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I partied with Chelsea Manning (The Outline)

I partied with Chelsea Manning (The Outline)

“CHELSEA MANNING TRACES HER POLITICAL ROOTS BACK TO RAVE” (The Outline):

Every moment with Chelsea Manning felt surreal, like a dystopian sci-fi dream: Fade in on a windy Saturday night in Durham, North Carolina. Thunder crackles ominously in the summer sky as Manning arrives at an electronic music festival called Moogfest, looking every bit the part of a cool hacker chick: black tank top, leather combat boots, gold hashtag charm hanging from her necklace. Surveilling the city square with a calm intensity, Manning focuses her gaze on a neon-lit bar down the street, from which the faint sound of pounding music is drifting. “Let’s do something fun!” she orders.

Suddenly, the clouds break into torrential rain, sending shrieking festival-goers scattering for cover. Squaring her shoulders, Manning pops open her pink umbrella. “We can do this,” she says under her breath. Cue Orbital’s ethereal rave classic “Halcyon On and On,” swelling strings building into a thumping crescendo as her solitary figure disappears into the darkness. Fade out…

the cunt guide to ballroom music (NY Mag)

the cunt guide to ballroom music (NY Mag)

FADER cover: Yaeji

FADER cover: Yaeji