We’ve all been there: Those days in bed, when

the space left by heartache and/or ennui cannot be filled by books, magazines, lovers or our extensive guitar collection. Jokes aside, I dig the aesthetics of this new Lydia Loveless video for “Longer,” a precursor to her new album Real, out on Bloodshot in August.


Mildred and Richard Loving at a press conference after the Supreme Court ruled that their interracial marriage was legal in Loving v. Virginia

And that’s why Virginia is for Lovers.

On June 12, 1967, in the case Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down the country’s anti-miscegenation laws, allowing interracial couples across the country to marry. Thirteen years after Brown v. Board of Education, the court took the last legal teeth out of the Jim Crow era, ridding the U.S. of its last major piece of state-sanctioned segregation. June 12 has since become a grass-roots holiday in the U.S., especially for multiracial couples and families. Known as Loving Day, the celebration commemorates the 1967 case and fights prejudice against mixed-race couples, and is a reason to throw an awesome, inclusive party.”

It’s no coincidence
this is a used
furniture warehouse.

I enter with you
and become a mirror.

are the perfect lovers,

that’s it, carry me up the stairs
by the edges, don’t drop me,

that would be back luck,
throw me on the bed

reflecting side up,
fall into me,

it will be your own
mouth you hit, firm and glassy,

your own eyes you find you
are up against closed closed

Margaret Atwood “Tricks with Mirrors"  Eating Fire: Selected Poetry  1965-1995. London: Virago (2010) p. 140-1 

First part of the brilliant poem by Atwood. Full text also here.

Let’s be swingers, let’s be brothers
Let’s be lovers undercover at the bar tonight
Buying drinks for one another
As we fall on top each other
In the back under the light

Des Ark: Girls Get Ruff

Taken from the grrrreat compilation Grrrls Drinking Songs by Project Worse Than Queer. You can also find and buy the song on Des Ark’s even grrreater 2011 album Don’t Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker.