c!tommy headcanon: tommy presses plants and flowers.
tommy has always had an affinity for flora, fauna, and agriculture. even in the early days of the server, it was routine for him to tend to a carrot or wheat farm.
in l’manburg, he sang to plants for them to grow. so, he keeps things. keepsakes, remembrances, they’re important to him, and even something as small as a plant can hold so much.
he has a stem leaf from the first carrot he’d ever planted.
he has the first wheat stalk he’d ever grown
he has a dandelion from the grasses of l’manburg. and several more. he likes dandelions
he has a jungle leaf from tubbo’s old base, and a leaf from a stalk of bamboo
he has the needles from a spruce tree.
he has a leaf from l’mantree
a lily of the valley from pogtopia
a rose from schlatt’s funeral
he has a cornflower from ghostbur.
he has the allium from ranboo
he has a poppy from sam nook.
he has a rose from hannah.
he has a few wither rose petals from the ruins of doomsday.
he has a few leaves from plants in the overgrown ruins of l’manburg.
he has a daisy from the small cabin outside las nevadas where a truck now stands.
all pressed within pages of books he keeps in his enderchest. some line empty pages of how to sex 3, others are in various notebooks and diaries he keeps.
they’re keepsakes, memories.
he uses them as reference sometimes when he sews and embroiders patterns on ranboo’s jackets or tubbo’s dress shirts, or on blankets for michael.
he keeps them dear and tucked away under a tattered flag and coat, pressed snug between the pages. some of them are from places that no longer exist, people who no longer are here.
he has more than what’s listed. various neat leaves or small flowers he’s found. different little plants he thought just to keep because he felt like it.
175+ non-Western literature recommendations to diversify your academia, organized by continent + country
I love world literature, and I’ve been frustrated by the lack of representation of it in literature + academia communities on tumblr, so here are some recommendations. I haven’t read all of these myself yet, but the ones I have are excellent and the ones I haven’t come highly recommended from Goodreads and are on my to-read list!
With the exception of anthologies of older works, all of these books were written before 2000 (some literally thousands of years earlier), since I’m less familiar with super contemporary literature. Also, I only included each writer once, though many of them have multiple amazing books. I’m sure there are plenty of incredible books I’m missing, so please feel free to add on to this list! And countries that aren’t included absolutely have a lot to offer as well--usually, it was just hard to find books available in English translation (which all of the ones below are.)
List below the cut (it’s my first post with a cut so let’s hope I do it right... and also warning that it’s super long)
Pather Panchali by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (1929)
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (6th century BCE)
The Art of War by Sun Tzu (5th century BCE)
The Analects by Confucius (circa 5th-4th century BCE?)
The Book of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi (4th century BCE)
Mencius by Mencius (3rd century BCE)
The Songs of the South: An Anthology of Ancient Chinese Poems by Qu Yuan and Other Poets (2nd century AD)
Li Po and Tu Fu: Poems by Li Po and Tu Fu (written 8th century AD)
Poems of Wang Wei (8th century AD)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong (14th century AD)
Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling (1740)
Dream of the Red Chamber by Xueqin Cao (1791)
Six Records of a Floating Life by Shen Fu (1809)
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun (1918)
Mr Ma and Son by Lao She (1929)
Family by Ba Jin (1933)
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang (1943)
A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy by Wing-Tsit Chan (1963)
Red Sorghum by Mo Yan (1987)
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian (1989)
The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature edited by Yunte Huang (anthology, 2016)
The Rig Vega (1500-1200 BCE)
The Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita (around 400 BCE but not known exactly. The Gita is part of the Mahabharata)
The Upanishads (REALLY wide date range)
The Dhammapada (3rd century BCE)
The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way by Nāgārjuna (2nd century AD)
The Recognition of Sakuntala by Kālidāsa (4th century AD)
The Way of the Bodhisattva by Santideva (700 AD)
Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore (1910)
Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar (1936)
The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru (1946)
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh (1956)
A Source Book in Indian Philosophy by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Charles Alexander Moore (1957)
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (1993)
Women Writing in India: 600 BC to the Present V: The Twentieth Century by Susie J. Tharu and K. Lalita (1993)
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1995)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1996)
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (1999)
Indian Philosophy in English: From Renaissance to Independence (anthology, 2011)
The Weaverbirds by Y.B. Mangunwijaya (1981)
Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings by Abolqasem Ferdowsi (11th century AD)
