“…their message of no message across the millennia…”

This remarkable, profound, and challenging piece of writing by Sam Kriss is well worth reading from beginning to end.  Its fundamental point, at least as I understood it — that our attempts to understand the distant past and its remnants, from our viewpoint as blip-in-human-history, are futile, and that listening is all we can do …

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My grandfather’s story

My grandfather, Władislaw Zbegniew Prędota, was born in the tiny village of Bilcza, in southern Poland, on 18th October, 1921. He didn’t complete school, but did join the Aviation School in Bydgoszcz in his teens. It was during a leave of absence for sickness that German forces invaded Poland. What comes next is an incredible …

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Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

John Scalzi is a film critic, a columnist, and a multi award winning author of science fiction. He also blogs. A blogpost he wrote in May 2012 has been my go to ever since for explaining straight, white, male privilege to people who don’t want to think about it. I’ve been thinking of a way …

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Intersectional Feminist Spaces 101 and 201

Crossknit is the online moniker of a “calligrapher, crossfitter, editor, graphic designer, knitter, lawyer, seamstress and spinner” who has written two amazing posts guiding the new (and not so new) to navigating the pitfalls and subtleties of intersectional feminist spaces — that is, feminist spaces that recognise that racism is always present alongside misogyny, as …

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Confronting Whiteness with Rachael Rice

One of the most important things that white people can do to end racism, is to face whiteness head on. That’s what Rachael Rice does in this series of conversations with other white women, which range across: international community work, capitalism and intersectional economics colonialism, appropriation, trauma and sustainability awkward family conversations about racism white …

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