Got much more than books at the book sale!

I don’t know if someone died or found Jeezus or what, but someone donated a fuckton of experimental and ambient CDs to the library to be sold off at $1 each. Here’s my haul.

CDs

Biosphere ‎– Substrata2
Black Dice ‎– Beaches & Canyons
Caul – Crucible
Certain Beyond All Reasonable Doubt ‎– Live Berlin 98
Divination ‎– Distill
Earth ‎– Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version
Earth ‎– Extra-Capsular Extraction
Final ‎– 2
Fuck Buttons ‎– Street Horrrsing
Godspeed You Black Emperor! ‎– Slow Riot For New Zerø Kanada
Tim Hecker ‎– Harmony In Ultraviolet
KTL ‎– 2
Labradford ‎– A Stable Reference
Labradford ‎– Fixed::Context
Lull ‎– Continue
Lull ‎– Like A Slow River
Lull ‎– Moments
Nick Parkin ‎– Island Of Dust
Paul Schütze • Andrew Hulme ‎– Fell
The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band – Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward.
Sunn O))) ‎– Monoliths & Dimensions
Takehisa Kosugi ‎– Catch-Wave
Time Machines ‎– Time Machines
Vir Unis ‎– The Drift Inside
Vir Unis ‎– Aeonian Glow
Various Artists – Folds And Rhizomes For Gilles Deleuze

My second ever full length album!

Lent, 2013

Sacred drone pointing toward and resulting from desert experiences, emptying, refining fire, repentance, restoration.

Crowd field recording in “Restoration” courtesy Freesound.org user dkustic: www.freesound.org/people/dkustic/sounds/76139/

CD-R Release forthcoming.

Amma Syncletica said, “There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town; they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary in one’s mind while living in a crowd; and it is possible for those who are solitaries to live in the crowd of their own thoughts.”

Stuck in Trafficking

For some time now I’ve been suspicious of the anti-trafficking movement, and especially that segment of it that’s specifically Christian. It’s long struck me as sensationalist, focusing on sex work to the exclusion of other forms of forced labor (Hi there, Nike and the US Agriculture industry!), as well as overly broad. It seemed there was a reluctance among anti-(sex-)trafficking groups to precisely define trafficking in a way that avoided lumping consensual sex work in with forced sex work. The idea that no one really wants to do sex work seems to run deep, with Slave Free Earth stating: “We have a broad definition of Sex Trafficking and will work from the philosophy that the vast majority of prostitutes are not there by choice.” (Side note: Homebrewed Christianity being sponsored by that organization is one of many things that put me off of that podcast and blog, despite its hosting so many interesting thinkers. But that could be a whole other blog post.)

The feminism I came into is one that is concerned with the rights, voices and safety of sex workers. That includes the right to and practice of self-determination. Yeah, a slave-owning pimp infringes upon those rights, silences those voice and provides no real safety. The idea that sex-workers need some sort of rescuing (almost always by affluent white folks) can do the same.

It was with great satisfaction that I saw some of my concerns being reflected and expanded in Are Evangelicals Monopolizing, Misleading US Anti-Trafficking Efforts?, an interview with professor of Christian Ethics, Yvonne Zimmerman, as well as in Chink in the Evangelical wall: Sex trafficking, colonialism and Christian ethics from “The Naked Anthropologist,” Dr. Laura Agustín. They are both worth your time, and deserve to be read widely in evangelical circles.