Women boxing on a roof, circa 1930s
THIS IS LITERALLY THE RADDEST PHOTO I’VE EVER SEEN
ARE YOU KIDDING
|student:||hey government can I have some money to go to university|
|uk government:||sure here you go. you'll have to pay it back but only when you're earning £21,000+ a year, and if you don't pay it off after 30 years we'll just write it off, don't worry about it man|
|scottish government:||nah man just go to uni we ain't gonna charge you|
|us government:||no. you gotta pay it yourself. upfront. your parents have to save up from the moment you're born. good luck, fucker.|
[image: curly headed butch in white baseball cap stares the camera down while standing in some serious snow and holding a sign that states “I am a Butch former CofC student who learned so much from Bechdel’s ‘Fun Home’ How dare you try to destroy invaluable education with your archaic prejudice… You can’t burn down the revolution when it is made of Lightning. #in solidarity with CofC #shame on garry #new york is so gay #read a book douchebag”]
This is me fucking the system.
Singular “they” is a correct gender-neutral pronoun! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
And, there you have it! “They” is grammatically correct.
OMG, next time I want to publish something and they try to edit it out!!!
Somewhere in Nantes, France.
Why the sudden Arab Spring happening at Europe?
Nah, no revolutionary spring here. Just the usual struggle against this airport.
The protests have been occurring since the airport project was proposed over 40 years ago.
But it (somewhat) recently became a popular resistance in France after 1,200 police officers violently evicted residents by burning and tearing their homes to the ground to make way for the airport.
The excessive amount of tear-gas shot by officers poisoned vegetable gardens and livestock, which the community relied on. But before the massive raid by authories, dubbed “Operation Cesar”, you could visit the beautiful straw bale house bakery which provided the whole area with free price delicious organic bread twice a week, the numerous collective gardens, the home made wind turbine to provide electricity, an incredible range of cabins on the ground and in the trees made from collected materials.
November 17th, 2012 marked a huge change in the resistance. Between 20,000-40,000 people mobilized on La Zad (zone à défendre – zone to defend), to forcefully reoccupy the threatened autonomous land that spanned over 2,000 hectares and had over 30 diverse squats. The protests have been raging on since.
You can visit La Zad website for up-to-date news, call outs, campaigns , etc.
"This cat has probably seen more in its lifetime than any of us."
— overheard in Blue Bicycle Books
Purdy, the Blue Bicycle Books cat, 1994 - 2014
420 King Street
The well-known bookstore cat of Blue Bicycle passed away this past Tuesday. The following is an excerpt from the memorial email sent out by the store’s owner:
Commonly seen sunning in the store window, lounging on a book, or tucked away behind a shelf, Purdy brought joy to countless visitors and book lovers. A common question from customers, shocked to see a pet in a King Street shop, was “Is that a real cat?”
She endured toddlers’ aggressive pettings and tail-pullings, and was always willing to be picked up, carried and cuddled by fans. Many visitors came not to browse books at all, but to see her. College students who missed their cats back home would drop in to get “a cat fix.” One couple from Holland who keep a second home in Charleston made daily CARTA pilgrimages from West Ashley, bringing treats and conversation.
Purdy was born in Dallas, Tex., and adopted by Jim and Lee Breeden, the previous owners of Blue Bicycle Books (then Boomer’s Books). Jim was a history professor at Southern Methodist University and she kept showing up at his doorstep, begging for food. They brought her to Charleston to live at Boomer’s, where she roomed with another cat named Grumpy. (Interestingly, before Grumpy’s death in 1999, Purdy was the less-sociable cat of the pair, usually hiding behind a shelf.)
In 2007, when Jonathan and Lauren Sanchez bought the store from the Breedens, Purdy conveyed with the sale. The bookstore was her home and it was agreed by both parties that she would suffer if uprooted.
In her eighteen years at the store, Purdy became something of a local celebrity, and is possibly the most photographed cat in Charleston history. In a time when many feel the book world is becoming too corporate and impersonal, the presence of a living, breathing, “real” cat was a heartening emblem of the charms and warmth of a locally-owned, bricks-and-mortar bookstore.
She was a dear friend and co-worker and will be greatly missed.
my favorite bookstore cat.