shoutout to my friend veronica fish, who included me among the student body of riverdale high in the new archie!
a dream come true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is in issue #5, currently on newstands. guaranteed collectors item 🙂
I was honored to have Mothers News included in this incredible show of Providence art at the MIAM museum in France. Also included are Mat Brinkman, Melissa Brown, Brian Chippendale, Jessica Ciocci, Jim Drain, CF, Philippe Druilet, Leif Goldberg, Jungil Hong, Ben Jones, Marie Lorenz, Takeshi Murata & Billy Grant, Francine Spiegel, and Judi Rosen. obviously this is not a representative sample of the excellent output of Providence- the focus seems to be on the early 2000s. MIAM stands for “Musee International des Arts Modestes” or the International Museum of Modest Arts. special thanks to Jonas Delaborde for inviting me!!!!!
lots of photos (too many?) follow…
January 11, 2016
Today Feels Like is a new website by jeff sisson based on my idea, which searches twitter for mentions of anything of the format “today feels like _____” and tallies the results. in this way we can chart what day today feels like to the most people.
talking about what day today feels like is pretty standard inane conversation, but it’s also very intriguing and relies on a number of factors and assumptions. it is both something that is inexplicable and something that you can argue about. checking in with people around you about what day today feels like is a social act that seeks to normalize local experience and get everyone on the same page, similar to dogs smelling each others butts, people shaking hands or kissing cheeks, or everyone eating from the same loaf of bread. my goal in this project is not to firmly declare what today “really” feels like, but to extend this conversation to a broad collection of people. and to see how much correlation there is among dayfeels.
the thing i’m most excited by is looking at the data after a few weeks or months. i can think of a few interesting ways to look at the data- which days least feel like themselves, which days most feel like themselves, which days most feel like other specific days, etc.. maybe over time we can build a predictive “feels index”, where we input what today feels like and what yesterday felt like, in an effort to determine what tomorrow might feel like. i have no idea what use any of this data will be.
as of today, september 23rd 2015, Mothers News is ceasing any promise of regular publication. it’s been really great, but lately it’s been difficult, and now it’s time to figure out something else!
in an effort to make some money to move forward and pay off some debts, we are having a big sale on back issues and other merchandise, including some new and old t-shirt designs. there are a number of deals but the best one is $40 for all available back issues.
subscribers etc.: if you didn’t get the email, please click here.
supporters: thank you so much!!!!!
any posts / shares / reblogs / 2 cents / megadittos regarding this topic would be greatly appreciated 🙂
no idea yet if there will be a follow-up mega post about the newspaper in a larger context, but in short i’d say i feel good about this decision to transgress, and i’m happy i got to meet so many great people through this cool dream of a project. i hope i can meet everyone!
i’m not really going to be “doing this thing” still but i’m definitely going to continue “doing this sort of thing”, which is to say “i’m doing my thing”. no idea what the next Big Project will be, but i’ll try to communicate to anyone interested the steps i take on the way, and then once i get close, i’ll hoot. 🙂
sorry if i flaked too hard on anyone out there!!!!!!!
September 23, 2015
yowwwwwwwww i thought these were gone forever but they AREN’T!!! Michael Deforge designed these very nice tshirts for us like, 2 years ago? this is the last of them. sizes are VERY limited- there are 15 XLs
and just 1 small left!!!!! $15 post paid usa, $20 canada, if anyone more international than canada wants one, uh, make a bid- international shipping is a PITA. buy these so i can afford to make a new run of shirts with a different design (probably on a black shirt to appease the Black Shirts Only crowd).
also please keep in mind: the XL shirt is coming back!
Mothers News Tshirt Deforge Design $15 while supplies last
update: these are no longer available!! 😉
Mickey had this design, and she wanted it to say “I got screwed / in Providence RI” but she wasn’t sure. I suggested that she make it more universal: “I got screwed / now what?”.
Yesterday I was in the coffee spot and the woman at the table next to mine quoted Rumi, but said his whole name, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. She was clearly not a Persian speaker and she went through some verbal gymnastics to say the whole name when simply “Rumi” would more than suffice, but she said it, and it was a nice feeling. Later at the discount bookstore there was a Rumi / Coleman Barks book I didn’t have, so I got it. Regular readers of Mothers News know that we’re big Rumi fans over here. Anyway there was a poem in it that I hadn’t read before, and it made me think of this patch.
