This is another post-haircut #selfie. Because your hair looks different the second hour after the haircut.
New Orleans Date Trip with my darling, Le Tony!
- 14th “monthiversary” lazy working day with le Tony + Happy Hour at Radio Bar + dinner at the Chimes (including blackened alligator)
- NEW ORLEANS DATE TRIP: including art galley hopping, used book shopping, beignet eating, Pimm’s Mint Julep Cup, & the Taste of New Orleans sampler platter of Gumbo, red beans & rice, and jambalaya
- Drinks with Tony’s friends at Mud & Water
- Sunday lazy + dinner with le Tony’s roommate Ryan
- Work, work, work Monday & Tuesday
- Baton Rouge Restaurant Week dinner at Chelsea’s + Le Tony’s poetry reading downtown!
- Le Tony’s first day of school & exploring LSU campus
- Cupcakes & LSU gear & more cajun/creole eats
- Safe trip back to Ohio
Stranded at an airport motel until morning. Eating a pizza in the middle of a king size bed. Watching Netflix. #winter #ohio
Fiction from Sarah E. Bode, Mike Flynn, Ilya Lyashevsky, Kayla Miller, and Robby Nadler. Poetry from David Blumenshine, Clay Cantrell, Ashleigh Lambert, John McKernan, and Anthony Ramstetter, Jr.. Five new poems. Five new stories. Five new editors.
Go to p. 86 for Le Tony’s poem! And then go back & read the rest. <3
Though cultural representation certainly matters, I can’t escape the feeling that we’re simply posturing, moving from outrage to outrage without ever building any committed practices to intervene and dismantle the systems that we claim to oppose. Outrage within social justice circles grabs attention, but is outrage enough?
Much like the American Dream that is dangled before our noses, this offer is a trap. The trap being that labor exploitation, is masked as inclusion. We cannot broadcast progressive issues when the base of a project is already creating oppressive structures. The Huffington Post shows its not-so-progressive values when asking that we co-sign their exploitive practices. This project also echoes ideas of meritocracy, which is capitalism’s favorite way of brainwashing us into believing that American individualism works if we just try hard to overcome structural barriers such as discrimination.
File this one under bad press & institutional silence, for sure!
Chang-Rae Lee’s new novel! Ah, I want to revise my reading list AGAIN.
- Dinner/double date with Le Tony’s parents at DeStasi’s (in Cincinnati/Wyoming)
- Brunch at the Blur Jay with Kurt and Nona
- Cupcakes from Picnic and Pantry
- Working Day at Starbucks + dinner at Aladdin’s Eatery (Cincinnati/West Chester)
- Sunday packing & getting snowed/iced in
- Monday snowed in morning & late start on ROADTRIP TO BATON ROUGE with Le Tony
- TGI Friday’s dinner in Nashville
- Night stay in Birmingham
- Arrival in Baton Rouge Tuesday afternoon
- Dinner at Capital City Grill & dessert drinks at Lucy’s
- Garden District Coffee work day
- Radio Bar to meet Le Tony’s friends
- Starbucks work day
- Homecooked meals by Le Tony: Cheeseburger Pasta with Oven Roasted Broccoli, Beer-braised sauerkraut & Mashed Potatoes
- Reading List: The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr & My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
- Submitted: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium abstract proposal
- 14th “monthiversary” with Le Tony
- dinner at The Chimes
- New Orleans day trip with gumbos, beignets, & great photo opps