After 40 years of impoverished black men getting prison time for selling weed, white men are planning to get rich doing the same things. So that’s why I think we have to start talking about reparations for the war on drugs. How do we repair the harms caused?
Michelle Alexander (via azspot)
Frozen Zodiac - Anna and Kristoff by nasubionna So my sister and I got to talking about what sun signs the Frozen characters might be, and I decided it would be fun to doodle them. Naturally, I”m sure people have many different ideas about which signs fit the characters best, and this is only my personal interpretation. :) Anna as a fiery, optimistic, brave and loving Leo. Kristoff as the strong, sweet, steady (and perhaps somewhat stubborn..) Taurus.
In the works are Olaf the Pisces (can anyone say mer-snowman?) and Hans the Gemini. I imagine Elsa as a Virgo, but I’m not quite sure how to get that across visually. Hmmm. Copic Marker on paper with some Photoshop. I know the borders suck badly, I was doing these SUPER fast. :B
Real illness is rarely like that. Sometimes even successful treatment doesn’t cure you; it just makes life go from ‘Star Wars Episode I-level awful’ to ‘Star Wars Episode III-level bearable.’ Sometimes illness doesn’t teach you anything, or make you a better person. But because so many of us rely on the quick and/or life-affirming versions of illness we’ve seen on television and in movies, we tend to discourage real-life experiences when they don’t match up. Cancer sufferers discover that people don’t want to listen when they express understandable feelings of anger or depression, because everyone expects people with cancer to be strong and courageous so that we can repeat their uplifting stories in email forwards. People who are sick for years might find that friends who were understanding at first gradually start to drift away, as if they’re thinking, ‘Didn’t you have surgery already once? Isn’t that story arc over yet? For God’s sake why aren’t you doing a fun run?’
5 Things I Didn’t Know About Health Care Until I Got Sick(Cracked) - C. Coville (via blue-author)
When we took Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” into a maximum security woman’s prison on the West Side…there’s a scene there where a young woman is told by a very powerful official that “If you sleep with me, I will pardon your brother. And if you don’t sleep with me, I’ll execute him.” And he leaves the stage. And this character, Isabel, turned out to the audience and said: “To whom should I complain?” And a woman in the audience shouted: “The Police!” And then she looked right at that woman and said: “If I did relate this, who would believe me?” And the woman answered back, “No one, girl.” And it was astonishing because not only was it an amazing sense of connection between the audience and the actress, but you also realized that this was a kind of an historical lesson in theater reception. That’s what must have happened at The Globe. These soliloquies were not simply monologues that people spoke, they were call and response to the audience. And you realized that vibrancy, that that sense of connectedness is not only what makes theater great in prisons, it’s what makes theater great, period.
Oskar Eustis on ArtBeat Nation (he told the same story on Charlie Rose)