I’m thankful to have a friend like Mickey. I hope you like this poem. You can order this patch here: http://pricetapes.storenvy.com/products/10636080-i-got-screwed-patch
Musician, play this moment’s music as grace
for those who block our road, grace for
bandits! Musician, you learned this from
a true bandit. I hear the teacher’s accent
in the student’s art. Musician, turn your
face to absence, because existence is
deceitful and afraid. The soul knows it is
not from here. It feels bound in a body,
yet also knows the pleasure of absence.
Absence is the ocean we swim! Existence, a
fish hook. Anyone caught loses the joy
of freedom. Being nailed to the four
elements is a crucifixion. If you keep
running after your wishes and desires,
that’s your crucifixion, be sure of it!
There is a fire in patience that burns
what of you is born to fine ash. Strike
the flint of Sura 100, Honor the one
who loses breath . And, Fire rises
where they walk. These are brave souls,
musician igniting musician. What’s the
point of the chess-game world where a
pawn cuts off a king? I walk awkwardly,
but the smoke goes straight up.
Sometimes a pawn makes it to the other
side and redeems a queen. The knight
says, “Your plodding is one or two moves
for us.” Judgement Day is closer than
that for everyone, one step away. The
chess king says, “Without me this motion
and figuring means nothing. The bishop
might as well be a mosquito.” Winning
and losing are the same. There’s check-
mate in both. We no longer see the one
who teaches us. You could say we’ve
been checkmated. What happens now?
THIS Friday, November 29th 2013, Mothers News will be holding one of our celebrated aperiodic silk screening events, at Analog Underground, 504 Broadway St., Providence RI. from 11 to 8pm. it’s a fundraiser for our 4th year of publishing.
Bring in a garment and we will silk screen our bold motto “EVERY MOTHER IS A WORKING MOTHER” upon it. the ink color will be black, which should suit every non-black shirt (black on black doesn’t really come out as cool as you think it will).
This is a great time to fulfill that holiday gift obligation in a fun, funny, inexpensive, and heartfelt manner. because YOU bring in the garment that we print upon, you can insure that the garment is well-fitting and appropriate. and since you select it, there is an element of handmadedness to the whole thing, which people seem to appreciate. also it seems like something that would cost more than $5 (which is what it costs, i forgot to mention that until this point), so you gain the false extravagance of the hand-tailored item. “I had this made for you”, people love to hear that.
If you’re getting this shirt for your mom, get one for yourself too, she’ll love that.
tuffies in the world can tell themselves that “mother” is short for “motherfucker”, which is not untrue.
please note that every time i wear this design, i am approached by a different magnificent stranger who says “right on” or a similar positive sentiment. if you can’t handle this, this is your warning.
Also We will be unveiling a new design that says:
110% Ancient Egyptian Religion Interested
AU will be having a sale at the same time (it’s a great record store). Every record in the shop will be 10%- 75% OFF. also raffles, refreshments, nice atmosphere.
Remember: Bring a shirt to be silk screened LIVE on the premises.
also, we will be taking money in person for the various Mothers News Year 4 subscription offers, if you’ve been putting this off because you don’t want to pay over the internet or for whatever reason. A subscription to Mothers News is a great gift, to yourself or to a loved (or liked) one. it’s a gift that gives all year round, unlike all other gifts, which will break or become burdensome at some point.
again this event is Friday the 29th, which is the day after Thanksgiving. and it’s at Analog Underground, at Providence RI, at 504 Broadway Street.
i made a nice jump-off page for the back issues, because archive.org is useful but ugly. all the issues are there except one. this isn’t the first time we put back issues online– in the first year of the paper we did, but i put these obnoxious watermarks over everything so you’d feel embarrassed to look at it. anyway, now that that feature has been deprecated, here are some of the better examples “for posterity”. obviously, these files used to be massive, i scaled them down a good 18%.
Mothers News volume 4 subscription drive is now underway, with a lot of great prizes for upper levels of support- tote bags, a CF letterpress print, embroidered patch, birthday announcement… get into it!!!!
Michael DeForge (anagram: FREECHILD OMEGA) designed these great shirts for Mothers News, and we only have a few left now… there’s
2 smalls, 2 mediums (whoops, smalls and mediums sold out), 8 larges, and… 15 XLs remaining. if you’re interested in grabbing one of these crucial tees, never to be reprinted, now is the time to punch the button. just $15 postpaid in the USA (international please be prepared to pay some more).
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