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What is Happening Now: The People’s Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

Yesterday was a day. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the glibly named American Health Care Act, which, if approved by the Senate, would push back the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid and weaken protections for people with preexisting conditions, raising costs based on health history. For some healthcare companies, preexisting conditions include pregnancy and domestic violence. 

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Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: A Review of The Institute of Memory (TIMe) Apr 21, 2017

Psychologists have known for a long time that serious trauma, such as that imprinted through violence and in wartime, can create mental and physical illness that can be passed down genetically through generations. But how this happens is still being understood. Just this week new research was released that shows that certain molecules, altered by traumatic stress and in turn causing depression and other effects, are transferred via sperm.

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Lars Jan’s "The Institute of Memory (TIMe)": A realistic amount of hope  Apr 21, 2017

Hope. Is that as important as breath to a child? Is Hope an elastic concept? Is Hope, qualified by reality, just hopeless? How does a child cope with life, when his/her father possesses a 'realistic amount of hope?' 

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from vision to inapathy Apr 2, 2017

A series of free-writes after witnessing Heather Kravas’ visions of beauty:

 

 

THE BEGINNING

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Switchback Trance: A Response to Heather Kravas: visions of beauty Mar 31, 2017

Tic toc.

 

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What does a caterpillar made of bodies look like? Knees to floor. Ass to air. Spine to stomach. Head to thigh, forehead to forearm, face to muscle, muscle to mouth, cheek to elbow, ball sack to ball of foot.

 

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We s&*%, we f&$@, we kill, we die Mar 20, 2017

While looking for a place where I could write about Jessica’s work, the one that would have a European feel to bring me home (something that is more than 100 years old, with wooden walls, brass fixtures, and high ceilings) walking up the hill, and then down the hill, and then up the hill, then down again, on a first evening in which the sun hiding behind Olympics sets in months, I think how blessed I am to be far, far away from wars.

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Sideways: A Review of A Great Hunger By Jessica Jobaris Mar 20, 2017

We compose ourselves 

 

Adjacent to intimacy.

 

Shudder white against

Authentic skin undone.

 

Humor covers honesty

In shades of

 

Tension chaotic bliss 

Found pleasure between 

 

Our own thighs.

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Temporary solutions—an addendum Feb 27, 2017

Who needs sci-fi and horror movies when the dystopia is happening right before your very eyes?

I keep thinking this throughout Awaiting Oblivion. I don’t need to say how apt the show is given the current political climate in this country. I’ve been seeing a lot of folks making the comparison between this new hunger for resistance movements and fictitious entities like Dumbledore’s Army in Harry Potter or the folks in The Hunger Games.

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REVIEW: Art, crime and survival: ‘Awaiting Oblivion’ seeks hope in hopelessness Feb 27, 2017

Originally published February 18, 2017 at 8:00 am
Updated February 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm

By Brendan Kiley
Seattle Times staff writer

After his arrest at Occupy Seattle, a local actor and youth homelessness worker corresponded with “AO” — a mysterious graffiti/street artist or artists who mailed him art-based “temporary solutions” to stave off despair. The result, “Awaiting Oblivion,” opens at On the Boards.

“The first step in resistance: Don’t kill yourself.”

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Oil Pressure Vibrator Jan 30, 2017

What liberty might we know if could collapse the duality of gender? Geumhyung Jeong’s hour-long exploration on this theme gives us Oil Pressure Vibrator. I am sure you will leave asking questions, or wishing that you could sit down with the artist or spend some time with her.

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