Junot Diaz - on cultural representation in our world (via napoleonshaircut)
You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.
This week I am blogging about Jackson Browne over at One Week/One Band!
If you follow this blog, you’re probably like “uh…Jackson Browne? I thought you only listened to girl pop!?!?” Well…mostly, yes! But I’ve been a fan of Jackson Browne’s since I was a child, and I’m beyond excited to share my thoughts on subjects of beauty, nature, artifice, justice, life and love in his music (through the lens of Elaine Scarry’s On Beauty and Being Just).
If you’re so inclined, you should jump over there and check it out - it’s a great site, a great concept, and I put a lot of work into my contributions for the week. I also strongly encourage you to peruse the extensive back catalog of entries - some great stuff in there!
Hi, everyone! I’ve been pretty absent from this blog lately for a number of reasons, but one of them is that I’ve been dedicating a lot of my free time (and a little too much of my work time, probably) to preparing my entries for this week’s installment of One Week/One Band. That being said, I’ve had a lot of fun putting this together and I’m sorta proud with how a few of them turned out! Check it out if you can!