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"What is the cost of tenderness?" Another lovely evening with @oracleacts, and my very first question to the Oracle. (Sw...
11/09/2021

"What is the cost of tenderness?" Another lovely evening with @oracleacts, and my very first question to the Oracle. (Swipe for the answer.)

Today’s magic in my #Equinox #Staycation. I was able to play with a massive interactive projection in the African Art Ga...
09/26/2021

Today’s magic in my #Equinox #Staycation. I was able to play with a massive interactive projection in the African Art Gallery at the @ncartmuseum. Maybe ten works to choose from, and then another ten patterns to imprint on and reimagine those works, and then several more dials to make changes along different axes. I don’t think you’d ever see the same image twice.

I was today years old when I realized that Kellogg's, Pringles and Cheezits are under the same umbrella. Somehow life ma...
09/12/2021

I was today years old when I realized that Kellogg's, Pringles and Cheezits are under the same umbrella. Somehow life makes more sense now.

Sometimes, as my brother and I used to say about Pizza Masters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, you just have to do the damn th...
09/10/2021

Sometimes, as my brother and I used to say about Pizza Masters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, you just have to do the damn thing. This pizza brought me back to Brooklyn so hard tonight -- many thanks to Italian Pizzeria @ipguessrd for making the best pie in town. And you know we saved the best for the Oma @amillayhughes.

#joyful I often forget how good it feels to clear space in my life — I’m usually very busy holding on, being a good stew...
09/08/2021

#joyful I often forget how good it feels to clear space in my life — I’m usually very busy holding on, being a good steward, rolling with my attachments. But over the last few weeks, I’ve culled my books, my CDs, my *cassette tapes*, my inherited LPs, my unused knitting yarn, and even some of the chotchkes that feel forever embedded in my life. I sent them off to their next owners, and I was glad to see them go. And now? Now I’m enjoying the breathing room. #sparkjoy #sparkkindness #reorganize

My little pink flamingos have adapted beautifully to their new home, just in case you were wondering.
09/07/2021

My little pink flamingos have adapted beautifully to their new home, just in case you were wondering.

Helping one of my best friends do a massive once-over of her house, and I was assigned the china cabinet. It turns out h...
09/04/2021

Helping one of my best friends do a massive once-over of her house, and I was assigned the china cabinet. It turns out her grandmother gave her a figurine every year until she graduated from high school. I find this incredibly charming: graduation, not marriage. So progressive!

FREE BOOKS! Part 2. I have just done the first major culling of my books in probably a decade or more. Would any of you ...
09/04/2021

FREE BOOKS! Part 2. I have just done the first major culling of my books in probably a decade or more. Would any of you like to take some of these home? Reimburse me for shipping and they're yours. First come, first serve.

FREE BOOKS! Part 1. I have just done the first major culling of my books in probably a decade or more. Would any of you ...
09/04/2021

FREE BOOKS! Part 1. I have just done the first major culling of my books in probably a decade or more. Would any of you like to take some of these home? Reimburse me for shipping and they're yours. First come, first serve.

#nofilter I call this @philipshue bulb setting "gridlock." I love that when my psych and I were discussing tactics to fi...
09/03/2021

#nofilter I call this @philipshue bulb setting "gridlock." I love that when my psych and I were discussing tactics to fight sleep disruption, and he recommended getting a red bulb for my bedside table, I realized I already had everything I needed. Add in one of my all-time favorite sci-fi novels (thank you @elishonde and @millerwolf8) and I'm ready to settle down this nightowl mind of mine.

Triple-fisting it. #stayhydrated #staycaffeinated #stayintoxicated #enivrezvous #ThankYouBeaudelaire
09/01/2021

Triple-fisting it. #stayhydrated #staycaffeinated #stayintoxicated #enivrezvous #ThankYouBeaudelaire

Auntie's first "readers."
08/31/2021

Auntie's first "readers."

So, it's official. #Sundance2022 If anybody has been and has advice, especially about logistics, I am all ears. #CantSto...
08/30/2021

So, it's official. #Sundance2022 If anybody has been and has advice, especially about logistics, I am all ears. #CantStopWontStop #BucketList

Portrait of a Life, no 87.
07/20/2021

Portrait of a Life, no 87.

