Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?)

Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.


— One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’ (via featherframe)

middle school :+)

Anonymous said: I feel really pretty, but I don't feel like it comes across in pictures very well. I would love to post a picture of myself that looks as beautiful as I feel (e.g. your pictures are always stunning). Do you have advice for capturing my beauty or overcoming my online shyness?


beauty is so subjective

a face is so subjective

what you “really” look like is what a friend sees when they spot you from across the room as you’re talking to someone else

a mirror paints you in light on a flat surface

a digital picture is a collection of flat squares, painting your face with tangrams

what you have to do is disassociate yourself from the picture, or at least, that’s what i have to do,

it’s just a collection of squares, shapes, colors

knowing that you can make any kind of portrait you would like


there are always new angles to discover; there is makeup that looks great in real life but not so much on camera, and vice versa of course. a lot of contouring for instance looks fantastic using the front-facing camera, but can be too much for real life

you can download some cool phone apps like cymera or line camera and mess with the fliters and adjustments


and while you mess with it know that you are creating a character, or a certain presentation, an exhibit, for an audience,

while there is the ‘real you’


which will be something like that, though of course that is painted in squares as well

the you who is not aware of being observed


with no “active” performance

and i think that has a stunning beauty in itself

fall/winter fashion>
im watching the first season of american horror story again. this is the best season definitely. i fuckin love this corny ass show and i love fall and i love halloween and i cant wait to buy all of the 1 dollar halloween socks from target and get compliments on my witch nails. fall has the best smelling candles and weather and is the prettiest season. plus thanksgiving cracks. im ready for september to start and end and watch halloween movies for a month and work at a scare house AND ATTEND BEAUTY SCHOOL BITCH. im always in my prime in fall! fall is the best season and i cant wait for new american horror story


Let’s leave this here.

As these “facts” come out, it doesn’t even matter any more. People don’t care about the truth. They see Black people as thugs deserving of death, nothing will change their mind.
If this even goes to trial, the jury will look just like Trayvon Martin’s (jury of peers my ass).
How can you even have discussions with people who don’t care about facts. These same people profess have morals and their bankrupt.
Darren Wilson could literally say he’s guilty and people would still not believe him and think he had every right to kill Mike Brown.
"If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register."

A black (male) protestor/resident of Ferguson, as quoted in Newsweek. 

Here is where the “talking-head”/op-ed bent of our media and culture has failed us. While they all want to bemoan the “12% voter turnout at the last election,” no one has the sense to ask about the structural forces that contribute to that low figure. Instead they (and I’m including Al Sharpton in this category) yell at black voters to do their part, or, when they’re being nice about it, try to get protestors to register to vote. But listen to those protestors who cannot vote. They’re telling us they never stood a chance.

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See also: It’s a privilege to throw out “Just go vote! Get your voice heard!” because everybody doesn’t get that.

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