It would never have occurred to me before I had the opportunity to work on the Nazi-era cases to file claims on behalf of comfort women who had been forced into sex slavery in WWII. I wouldn’t have seen the possibilities, but, after the Swiss case, I saw the possibilities, and I pursued other categories of large-scale litigation, including other human rights cases, on behalf of worldwide groups. I had learned to think big.

At the same time, the litigation humbled me. No matter how hard I worked on behalf of my clients, I could never truly make them whole. The best my colleagues and I could do for them was to provide an imperfect, incomplete and long-delayed justice. Litigation is a powerful tool for social justice, but it has its limits.

One of the things is my process requires a lot of repetition. I can probably drive people crazy because I’m interested in playing a song twenty times in a row. Then I’ll write all the lyrics down on the page, turn the page in the notebook, write them again, and see if I stumble across a word I want to change. It’s slow improvements. Everything is getting worked on up until it gets recorded and then you’re kind of stuck with it. I keep chiseling away at things, especially lyrically.
The Rumpus Interview With Craig Finn
“I’m not sure what I’m after besides writing the best book I think I can write and having a feeling inside me that I’m taking a risk or trying new things from book to book. Style equals personality and you have to strip away the bulk of your influences to dig out the you and place it on the page. And that includes your flaws too. I think I’ve made so many mistakes in my books, but that makes me proud. It feels real and human. The style and logic and images don’t have to always be clean and flawless because clean and flawless can also put you to bed. A lot of the old books I love—and even old music—are full of imperfections or a certain kind of raw quality, and that’s what makes it.”
“The aesthetic of brokenness, of jarring incompleteness, stands against the perfection of Water Lillies, or Brundage’s father’s last “empty” paintings of a field, where his own ashes are scattered after his death. It’s an homage to the jagged aesthetic of underground music itself, a tradition that stretches back past the Sex Pistols to the Dadaists. But this also implies a more fundamental view of how artists keep creating. By the end of the novel, Brundage accepts that there is nothing to be hoped for except this incompleteness, and the possibility it creates for more work, for more possibilities: “I cannot begin to understand what it is to feel the weight of the work drop away and be unable to retrieve it … I cannot understand it, I do not want to understand it.” In the work of art itself, Brundage says, we “salvage what we can” — echoing T.S. Eliot: “These fragments I have shored up against my ruins” — a paradoxical act, an act of rebellion against both loss and permanence.”
Here’s today’s Daily GIF!
“Right now there is a shortage of water in California. One of the worst in its history. The people in the cities may be fortunate enough to not notice it, but it’s those in the rest of the state are being hit hard. I’m surprised by this because of California’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which is almost nothing but water. According to my calculations it’s about 80% water, 10% fish, and 10% mystery.”
TED WILSON REVIEWS THE WORLD #246: the California Drought gets 2 out of 5 stars.
“Unfortunately, casinos have introduced gross amounts of social injustice in the form of tribal disenrollment. That’s when a tribe changes its criteria for membership and subsequently kicks people out of the tribe. Can you imagine? You spend your whole life on a reservation, and one day someone comes and tells you that you have to leave because you’re not a member of the tribe anymore? And it’s more than just being kicked out: you’re stripped of your identity, what makes you you. In California, a tribe kicked out an old woman, a tribal elder, who was one of the few people left who still spoke the language! It’s a big problem in many tribal communities, especially the smaller ones, which are essentially clans. What’s to stop someone who presides over the tribal council that your family had a beef with a decade ago from kicking you out? Sadly, very little. In the story of scarcity versus surplus, surplus almost always leads to corruption. It’s no different on the rez than it is in the rest of the world.”

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: If you start to feel restless this week, if you start to feel trapped, try to remember that it’s okay to be impulsive, it’s okay to move in circles, it’s okay to change your mind. Try to make your choices with kindness in your heart, try to move through the world trusting in the wisdom of your body, but it’s okay if you aren’t right at first. It’s okay to move backwards. It’s okay to take risks that might never pay off. Go to the beach, go to the mountains, go to the movies. Keep moving.