After a trip down memory lane due to @molly_c_mccune’s post about our time performing #IntoTheWoods, I broke into the va...
10/09/2020

After a trip down memory lane due to @molly_c_mccune’s post about our time performing #IntoTheWoods, I broke into the vault of my “personal files” hoping to find the program of our show and instead I found these “Self Letters.” I remember writing them as a freshman in college... and I remember thinking that I would wait to read them again until I was 40, which seemed like an impossibly long interval at the time. But, uh... I’m turning 40 next month. Your thoughts on what I should do with them? There are about a dozen...

Goodbye, old friends. #yardsale
11/03/2018

Goodbye, old friends. #yardsale

There was something about my night stand tonight that just made me laugh. Three cups of water? #yinashell #tryingtorebal...
07/24/2018

There was something about my night stand tonight that just made me laugh. Three cups of water? #yinashell #tryingtorebalance #onemalabeadatatime

This is #Lucy and #Ethel each taking a turn at proving to me what good dogs they are in the hopes that I might share any...
07/12/2018

This is #Lucy and #Ethel each taking a turn at proving to me what good dogs they are in the hopes that I might share any part of my morning ritual foodstuffs with them — my banana, my coffee, and any of my psych meds, please and thank you. They weren’t entirely out of line — they’re used to me cupping a handful of treats in one hand, like I was then doing with my meds. But it doesn’t change the fact that none of that is for doggers, even ones as chill and obedient and hopeful as these two. #betterlivingthroughchemistry #appropriatelyprescribedchemistry #gooddogs #blacklab #chocolatelab #labradorretriever #goodpatient #compliance

Yesterday’s coffee happened to be my absolute favorite color of brown. It was so perfect I took a picture of it and inte...
07/03/2018

Yesterday’s coffee happened to be my absolute favorite color of brown. It was so perfect I took a picture of it and intended to post it immediately to the interwebs. Instead, I photobombed my pic with my foot and my dog’s paw and then became caffeinated and distracted. #latergram

I really appreciate how my friend is having all of us do absurdist games in honor of her pregnancy. (What is more absurd...
06/30/2018

I really appreciate how my friend is having all of us do absurdist games in honor of her pregnancy. (What is more absurdist than pregnancy?) In this case, we were asked to put a paper plate on our heads and draw a “crawling baby” in under one minute. My efforts earned me the extraordinary prize of a Donatello keychain. My life is complete.

My dear friend Jacqueline is having her baby shower in a full-on #Xennial arcade and taco bar. She passed out ice cubes ...
06/30/2018

My dear friend Jacqueline is having her baby shower in a full-on #Xennial arcade and taco bar. She passed out ice cubes with tiny babies frozen in them — first to fish the thawed baby out of your drink earned a prize. This is how I would always like to celebrate someone’s pregnancy.

I have a more formal altar in my room, but as I bent to pull clothes out f the dresser this morning, I realized that thi...
06/26/2018

I have a more formal altar in my room, but as I bent to pull clothes out f the dresser this morning, I realized that this was also a kind of informal shrine to different elements of my healing process. l joked with my mother the other day that this godzilla was the perfect zilla for me right now because she’s soft and fluffy and cute and still ferocious. I need to learn those lessons of coexistence: ferocity AND gentleness, indestructibility AND softness, wrathful AND adored. I’m working on it. Slowly. I have great role models. #Godzilla #GodzillaFluff #healatyourownpace #healinyourowntime #IbowtotheBuddhainyou

Try to remember how actually miraculous glass is as a technology. #fireflies #awareness #illusions
06/22/2018

Try to remember how actually miraculous glass is as a technology. #fireflies #awareness #illusions

#GodzillaRose will always return! And this time, with friends.
06/21/2018

#GodzillaRose will always return! And this time, with friends.

Yup, so this happened today. Fun times on Twitter dealing with black hat hackers and their TERF cisters...“Hey there Twi...
06/06/2018
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Yup, so this happened today. Fun times on Twitter dealing with black hat hackers and their TERF cisters...

