bernhard schlink / in the mood for love / ocean vuong / anne carson / moonlight / hieu nguyen / druck / lucy keating / atypical
[ID: a collection of excerpts of text + scenes from films and tv shows.
1. "I also remember that the smallest gesture of affection would bring a lump to my throat, whether it was directed at me or at someone else."
2. a screencap from in the mood for love that shows mrs. chan resting her head on chow mo-wan's shoulder while crying.
3. "Sometimes being offered tenderness feels like the very proof that you've been ruined."
4. "As members of human society, perhaps the most difficult task we face daily is that of touching one another— whether the touch is physical, moral, emotional, or imaginary. Contact is crisis. As the anthropologists say, "every touch is a modified blow."
5. a screencap from moonlight that shows black resting his head on kevin's shoulder while kevin's hand rests on black's head.
6. "What do you do with tenderness / when all you expect is fury?"
7. a screencap from druck that shows matteo hugging david.
8. “It surprises me, how a gesture so small can feel so very big. How sometimes you don’t realize the nervousness or sadness you were holding deep inside until the touch of someone you love lets it out of you, like your entire body is exhaling.”
9. a screencap from atypical that shows casey and izzie resting their foreheads against each other's.
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on touch, trust, and fear
Anne Carson, “Dirt and Desire - Essay on the Phenomenology of Female Pollution in Antiquity” | In the Mood for Love, dir. Wong Kar-wai | May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude | Louise Glück, “Epithalamium” | photographer unknown (via @birsiyahhikayesi ) | Mary Ruefle, “The Cart”
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