Barn Owl. John James Audubon.

Greetings from the Land of Enchantment. Let me begin by congratulating you on winning the White House, and vanquishing the ogre back under his bridge. Well done. I’m glad we as a nation have moved on. That being said, let me also tell you: I didn’t vote for you. I’m…

Abraham Lincoln as the Puppetmaster of Death: Starvation, War, and Executions.
ledger art by Travis Blackbird

The Thanksgiving story you’ve been told is a lie. Thanksgiving didn’t begin in 1620, Plymouth, Massachusetts any more than Christmas began in the North Pole. The idyllic image of indigenous people from the Wampanoag nation breaking bread with Puritan settlers from England is about as historical as Santa Claus and…

“All of the Western nations have been caught in a lie, the lie of their pretended humanism; this means that their history has no moral justification, and that the West has no moral authority.” — James Baldwin

In recent months, the coronavirus pandemic has helped to shine a light on…

camera obscura

As an artist, there are aspects of Vermeer’s work which have been called into question as anachronistic compared to other artists of the period. It has been observed that various aspects of Vermeer's paintings exhibit evidence of having employed the use of the camera obscura as an artistic tool. Not…

Euclid’s Elements, 1685

It is not clear who Euclid’s intended audience is, but at very least, he seems to be writing a book about the way things are. He has not necessarily invented these ways of thinking, he is writing them down, and there is something about writing ideas down that necessarily transforms…

Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera

In your piece, Queer Privilege, you begin with a sort of offhanded acknowledgment of the fact that queer people are, in fact, harassed and persecuted and unsafe in many places around the world. Thanks for that. As a matter of fact, in my comfortable, progressive, urban life, I dealt with…

Young Ocean

nonbinary dilettante, champagne socialist, fool

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