“Hey there Twitter!

I have a series of accounts that are being wrongfully locked up for “violations of Twitter’s Rules,” when in fact none of the accounts have violated any of Twitter’s Rules.

Unfortunately, a good friend of mine named Michelle Esther O’Brien, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, has been struggling with a real life stalker for the last several months. This anonymous person has sent death threats over the phone and over email and in the mail to Michelle and to Michelle’s child. This anonymous person is specifically attacking Michelle because she is a trans woman, and uses known “TERF” (Trans Exclusion Radical Feminist / Trans Exclusion Reactionary Fascist, depending on who you talk to) ideological rhetoric and references in their cowardly and anonymous attacks on my friend. (Full disclosure: Michelle and I were partners ten years ago, but parted ways amicably.) I’ve been following the attacks on Michelle from afar, but then also have noticed the rhetoric of a highly aggressive collective named the Midnight Robber which is aiming to unmask the anonymity of this attacker. That account is also on Twitter under the handle @robbermidnight. They’re here on Facebook too under the person “Janice Robber,” who I think might be their leader? Or at least the face of their collective? And then also there is a page called the Midnight Robber.

At any rate, this morning, to my surprise, my account was targeted for take down for a single tweet in a vehement thread that I wrote a few days ago on June 2 about the despicable nature of TERF rhetoric. In it, I become quite heated, I admit, and I say in a single tweet “And to all TERF humans? Eat shame and die quickly.” I then immediately followed that tweet by saying, “Fortunately for you, no one has ever died of shame! JUST KIDDING. J/K ABOUT THE WHOLE DYING THING.”

I admit, this humor is in bad taste. It is highly aggressive and it seeks to publicly shame the humans who subscribe to the fascism and violence of TERF ideology. But it does not call for violence against any single person or group of people. And it does not harass or intimidate or silence the voices of any single person or group of people. I respectfully refuse to delete my first tweet. To any human being reading my thread or train of thought, it is clear that I was making a very aggressive joke. To a bot who is easily confused or misled by a malicious human actor, like the ones who are under the control of the actual stalker of my real life friend Michelle O’Brien, it might look like I violated the terms of service for Twitter.

But I actually believe your problem is far more severe than that. I received a series of emails in quick succession this morning about my Twitter accounts, and then word from my friends in the Midnight Robber collective — who I am tangentially related to, but not officially involved in — that the @robbermidnight account had been locked, my @circlesoffire account had been locked until I delete this tweet, my @pfenixwings account had been locked for violating Twitter’s Rules, and two project-based accounts that I have created in relationship to a trip I took last year walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain (@ZorroRoja and @DosPeregrinas) have also been targeted for retaliation by this malicious actor. @DosPeregrinas is an account that merely takes a feed off of the associated Instagram account, and has it’s own project-oriented gmail account associated. @ZorroRoja has literally no followers, no following, and no tweets. It’s a placeholder account for a fictional project I have not made public yet yet. Precisely how does an account like that violate Twitter’s Rules? Explain to me precisely which rule each of these accounts has violated. What it appears to be from where I stand is a direct retaliatory campaign against any account associated with my name Emily Millay Haddad and my domain circlesoffireproductions.com. (My website has also been fielding aggressive attempts to hack my system all day. It’s fine and I’m not in danger. Everything is being handled professionally and calmly by me and my team.)

I understand that someone believes that me telling a vicious joke at a TERF’s expense is somehow actionable, but it is not. Especially when any human who can read a train of thought can see that this was a part of a longer monologue and one where I explicitly “take it back” and step back from calling for a TERF to die from shame in the immediately following tweet — and dying of shame is a thing that is physically impossible to do anyway. It’s a metaphor, Twitter. Do you know what isn’t a metaphor, though? The letters that my friend Michelle has received in the mail telling her to commit suicide. Nor are the letters that were addressed to her child and impersonated “Michelle” which said obscene and destructive things. Like Nazis, that is the kind of violence that TERFs enact in reality on trans women and their homes and families every single day. And I don’t see Twitter doing anything at all to protect those women. Not a single thing.

