“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
“Stop saying that!”
When I taught sixth grade, after standardized testing was done, the school was going to show Harry Potter 4 over the closed circuit as a treat. Every kid I had had either seen it or wasn’t allowed to (those kids went to the library). So I showed them Princess Bride instead, which I had in my truck. Of the 120 kids, only 1 had ever seen it. I’d never seen the kids so pumped up. The all-boys class, generally packed with kids the administration thought of as disruptive or inattentive, all stood up as one during this scene, howling and clapping after previously shouting “no” when it looked like Inigo wasn’t going to make it. Best movie viewing experience of my whole life.
WOOOOO SKULL KID ASSIST TROPHYYY
there’s no way he’s NOT going to drop a moon on the stage, right
Chino Otsuka : Imagine Finding Me
Chino Otsuka uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. At age 10 she moved from Japan to the United Kingdom to attend school. Her experience of becoming familiar with a new place, a different language and new customs while she was developing her adolescent identity has profoundly shaped her work in photography, video and writing. Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. As Otsuka says: “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” - via AGO
Deck the Halls with Samus Aran ⊟
Here’s another great holiday card, this time from Babs Tarr. This and several other designs will be available to purchase at Bento Miso and Attract Mode’s Bit Bazaar: Winter Market event, which pops off this Saturday in Toronto
Bit Bazaar will feature “one-of-a-kind, limited-edition goods from over 30 exhibitors — zines, games, comics, t-shirts, posters, mixtapes and toys — right from the artists!” RSVP here.
Princesses in a land of Machos
Before Spanish colonization blanketed Mexico with Catholicism, there were cross-dressing Aztec priests and hermaphrodite Mayan gods; gender flexibility was inherent in the culture. In much of the country now, machismo prevails and attitudes toward sex remain relatively narrow. But things are different in the southern state of Oaxaca where more pliant thinking remains. In the Zapotec communities around the town of Juchitán, men who consider themselves women—called “muxes”—are not only accepted, but celebrated as symbols of good luck.
Mexico City-based photographer Nicola “Ókin” Frioli traveled to Juchitán to photograph muxes for the series, We Are Princesses in a Land of Machos. His photos capture just some of the estimated 3,000 muxes in the area, which has a total population of around 160,000. The muxes traditionally adopt female roles like cooking, embroidery, sewing, and preparing for celebrations. They are seen as having special intellectual and artistic gifts.
Local lore has it that the muxes fell from the torn pocket of San Vicente Ferrer, the patron saint of Juchitán, during his holy walk over the town. Which is to say, they are the lucky, chosen people; colonizing the ephemeral state between genders, and bringing good fortune to a culture already blessed with open minds and good will.