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“I know your type,” he says, all white-suit and his father’s smile, all sprawled out on your mother’s couch, “You’re the doe-eyed, soft-palmed little girl who thinks streetlights look like stars and the ocean is somehow talking back to her. You think forests want you to get lost in them, that the trees are calling your name. Your feet itch at the mention of lost, at the mention of disappearing. 

You’re the type who will kiss me by the end of the night and cry about it later. The type to love something that hurt her. You spend most of the party getting lost in a clear red cup before getting lost in someone else’s body. You hate dancing because it makes you look weird. You hate dancing because you hide yourself too well. You hate dancing because your feet feel heavy and you’re plastered to the ground and everyone around you looks so ethereal.

The type who watches beautiful things but never becomes them. You hang other people’s self portraits in your room and wish you’d wake up to find that they’d moved. You stand half-naked in clear daylight and stare at yourself in the mirror, try to find the places of you that you love, the places of you that you could turn into roadmaps for boys to get lost in.

I know your type.” he says, “You want to turn yourself into a story, into a record, into a painting, something you will find hanging in a museum years from now marveled at by strangers.”

—  Reena B.| The type to turn into art but never to an artist.
buzzfeed.com
One Direction Release First Single Without Zayn Malik
AND IT'S REALLY DAMN GOOD.
By Kristin Harris

In the early hours of the morning, One Direction decided to sneak attack us by randomly dropping their first single off of their forthcoming album.

AND WE WERE NOT SPIRITUALLY READY FOR WHAT WAS ABOUT TO COME.

The new track “Drag Me Down” is the first since Zayn Malik’s departure four months ago — and, spoiler, IT IS REALLY DAMN GOOD.

The band announced in a press release that their fifth album will be released this November, and if this first single is any indication, it’s going to be .

Sit down, take a deep breath, possibly grab a nearby inhaler, and listen to the incredible track below.

http://open.spotify.com/track/70OTIpw8x8UXUsuCHW9i1i

wsj.com
Holocaust Victims Mocked in Ohio State Band Parody Songbook
A book of parody songs updated in 2012 and circulated privately by members of the Ohio State University marching band included a sendup of the Holocaust.
By Sharon Terlep

“An introduction to the book said: “Some of these [songs] may be offensive to you. If so, you can either ignore them, or you can suck it up, act like you got a pair and have a good time singing them.”

The Holocaust song, called “Goodbye Kramer,” whose lyrics haven’t been previously disclosed, includes lines about Nazi soldiers “searching for people livin’ in their neighbor’s attic,” and a “small town Jew…who took the cattle train to you know where.” It was written to be sung to the tune of the 1981 Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

“Head to the furnace room, ‘Bout to meet your fiery doom,” one line of the song reads. “Oh the baking never ends, It goes on and on and on and on.”

Lee Auer, a former band member whose name appears on the 2012 songbook’s introduction, said: “I don’t think you are going to find many 19-year-olds who don’t joke about those things.” Auer, a 2007 Ohio State graduate now working as a band instructor in central Ohio, said he had enjoyed singing songs from the book while on the bus traveling to away football games, though he regrets that the material has become public. “It was fun for me as an individual, but we knew if the public ever caught wind of them, people are going to lose respect.”

I can’t stand those annoying reblogs to that last post treating Buddhists like noble savages saying things like ‘that’s cos unlike white culture buddhists have morals’. That’s the problem I have with OPs post- I can see their intentions were positive, but like when you paint this kind of inaccurate picture (i.e that Buddhists, Jainists, Hindus worldwide gave up the swastika that Hitler appropriated when they haven’t) it’s always bandwagoned by Western-centric people who think they’re being anti-racist, but buy into the orientalist idea that Buddhists and Asians in general are totally placid, docile noble savages. There are Buddhist extremists in Burma persecuting its Muslim minority, for example. 

It’s a whole another conversation of course, about the situation Holocaust survivors or other people personally affected by the Nazi regime may face if they travel to Asian countries where the swastika continues to be used for religious purposes. The swastika is banned in a number of European countries-particularly Germany- and for good reason that neo-Nazis would jump at the chance to use it. 

But I’ve seen it commonly where I was born- because our WW2 experience was much more centred around Japanese, not German imperialism. So the swastika itself continues to be associated with Buddhism to many people and for that reason many governments don’t ban it. That’s not to say this historical and emotional distance isn’t a problem seeing that the world’s shrunken down to a global village and there’s a disturbing popularity of Nazi chic across Asia (where people think SS uniforms are cool and shit, like that one KPOP girlband). So like…Buddhism, and Asia as a whole, isn’t a mythic place of higher moral authority. In addition, we’ve our own fucked up history of ethnicity-based racism. So…I always feel kind of uncomfortable when people always use X Asian culture or religion as some kind of epitome of moral authority.