“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.’”—Jim Jarmusch (via ellesappellerosamund)
Virginia Commonwealth University received a letter from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli requesting that the Commonwealth’s public universities and colleges rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The University’s senior leadership team and I are examining the issue closely. Provost Gottfredson is planning forums to provide students, faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss the implications of the Attorney General’s request.
Sincerely, Michael Rao, Ph.D. President, VCU and VCU Health System
You’d think this would be an easy question for me, but two things. One: I hate buying things. It makes me feel icky. Two: I hate trying on clothes. It makes me feel uber-chubby and uber-disproportionate. Not that there’s a problem with being either of those things, but brand names tailor women’s clothes for a body that is like one in three hundred million, and thus creates the side effect of making all the other body types feel like there’s something wrong with them.
Plus, it’s unusually hard to find retailers that are all vegan, all free-trade, and all sweatshop-free which promote types of clothing that I prefer.
French + English in a blender. I would also need vegan food for sustenance and lots of 120 film. Lomography would send me free shit and glasses prescription upgrades and medications would be free. I could travel freely between the US, Canada, France, Iceland, and the Ukraine and I wouldn’t have to talk to too many people and I could bring friends. They would also train me to speak Icelandic and Russian, I guess. Eff yes. Also, many cats.