Bodega Mercies

Sometimes you see lightning in the distance while you’re in the park and try to estimate how much time you’ve got to get home but on your way you hear screaming from behind you as the downpour rolls in and you have just a few moments to run to safety when you camp out under the overhang of a bodega and look super pitiful until an employee ushers you and your (especially pitiful) dog inside and you wait for 10 minutes with neighborhood teenagers who advise you on what candy you should buy (Sour Patch Kids, naturally) before the storm passes and you return to the flooded street where everyone is laughing and you think maybe, just maybe, Brooklyn has more magic in store for you.

wageworking:

Wage/Working Opening & Celebration
Tuesday, May 28th
Open 10AM - 7PM 
Reception 5PM - 7PM
Cairo Public Library
15 Railroad Ave
Take a break and join us for the unveiling of the Wage/Working project’s jukebox-based installation, featuring stories and sounds from the working lives of residents of Greene and Columbia counties.
Community members are also invited to bring their own CDs of locally produced sounds to trade for a CD that was in the original jukebox. The CDs can include any audio (music, interviews, etc.) as long as it originated in Greene or Columbia county, and will be considered for inclusion in the Wage/Working jukebox, which will be located for the next six months in the Cairo Public Library’s Teen Room. (via WGXC Community Radio in Greene & Columbia Counties, NY: 90.7-FM)

Oh my dog – it’s happening!

wageworking:

Wage/Working Opening & Celebration

Tuesday, May 28th

Open 10AM - 7PM 

Reception 5PM - 7PM

Cairo Public Library

15 Railroad Ave

Take a break and join us for the unveiling of the Wage/Working project’s jukebox-based installation, featuring stories and sounds from the working lives of residents of Greene and Columbia counties.

Community members are also invited to bring their own CDs of locally produced sounds to trade for a CD that was in the original jukebox. The CDs can include any audio (music, interviews, etc.) as long as it originated in Greene or Columbia county, and will be considered for inclusion in the Wage/Working jukebox, which will be located for the next six months in the Cairo Public Library’s Teen Room. (via WGXC Community Radio in Greene & Columbia Counties, NY: 90.7-FM)

Oh my dog – it’s happening!

wageworking:

Look what came in the mail today! (at Wave Farm)

I am now the owner of oh-so-many Journey & Lady Gaga CDs! 

wageworking:

Look what came in the mail today! (at Wave Farm)

I am now the owner of oh-so-many Journey & Lady Gaga CDs! 

theilluminatormobilizer:

Last night The Illuminator was out in Brooklyn. In NYC our thoughts are with Boston. Our hopes are for peace.

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Photo credit: Lucky Tran, the Illuminator collective
Building: Brooklyn Academy of Music

Love The Illuminator. 

wageworking:

During our lunch break, we asked people outside the Cairo post office what local improvements they would like to see their tax dollars support.

Tennessee Watson and I are working up a storm up here in the Hudson Valley, talking to residents of Greene & Columbia counties about their relationship to their work. We did this little “tax day” vox pop on our lunch break asking local residents what local improvements they would like to see their tax dollars go towards. Follow our Tumblr for project updates! 

thereconstructionists:

American cartoonist and author Lynda Barry (born January 2, 1956) is as much a storyteller as she is a visual philosopher. From her 1999 graphic-novel-turned-off-Broadway-hit The Good Times Are Killing Me, exploring the interracial relationship between two girls, to her long-running, deeply empathic weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Barry’s instantly recognizable works are invariably imbued with equal parts humor, irreverence, sensitivity, and wisdom.
In 2009, her graphic novel What Is, published the previous year, received an Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work. But perhaps the most remarkable quality of Barry’s work is precisely its defiance of reality — the whimsy and wit with which she blurs the line between the real and, to borrow Sartre’s term, the irreal to peel away at some simple truth or grand complexity of what it means to be human.
Learn more: Wikipedia  |  Books  |  Literary Jukebox

thereconstructionists:

American cartoonist and author Lynda Barry (born January 2, 1956) is as much a storyteller as she is a visual philosopher. From her 1999 graphic-novel-turned-off-Broadway-hit The Good Times Are Killing Me, exploring the interracial relationship between two girls, to her long-running, deeply empathic weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Barry’s instantly recognizable works are invariably imbued with equal parts humor, irreverence, sensitivity, and wisdom.

In 2009, her graphic novel What Is, published the previous year, received an Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work. But perhaps the most remarkable quality of Barry’s work is precisely its defiance of reality — the whimsy and wit with which she blurs the line between the real and, to borrow Sartre’s term, the irreal to peel away at some simple truth or grand complexity of what it means to be human.

Getting ready for our road trip from Arizona to Brooklyn… help us flesh out our playlist and/or recommend some good audiobooks!

(Source: Spotify)

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I love finding stories mixed into massive government documents.

"My application for a special plate has been denied. It was deemed to be a reference to a intoxicant drug. Or I might be a purveyor of drugs.

I am a 70 year old Jewish Man who doesn’t do drugs. Nor have I ever done drugs. Born 10/17/41.

Growing up in The Bronx with a Hebrew name “Hashel” was not the easyest. My mother would yell out the third floor window for me to come in, or stay out of the street. She cut “Hashel” short and called me Hash. My mother is 95, born 1/29/17, and although she is still alive, I would like the plate “HASH” to remember her always. I didn’t ask for a 2nd or 3rd choice as I only want that plate.”

Source: List of banned license plates (and correspondence with their applicants), courtesy of the Freedom of Information Act. Hat tip 99% Invisible

(Source: governmentattic.org)

Despite its name, none of the country lies on the Equator. Most of its land mass is on the African mainland, but the capital’s on an island. Its colonial language is Spanish, but French and Portuguese are official languages too. It’s the richest country per capita in the continent, thanks to a recent oil discovery, but most of the population lives in poverty.
That’s a lot of contradiction for a very small country — its population is barely 700,000. But improbably, we know someone who spent three years living there when his father was the US ambassador to Equatorial Guinea. Stephen was an excellent guide to the culture, politics, and foodways of a country few people have even heard of. The food was pretty much reminiscent of other nearby countries — peanuts, palm products, etc. — though with a bit of Spanish flair and probably more spice. (via Meal 56: Equatorial Guinea : United Noshes)

Despite its name, none of the country lies on the Equator. Most of its land mass is on the African mainland, but the capital’s on an island. Its colonial language is Spanish, but French and Portuguese are official languages too. It’s the richest country per capita in the continent, thanks to a recent oil discovery, but most of the population lives in poverty.

That’s a lot of contradiction for a very small country — its population is barely 700,000. But improbably, we know someone who spent three years living there when his father was the US ambassador to Equatorial Guinea. Stephen was an excellent guide to the culture, politics, and foodways of a country few people have even heard of. The food was pretty much reminiscent of other nearby countries — peanuts, palm products, etc. — though with a bit of Spanish flair and probably more spice. (via Meal 56: Equatorial Guinea : United Noshes)