calling them “symbols” makes it feel like written chinese is some ~~ super exotic ~~ form of communication that can only be decoded by a group of genius computer hackers in a spy movie when it’s actually a writing system used by hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Cora Emmanuel by Anthony Maule x “Las dos Fridas” by Frida Kahlo
"We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.
They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.”
~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.
From The Moth podcast, ‘Notes on an Exorcism’.
(Courtesy: Spiritual Ecology)
One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
I have never seen such perfect sentences.
Martin Margiela Evening Dress Spring 1997
Last week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals voted in an 8-1 ruling to strike down a law against “upskirting.” While affirming that taking sexualized, nonconsensual pictures of women in public was “intolerable,” the court ultimately found that a woman’s right to privacy did not override a photographer’s freedom of expression — even if that expression entails taking creepy pictures.
Are you fucking kidding me
muji spice book
Traveling with your spice rack is not ideal. This is why Japanese company, Muji, has made a book of spices to make flavoring your food while away from home a little bit easier.
This book from Muji is full of pages that are made of spiced paper, which dissolve from the heat and moisture of cooking. Now that kick of white pepper or red chili is just a tear away. And, since it is compact and perfectly portable, the Muji spice book is ideal for when you’re traveling!
Salvador Dali painting La Cara de la Guerra (The Visage of War) in 1940.
Baby Caracal (via Nabeel Mustafa)
This is really important so I have to reblog it. Look at its cute, fluffy, pointy ears!
1880s Victorian Etruscan Revival Turquoise and Pearl Bracelet
14K Gold Cannetille, $1650
I have a mountain of new stuff, but I probably won’t get through photographing all of it until the new year. So I’ll post the highlights in the next two weeks. This bracelet is one of my favorites. The back is inscribed “M. Luck.”