I promised myself that this coming New Year I’d be more proactive about committing my experiences to words, so here is my year in review inspired by D-L Alvarez:
- VERGING ON MY MID-20s I RIDE RECKLESSLY ON BART AND ON THE NEW BIKE BOUGHT WITH MY DEAR AUNTIE YOLIE’S MONEY.
- A holiday vacation back home in Oregon to see my Mom and Sister. We eat, drink, sleep, and repeat for 5 days. I end up in a bar staffed only by lumberjack queefs, ambushed by two exes. Merry Christmas!
- Unable to wake my friends, I go to Powell’s Book Store alone. Afterwards, my mother picks me up outside. She wears an elf hat while cursing at holiday traffic, then almost runs over a family in puffy coats.
- I can hardly update my facebook status quickly enough: ”I GOT THE CAM FELLOWSHIP BLAAAAAARG!” What will this amazing opportunity bring? A gentle mentor, case study publications, and 3 days of escape in Napa with the museum Nerds of the country.
- My last day in Portland, I make everyone go to the Portland Art Museum. I start out by laughing at the ‘Samurai Selfie’ area, and end out panting after I race up to fourth floor contemporary art in my last 10 minutes before I go to the airport. I breathe on the world’s most expensive painting: Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud.” I think about it’s mystery owner as I breathe inches away from $142.2 million.
- Back in San Francisco, I ride the wrong terminal train 3 times before I get it right. I come home to fried eggs, fried styrofoam, and Resident Evil. Reunited with my cat,
- Beyonce, Lorde, Miley Cirus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna… I see these women everywhere, as if the sum could be the end game of feminism. But remember, cultural appropriation, female hypersexuality, and gayness are the rage in 2013. I am not immune to the wave. Short, band shirt, shy girl from a single-parent household: I give into art and clothing, proud emblems, red hair and a love of radical art movements that I insist are relevant. The history and the colors blaze out of my books, and announce my ascension into museumdom. One day I’ll go to there.
- “In the Garden of the Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch is one of my favorite paintings. A sea of naked bodies and wild animals frolic in an alien paradise – offset by some pretty raw hell business to the right. Bowl-haircut, butterfly converse-era me saw this at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
- UK Prime Minister David Cameron said “a great light has gone out in the world”. Crowds have gathered outside the house where Mr Mandela died, some flying South African flags and wearing the shirts of the governing African National Congress, which Mr Mandela once led. The greatest father there ever was: this is how South Africans will remember the man who brought an end to apartheid and delivered the nation from the brink of civil war.- BBC