Remembering Nelson Mandela
The renowned world leader and civil rights icon passed away today at the age of 95.
Mandela himself was reticent to indulge in the myth-making that surrounded him:
"In real life we deal not with gods, but with ordinary humans like ourselves: men and women who are full of contradictions, who are stable and fickle, strong and weak, famous and infamous," he wrote in a letter to his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, from prison in 1979.
But his lifetime of action, and transformation from being branded a terrorist and imprisoned by his opponents to a universally-applauded hero for not just his homeland of South Africa, but the whole world, makes him more than one of those “ordinary humans.”
Read our full obituary of Mandela, or follow along Mandela’s incredible life in our timeline.
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"At this moment it seems that queer visual culture needs to nourish our sense of potentiality and not reinforce our feeling of disappointment. If we are to go on, we need a critical modality of hope and not simply dramatization of loss and despair"
-José Esteban Muños, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (via qpocalypse)
Candi Stanton- Young Hearts Run Free (1976)
"Shamed be he who thinks evil of it"
Lovely illustration for La Vie Parisienne by Vald’es c.1926
I love imagining how people with two phones might lead double lives.
Banker by day. Escort by night.
Lawyer by day. Whiskey distiller by night.
Accountant on the weekdays. Barefoot Contessa drag impersonator on the weekends.
This girl I was friends with in middle school is on my flight and she has the grumpiest face and doesn’t recognize me and has a horrible sunburn. Bye South Florida.Update: she spotted someone she knows and told them she wants to be a divorce attorney. She isn’t seeing anyone. She is playing that jewel game with the volume all the way up.
this winter break i’m rewatching the simpsons.
sensitive snuggly good kissers are welcome to join.