requests: starting your adult life, confused, afraid and don't know what to do
Mitski, First Love/Late Spring
Andy Muschetti (x)
John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Liana Finck for The New Yorker
John Green, Turtles All The Way Down
Mitski, Two Slow Dancers
Raleigh Ritchie, Big and Scared
Roman Elrich (x)
Bo Burnham, 30
Taylor Swift, Never Grow Up
Sylvia Plath, Witch Burning
Mitski, Class of 2013
1. My Year Of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh
2. Mommy PPLLEASEE look ,by Judith Redman
3. Class of 2013- Mitski
4. Young Mother Sewing ,by Mary Cassatt
5. Mothers Who Can’t Love, by Donna Frazier Glynn and Susan Forward
6. The Neglectful Mother, by CreativeMichaela
7. Push, by Sapphire
I’m going to be honest…
When a cishet white neurotypical person writes a character and then finds out that people see it as an allegory for being trans, or neurodivergent, or queer, or a PoC and then the cishet white neurotypical person says “This Was Not My Intention”…
I’m likely to believe them.
For the simple fact that most, if not close to all of them, had no idea the rest of the world existed beyond their worldview until 2020 hit.
So when folks say “I Bet This Was A Trans Allegory” about a character written before say, oh I dunno, 2018… I have to quirk my eyebrow, because - as much as it may seem like it - it almost 100% isn’t.
Cishet White Neurotypical people write Robots, Monsters, Aliens, etc as “Not Understanding Typical Earth Human Society Standards Of Things” and stumble accidentally into relatable content for people who aren’t like them.
When the writer of “The Thing From Before 2018” says it’s not about being neurodivergent, or trans, or a PoC, or anything… they’re probably telling the truth because they legitimately didn’t even consider that a possibility until the world forced them to see those types of people as people in the real world let alone fiction.
Also this isn’t a “we should forgive/turn a blind to this stuff” post.
It’s more a “stop saying these characters are factually allegories when they are not at all that” post.
One of the main reasons we resonate with Robots, Aliens, Monsters, etc in media is because Cishet White Neurotypical folks othered us in real life the same way they other THOSE kinds of characters in fiction, treated as “not exactly human.”
"The right thing... What is it? I wonder... If you do the right thing... Does it really make... everybody...happy?"
I really just need Bakugo and Deku to genuinely smile together at some point.
The way Bakugo's the only one in the class that isn't shown smiling directly at Deku (possibly because Deku's never seen Bakugo smile at him)? The way his letter was the only one that mentioned hoping to smile together again? And Bakugo being the one to ask him if he could still smile?
Ponder Stibbons had been worried to find himself, as a wizard, awaiting the arrival of the Hogfather. It's amazing how people define roles for themselves and put handcuffs on their experience and are constantly surprised by the things a roulette universe spins at them.
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
and now i found brimstone in my garden
i found roses set on fire
and i found jesus, what a liar
Mic Joins the Battle
In celebration of my favourite man getting his very own playable character. One's Justice 2, more like Justice For Mic (has been served).
Sadly, the bamboo grove where Yao and Kiku first met no longer stands. In its place there is an urban housing complex.
excerpts that make me feel like I've been punched in the face, in no particular order:
Mirza Asadullah Khan Galib, ‘No, I wasn’t meant to love and be loved’
Elisabeth Hewer / @elisabethhewer, Unbecoming
Louise Glück, The Myth of Innocence
Emma Hunsinger, How to Draw a Horse
Suzanne Rivecca, Ugly, Bitter, and True
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
Hannah Green / @unspokengrief, A Conversation with My Doctor
Salma Deera, Letters from Medea
Nicole Homer, Underbelly
Penelope Scott, Cigarette Ahegao
Elisabeth Hewer / @elisabethhewer, Village Green
Adonis, Celebrating Childhood
Kaveh Akbar, I Wouldn’t Even Know What To Do With A Third Chance
I think the zest that time travel fics are missing for me is elaborate side quests that allow the archive staff to absolutely DECK the avatars/ppl who had even a minor hand in their tragic backstories.
What I'm saying is Melanie should be allowed to go back in time and kill John Amherst
They will cut you to pieces, child.
Alice Notley, from Certain Magical Acts
"Well, you brought some magic into that little life," said Albert, as the next child was hurried away.
IT'S THE EXPRESSION ON THEIR LITTLE FACES I LIKE, said the Hogfather.
"You mean the sort of fear and awe and not knowing whether to laugh or cry or wet their pants?"
YES. NOW THAT IS WHAT I CALL BELIEF.
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
Mongolia was harsh, but he wasn’t a sadist.
He was trying to make Russia understand that they lived in a hostile world where nations are not going to wait for a fair fight.
He wanted Russia to learn how to survive and not be so codependent because he had been forced to learn these lessons the hard way.