An Autumn Mixtape

As we are approach­ing October—the holy month of Hal­loween in the most beau­ti­ful sea­son of the year—we have com­piled a list of songs which give us that autumn feel­ing of crisp, smokey air, warm­ly lit liv­ing rooms shel­tered from the Octo­ber rain, and an entire world turned into poetry. 

Vincent van Gogh: La Tristesse Durera Toujours

“What am I in the eyes of most people—a nonen­ti­ty, an eccen­tric or an unpleas­ant person—somebody who has no posi­tion in soci­ety and nev­er will have, in short, the low­est of the low. All right, then—even if that were absolute­ly true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccen­tric, such a nobody, has in his heart.”

Developing a Black Genderfluid Feminist Critique via Tumblr

“The threats of vio­lence online repli­cat­ed the very real vio­lence Black peo­ple reg­u­lar­ly expe­ri­enced offline at the hands of non-Black peo­ple all over the world. Black queer and trans peo­ple, par­tic­u­lar­ly those who iden­ti­fied as woman or femme, made easy tar­gets on Tum­blr due to always being easy and con­stant tar­gets offline. And there were oth­er forms of misogynoir…”

The Queer City: How to Design More Inclusive Public Space

In the con­text of ris­ing pat­terns of hate crime, the idea of “queer­ing” pub­lic space might offer a solu­tion. Through inter­views with over 120 aca­d­e­mics, design­ers, activists and oth­er respon­dents, Cat­ter­all and Azzouz have stud­ied how con­sid­er­ing the design and plan­ning needs of LGBTQ+ peo­ple might make the pub­lic realm more inclusive.

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