[5778] reparations

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:45 pm
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As has become my custom, reposting this from Amy:
One of the big pieces of the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that you reflect over the past year, and you attempt to (A) accept and forgive anything that has been done to you, and (B) apologize and ask forgiveness for anything you have done to others.


Anonymous is enabled, and all comments are screened. If I've done anything to hurt you this year, let me know. If there's anything you think I might still be upset over, let me know that too. I won't unscreen unless you specifically request I do [...] The goal isn't to start fresh- that's often not possible- but to acknowledge what has happened over this year (or any previous time, if you so choose) as an attempt to not have it happen again.

I promise to treat anything you say seriously and respectfully, and I will seriously be considering it over the next ten days.

I was telling bff recently that I want to resolve All The Things -- that the part that I'm most attracted to in Amy's post is not the forgiveness per se as the opportunity to get to tell people how they've hurt you and the opportunity to get to hear from people how you have hurt them. Okay, this is more than I want to Know All The Things, but I do want to get to fix things where possible (though yes, in my own life, the people I've hurt are unlikely to be reading this, and it's mostly stuff that's not really able to be ~fixed by being brought up. hashtag: #redacted).

In recent months, I've been thinking about reparations and direct cash transfers generally (Ta-Nehisi Coates' Atlantic article "The Case for Reparations" and Lauren Chief Elk-Young Bear et al.'s #GiveYourMoneyToWomen, plus critiques of the non-profit industrial complex from e.g. INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence's The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex).

When giving online, I've started giving $18 'cause of the symbolic import in Judaism (see e.g., this Tumblr post -- tl;dr 18 symbolizes "life").

this week we commemorate hypatia

Sep. 17th, 2017 10:13 am
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Hypatia led the Platonist school of philosophy in late antique Alexandria. A mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, her erudition drew large crowds to her public lectures. She never married, supporting the abolition of the patriarchal family structure. Although she died at the hands of a Christian lynch mob due to her eloquently defended paganism, her ideas found adaptation and expression in a Christian context in the writings of her student, Bishop Synesius of Cyrene. Another admirer, Socrates Scholasticus, wrote of her in his ecclesiastical history:
There was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time. Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy to her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions. On account of the self-possession and ease of manner, which she had acquired in consequence of the cultivation of her mind, she not infrequently appeared in public in presence of the magistrates. Neither did she feel abashed in going to an assembly of men. For all men on account of her extraordinary dignity and virtue admired her the more.
portrait of an alexandian woman

Wonder Woman II

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:25 am
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After I saw the 2017 Wonder Woman movie, I asked the Internet for recommendations of comics versions to read.

Greg Rucka was basically what I was told -- which was fine, since I'd heard him spoken well of by my comics friends for a while.

I read his recent WW volumes "The Lies" (loved it) and "Year One" (it's fine; it's an origin story) -- Wonder Woman V, for those of you keeping track.

I learned that he had also written the last few volumes of Wonder Woman II (the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot which ran from 1987-2006), so because I'm a completionist I read all the trades in that series so I'd have the appropriate background when I read the Rucka. I would not recommend this course of action. Some of them are just Not Good. Also, not all the issues have been collected into trade paperbacks, so even if you read all the published collections you still miss various chunks of story.
  • George PĂ©rez (1-24) good
  • [I can't speak to issues 25-89 because they're not collected in trade *eyeroll*]
  • William Messner-Loebs (90-100) ugh :( The Amazons are all in string bikinis (which I guess is largely the fault of Mike Deodato Jr., the illustrator) and Hippolyta gets character assassinated. I did not pick fights with everyone (or even anyone) on GoodReads who gave these volumes 4/5 stars or higher, but I considered it.
  • John Byrne (101-112) okay -- anything seems good after Messner-Loebs, but I wasn't especially grabbed by it
  • [and I can't speak to issues 113-163]
  • Phil Jimenez (164-177) I really liked "Gods of Gotham" (which is contained in "Paradise Lost"). The rest of it is fine, I guess. Part of it is the "Our Worlds At War" crossover event.
  • [why do we keep skipping issues?! 178-194 this time]
  • Greg Rucka (195-226) The art team on this run, almost as soon as I started reading it, it felt really contemporary in a way that felt really familiar and comfortable to me.

    There's also interesting narrative stuff -- about how the gods change (or don't) as humans change, which is in keeping with earlier stuff about how the gods need the faith of humans. (I mean, there are lots of plotlines woven through this run, but that one was arguably my favorite.)

    I read through "Land of the Dead" (214-217) and stopped for a while, and honestly you could end there and be okay. There are some plotlines that still haven't been wrapped up, but "Mission's End" (218-226) gets a lot darker (in large part because it's intertwined with a bunch of other DC arcs).
I had thought about reading the William Moulton Marston original series next and then the Gail Simone run (Wonder Woman III, 2006-2010), but I think I'm actually gonna take a break from comics for the moment. (It is maybe not the best idea to read ~92 issues spanning two decades in the space of a month?) Even though volume 3 of my first Rucka run came in for me at the library, so I may still read that.

(I've also read the Jill Thompson and Renae De Liz and like, they were fine, but they didn't really stick with me.)

this week we commemorate enheduanna

Sep. 10th, 2017 04:25 am
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Enheduanna wrote hymns and held high government positions in ancient Sumer. Her hymns were in use for hundreds of years across Sumer and Akkad. She is the first named author in history. A premier writer and theologian, her works resonate to the present day, interweaving devotion and personal narrative and capturing the dawn of human introspection, as a person embedded in a society.
embroidery of enheduanna