Darian’s Blog(?)

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I don’t like blogs. I don’t think I ever have. As a kid I spent more time watching Spongebob on the TV and Weird Al Yankovic videos on Youtube. I dreaded school instructors assigning blog posts as regular assignments, and I cringe remembering the blog posts I once had to write required by a scholarship I received to study in Japan (isn’t it lovely how it’s only chill to be given institutional money (that’s actually ours) upon strict condition? I love alienation). For me, blogs seem to often be ways for people with too much time on their hands to say something that we already know, in ways that contribute to the trend toward self-/lifestyle- branding embedded in our neoliberal everyday lives.

But here we are in 2019, and I’m starting a blog. This blog responds to three longtime and emerging frustrations in my life: 1) Writing for a hypothetical academic audience, 2) Spending a lot of time writing, but with little real audience to hold me accountable or to exchange with, and 3) Wanting to intentionally build my writing craft as an exercise in popular education, critique, and world-building.

Foremost, I want this blog to be a place where I may practice writing in a non-academic context, and hopefully exchange with an audience. You’ll see short posts ranging from musings on different approaches re: leftist activism to critiques of capitalist cities, and from poetry and short fiction to photo and collage projects. I’m not trying to build my expertise in any one topic, but to grow into the art of creation. So, I’ll mix up what I showcase on this site. . . and hopefully you like it. And if you don’t like it–say, perhaps, you hate what I have to say–then hopefully you’ll approach me and offer constructive critique guiding both all of us toward liberation.

In love & struggle,

Darian

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