(written in English Lit class, 2006)

I am:
    the last Merovingian
    my origins pure fabrication
    truth lost in twisting unrecorded space

I am almost a fixed form.
I have an interlocking rhyme scheme
but no metre.
Context is irrelevant.

Striving towards
    maximum spontaneity
    verging on mad ecstasy
    pure invention
    aesthetic attention
    intensity without pretence
    without plot without merit

I am creaking floorboards and dirty walls.
I am downtown sidewalks on January mornings.
I haven’t yet counted the snowflakes outside my window
but I’m sure I’ll get around to it.


Seeing Gender

Okay, this is wicked old, but in the context of what I’ve been reading lately all I can think is OHFUCKYES.

If I could have one wish, it would be for the luxury of gender blindness. (Or maybe a pony. Or a billion dollars? Then I could buy a pony, AND a private island that would only be accessible to people who weren’t sexist douchebags.)

Hello, world!

For what it’s worth, I hate introductory posts, but here we go anyway.

I’m Brett K. I’m a twentysomething Torontonian lady who will be starting grad school in the fall but currently isn’t doing much of anything. I have too little money and too much free time. I used to blog about gender politics over at Radical Bookworm, but the feminist blogosphere proved to be too much for me, ultimately, and I wanted a space that was more open, less structured and less serious. So, welcome to The Ethical Slacker.

Yes, I named my blog after The Ethical Slut;, a pretty fabulous book that I would totally have read all the way through if polyamory didn’t look like it would be completely exhausting. Its origins have something (I think) to do with a question that I’ve been pondering for a while, namely, can one be an insufferably lazy person and still, in some way, make the world a better place? I’m hoping the answer is yes, because I really don’t want to start waking up early in the morning. This blog is, in part, an attempt to explore that, and to figure out how it can be done.

However! I have no interest in limiting myself to one topic, so here are some other potential subjects to be dealt with:

Knitting! And other crafts, but mostly knitting
Feminism (with and without the capital F) and other social justicey things
Living in extremely small spaces (see also: Toronto)
Pop culture, particularly of the science fiction variety
Grad school, and other ways in which I am a huge nerd
…and so on.

I suppose I should have just got myself a Tumblr, but I like WordPress, and I don’t get that whole “reblog” thing the cool kids are doing these days. In any case, I hope you stay, I hope you enjoy yourself, and I hope you don’t yell at me too much. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have beer to drink and job applications to avoid working on.