The Pencil Today:


“I don’t want to know about the constitution of the rapist — I want to kill him! I don’t care if he is black or white, if he is middle class or poor, if his mother hung him from the clothesline by his balls: I only want to kill him! Any woman who is raped will agree.” — Diamanda Galás


No satellite voting centers today. Two new centers will be open Monday & Tuesday.

You may still vote downtown:

The Curry Building, 214. W. Seventh St.

And if you’re still unsure about where your precinct polling place is, go to the Monroe County and State of Indiana find-a-polling place page.


Okay, these right wing schmucks have to stop right now.

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said in last night’s debate that it’s all part of god’s plan when a woman who is raped becomes pregnant. “[T]hat,” Mourdock said, “is something that god intended to happen.”

From God’s Lips To His Ears

Now get this: when the rest of the sane world started yelling that this was going too far, Mourdock responded after the debate, “Rape is a horrible thing and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.”

Wait, now we’re absurd and sick?

Let me lay it all out for you, Mr. Mourdock. Your god is a jerk. And so are you.


Sylvia Plath is the big deal around the IU campus and Bloomington itself for the next four days.

Saturday will mark 80 years since her birth in 1932. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of her creative explosion. In July, 1962, she discovered her husband, the British poet Ted Hughes, had been having an affair. They separated in September and the next month Plath began to write the vast majority of verse for which she became world renowned.

Just four months later, Plath sealed up the doors and windows of her kitchen, kneeled down before her oven, turned the gas on and stuck her head in. Her body was discovered by a visiting nurse who was due that day to help her care for her two small children.

Sylvia Plath

Ironically, the women her husband had been seeing killed herself in precisely the same manner some six years later. Hughes became a bete noire among feminists who felt he at least emotionally drove the two women to take their own lives and at worst, physically abused them to the point that they couldn’t bear to live. Several women even publicly vowed to kill him in revenge.

Plath, though, was a lifelong depressive. She’d made half-hearted attempts at suicide as far back as her college years at Smith. It wasn’t until she learned to tap into her inner angst and pain for inspiration that her work became magnificent. In 1959 during a residence at the Yaddo writers colony in upstate New York, she opened up her soul as a poet. She learned there, she said later, “to be true to my own weirdnesses.”

Her works often have invited derision. Plath’s only novel, “The Bell Jar,” and her poetry have been called melodramatic and overwrought. Her life itself occasionally has become fodder for smirkers. In the movie, “Annie Hall,” Woody Allen’s character Alvy Singer pontificates: “Sylvia Plath — interesting poetess whose tragic suicide was misinterpreted as romantic by the college girl mentality.”

Today, you can view the archived Plath collection at the Lilly Library at 3pm. Nine poets will read from Plath’s work at the Monroe County Public Library at six. Throughout the day and for the next three days, academics and versifiers will be discussing and dissecting Plath and her output around town from morning until night.

Scoot on over to the Sylvia Plath Symposium 2012 website for a complete schedule of events.

And stay out of the kitchen, would you?

The only events listings you need in Bloomington.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

VOTE TODAY ◗The Curry Building, 214 W. Seventh St.; 8am-6pm

STUDIO TOUR ◗ Brown County, various locationsThe Backroads of Brown County Studio Tour, free, self-guided tour of 16 local artists’ & craftspersons’ studios; 10am-5pm, through October

LECTURE ◗ IU Memorial Union, Persimmon HallInstitute for Advanced Study Lecture: Bengt Sadnin talks about “State-Building, Surveillance of Children, & the Rise of Early Modern Education“; Noon

LECTURE ◗ IU Art MuseumNoon Talk Series: “Patrons and Purveyors of Culture,” Michelle Facos talks about Jewsih collectors, patrons, & dealers of German Expressionist works; 12;15-1pm

POETRY & BOOKS ◗ Various locations around IU campus & BloomingtonSylvia Plath Symposium 2012, celebrating 50 years since the publication of her “Ariel” collection, Through Saturday, Today’s highlights:

  • IU Lilly LibraryPlath archives show-and-tell by library staff; 3-4:30pm
  • Monroe County Public Library — Reading of Plath’s poetry by Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Emily Bobo, Cathy Bowman, Christine Brandel, Peter Cooly, Annie Finch, Cate Marvin, Kathleen Ossip, & David Trinidad; 6-7:30pm

LECTURE ◗ IU Fine Arts Theater — “Our National Security,” Presented by Chris Kojm, chair of US National Intelligence Council; 5:30pm

MUSIC ◗ Malibu GrillAlki Scopelitis; 6-9pm

DISCUSSION ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald GalleryThe panel considers “Books, Text, & Information: The Role of Libraries in the Arts and Humanities” 6-7:30pm

CLASS ◗ IU Art MuseumIU Lifelong Learning course, “What Is a Fine Print?” Three sessions: October 24th & 31st, and November 7th; 6-7:45pm

SCIENCE ◗ Rachael’s CafeBloomington Science Cafe, Tonight’s topic: “The Truthy Project: The Promise & perils of Digital Democracy,” Presented by Karissa McKelvey & Michael Conover; 6:30pm

