reach afforded to the HRC can have a strong and lasting impact for advancing equality for all. When we have the power to make change and choose not to, we have chosen the side of the oppressor.

Thank you for your time,
Schlomo Steel