#wooooow #these look amazing #The opposite of war isn't peace; it's creation
In Life's name, and for Life's sake, I say that I will employ the Art which is its gift in Life's service alone, rejecting all other usages. I will guard growth and ease pain. I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened.
To these ends, in the practice of my Art, I will put aside fear for courage, and death for life, when it is right to do so---till Universe's end.
Eeeee someone tagged me in a thing so now I will do it (I’m still profoundly flattered whenever anyone notices me on Tumblr what can I say).
1. What’s a book that isn’t as good from an adult perspective, but was hugely important and meaningful to you as a child?
It’s not a book, but the thing that instantly comes to mind is The Phantom of the Opera (I mean, I also read several book versions of it, but I’m specifically thinking of the musical). Like, looking back, I’m frankly a little bit horrified with myself, because a lot of that story is actively scary and gross and upholds a SHIT TON of horrible tropes — but when I was younger all of that somehow slipped right by me and it became a story about a girl saving a boy, and also about how everyone, especially monsters, are worthy of love, and how art can mediate grief, and that love requires honesty and vulnerability — and all of those things were ideas that were incredibly meaningful to me.
Having thought about it a little more, actually, I’ve also realized that the reason it worked was because I identified almost equally with the Phantom and Christine, which meant that it wasn’t so much about two separate people as it was about how you treat different parts of yourself.
2. Who is somebody you lost contact with in your life that you would really like to reconnect with?
Uh — My best friend from elementary/middle school actually lives in New York City as well and I would love to re-connect with her — we lost touch somewhere between college and high school but I found out recently that we’ve followed weirdly parallel life paths.
3. What’s a time when something happened to you that COULD have been embarrassing, but you managed to pull it off because you are just that awesome?
No don’t ask me about things that might be embarrassing I will get flustered just trying to think about it.
4. When you meet somebody new, what are the initial traits you look at while deciding whether they are someone you want to befriend?
1: do they care how they make other people feel; 2: do they know what they’re passionate about and do they try to engage other people in discussions of things that they’re passionate about; 3: do they share my sense of humor.
5. What’s the worst story you have about a terrible/evil teacher?
6. If you could go back 10 years and start a hobby or interest so you’d be an expert at it by now, what would you choose?
Cooking. I live in a more or less constant state of embarrassment that I am no more than a mediocre cook.
7. What’s a new food you’ve tried for the first time in the past year and really liked?
Quince upside down cake with lavender caramel.
8. What’s a story from your childhood that you think really foretold what you were going to be like as an adult?
All of the many times that I bullied my younger siblings into putting together shows for our parents, complete with hand-drawn tickets and playbills.
9. What is something fun that has been on your to-do list for awhile, but you just haven’t gotten around to it?
I have been meaning to go back to the neighborhood in Brooklyn that I lived in when I was a kid for AGES and still haven’t gotten around to it.
10. If you could recommend one book to all your followers that they may not have heard a lot about, what would it be?
Um. “Cold Magic” by Kate Elliot. Awesomely well-developed thoughtful world-building; central relationship is between two utterly bad-ass, bossy, vicious ladies; explores all kinds of found-family dynamics; generally fabulous.
11. What winter olympic sport do you wish you could try yourself?
Figure-skating, I’m going to be real.@4 days ago with 1 note
Anonymous asked: Do you have any thoughts about Lent? I've always kind of loved lent....even though it means giving up what I like.
@4 days ago with 108 notes
Despite heralding forty days of terrible dirge-like music, I love Lent as well.
I think for me, it ties into my love of the Church calendar as a cycle, this idea that the turning of the year is the turning of our lives and we return, again and again, to the same places—anticipation of joy, birth and new life, epiphanies and risings before sinking into the comfort of ordinary time.
And it’s very important to me that grief and bitterness, fear and confusion and betrayal and mourning is a part of that, a necessary part. Without it, the circle isn’t whole. A Christianity that doesn’t acknowledge suffering, that doesn’t have a place for humanity hurting and crying out, is not Christianity. You don’t get “love thy neighbor” and parables about good Samaritans without the man who was whipped in a Roman prison, who died because his arms couldn’t hold him up anymore.
And Lent is important because Lent is about that humanity—humanity weeping (alone, in a garden), humanity greedy (for thirty pieces of silver, and a kiss), humanity weak (enough to condemn a man because the crowd wanted Barabas) humanity running, humanity denying itself, humanity falling down on almost every count imaginable and each one taken out on Jesus’ skin, humanity proving itself unworthy of faith and condemning its god its son to death.
But—and this is important—this is not the end of the story.
Because that wheel turns and returns, spring comes. Humanity is never so broken that it cannot be saved, and love is not about being worthy. Spring comes. Mary Magdalene finds Jesus in a cemetery, and mistakes him for a gardener.
john green decides to go after misogyny in publishing by saying we go after women writing misogynist texts but not men
the men he pulls up as examples: homer and shakespeare
- Hamlet is about those weak ladies wasting away in Elsinore for want of a man (like how Ophelia’s madness is misogynistic and doesn’t at all look like, idk, Hamlet’s own; Gertrude never had a choice in the matter and never gets to talk about it of course). Romeo and Juliet is about an abusive relationship where the boy oppresses the girl (being as Juliet never talks or acts about her own desires—“Gallop apace” what now?).
- The Odyssey is about how all the women Odysseus encounters are under his thumb (like his wife doing her own thing back in Ithaca while he’s rolling around his boat, like all those sorceresses who’ll outlive him in the literary canon)
- John Green, product of the 21st century CE, is way the hell more progressive than thooooooose guys (with his dead girls and his projection boys and that one girl who gets to live after 200 pages of absence just so she can tell the audience that John Green definitely doesn’t write women as objects), and he would really like some congratulations, thanks.
ok, so this has no source and I would kind of like to see what John Green specifically said because, yo, there is plenty of misogyny in both Shakespeare and Homer BUT THAT SAID I’m just going to fly into a rage about one very small piece of this
(via soyonscruels)@4 days ago with 245 notes
You know, what I find interesting, is there is at least two works in the past fifteen years or so about kids killing each other, mostly isolated from any adult supervision.
What’s the classic example of that? Lord of the Flies.
When I studied that in grade eight, it was held up as this example of society, a look at what we would be like without authority. (Written by an old white British dude raise your hand if you’re surprised.)
So, lets look at Battle Royale and Hunger Games as the modern-day version of that.
What’s the key distance that time has made with these microcosms of children murdering children?
These days, it’s not being shown that we default to savage murder without authority. These works show authority forcing us into it.
I think that’s fucking fascinating.
And much more accurate.
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