"Hi. I'm Ani DiFranco. You may remember me from such things as singing like a wizard trapped inside an aged toad is trapped inside of my throat and being allergic to capital letters. I'm here to talk to you about something that's very close to my heart today: writing songs on old slavery plantations.

Some people like to have Ideas quietly by themselves at home or at work. Not me. I like to have my Ideas on official Ideas Vacations and performance seminars, preferably in an enormous old building with a wraparound veranda. When I found out where the seminar was going to be held, I thought, "Whoa," and then I stopped thinking about it and went back to teaching seashells about self-determination and some basic chord progressions.

It's not like I hadn't given any thought to how it would feel to spend four days writing songs with my Ideas Colleagues on an infamous slavery site. We were going to bring really good vibes with us. Vibes of compassion, and also transformation, which as everyone knows is how you heal a plantation.

But there will be no vibes now. I am taking my vibes and my ideas and my compassion and I am going home to my Tempurpedic mattress because of your negative and unfortunate energy."

By Mallory Ortberg and continued here: http://the-toast.net/2013/12/30/not…

Apologies for my initial posting of this.