i forgot how to log into tumblr for a moment
i figured it out but it took me too long i feel
one thing i think about too much are narratives of wisdom & aging & how true or untrue they are. i remember an interview with nora ephron where she said something to the effect of “there is some wisdom that comes with age but its overstated, mostly i just wash my hair less”
i do think you can have some things ‘figured out’ to an extent in your youth or you build the model of the world that will roughly be your model of the world when you are young. then maybe as you age you get context for how the world works, why you turned out the way you did, whose dog is that, why are their tax codes, why were my parents so grumpy, but a great deal of human experience is repetition & its possible we don’t learn much as-this is stupid - actually. most narratives about age are false because nothing about aging is natural. ‘the aging process’ has always been an unnatural one because human lifespans didn’t go far past 40 until a century ago & childhood was occupied with manual labor etc. so I don’t know. it gets a bit confusing as one (“one”) searches for cultural scripts about age to latch on to because they are going to be inherently fluid and arbitrary. I had something else to say about sherry turkle & self-actualization no longer happening on any timeline because of social media but i don’t want to find the quote because her last book was terrible. there was a ny times piece about our cultural ideas of aging but this tumblr post takes place firmly in an alternate universe where that article was never written. earth 666.666.666.666. is where this post takes place. yo.
Hi, my name is NAME. I live in PLACE, and I am a constituent of ELECTED OFFICIAL. I am calling because the police department of Ferguson, Missouri is using federally funded weapons against unarmed American citizens in a reckless, inappropriate, and unlawful manner. I am…
For this final, special edition of VOICE Registers, Research Service—collaborators Avi Alpert, Mashinka Firunts, and Danny Snelson—presents “Teleconference.”
"Teleconference" is a research initiative investigating the voice as both concept and vibration. It was developed by Research Service in collaboration with the following participants: Charles Bernstein, Jeanne Dreskin, Roksana Filipowska, Becket Flannery, Cassandra Gillig, Mark Johnson, Alexi Kukuljevic, Steve McLaughlin, Joe Milutis, Rit Premnath, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Paul Salveson, and Kaegan Sparks.
Interviewees were called by three robotic avatars of Research Service members. These avatars posed a series of preprogrammed questions both to the group as a whole and to specific subjects. The results have been edited and collated here.
"Teleconference" features a hidden bonus track by Charles Bernstein; a musical interlude by Joe Tossini, courtesy of Mark Johnson; a live musical performance by Joe Milutis; and a sampled soundtrack by Richard Rossmini from AT&T’s 1974 wordless documentary, "The Hello Machine."
About Research Service: “critical engagements with discrete subjects on assignment.”
Research Service is the collaborative endeavor of Mashinka Firunts, Avi Alpert, and Danny Snelson. It creates events that blend scholarly investigation, performance making, and creative writing. Research Service’s work goes against the unspoken assumption that intellectual labor has reached its formal perfection in the standard lecture, wherein the only progress occurs in contentual innovations. Its projects seek innovation in the movement between form and content, and propose that research is as much a question of aesthetic inquiry as abstract thought. To these ends, Research Service crafts unique lecture-performances for each concept with which it is confronted.
Research Service’s practice also stresses the communal nature of knowledge production. As such, it seeks to position audiences as nodes within the event-structure, creating a heightened affective situation for the sharing of conceptual labor.
I have a piece on Everyday Genius
Hello beautiful internet,
For the first major step in my transition I am planning on getting laser hair removal. I am really excited about doing this, but I am (perpetually) short on funds. Here’s where you come in. For $10, I will write you an epistolary poem (a poem in the form of a letter) addressed to DEAR HAIRLESS [YOUR NAME OR YOUR MOM’S NAME OR YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT FOR A POEM OR ANYTHING REALLY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO WRITE A POEM FOR]. I will email you this poem. I would love to do something fancy like handwrite it on a neat card and mail it to you, but honestly, I know myself, and I know what kind of promises I can keep and what kind I can’t. Emailing I can do. Mail? *makes wiggly hand gesture accompanied by ehhhhhhh sound*
SO. Here is the link to buy a poem. Be sure to specify your name, or else who or what I am addressing the poem to and if you would like the poem sent to an email other than your paypal email, specify that in the same box. All poems will be delivered within one week, unless something crazy happens.
All money will be used for laser hair removal. If I by some act of god end up with more money than I need for that then the money will be used for future transition-related expenses, and if I get really desperate moneywise, to feed myself.
Hi everyone! Quick update on this project.
1) I am still selling poems!
2) I got a lot more than I expected. The 1 week turnaround was a bit ambitious. I will get to your poem if I haven’t yet. The turnaround will be quicker once I get through the initial flood of purchases.
3) Thank you thank you so much!!!!! I’ve raised over $350 and have covered the first couple sessions for sure. I’m not sure how many I will need so I’m going to keep this going but thank you all so much. You are amazing.