The worst of all possible things that could happen would be to lose that language [that black people love so much]. There are certain things I cannot say without recourse to my language. It’s terrible to think that a child with five different present tenses comes to school to be faced with those books that are less than his own language. And then to be told things about his language, which is him, that are sometimes permanently damaging… This is a really cruel fallout of racism. I know the Standard English. I want to use it to help restore the other language, the lingua franca.

1. He ø runnin. Standard American English (SAE )= He is running.

2. He be runnin. SAE = He is usually running or He will/would be running.

3. He be steady runnin. SAE = He is usually running in an intensive, sustained manner, or He will/would be running in an intensive, sustained manner.

4. He(’s) been/bin runnin. SAE He has been running–at some earlier point, but probably not now.
Other examples: I been knowing her. SAE = I have known her.
About eleven o’clock he been eating. SAE = … he was eating.

5. He BEEN/BIN runnin’. SAE = He has been running for a long time, and still is.
-This is a use of the African American English (AAE) stressed been/remote BIN.

My mother Toni Morrison on AAVE (via howtobeterrell)

this is for whoever was telling me that AAVE isn’t a real thing… UGH

(via glassaquarium)

Note how precise each AAVE phrase is. 

(via thecrayonboxes)

Cries from perfection

(via youngbadmanbrown)

For anyone who thinks aave is just slang.
-Morgan

(via pocproblems)

I like this a lot but would like to note that while the paragraph is Morrison, the examples are not. The interview her piece is from can be seen in part here, if’n one is interested.

(via diiq)

putting this here so I can link to it from the podcast extended show notes, but this is an ethnic map of connecticut. the green dots represent white people, the blue ones black people and the yellow ones hispanic people. as you can see, connecitcut is hell of white. I grew up just where those blue dots in the center start to fan out, in one of the very few parts of connecticut that’s actually fairly diverse.

putting this here so I can link to it from the podcast extended show notes, but this is an ethnic map of connecticut. the green dots represent white people, the blue ones black people and the yellow ones hispanic people. as you can see, connecitcut is hell of white. I grew up just where those blue dots in the center start to fan out, in one of the very few parts of connecticut that’s actually fairly diverse.

LOVE YOU LOS ANGELES

LOVE YOU LOS ANGELES

(via naphypelabs)

a proposal

texting someone “marco” should be understood as “I know you’re in a rough spot and I want to check in without asking how you are, which I know can be a stupid or painful question.” responding “polo” should be understood to be “I am not well, but I am getting by and expect to make it at least another little while.”

an addendum: currently under development is a system based on the old “holding up fingers while you’re drowning,” which I see as an excellent fit for use at a party.

I do not wish to become / a trapped cat, spitting in a cage, pacing / the same inch of thought, smothered in my own fierce / stench. But I do not know how to prevent it, / exactly.

I have made use of this quote before but here it is again because, well, it’s not like it stops being relevant.

(via Roger Mitchell, “Aging Gracelessly” Indiana Review, Volume 7 #1 Winter 1984)

again and again and again

OLD NUMBERS

dannielschoonebeek:

image

Christopher Logue, Sex War Sex Cars Sex, 1967. 

Why don’t poets do this anymore. 

(via naphypelabs)

milo317:

supersonic electronic art - Phil Noto.

so I like this painting a whole lot & the colors have at points given me feelings but up until a week ago I had no idea it was from the closing moments of Alien:

related: space helmets/suits are so dang cool, space is cool

milo317:

supersonic electronic art - Phil Noto.

so I like this painting a whole lot & the colors have at points given me feelings but up until a week ago I had no idea it was from the closing moments of Alien:

related: space helmets/suits are so dang cool, space is cool

whichever happened it did not go well

whichever happened it did not go well

(via mudbloodymary)

bespectacledbisexual:

this is one of my favorite facts i’ve found on wikipedia

(via sarahluz)

the cure came on the radio today and as happens every time I hear the cure I thought about this strip, which I do not endorse per se but I feel puts forth a valuable viewpoint
(via Achewood § June 26, 2002)

the cure came on the radio today and as happens every time I hear the cure I thought about this strip, which I do not endorse per se but I feel puts forth a valuable viewpoint

(via Achewood § June 26, 2002)

Peter [Lanza, father of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza,] told me, “I get very defensive with my name. I do not like to even say it. I thought about changing it, but I feel like that would be distancing myself and I cannot distance myself. I don’t let it define me, but I felt like changing the name is sort of pretending it didn’t happen and that’s not right.” But Peter has found the visibility hard. Old friends have been unflagging in their support, but Peter said he thought that he might never make new friends again. “This defines who I am and I can’t stand that, but you have to accept it.”
This jumped out at me from a New Yorker profile. “I can’t stand that” and “you have to accept that” are contradictory notions, because to accept something is to stand it, and now I am wondering how often we say “I can’t do this” when we mean “I don’t feel like I can do this” and how important that shift in language might be, and what it might get us if we said “I don’t feel like I can” more often than “I can’t.”

katexmachina:

sorryeveryone:

bibliomancyoracle:

To just stop will mean no more swish or fizzle or bubbling, no delusion of
an interval.
Then, the music.
In the meantime, don’t ask, he won’t hear you.

*

from “The Book of the Dead Man (Silence)” by Marvin Bell

i don’t believe in god and as such i am denied Grace but i believe the above and at times i think that is just as good

I’ll need you to explain this one to me.

i reblogged the wrong post and meant to link the concept of Grace to the idea that everything ends:

There’s always an end. Sexually,
mentally, physically. Whatever.

*

from “Vibrations” by Fiona Wright

bibliomancyoracle:

To just stop will mean no more swish or fizzle or bubbling, no delusion of
an interval.
Then, the music.
In the meantime, don’t ask, he won’t hear you.

*

from “The Book of the Dead Man (Silence)” by Marvin Bell

i don’t believe in god and as such i am denied Grace but i believe the above and at times i think that is just as good

as if these things weren’t hard enough to talk about already

two things i wish to present for consideration but not necessarily endorse:

“It was every-happy-person-is-the-same-and-boring-and-every-miserable-person-is-miserable-in-an-interesting-way logic. (Except miserable people are boring too.)”

- “Period Sex” by Elizabeth Ellen, from Fast Machine

Ms. Heyse, on the other hand, said the legal bar for defending the state’s marriage law and upholding the people’s will was low: She simply had to show “any conceivable basis” for a reasonable person to support it.

“Isn’t it rational to believe it’s a good thing for a child to have a mom and a dad?” she added.

At times, the eight days of testimony resembled a droning college seminar in statistical methodology.

You can’t always be sure, but some days you open an article titled “In Gay Marriage Suit, a Battle Over Research,” and you tell yourself “there is no way the times doesn’t son someone in this article.”