I imagine that historians of Early Modern Puritanism must be continually frustrated when folks use 'Puritan' or 'Puritanical' to describe all kinds of behaviors these days, some of which don't resemble those 1600s dissenters at all.

On this rainy day, I need to Mekons to sing me ragged lullabies. So it's "Fear and Beer (Brexit Hymn)" for me: youtube.com/watch?v=tUxm_Pd0XR

I still love how the Ranters of 1640s & 1650s England would hail each other with, "Welcome fellow-creature."

"This work to make the Earth a Common Treasury, was shewed us by Voice in Trance, and out of Trance, which words were these,
Work together, Eate bread together, Declare this all abroad."

- From "True Levellers Standard Advanced" (1649)


I just finished a rough draft of the longest translation I've ever done, an academic essay of 5,700 words written in Spanish. The essay: Miguel Mazzeo's "'Amor Eficaz': Notes on the Fundamental Concept in Camilo Torres Restrepo's Praxis" (2018). I will be making the translated essay available soon after I spend a lot of time editing the damage haha.

Seraphim of Sarov didn't read the sign to not feed the bears.

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Fundraiser for Vast, a new magazine showcasing the creative work of fat people. Looks promising, and they pay!


Frei Betto, the great Brazilian liberation theologian & perptual thorn in the side of dictators, honors the legacy of Paulo Freire & remembers the work he did with Freire (Portuguese with English subtitles): vimeo.com/522787085

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when the kool-aid man bursts through a wall, is he solid, liquid or mineral

is there a moment where he and the wall are one

"Love is a practice by which we participate in the other's becoming."
-- Richard Gilman-Opalsky, author of "The Communism of Love: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Exchange Value," interview on The Magnificast podcast

Today's weather report for Columbia, SC: you'll feel like a large meat hunk in a bowl of cloudy soup.

The Colombian liberationist priest Camilo Torres' revolutionary concept of "amor eficaz" as defined by Miguel Mazzeo: "es el amor con poder. Es un amor 'con ojos' y con perspectiva dialéctica. Es el amor con resultados. El amor que da frutas y que se puede conocer por esos frutos. Es un amor público, que debe ser mostrado para multiplicarse."

I may have been born & raised in New England, but I'm consistently appalled by many New Englanders' mental map of the US: There's New England, the part of the West Coast that touches the ocean, the touristy parts of Florida, NYC, Philly, Chicago, Austin. Those fancying themselves as advanced level New Englanders may also include Colorado. The rest of the map is labelled "Here Be Dragons." It's appalling.

I remember telling my extended kin in Massachusetts I was moving to South Carolina & they'd go, "Oh Myrtle Beach?" I'd reply, "No, Columbia." They'd blankly stare at me, so I'd say, "You know, the capital city of the state..." Then they'd go, "Is it by Myrtle Beach?" Then I'd bang my head against a wall in frustration.

Listening to NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me & Peter Sagal--who's been to seemingly every town in the US--chats with a caller from Columbia & says, 'Oh I've been to South Carolina, but not Columbia.' This just is emblematic of how Columbia constantly gets looked over.

The past couple of days, it's been so hot & steamy--around 100°F with extra humidity--that I feel I get steam-pressed every time I walk out the door.

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"Pedagogy is always political because it's connected to the struggle over agency"
- Henry Giroux, "Where is the Outrage? Critical Pedagogy in Dark Times" (2015)


Reading a collection of essays from a 2018 conference held at Universidad de Buenos Aires honoring the legacy of Camilo Torres Restrepo, the Colombian priest & guerrilla fighter. The participants keep using the phrase "Nuestra América" to refer to Latin America. I love how the phrase both de-centers the USA & opens up the term "America" to cultures not based in Latinidad as well.

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