Dead Inside: Do Not Enter — Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter
by Lost Zombies
2011, 160 pages, 8 x 10 x 0.5 inches
$15 Buy a copy on Amazon
Some of my favorite things about zombie movies are the details of the changed world. The dead grass, broken windows, toppled telephone poles, abandoned cars with missing wheels and trunks left open, boarded-up buildings, spent ammo shells, and other signs of struggle and desperation serve to create a fascinatingly creepy environment.
And that’s why I like Dead Inside: Do Not Enter so much. The book consists entirely of letters, hand-written warnings, and pages torn from journal entries that were written during the zombie pandemic. The notes are on matchbooks, napkins, photographs, advertisements, shopping lists, road maps, scraps of cardboard, and gum wrappers. Some of the notes are written with pen and pencil, others are written with lipstick, burnt wood, crayons, and blood.
The messages of the notes themselves tell the tale of the rise of the zombie pandemic, from tentative, joking questions about a “really bad flu,” escalating to confused panic, and later to grim acceptance of the new reality that the survivors now must live in.
In the introduction to Dead Inside, we learn that these notes had been found in a Dora the Explorer backpack. The first note presented in the book was written by the man who killed the owner of the backpack, a girl who was about 10 years old and had been bitten by a zombie (but had not yet turned into one). The man wrote “I opened her backpack and found all these notes and letters. This stuff is poisonous. No one in their right mind should read it. Reading this is like looking into the sun.” – Mark Frauenfelder
September 16, 2014
The train is the world. We the humanity.
benoit marechal by stéphane prévost
The sun isn’t bright just because I say it is. It just is. It was bright before I even knew the word for bright. I didn’t decide what it is, I acknowledged what it is.
You aren’t worth something just because I say you are. You just are. You were worth something before I even said anything. I didn’t decide that you are, I acknowledged that you are.
This is what I mean when I say “You are worth it.”
This is great.
I have no words.
Literally just said this the other day
Tell them again, because they act real hard of hearing when we explain this shit.
but they don’t hear u doeee.
Street Art byDavid Zinn
For weeks now, pro-democracy protest groups have occupied parts of central Hong Kong, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Local police have been urging the demonstrators to leave for days, and have recently stepped up efforts to dismantle barricades on several major roads - only to have many of them rebuilt hours later. Tensions boiled over last night, leading to a violent clash between police and protesters. Police arrested dozens, and at least one demonstrator, politician Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, was dragged away and beaten by police, a moment caught in this video. As of today, most of the Occupy protesters remain in place, Beijing refuses to budge, and no discussions are underway.
Tattoo by Fran Fernandez
Real Christians aren’t assholes
In High School I had a friend who was super religious, her whole family was. Despite this, she was pro-marriage equality, pro-choice, and never once tried to convert me or make me feel bad about my own religious decisions (I was and still am an agnostic). She was always kind, and treated everyone with respect, regardless of race, religion, or orientation. For her the heart and soul of being a Christian was to love others and treat others with dignity. She was a real Christian.
REMINDER: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE USE JESUS AS AN EXCUSE TO BE AN ASSHOLE EVER. NEVER.
I’m a Christian and this is how the fucking religion works. Love. Not hate.
The problem I have with these messages is that it’s throwing the problem under the rug. Instead of critically analyzing your own religion and the ways it can be problematic, you’re saying “but not me!” This is just like “not all men” or “real men are like…” See the parallels?
No matter how many of these “nice Christians,” I have yet to see any actual Christian based organizations that offers a safe place for all. Definitely not any large organizations. And none that aren’t actively trying to convert people by “being nice.” (see:
missionariescolonists) (Granted I’m not omniscient but the fact that I’ve studied Christianity for a while and never come across anything of the like goes to show it’s not very visible even if they do exist.)
Fact is, for most of it’s existence, Christianity has been heavily influenced by white supremacy, patriarchy, cultural appropriation, and the rest of our culture. Notice how (some) churches are just finally opening up to people who are gay and lesbian (albeit skewed), just how the rest of society is (here in the US)? While still excluding others (trans, bi, pan, asexual, agender, gender queer, queer, etc; just look at the image attached, only gay and lesbian are included)?
You don’t get fucking kudos for following the trend or “being nice.” By choosing to forget or ignore the problems that Christianity brings about, as a system (as it is), with this “not all Christian” attitude, you’re still a part of the problem.
New York City: ‘Justice for Jennifer Laude! U.S. out of the Philippines!’ October 15, 2014
A rainy New York rush hour didn’t deter over 50 Filipino-American activists, transgender people and supporters who rallied outside the Philippines Consulate October 15, chanting “We say no to the VFA! Fight transphobia every day for Jennifer Laude!”
Laude, a transgender Filipina woman, was found strangled in a hotel room in Olongapo City, the Philippines, on October 11. A U.S. Marine suspected of her murder is being held by Pentagon authorities aboard a Navy ship.
“We are outraged that another innocent life has been taken away because of the ongoing infestation of U.S. troops who have no right to be in the Philippines in the first place,” said BAYAN-USA Chair Bernadette Ellorin.
“We are equally incensed that the U.S. whisked the suspect Marine away and is holding him aboard an American ship, rather than turning him over to Philippine authorities. This shows how the U.S. has no respect for Philippine sovereignty or our country’s legal system.”
Some 660 U.S. military personnel are permanently stationed in the Philippines under the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), and other 1,500 are there now participating in war games. As with other places where U.S. military personnel are stationed around the world, crimes against women are commonplace.
“This insult to Philippine sovereignty is no surprise, given the history of U.S. militarization in the Philippines, said Ellorin. “It also exemplifies exactly why Filipinos are opposed to the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Instead of rushing to implement the EDCA, [President] Aquino should stand up for Philippine sovereignty for once by ensuring that the Philippines asserts complete jurisdiction over Jennifer’s case.”
The October 15 action was called by the BAYAN Queer Caucus, GABRIELA New York, and Barangay New York- LGBTQ Pin@ys, and supported by Trans-Justice of The Audre Lorde Project, the New York City Anti-Violence Project, the International Action Center and others.
Photos and report by redguard