what literary theories are you partial to? which ones do you think are total bs?


"partial" is probably the wrong word, ‘cause art is inherently political, how you think about art informs your political view of the world, &c. 

things i am frighteningly into:

  • poststructuralism (more like a cluster of theories & practices that inform how i read/interpret almost everything, e.g. derrida’s work on logocentrism, grammatology, deconstruction; foucault’s theories of power and order of discourse; spivak’s theories of discourse & subalternity; kristeva’s theory of the abject; deleuze & guattari on minor literatures; saïd’s orientalist theory… also bakhtin’s work on dialogism, heteroglossia, and the carnivalesque, which i’m claiming as proto-poststructuralist fight me)
  • cultural materialism (i’m a filthy marxist i do marxist criticism and art is always a material ideological thing-in-the-world)
  • swapping my view on authorial intention every day of the week: i’ve written before about the barthesian authorial fallacy; i’m not ready to abandon the notion of authorship altogether so i lean toward foucault’s author-function plus reader-response theory

things i think are bullshit:

  • new criticism
  • almost any theory founded on essentialism
  • transcendental aestheticism; oversimplified formalism (c.f. here)
  • freudian psychoanalysis
  • pretty much anything harold bloom wrote ever

Artist Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. 


Map Monsters

I’m just concerned for this family’s safety.




by Cosmos Mariner


by Cosmos Mariner

Let’s talk about Rust’s achingly well-fitting detective attire. All of the other detectives wore schlubby suits and shirts, but not Cohle—at least, not in the ’90s timeline.

Cohle was such a complex character, and yet I knew he’d be so simple in the way that he dressed. It was all about utilitarianism for him. That’s what made him comfortable. We certainly didn’t want to dress him toward a particular fashion. In the mid-’90s, men were wearing pleated pants. Suits were boxy and squared out. That was nothing that Rust was going to be interested in. He was going to want to go to one store and pick up one of each item of clothing and wear them all indefinitely. But just to be frank? It’s Matthew McConaughey. He’s sexy. There was going to have to be some sex appeal there. - Jenny Eagan, True Detective costume designer (x)


Bear Paw Armor Cuprum Arm Guard, Indo Persian Islamic Empire Dynasty


Bear Paw Armor Cuprum Arm Guard, Indo Persian Islamic Empire Dynasty



Artist: Lenka Simeckova





So Canada is basically tossing their protection of Humpback Whales in the garbage in order to enable them to put an oil pipeline right through critical habitat territory.

Just in case, y’know, anyone wants to stop talking about moose and maple syrup for a second.

Here, have a petition.

This is your friendly reminder that a part of the reason our government is failing to protect the environment is because our leader genuinely believes that the rapture is almost here and there’s no point protecting it when instead you can make some money and also capitalism is the work of god and climate change isn’t a thing (and we have to give tax payer dollars to fund the genocide of Palestinians because if we don’t Jesus won’t take him and his friends to heaven)

This is also your friendly reminder not to feed into the ‘all Canadians are polite and everything is great in Canada’ mentality because it discourages active citizenship in Canadians and makes it harder for us to fight the crap our government does

This is also also your friendly reminder to get fucking angry and do something, Canada

In case anyone’s interested here’s an article in maclean’s explaining the pipeline (and the keystone pipeline) in more depth: http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/a-tale-of-two-pipelines-northern-gateway-and-keystone-xl/


My favorite genre is “starts out normal but then turns into really disturbing psychological horror”