The Essential Rumi by Rumi (13th century AD)
The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat (1936)
Savushun by Simin Daneshvar (1969)
My Uncle Napoleon by Iran Pezeshkzad (1973)
Missing Soluch by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (1979)
Fifteen Iraqi Poets edited by Dunya Mikhail (published 2013 but the poems are 20th century)
The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu (9th-10th century AD)
The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon (1002 AD)
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (1008 AD)
The Tale of the Heike, unknown (12th century AD)
One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse (not sure of year)
Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenk�� (1332)
Kokoro by Natsume Sōseki (1914)
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai (1948)
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (1948)
The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1948)
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima (1949)
Masks by Fumiko Enchi (1958)
The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe (1962)
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe (1964)
Silence by Shūsaku Endō (1966)
Korea (written before the division into North/South):
The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong (written 1795-1805)
Samarkand by Amin Maalouf (1988)
Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury (1998)
We Sinful Women: Contemporary Urdu Feminist Poetry (1991)
The Rebel's Silhouette: Selected Poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1991)
The Taste of Words: An Introduction to Urdu Poetry edited by Raza Mir (2014)
Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories by Ghassan Kanafani (1963)
Orientalism by Edward Said (1978)
I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti (1997)
Mural by Mahmoud Darwish (2000, which technically breaks my rule by a year but it’s great)
Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal (1887)
Cities of Salt by Abdul Rahman Munif (1984)
Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai (1994)
Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami (1989)
Last Words from Montmartre by Qiu Miaojin (1996)
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk (1998)
Spring Essence: The Poetry of Hô Xuân Huong by Hô Xuân Huong (1801)
The Tale of Kieu by Nguyen Du (1820)
Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong (1988)
Miscellaneous Asia (country unclear or multiple current day countries):
The Epic of Gilgamesh (circa 1800 BCE)
Myths from Mesopotamia translated by Stephanie Dailey
The Arabian Nights (as early as the 9th century AD, lots of changes over the years)
Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar (1985)
The Bridges of Constantine by Ahlam Mosteghanemi (1993)
Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono (1956)
The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems 1940 - 1640 B.C. translated by R.B. Parkinson
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz (1956)
The Sinners by Yusuf Idris (1959)
Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi (1975)
The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif (1999)
Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo (1977)
Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah (1979)
In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture by Kwame Anthony Appiah (1992)
The Radiance of the King by Camara Laye (1954)
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thing'o (1994)
The River and the Source by Margaret A. Ogola (1995)
The Bleeding of the Stone by Ibrahim al-Koni (1990)
The Fortunes of Wangrin by Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1973)
The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola (1952)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)
Efuru by Flora Nwapa (1966)
The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta (1979)
Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka (1981)
Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English by Ken Saro-Wiwa (1985)
The Famished Road by Ben Okri (1991)
God’s Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembène (1960)
So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ (1981)
Maps by Nuruddin Farah (1986)
When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head (1969)
Fools and Other Stories by Njabulo S. Ndebele (1986)
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih (1966)
The Colonizer and the Colonized by Albert Memmi (1957)
The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera (1978)
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga (1988)
The Granta Book of the African Short Story edited by Helon Habila (2011)
The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry edited by Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier (1963)
Antigua and Barbuda:
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (1988)
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges (1944)
Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar (1963)
The Museum of Eterna’s Novel (The First Good Novel) by Macedonio Fernández (1967)
Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (1976)
The Sixty-Five Years of Washington by Juan José Saer (1985)
How I Became a Nun by César Aira (1993)
Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo (2015 but written earlier)
Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis (1900)
Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lúcio Cardoso (1959)
Dona Flor and her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado (1966)
Pedagagy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (1968)
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector (1977)
Vast Emotions and Imperfect Thoughts by Rubem Fonseca (1988)
The Obscene Bird of Night by José Donoso (1970)
Emergency Poems by Nicanor Parra (1972)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (1982)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)
The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier (1949)
Cold Tales by Virgilio Piñera (1958)
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (1994)
Men of Maize by Miguel Ángel Asturias (1949)
I, Rigoberta Menchú by Rigoberta Menchú (1985)
Guadalupe (part of France but overseas):
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé (1986)
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwige Danticat (1994)
No Telephone to Heaven by Michelle Cliff (1987)
The True History of Paradise by Margaret Cezair-Thompson (1999)
Martinique (part of France but overseas):
Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire (1950)
Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon (1961)
Poetics of Relation by Édouard Glissant (1997)
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo (1955)
Aura by Carlos Fuentes (1962)
The Hole by José Revueltas (1969)
Underground River and Other Stories by Inés Arredondo (1979)
The Collected Poems, 1957-1987 by Octavio Paz (1987)
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (1989)
Azul by Rubén Darío (1888)
The Cardboard House by Martín Adán (1928)
The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa (1962)
The Complete Poems by César Vallejo (1968)
Omeros by Derek Walcott (1990)
Trinidad and Tobago:
The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James (1938)
A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul (1961)
Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (1971)
Doña Bárbara by Rómulo Gallegos (1929)
Indigenous Writers from Canada and the United States:
American Indian Stories by Zitkála-Šá (Dakota) (1921)
Winter in the Blood by James Welch (Blackfeet and A’aninin) (1974)
Emplumada by Lorna Dee Cervantes (Chumash) (1982)
She Had Some Horses by Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) (1982)
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (Chippewa) (1984)
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo) (1986)
Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine Deloria Jr. (Dakota) (1988)
The Grass Dancer by Susan Power (Dakota) (1997)
And We Sold the Rain: Contemporary Fiction from Central America edited by Rosario Santos (1988)
Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real edited by Celia Correas de Zapata (2003)
Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicana and Chicano Literature edited by Cristina García (2006)
So far for Secrets of Blackthorn Hall we have:
Emma sending a letter about having to fix up Blackthorn Hall to Cristina, including a picture of her and Julian next to the hall.
Tessa sending a letter to Magnus about Kit and the others, including a really cute photo of Kit, Mina, Rafe, and Max in the grass outside. (This is also known as the one where we came up with a girlfriend for Kit off of one line.)
Julian sending a letter to Mark about finally starting to work on the house with some nearby faeries. (He needs many wheats!) Included their bill and the "Angry Julian" drawing in the margin.
Emma sending a letter to Dru proving Blackstairs can actually communicate, and about her finding Tatiana's diary. That attached art was of said diary.
An entry of Tatiana's diary that reveals a few things about her hatred for Will. The attached art is . . . I don't know what to say. I'm going to call it "Roach Man"
Other entries we know that exist that haven't been posted:
We had a snippet of one letter of Mark to Ty that involved him going to some dude's party.
We also have this art of Anush from Twitter, that hasn't been posted yet.
Other miscellaneous info: (All are from Twitter, I'm linking the Tweets on the underlines you see here.)
This isn't going to be just letters, it's going to be "diary entries, text message conversations, transcripts, etc . . . "
Not plot relevant, but there's this art of Kit that isn't included in the official project I love.
There's going to be a lot of guests at Chiswick House, and letters from a few others. (No confirmation on Ash, but still interesting!)
There's going to be at least one ghost, and TY WILL SEND A LETTER. That's right, Ty POV!
Kit has a cute phone background. I bet it's Mina or something. (Please let it be Mina.)
About the TMI gang: CC has been vague about them. It's supposed to be a big spoiler, which makes me think they something big is going to happen to one of them.
Most of the TDA Blackthorns are going to show up. Note that she specifically said "TDA Blackthorns" meaning we could get more information on the TLH or TID ones.
We are going to find who the ghost is. At some point. IDK when!
We're going to see Mark in 60s fashion, which makes me think that there's going to be some art of Groovy Mark ™️
In this quote Tweet, she didn't deny or confirm the ghost is a Blackthorn. But we're going to learn more about ghost behavior, which makes me think once we know who the ghost is, we'll know why they're a ghost.
That's all I found, if you want to add more that you know, that would be appreciated!