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OMNIA MUTANTUR • NIHIL INTERIT

"I was a proud member of the anti-tattoo mob, as airily erudite and obnoxious as all those people in the world who either don’t have a TV or who only really watch PBS, and it seemed like I’d be comfortable in that smug posture forever, snickering over the hapless victims of Chinese misappropriation, badly rendered cartoon characters, and drunken larks on a military night out, and how they’d arbitrarily mutilated themselves over…what?

"Then, I fell in love, inexplicably, with a broken illustrated man ten years ago, and my erudition and judgment were knocked sideways…"

austinkleon:

Jenny Holzer’s “Truism” and “Survival” Series

Jenny Holzer took over the empty marquees that once advertised events at 42nd street theaters. Instead of coming attraction, however, the public found “truisms” – statements by Holzer that had the authorities ring of proverbs. But instead of confirming accepted practices, these comments often seemed to come out of left field. Holzer reordered the world along the lines according to her uncanny “uncommon sense.”

I had somehow missed that Holzer was born in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Filed under: signs, art with words

"[W]hy are you angry about that and you’re not angry about anything else you see here? About drug dealing, about people with drugs, about homelessness, but you’re getting mad about this sign because people feel it doesn’t belong here. And they feel all the other stuff does."

(Source: honkytonkwomyn)

robothugscomic:

This comic is continued on my site - it’s just too huge to post here!

I had the amazing privilege to get some time to collaborate with Vex, a wickedly smart and wonderfully funny woman who worked as a dancer and escort in Canada from 2000 – 2008. Vex has asked that we don’t use her name or other identifying details.

Warning: This comic discusses sex work, includes some semi-nude images, and contains sexist slurs. As such it should probably be considered NSFW.

From the comic: “Outside of my work, and outside of the transaction we’ve negotiated, I don’t owe patrons anything…. What’s weird is that we don’t expect this from other service workers…. So why is it so hard to understand these boundaries with sex workers? Because men are used to our sexual availability to be on THEIR terms, not ours! So when we’re not available on their terms, they compensate by making sure the world knows how they didn’t want us anyway. A lot of women experience some form of this…. Male desire is what creates demand for our jobs, but male entitlement is what makes them dangerous.”

This. Is. Great.

THANK YOU, RobotHugs and Vex!!!

Gluten allergy? There's a dog for that

"Scheu began experiencing symptoms of gluten intolerance nearly a decade ago. They got progressively worse. She lost so much weight that she dropped below 100 pounds.

"Doctors suspected irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and even colon cancer until finally diagnosing her with celiac four years ago.

"By then, doctors told her if they didn’t get the disease under control, she had just three to five years to live.

"Surviving with celiac is not just a matter of cutting out grains, Scheu said. Scheu’s sensitivity is so severe that she can get sick just from eating food that was cooked on the same grill as something containing gluten.

" "Gluten is in everything," she said. "When I’m out in public, I can’t even touch my mouth because it might be contaminated."

"In August last year, Scheu — who once trained search and rescue dogs — adopted a 10-week-old German shorthaired puppy and named her Willow.

"And that’s when she started thinking.

"Could a puppy be trained to detect gluten?"

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