Tessa Lena is a strongly opinionated singer and musician living in New York. Her background is in classical piano, linguistics, computers, ethnomusicology, and Tibetan studies. She fronts Tessa Makes Love.

Robots are on her $hit list, and this blog is about not taking $hit from the machine.

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Women and Men in Society

Let’s imagine a situation in which politicians are formally discussing the question of whether to start a war with country X.

So, ladies and gentlemen, should we go to war with country X?

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Manipulating “Sexy”: Lies, Lies, Lies

The culture is pushing an extra submissive woman as sexy. You can be cunning, you can be tricky, you can get things done. But you can’t be straightforward, or else you are not sexy. Straightforward is not sexy.

As somebody who is straightforward and who has been doing this balancing act all my life, I am gravely underwhelmed by this situation. I deal with it, I use what I have, but it’s extremely inefficient. Lots of overhead. Too much overhead.

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Partisan Ideology: But Why?

So, here’s the thing. I am not particularly limited by partisan ideology in how I think, and I don’t believe that it’s cool to harm anybody just because they happen to be in a different camp–and I don’t care what somebody’s pathetic slogans are that he or she uses to turn one group of red-blooded people against another.

Therefore, I always balance on the verge of sounding like a five-year-old. Not because I am wrong, but because shit’s fucked. It’s not very easy to wrap a fundamental (and real) truth in dead, glittery linear logic. That’s the reason why art is a lot better for this than jerking off about principles.

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Music, the real thing, I almost have no words…

Music, my love…

The other day, I was thinking to myself: Does anybody actually care about truth, culture or dignity?

So, I figured something out… so I say it out loud (the rhyme just showed up…hooray). But does it actually help anybody?

And for the thousandth time, I decided, “fuck it… I am not going to waste my breath.”

And then…

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Observer Effect: Don’t Even Think of Quantifying Me (Asshole)

The 21st century America is a very strange place. Beautiful, bountiful, but strange. It tells me, “I want your music in my catalogue as long as you agree that it’s not special, and I want your booty in my catalogue as if it’s not special, either”. It wants me to line up and lick the conveyor. It wants me to play ordinary. It wants me to march with the crowd and participate in the global sexual act that has been stripped of all magic. The underlying emotion is of disrespect.

What do I say? First, I have no words. Then I cry. I don’t like any of it. It’s counter-everything. It defeats my humanity, my dignity, and my sense of self. It’s a man (and woman) eating machine (I stole it from Grace Jones).

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Progress Is Just Another Buzzword

The way media sells progress, and the way progress is equated with building machines, is such a fascinating, emotionally charged chunk of bullshit. And a part of our history.

Maybe, thee thousand years from now, our time will be known as the Age of Bullshit.

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Facebook Debates and Soviet Memories

It finally dawned on me why I get so bothered by speeches about the evils and selfishness of voting third party.

I’ve already seen this emotion, it is an intrinsically Soviet one.

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What I Try to Do: A Selfish Post

The purpose of my music and my writing is not to convince the people who are comfortable with the existing set of rules and explanations, to change their minds. It’s not my job, period.

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Loveless: Rotten Religion of the Cruel

Does anybody realize that people who in all seriousness think about America in terms of an ‘ancient’ battle between Christianity and Islam are (in great need of reading up on history of this land, but besides that) of the same psychological type as those who supported burning local and foreign witches and massacring local and foreign pagan babies? Or those who thought that Muslims and Jews were to blame for poverty of common people in Europe? Or those who behead infidels today in the name of God knows what?

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Tessa is a strongly opinionated singer and musician living in New York. Her background is in classical piano, linguistics, computers, ethnomusicology, and Tibetan studies. She fronts Tessa Makes Love.

Robots are on her $hit list, and this blog is about not taking $hit from the machine.