Instead what I see with some regularity is what has now happened to me. A tweet that is thoroughly and utterly defensible under my First Amendment rights to Free Speech has been targeted wrongly, and subsequently all of my accounts on Twitter, personal and professional, have been targeted for retaliation. I don’t really understand how the @RobberMidnight account fits in here because I am only tangentially connected to that collective of people, but Michelle is my dear friend, I have been known to fight TERFs in public and in private over the course of the last twenty years, and coincidentally that account was attacked at the same time as mine.

I respectfully request to speak to a human being at Twitter to get this sorted out. All of my secondary accounts have been put on a timeframe to be unlocked in the next four hours. I would assume the @RobberMidnight account is on a similar clock. I refuse to delete the tweet in question so the timeline for my @circlesoffire account has not yet begun. It’ll be a cold day in hell before I delete that tweet.

If we cannot resolve this issue amicably and promptly, I will be seeking counsel on the appropriate next steps to seek relief from your company’s gross negligence around the ease with which your bots/algorithms are gamed by malicious hackers and for infringing on my First Amendment rights and disrupting my performance art and professional comedy writing across my four accounts: @circlesoffire, @pfenixwings, @dosperegrinas and @ZorroRoja. Your incompetence and neglect has significantly impacted my business, my professional standing, and infringed upon my First Amendment rights as well as my rights to Equal Protection governing public accommodations.

I respectfully suggest you reach out to me promptly. My case number is 85142923. My reference number for my appeal is 00DA0000000K0A8.5004A00001Pn2nJ:ref. As I say, I highly recommend you reach out to me to resolve this issue without involving any other parties. That would be my preference.

All the best,

Emily Millay Haddad
[email protected]

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"What is the cost of tenderness?" Another lovely evening with @oracleacts, and my very first question to the Oracle. (Swipe for the answer.)
Today’s magic in my #Equinox #Staycation. I was able to play with a massive interactive projection in the African Art Gallery at the @ncartmuseum. Maybe ten works to choose from, and then another ten patterns to imprint on and reimagine those works, and then several more dials to make changes along different axes. I don’t think you’d ever see the same image twice.
I was today years old when I realized that Kellogg's, Pringles and Cheezits are under the same umbrella. Somehow life makes more sense now.
Sometimes, as my brother and I used to say about Pizza Masters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, you just have to do the damn thing. This pizza brought me back to Brooklyn so hard tonight -- many thanks to Italian Pizzeria @ipguessrd for making the best pie in town. And you know we saved the best for the Oma @amillayhughes.
#joyful I often forget how good it feels to clear space in my life — I’m usually very busy holding on, being a good steward, rolling with my attachments. But over the last few weeks, I’ve culled my books, my CDs, my *cassette tapes*, my inherited LPs, my unused knitting yarn, and even some of the chotchkes that feel forever embedded in my life. I sent them off to their next owners, and I was glad to see them go. And now? Now I’m enjoying the breathing room. #sparkjoy #sparkkindness #reorganize
My little pink flamingos have adapted beautifully to their new home, just in case you were wondering.
Helping one of my best friends do a massive once-over of her house, and I was assigned the china cabinet. It turns out her grandmother gave her a figurine every year until she graduated from high school. I find this incredibly charming: graduation, not marriage. So progressive!
FREE BOOKS! Part 2. I have just done the first major culling of my books in probably a decade or more. Would any of you like to take some of these home? Reimburse me for shipping and they're yours. First come, first serve.
FREE BOOKS! Part 1. I have just done the first major culling of my books in probably a decade or more. Would any of you like to take some of these home? Reimburse me for shipping and they're yours. First come, first serve.
#nofilter I call this @philipshue bulb setting "gridlock." I love that when my psych and I were discussing tactics to fight sleep disruption, and he recommended getting a red bulb for my bedside table, I realized I already had everything I needed. Add in one of my all-time favorite sci-fi novels (thank you @elishonde and @millerwolf8) and I'm ready to settle down this nightowl mind of mine.
Triple-fisting it. #stayhydrated #staycaffeinated #stayintoxicated #enivrezvous #ThankYouBeaudelaire
Auntie's first "readers."