Enlighten us with what Chicago IRL is. I've seen so much stuff about it, but I'm not exactly true what it is about.
This is exciting because this is an actual question. Chicago IRL is a queer Chicago Arts & Literary digest celebrating culture & class(lessness) started by Joseph Varisco and myself. We have an open submission policy and accept works of all kinds from just about anyone. Our first issue was published last June, and we’re currently hard at work on issue four. Submissions are open! We’ll be hustling for funds and taking pre-orders through a Kickstarter launching in the next few days.
CHICAGO IRL: WHERE THE INTERNET IS REAL AND EVERYONE IS DRUNK ALL THE TIME.
“[Adrienne and Audre] I had a few questions for you, but it’s too late now. I wanted to ask you about your communities, were they harmonious as they sounded? Did you not belittle each other’s work? Did you not betray one another? Did you exclude one another, until everyone excluded everyone? Did you become what these wounds made of you? Did you try to survive against all odds, but also against one another? Did you take in all the violence, all the discrimination, all the tactics of patriarchy and reflected it onto one another? Did you? Did you become a feminist version of your own societies– resources and power in the hands of the few? Did you hate one another, and did this hate drive you to silence each other? Blackmail one another? Did you fight, and did those fights preoccupy you from challenging what’s out there? Did you have to protect yourselves from your communities as much as you protect yourself from racism, sexism, and homophobia? Did you forget about what brought you together in the first place? Did you not learn how to forgive one other, and have faith in one another? Did you use your privileges against one another?”—
“Politics of Closeness and Alienation,” by Sara Emiline Abu Ghazal (via hashtag-beirut)