Before I tidied up my books.
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10.23.21 | I wonder if there’s a word for the passing of days feeling both fast & interminable at the same time. I’m sure there must be. It’s honestly how I’ve been feeling for the past couple of weeks. While I was able to accomplish a lot of things on my to do lists, every single task just took so much longer than I thought it would. That could either be a testament to how poorly I manage my time, or how unrealistic I am with my daily goals.
Featured above are two of my current reads: American Gods by Neil Gaiman, & The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems by Oscar Wilde. I’m getting through them slowly as I can only spare an hour or less on reading these days. But no matter how little or how much I read, it always helps to make me feel somewhat saner.
♫ Work Song by Hozier
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In those endless October nights, lying side by side in the darkness, toppled statues of ourselves, we sought escape from an intolerable present in the only tense possible, the past, that is, the faraway past. We went back over our earliest days together, reminding, correcting, helping each other, like two ancients tottering arm-in-arm along the ramparts of a town where they had once lived, long ago.
John Banville, The Sea
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Jane Austen really said 'I respect the "I can fix him" movement but that's just not me. He'll fix himself if knows what's good for him' and that's why her works are still calling the shots today.
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Flannel and books 🥰
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23.10.21// woke up at 7:00 (cause i either sleep 12 or 7 hours and there’s no way to predict what comes when) but used the extra-time to finish readings for next week and do some phd research! then, i went to see a really cool exhibition at a local museum and finished up the day with some potential phd-readings and apfelstrudel :)
listening to: brave girls, after we ride
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10.22.21 I feel the seasons pass more quickly each year. It gets away from me. I always try and soak it in. School and work has taken much of my attention away. I tried to celebrate the harvest moon this week and had a drink with my family.
Above are my current reads and study setups, along with some seasonal views. I’m trying to soak up all the melancholy of October. Poetry seems to do that for me.
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Walking has always been a part of literature, showcased as an act of soft rebellion and as an opportunity to ponder and reflect. In Pride and Prejudice as well as North and South, the female protagonists have an affinity towards accomplishing walks everyday. Elizabeth Bennet is often mocked for walking which for her is a time where she could sort her thoughts. Also, she shows great fervor by walking several miles to tend to her beloved sister Jane Bennet who is ill in Netherfield.
"Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections."
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
In North and South, similarly, the female lead Margaret Hale is depicted as possessing attributes more of her father, the parson, than her mother. Since childhood, she accompanies her father to parish visits and walks, thus getting more exposed to the outside world. However, the times expected women to stay indoors. In Milton, Margaret Hale often goes for walks to her favourite places- the cemetery, the hillside and Princeton district. She is snided for walking and "gallivanting" in the city without a male escort. Yet, she doesn't heed to the expectations and walk she does.
"And walk Margaret did, in spite of the weather. She was so happy out of doors, at her father's side, that she almost danced; and with the soft violence of
the west wind behind her, as she crossed some heath, she seemed to be borne
onwards, as lightly and easily as the fallen leaf that was wafted along by the
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
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Soñando tras la lectura (ilustración de Katie Gamb)
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October 22, 2021
Absolutely horrid day at work, so I’m treating myself to starting another book 👀
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Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”, Complete Poems
[Text ID: “You are also asking me questions and I hear you,
I answer that I cannot answer, you must find out for
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“Bir ellerin bir ellerim yeter belleyelim yetsin”
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24.10.2021 ~ It would be a great weekend full of readings if these readings didn't have to be for my thesis.
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🍁autumn studying challenge | day 12 🎃
what is your favourite autumn scent? sprinkled cloves on the top of a hot drink, ripe sourdough and cold morning air!
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she’s patient- she waits for full moons and halves. she waits for flowers to bloom. she waits for her turn to twist the knife and snatch what she deserves when she doesn’t get it.
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