Daphne Gottlieb: Resistance is Sexy

I want to throw up because we’re supposed to quietly and politely make house in this killing machine called America and pay taxes to support our own slow murder and I’m amazed we’re not running amok in the streets, and that we can still be capable of gestures of loving after lifetimes of all this.

—David Wojnarowicz, Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration


1. change largely comes from the bottom-up, not the top down. we can manufacture this shit. we just gotta put more shoulder in.
2. resistance is sexy.
3. my lovely sexy drunk chinese-american friend on facetime last night: “as a minority, imagine how i feel right now.”
4. as a different minority, i have my own version. maybe you do, too.
5. “America, I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.” — A.G.
6. it might just be better to see the enemy and their hate in the daylight.
7. resistance is sexy.
8. nothing has really happened yet. notice a silence around ballot challenges? notice a silence around recounts? is it really possible that at the highest level no one has challenged this? is it really possible there are no investigations into voter fraud in such a close race?
9.music is better under the reich wing. er, right wing. The Reagan years: yes.
10. it is good to know what you believe in, and to feel it.
11. best outlook: the racial divide on the left starts to melt in the service of united front and a new understanding that we are all one.
12. except those rich fucks.
13. yeah, i know. the supremes. don’t go there yet.
14. the provocation of personal understanding and unusual questions: “do i have it in me to be a suicide bomber”?
15. to come with love where they start with hate. for my poc lgtbq female poor-ass illiterate sick disabled monolingual but not english speaking gendervariant blue working and pink collars: i love you. we will not live in their ameriKKKa.
16. take every bit of joy you can today: the sun. a smell of a dog. something yummy. a good kiss.
17. joy and love are how we win. and maybe some matches.


Daphne Gottlieb is the award-winning author of ten books including the new collection of short stories Pretty Much Dead.

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