Taurus: This week you’ll be able to see the future stretched out in front of you, all the way to the horizon, vast and blue as the sea. If you look at it too much, if you look too closely, it might play tricks on your vision. It might throw you off balance. There’s no map that can show you where to go, so try not to worry so much. There’s no way to see everything at once, so just keep moving and trust that the ground will stay firm under your feet, because it will.

Gemini: This week your heart might feel so fragile, like a sunset, like a morning, like a dream. It’s going to be so easy to lose yourself in the sorrows of the world, like you could spend whole days lost inside your own head, like you could spend whole days just sighing and gazing out the window. Try to remember the ways you know to fill yourself with joy. Try to remember the ways you know to make your own light out of nothing. Try to remember to eat enough that you’ll stay strong.

Cancer: This week there will be so many ways to know your own self, there will be so many ways to anchor yourself in this world. You can wear clothes that look like the fire you feel in your heart, you can wear clothes that match all the greens and blues of your dreams; you can wear clothes that glitter like the stars. There are so many songs you can sing, there are so many spells you can cast, there are so many ways to remind yourself of the person you most want to be.

Leo: You might feel really driven this week, like you can do anything, like there’s nothing in this world that can stop you. You might feel lit up by all the bright energy in your limbs. You might feel like you can see all the way to the end of the world. Just don’t drive all the softness out of your heart. Don’t drive all the tenderness out of your body. Think of your best future self but still, always, think of the people all around you right now. Try to be so good to them.

Virgo: If the streets bend all strange around you this week, if your days feel like such small brittle things, just try to breathe, try to sleep, try to drink enough water. You can slow down, if you need to, or you can stay inside all day, or you can talk to kind strangers in the park, in the store, on the bus. The future will come when it wants to, so try to enjoy your time this week. Try just to enjoy your own body. Try just to enjoy your own sweet life.

Libra: This week, try to let your muscles get loose, try to let your thoughts wander, try not to worry too much about all your big plans. You can think of yourself like you’re made of water, you can think of yourself like you aren’t even solid. You can take on so many forms. You can move at so many different speeds. You can stay home and watch movies all week long, if you need to. You can sit on the porch and watch the sky. You can walk and walk and walk until you know what to do.

Scorpio: This is a week for letting go of what makes you feel small, it’s a week for letting go of what makes you feel less alive. Worlds can end this week and it will not be the worst thing. Whole worlds can end this week, and you’ll be surprised at all the space that opens up to you. You can say no to so many of the thoughts that crowd inside you. You can say no to so many small cruelties. You can create so much clear bright space inside yourself that you almost start to glow.

Sagittarius: This week’s going to feel strange and sharp and prickly, maybe, like there’s a stone in your shoe, like your clothes won’t fit right. It’s not the best and it isn’t easy, but this kind of discomfort can show you so many things, if you are patient. Try to sit with it, for now. Try to live with it. If you don’t rush to smooth everything over, if you don’t rush to fill every crack, your vision can become so clear. Your backbone can turn to steel. You can know what you need to do.

Capricorn: This week you can find strength in the weirdest places, you can find more strength than you knew your body could hold. Listen to the bands you used to love and let them remind you of all the ways your thoughts can move. Listen to the songs you’ve always loved and let them carry you through your days. The world around you you can get so tangled and wild, but you can learn what you need to do just by moving forward. You can learn what you really want if you just keep living.

Aquarius: This is a week for being a little tougher than you need to be, maybe, or a week for being a little weirder than you need to be, or a week for telling the truth just a little louder than you have to. It’s a week for fighting back against everything that makes you feel small, everything that makes it hard to move, everything that makes your heart feel so heavy. You can resist, this week. You can shout, you can sing, you can eat ice cream all day. You can grow into your fullest freest self.

Pisces: This is a week for weird honesty; this is a week for trusting yourself to find a way through the space between what you have and what you need. Try to be brave enough to say your own true name out loud. Try to be brave enough to go where you haven’t been before. Try to be brave enough to believe in the quiet glowing truth in your blood. Listen to the rhythm more than the tune. Listen to the bass more than the melody. Let the world carry you.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

“Mood Indigo is like watching the death of imagination through the colorful lens of a fast-paced, surreal love story.”
The Rumpus Review of Mood Indigo by N. David Pastor