At school, I learnt the German word ‘Werbung’ as ‘advertising’ and thought of it as kind of a dull, ordinary word. But reading reading Rilke’s third Sonnet to Orpheus, it says:

Gesang, wie du ihn lehrst, ist nicht Begehr,
nicht Werbung um ein endlich noch Erreichtes

which made me think, “I’m…

Rilke is very hard to translate. I like this effort. — KM

"In biology I learned about fish and snails and such that changed sex, and at the time I was reading these biology books and idly thinking, “Oh, how interesting.” But ideas like that have been incorporated into science fiction here and there, and especially Ursula K. Le Guin wrote a book called The Left Hand of Darkness in which she explored races like that and their culture, and how their biology intertwines with their culture. The people living on that planet change their sex while growing up. Normally, they’re sort of neither sex. When I read that book, I thought it was so fascinating and was inspired by it. So I created a character who hadn’t differentiated into one sex yet, and had to choose whether they become male or female at puberty, and I had so much fun creating this character. The reason I had so much fun is, girls are put into boxes ever since they’re small, being told they must act like girls. And although there might be much more to their personalities than that, like climbing trees, being loud, running down hallways, things like that, girls don’t do any of those things. Girls like that will be categorized as tomboys, and while feeling incredibly impaired by that, there was still a part of me who thought, “No, I’m a girl so this is how I must act,” and was suppressing myself. But Frol from They Were Eleven! isn’t a boy or a girl yet, so no matter what they did, no one was going to tell them “But you’re a girl.” I wrote that character thinking “They’re so lucky,” and yearning to be like them."

Transcript of radio interview with Hagio Moto from hagiomoto.net (via brickme)

Hagio Moto interview — KM

Anonymous said: Hi, what is the best Hagio Moto work in your opinion?




Good question! She has written lots and lots of stuff, and I’ve far from read all of it, so please take this answer with a grain of salt.

I’m pretty sure that the two books out in English, Heart of Thomas and A Drunken Dream and other stories, contain what a lot of people agree are her best works: Heart of Thomas, Hanshin (16-page short story about conjoined twins), and Iguana Girl (the short story about a girl whose mother insists she is an iguana). These are definitely considered masterpieces.

Another one which is considered her masterpiece, which I haven’t read (it seems like a huge emotional investment), is Zankoku na kami ga shihai suru / A Cruel God Reigns. I’m pretty sure there’s a complete translation online.

My favorite work by her, on the other hand, is Gin no sansaku / Silver Triangle. It leans much more towards the science fiction end of things than the shojo manga end (it didn’t run in a manga magazine but in Japan’s SF Magazine), and has a reputation of being obscure and murky, but I really love it! It’s so dense and perfectly plotted and executed, it’s like a piece of art. If you’ve read A Drunken Dream, it’s a bit like the title story but expanding on the premise of “someone is playing back this exact moment in the history of the universe again and again in order to maybe fix something broken in the universe”. Really fascinating! I also really like her other sci-fi stories, like They Were 11 and Star Red. The other day I read a short story called Nise-o / Fake King which was also fantastic and left a huge impact on me.

I’m sure there’s loads more I have yet to read that’s also amazing, though. :)

What about Takemiya Keiko? (well, out of all 24-Gumi i only have read work from Hagio Moto and Takeimiya Keiko *embarrassed)

With Takemiya Keiko, I definitely have to say Kaze to ki no uta! It’s her life’s work, you know? And it has such a great ensemble of complex characters, a cutting-edge theme that she tackles heads on without as much as a wince, amazing art, a gripping plot, it’s just fantastic all around.

I’ve read a few of her longer works and quite a few short stories, and I think Hensokyoku / Variations has the most gorgeous art and, um, holds a sort of “moe” attraction for me, for the lack of a better word. Like how (female) fandom is mad about Free! these days? I read some of Takemiya’s work that way, they’re so full of amazing adorable pretty gorgeous male characters that make me go all ga-ga. She’s definitely my favorite 24 group writer when it comes to art and characters, I think she’s just amazing in those respects.

Towards the Terra is also a good series, and some of her sci-fi short stories, like the Eden 2185 series (about people living on board a huge spaceship heading for a far-off planet that will be colonized by their descendants), are also very good. I still have to read a lot of her recent work! I should really get to it.

