Timothy Volpert is a poet and musician from Topeka, KS, where he also drives a bookmobile and writes about music for the public library. This is his official website. I am him.
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11 Weird Home Security Lifehacks You Can Try Right Now, live at the 8th st Taproom in Lawrence, KS.
"People desire to enact their gifts, and if they were free from money, they would do it…"A child plays and develops his or her gifts, but doesn’t apply them toward their true purpose yet—and that’s what humanity’s been doing."
He talks here about how we’re reaching the end of economic growth—capitalism is rendering itself obsolete. I truly believe this. It’s up to us whether what replaces it is better, or worse.
"Everything conspires to make us forget the socially constructed, and hence arbitrary and artificial, character of investment in the economic game and its stakes: the ultimate reasons for commitment to work, a career or the pursuit of profit in fact lie beyond or outside calculation and calculating reason in the obscure depths of a historically constituted habitus, which means that, in normal circumstances, one gets up every day to go to work without deliberating on the issue, as indeed one did yesterday and will do tomorrow"
I have a reading at the 8th Street Taproom in Lawrence, KS this Sunday, the 19th at 5pm. I will have a box of these bad boys for sale, a very limited mini-chapbook I put together. It’s about masculinity, fashion, the internet, and the apocalypse, among other things. Also there will be booze. Hope to see you there!
"Since our society elevates free choice into a supreme value, social control and domination can no longer appear to be infringing on subject’s freedom. Un-freedom, then, is cloaked in the guise of its opposite: When we are deprived of universal healthcare, we are told that we are given a new freedom to choose our healthcare provider; when we no longer can rely on longterm employment and are compelled to search for a new precarious work every couple of years, we are told that we are given the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and discover new unexpected creative potentials that lurked in our personality; when we have to pay for the education of our children, we are told that we become “entrepreneurs of the self,” free to invest in our own—and our children’s—personal growth and fulfillment.
Constantly bombarded by these imposed “free choices,” forced to make decisions for which we are mostly not even properly qualified or informed, our “freedom of choice” increasingly becomes a burden that deprives us of true freedom of choice—the choice (or rather, decision) to move beyond market-freedom into the freedom of collectively organizing and regulating the process of production and exchange. It is more and more becoming clear that only in this way will humanity be able to cope with antagonisms that threaten its very survival (ecology, biogenetics, “intellectual property,” the rise of the new class of those excluded from public life)."
The New York Times today—the day of his funeral— had this to say about #MichaelBrown. “Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life. Shortly before his encounter with Officer Wilson, the police say he was caught on a security camera stealing a box of cigars, pushing the clerk of a convenience store into a display case. He lived in a community that had rough patches, and he dabbled in drugs and alcohol. He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar. He got into at least one scuffle with a neighbor” I’m including no link here. Find it on your own if you wish, but I won’t drive any traffic to this travesty. What they have to say here sounds like pretty normal behavior from a teenage boy. It absolutely does not excuse the fact that he was shot multiple times and killed while unarmed. Brown is now on trial before the american people, while the man who shot him has yet to even be indicted. This is racism, people. This is what it looks like now. If you think it’s contained to your neighbor with the mullet and the pickup truck, think again. It is sewn into the fabric of this country, and if we do not take a long hard look at that, if we don’t actively try to rip out those seams, it will be there forever.