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I'm Emma. These are all of the delights and stupidity of my every day life.

Subway etiquette

17th April 14

On my commute in this morning, some woman and her adult daughter tried to squeeze into my bench, which already had another person on the end. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A SUBWAY MA’AM? These benches don’t really fit three people that well so WHAT ARE YOU DOING TRYING TO FIT A FOURTH?

This is almost as irritating as people who lean on the poles. Almost.

16th April 14

white-dress-dreams:

SWOON. 

(here it is!)

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16th April 14

you-wish-you-had-this-url asked: I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?

fishingboatproceeds:

I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.

Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.

And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.

Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.

Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.

(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)

15th April 14
oupacademic:


When she saw Narcissus roam alone in the woodsshe was excited at once and secretly trailed, and the closer she followed the hotter she grew, as when sulfur is daubed at the top of a torch and snatches the dancing flames.

Jane Alison, author of Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid discusses what sex, relationships, and love were like for teenagers in ancient Rome.
Image: Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

oupacademic:

When she saw Narcissus roam alone in the woods
she was excited at once and secretly trailed,
and the closer she followed the hotter she grew,
as when sulfur is daubed at the top
of a torch and snatches the dancing flames.

Jane Alison, author of Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid discusses what sex, relationships, and love were like for teenagers in ancient Rome.

Image: Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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15th April 14
conservatuttle:

Lol Così :)

conservatuttle:

Lol Così :)

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15th April 14

wouterdmoor:

“[Shostakovich] gave me the score of his first Cello Concerto, and in four days I memorized it and played it for him while he accompanied me on piano. We were so happy, we drank a little vodka together. We then played it again, not so perfectly, and drank more vodka. The third time I think I played the Saint-Saens Concerto while he accompanied his own concerto. We were very happy.”

Mstistlav Rostropovich

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15th April 14

bestnatesmithever:

This post goes out to the troops

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15th April 14
sammisteele:

gayngelofthelord:

heartsnbruises:

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are you sure they’re not
…jumpers?

OH DEAR GODS

sammisteele:

gayngelofthelord:

heartsnbruises:

BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS BUNNIES IN SWEATERS

are you sure they’re not

…jumpers?

OH DEAR GODS

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15th April 14

mutteringly:

OMG

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15th April 14

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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15th April 14

ashleyvstheworld:

Game of thrones

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15th April 14

popculturebrain:

Listen: Sigur Ros - “The Rains of Castamere”