Hagio and Takemiya are definitely the most famous of the group, so I don’t think there’s anything embarrassing about that! :D I only started to really enjoy Yamagishi Ryoko last year, and I’ve read Oshima Yumiko for a while but could never get into her… (now THAT is embarrassing *hides*)

Hagio Moto, Takemiya: good questions, excellent answers. So when is somebody going to translate Takemiya’s “life work” into English and publish it?

"Every writer, of every political flavor, has some neat historical analogy, or mini-lesson, with which to preface an argument for why we ought to bomb these guys or side with those guys against the guys we were bombing before. But the best argument for reading history is not that it will show us the right thing to do in one case or the other, but rather that it will show us why even doing the right thing rarely works out."

Adam Gopnik on the value of studying history. (via newyorker)

A lot of truth here. —KM

(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)

Anonymous said: Will there be shirts? Cds? Vinyl? Posters? B-sides? more "part 2's"? Anything other than a download? Anything...


here i will try to explain my feelings about physical media as concisely as possible (for me which isn’t saying much)

1. pressing up records and CDs is a big financial investment. it does not make sense for someone like me who does not tour or pay for college radio promo or PR to spend thousands of dollars to press up a bunch of records. i feel like the way it is now, where you can hear the music for free and you have the option to pay me for it directly if you feel like it, is very clean and simple and uncomplicated and for me at least, very satisfying. music is not a career for me, i do it for fun, and it would stop being fun really fast if i had to start worrying about hitting whatever sales targets i’d need to hit just to break even on a physical release. economically it’s not worth it for a project as small as mine is. i’m not out there evangelizing my shit to people, i just want it to be there for people to hear or stumble across if it interests them. having boxes of unsold records sitting around would run totally counter to my worldview and approach to my own art

2. i don’t collect records, so i don’t really personally get anything out of holding physical copies of my music in my hands. i don’t even actually have a copy of “ruin” or “ruin 4” in my house. all the music i’ve bought in the last several years has been digital and even when it comes to video games i usually buy digital copies unless the game absolutely definitively is only available on disc. if i was a great lover of vinyl or CDs i could see myself thinking it was worth it to lose a bunch of my own money or give up 50% ownership of my record to a label partner in order to have it on vinyl, but i’m not so i wouldn’t.

3. CDs and records are made of PVC which is one of the least biodegradable substances on earth. technically vinyl is a little better environmentally than CDs because the sleeves are cardboard and record plants recycle old records to make new ones, but especially considering that a lot of studies have shown that collectors don’t even listen to the vinyl they buy a lot of the time, i’d still rather sell digital files or try to find some kind of biodegradable physical token to sell people if i thought there were enough people in the world who absolutely feel like they need one to justify manufacturing expenses, i.e. a t-shirt or some kind of book

4. this is point is more esoteric i guess but i feel like attachment to physical formats is kinda holding independent music back. major labels are basically at war with physical music formats now because they’re basically at war with the idea that music is something consumers should own master-quality recordings of. they’re much more into the streaming model where music is something they own and the consumer buys access to. as consumers of major label music start to migrate over to this worldview i think it’s gonna destroy the market for CDs and probably itunes and leave vinyl as a niche boutique market

it’s not super easy to get ahold of sales data for new indie releases, and you see a lot less bragging about first week numbers of big indie label releases now because by and a large they are a lot less than they were a few years ago. major labels have decided that they’re gonna move everything over to streaming, which they stand to make a lot of money from because their content is valuable enough to platforms like spotify and google play or whatever that they can really leverage it and make favorable deals. indie labels do not seem to have any answer to this - they’re responding to the fact that they’re not moving as many copies as they were back in the halcyon days of veckatimest by locking new signings up into 5 album deals instead of 3 album deals, demanding percentages of publishing and merch sales in contracts, and taking more than 50% of streaming income. i don’t know why you’d want to do this. if creators and consumers of independent/alternative music could move on from vinyl/CD and attach themselves to a format like digital files that doesn’t require the massive upfront investment that vinyl does, there would be no reason to go through labels at all. any individual can get their music onto itunes and spotify and google play and get the same shitty deal that all the indie labels get.

