MYNAA மைனா (2010)
Part of why I love M.I.A.’s music so much is because you can hear shades of all the music she would’ve been exposed to as a Tamil refugee brought up on a council estate in West London. Like Tamil film music, dancehall, 80s hip-hop, baile funk, samba, post-punk, etc. It’s the sound of being caught between all these different cultures and languages and just making something new and brilliant out of that rootlessness and dislocation. Love it.
Men still have trouble recognizing that a woman can be complex, can have ambition, good looks, sexuality, erudition, and common sense. A woman can have all those facets, and yet men, in literature and in drama, seem to need to simplify women, to polarize us as either the whore or the angel.
aren’t you… a damsel in distress?
Cut off a wolf’s head and it still has the power to bite.
Long Term Exposure Photos of Fireworks
Photographer David Johnson captures the International Fireworks Show in Ottawa, Canada using an unusual photographic technique of long term exposure. His photos of fireworks look more like bacteria under a microscope. The results are amazing.
Kolam (via Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today is OK)
Kolam is a rangoli traditionally composed of geometric lines and shapes, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. It is drawn by south Indian women with rice or chalk powder in front of their homes.