Trumpian Conspiracies Are Anything But Conspiracies
These days I have a chronic, low-grade bronchial infection that renders my voice dangerously close to what I can only imagine sounds like a chain-smoking muppet in the mornings…
Pervertedly, this consistent reminder of sickness feels like an appropriate mirroring of our world. Between the confirmation of fuck-our-lives Gorsuch — marking the end of any semblance of bipartisanship in the Senate — and the bombing of Syria in response to chemical attacks that are nothing short of war crimes… it’s hard not to feel as though the planet is very, very sick indeed.
What are the things that remind you life is not a blur of sorrow and pain? For me, trite as it may seem, art has felt like an incredible respite for me this week; books, paintings, lilting lines of poetry, films. Art’s ability to exist and the tenacity of the people creating it feel like a refusal to succumb to a reality that’s too bleak to bear.
Superfluous beauty is a powerful thing.
With love + rage,
Co-founder | Creative Director
By Idalia Long
M’s family searched the coffee fields and woods for several days. “Cuando por fin encontré mi hermana,” M says quietly, “se había hecho en pedazos.”
I pause for several seconds, though it feels eternal with everyone waiting. Is M speaking figuratively, as in, When I finally found my sister, she’d gone to pieces? Or is her statement literal, the worst case scenario?
In a sane world, it would be the former.
By Alaina Leary
As this story demonstrates, I am an outwardly emotional person; I may also cry when I see someone crying, or absorb everyone’s emotions in group settings. All of which probably wouldn’t be worth mentioning if not for one fact: I’m also autistic. And public perceptions dictate that autistic and empathetic shouldn’t go together.
By Talia Lavin
For white nationalists like David Duke, the suspect’s religion was proof of a theory they had championed: that Jews, in a coordinated plot, had created the attacks to “get sympathy to push their ethnic agenda.”
A popular meme, “Hey rabbi…watcha doin’?,” resurfaced: It depicts a hook-nosed Jewish stereotype spray-painting a swastika onto the wall of a synagogue. Reactions to the unlikely arrest further proved the durability, in a conspiratorial age, of the oldest conspiracy theory of all: anti-Semitism.
By Dorothy Bendel
*The 2016 Presidential Election Campaigns & Aftermath (2015-current)
Title: MAGA Hashtag Savant
Supervisor: Vladimir Putin
*When the Female-led Ghostbusters Movie Was Announced (2014–2016)
By Sarah Ratchford
I have anxiety and depression, and when I “flake,” it’s usually because I woke up with my heart pounding, running a laundry list of all the things I have to worry about. Cooking up potential ways for your life to blow up on repeat is exhausting and leaves no time or space for anything else.