if everyone could let go of CDs and vinyl, bands could dub their own cassette tapes or make their own biodegradable physical art booklets to put download codes in and sell those at shows instead of records and CDs. they could keep 100% of the proceeds and not have to worry about whether or not the pressing plant is gonna have records ready for them by the time they leave on tour. maybe a netlabel could set up a patreon account where supporters could commit to automatically buying every new release. potential new signings would be able to see exactly how big of an audience they’d be reaching by going with the label, and maybe labels would have to worry more about whether or not their releases are actually any good, for fear of alienating their supporter base

anyway not like that has anything to do with me, like i said, my thing is a hobby. i don’t play shows and i don’t really do anything to promote myself unless you count posting on tumblr as self-promotion which it fucking isn’t ok

shirts i might do, same basic problem as vinyl in that it costs a lot of money to get them made and i’m not sure i could sell enough of them to break even but the margin of error isn’t as harrowing as with vinyl and i could just donate them to goodwill if no one bought them

there’s some unfinished music left over from the MP2014 period including alternate versions of sophie and everything is a lie that i might finish and put on the internet at some point if it feels right and i recently found some music i made ten years ago i might put on the internet and call “magical pessimism 2004”

but if i do put any of that stuff out you will still have to download it sorry

A clear & passionate statement about the music biz. —KM


What is it like to be keenly intelligent and to care deeply about science and animal life—but to feel absolutely alienated from even the simplest human emotions and interactions? In one of Atul Gawande’s favorite pieces from the archive, Oliver Sacks asks what Temple Grandin’s experiences can tell us about the enigma of autism.
Photograph by Laura Wilson.

A magnificent story! —KM


What is it like to be keenly intelligent and to care deeply about science and animal life—but to feel absolutely alienated from even the simplest human emotions and interactions? In one of Atul Gawande’s favorite pieces from the archive, Oliver Sacks asks what Temple Grandin’s experiences can tell us about the enigma of autism.

Photograph by Laura Wilson.

A magnificent story! —KM

(Source: newyorker.com)


losing people to drugs and alcohol is the worst because they destroy any good memories you have of them before forcing you to deal with the empty space they leave behind. also whoever keeps putting the few quotes i said early in my career about drugs back into my wikipedia page is an asshole. I…

Black Life, Annotated


Alice Goffman’s critically acclaimed ethnography On the Run is another story about a white lady come to study young black men. Who thought this was a good idea?

Alice Goffman’s On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American Cityis the latest installment in a sociological tradition that subjects black life to scholarly scrutiny. An “urban” ethnography of a mixed-income, black neighborhood in West Philadelphia in the early 2000s that Goffman calls 6th Street, On the Run is “an account of the prison boom and its more hidden practices of policing and surveillance as young people living in one relatively poor Black neighborhood in Philadelphia experience and understand them.” To produce this “on-the-ground account” of a “community on the run,” Goffman took on the role of participant observer.

Mentioned alongside Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim CrowOn the Run’s many admirers say it not only reveals things that “we” do not know about what is being done to a portion of the population, it centers that population’s negotiations of an unlivability produced by policing and all-too-often drowned out by the (right, liberal, and left) white noise of calls for increased ”security.” Goffman’s admirers believe that she has provided “extraordinary” new insight into how and why black life is lived under and against occupation. They anticipate that On the Run’s reach will extend far beyond the US academy and that it will shift and extend conversations and public policy about policing. They expect, too, that it will illuminate, for those who have been able to remain blind to it, the scope and devastating impacts of the carceral state on the lives of (poor) black men and women.

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Thoughtful critical piece — convincing. —KM


HAGIO Moto (萩尾 望都), Klan Poe/The Poe Family/Poe no Ichizoku/ポーの一族

Some polish pages…

All of her magnificent work should be translated into English. —KM

(via fehyesvintagemanga)



Lana’s look is not to make it look easy.

In 2011, Lana Del Rey showed up to the chillwave party with flowers in her hair and a video she’d made herself. She was awkward, a pity guest tugging at the hem of her hand-me-down dress. She didn’t know how to do eyeliner. The video—for…

Fascinating take on Lana. —KM