"Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies? … If you don’t feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook."
(rest in power)
And just a moment about the sharp end of that hook: in my life, the best theory grabbed me by the throat and put me up against a wall, then showed me how to stop holding my breath and breathe as a fully alive human being, again and again. This is what the best words, the best ideas did (and still do) for me, every day. So when we talk about the urgency of people dying in the streets, I also want to hold the urgency of words and ideas that broke me open to remember and reimagine how to live. This is the balance of worthiness in that labor… at least for me.
(Source: francesetherealgumm, via marginalutilite)