FILM IU Cinema — “Blood of Jesus”; 7pm

SPORTS ◗ IU Bill Armstrong StadiumHoosier men’s soccer vs. Evansville; 7pm

MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, NashvilleKenan Rainwater; 7-9pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford HallMaster’s Recital, Amy bearden, mezzo-soprano; 7pm

PERFORMANCE ◗ Unity of Bloomington ChurchAuditions & rehearsal, Bloomington Peace Choir; 7pm

STAGE ◗ IU Wells-Metz Theatre — “Richard III“; 7:30pm

LECTURE ◗ IU Memorial Union, State Room East — “Antisemitism and Philosemitism in France: Emile Zola and the Ambiguities of Universalism,” Presented by Maurice Samuels of Yale University; 7:30pm

MUSIC ◗ Max’s PlaceOpen mic; 7:30pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Musical Arts CenterUniversity Orchestra, Cliff Colnot, conductor; 8pm

MUSIC IU Auer HallDoctoral Recital, Aleksey Artemyev on piano; 8pm

MUSIC ◗ The Player’s PubThe Mongrel Dogs featuring Alex Puga; 8pm

ASTRONOMY ◗ IU Kirkwood ObservatoryOpen house, Public viewing through the main telescope; 8pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford HallArtist Diploma/Doctoral Chamber Music Recital: Youngsin Seo on violin, Woonjoo Park on viola, JinSeo Joo on piano; 8:30pm

MUSIC ◗ The Bluebird — The Personnel; 9pm

MUSIC ◗ The Bishop — Sleeping Bag, Demon Beat; 9:30pm

MUSIC ◗ Bear’s PlaceColonel Angus; 11pm


ART ◗ IU Art MuseumExhibits:

  • “New Acquisitions,” David Hockney; through October 21st
  • “Paragons of Filial Piety,” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi; through December 31st
  • “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers,” by Julia Margaret, Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan; through December 31st
  • French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century;” through December 31st
  • Celebration of Cuban Art & Film: Pop-art by Joe Tilson; through December 31st
  • Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities“; through December 23rd
  • Workers of the World, Unite!” through December 31st
  • Embracing Nature,” by Barry Gealt; through December 23rd
  • Pioneers & Exiles: German Expressionism,” through December 23rd

ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron CenterExhibits:

  • Ab-Fab — Extreme Quilting,” by Sandy Hill; October 5th through October 27th
  • Street View — Bloomington Scenes,” by Tom Rhea; October 5th through October 27th
  • From the Heartwoods,” by James Alexander Thom; October 5th through October 27th
  • The Spaces in Between,” by Ellen Starr Lyon; October 5th through October 27th

ART ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald GalleryExhibit:

  • Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf; through November 16th
  • Small Is Big; Through November 16th

ART ◗ IU Kinsey Institute GalleryExhibits:

  • A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners;” through December 20th
  • Gender Expressions;” through December 20th

PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World CulturesExhibit:

  • “CUBAmistad” photos

ART ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World CulturesExhibits:

  • “¡Cuba Si! Posters from the Revolution: 1960s and 1970s”
  • “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything”
  • “Thoughts, Things, and Theories… What Is Culture?”
  • “Picturing Archaeology”
  • “Personal Accents: Accessories from Around the World”
  • “Blended Harmonies: Music and Religion in Nepal”
  • “The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer’s Journey through Mid-century America”
  • “TOYing with Ideas”
  • “Living Heritage: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia”
  • “On a Wing and a Prayer”

BOOKS ◗ IU Lilly LibraryExhibit:

  • Outsiders and Others: Arkham House, Weird Fiction, and the Legacy of HP Lovecraft;” through November 1st
  • A World of Puzzles,” selections from the Slocum Puzzle Collection

PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Soup’s OnExhibit:

  • Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture: “CUBAmistad photos; through October

PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Monroe County History CenterExhibit:

  • Bloomington: Then and Now,” presented by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th

ARTIFACTS ◗ Monroe County History CenterExhibits:

  • Doctors & Dentists: A Look into the Monroe County Medical Professions
  • What Is Your Quilting Story?
  • Garden Glamour: Floral Fashion Frenzy
  • Bloomington Then & Now
  • World War II Uniforms
  • Limestone Industry in Monroe County

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2 thoughts on “The Pencil Today:

  1. dave paglis the lake county republican (the line is shorter) says:

    It was a strange thing to say but not much different than saying it is just chance whether or not pregnancy resuls from a rape. My complant is that his words are being twisted to say he doesn’t hate rape and rapists.

  2. The Great Untruth that rape-apologists don’t even know they’re promoting, is the social norm that says when a man puts his penis into a woman’s body, the woman disappears. *Poof!* She’s gone! She has no voice or importance whatsoever!

    What is thundering across the land is this: Women do not disappear, we have never disappeared, we WILL never disappear, and we will never be silenced again. Guys who don’t learn this in their bones are not likely to get laid in years to come – not without paying a lot of money for it.

    I would prefer that anyone with so-called “pro-life” politics would put that energy into supporting the children who are out of the womb and need health care, good food, a home, safety from violence, education — and this means publicly supporting the mothers who bear and care for these former-fetuses. Support the women. Support the women. Support the women.

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