Diversity is not enough.

We’re right to push for diversity, we have to, but it is only step one of a long journey. Lack of racial diversity is a symptom. The underlying illness is institutional racism. It walks hand in hand with sexism, cissexism, homophobia, and classism. To go beyond this same conversation we keep having, again and again, beyond tokens and quick fixes, requires us to look the illness in the face and destroy it. This is work for white people and people of color to do, sometimes together, sometimes apart. It’s work for writers, agents, editors, artists, fans, executives, interns, directors, and publicists. It’s work for reviewers, educators, administrators. It means taking courageous, real-world steps, not just changing mission statements or submissions guidelines.

Maybe the word hasn’t been invented yet – that thing beyond diversity. We often define movements by what they’re against, but the final goal is greater than the powers it dismantles, deeper than any statistic. It’s something like equity – a commitment to harvesting a narrative language so broad it has no face, no name.

We can love a thing and still critique it. In fact, that’s the only way to really love a thing. Let’s be critical lovers and loving critics and open ourselves to the truth about where we are and where we’ve been. Instead of holding tight to the same old, failed patriarchies, let’s walk a new road, speak new languages. Today, let’s imagine a literature, a literary world, that carries this struggle for equity in its very essence, so that tomorrow it can cease to be necessary, and disappear.

tastefullyoffensive:

[whatisthedealnow]
tastefullyoffensive:

[whatisthedealnow]
tastefullyoffensive:

[whatisthedealnow]
“Charity is fine. Philanthropy
is surplus value’s subtle marketing,
minor heat loss in the form of piety.”
blackleatherbelt:

her own lil place in the world where she comes for tea and people watching…

blackleatherbelt:

her own lil place in the world where she comes for tea and people watching…

(via bearded-architect)

lovesexdevotion:

That was so beautiful
newyorker:

The Korean artist Jee Young Lee created an elaborate installation in her studio, in Seoul, using everyday materials—plywood, paper cups, straws—and handmade props. The constructed landscapes are her interpretations of personal experiences, dreams, and Korean folk tales. Take a look: http://nyr.kr/QrERhB
Top: “Reaching for the Stars”Bottom: “I’ll Be Back”All photographs by Jee Young Lee
newyorker:

The Korean artist Jee Young Lee created an elaborate installation in her studio, in Seoul, using everyday materials—plywood, paper cups, straws—and handmade props. The constructed landscapes are her interpretations of personal experiences, dreams, and Korean folk tales. Take a look: http://nyr.kr/QrERhB
Top: “Reaching for the Stars”Bottom: “I’ll Be Back”All photographs by Jee Young Lee

newyorker:

The Korean artist Jee Young Lee created an elaborate installation in her studio, in Seoul, using everyday materials—plywood, paper cups, straws—and handmade props. The constructed landscapes are her interpretations of personal experiences, dreams, and Korean folk tales. Take a look: http://nyr.kr/QrERhB

Top: “Reaching for the Stars”
Bottom: “I’ll Be Back”
All photographs by Jee Young Lee

wmagazine:

Our May cover girl, Rosamund Pike takes it off. 

Photograph by David Fincher; written by Lynn Hirschberg; W magazine May 2014. 

(via suicideblonde)