ITS-THE-ESSENCE

Lauriver fans saying that they’re giving olicity recycled lauriver lines. Like the whole”I know Ollie/Oliver better than anyone.” At least when Felicity said it, it was actually kinda true so :/

Thus set up, pen in hand, for the sake of greater truth, I would turn Portugal into a fiction. That’s what fiction is about, isn’t it, the selective transforming of reality? The twisting of it to bring out its essence? What need did I have to go to Portugal?
—  Yann Martel, Life of Pi
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Kohei Nawa (b.1975, Japan) - Pixcell (2010-13)

Japanese artist Kohei Nawa is acclaimed for his PixCell series, which is a word that integrates ‘pixel’, which demonstrates digital image resolution, and the biological ‘cell’. While the subject in each work connotes its own attributes such as weight, smell and color, its essence is lost or distorted through the production process in which glass, crystal and urethane coats covers its surface. PixCell-Deer, the representative work of the PixCell series, is the most celebrated work from the BEADS series that cover taxidermied animals with clear crystal beads. The composite of taxidermied animal and crystal beads is like a completely new organism that entirely deconstructs the initial color, texture and form of the original taxidermied animal and creates a new experience. While the beads in different sizes seem to interfere with the precise reading of the subject, they gain a new function as lens, maximizing color and form, and seducing the viewer. This reminds the viewer that the world which the human senses perceive as the truth is actually ambiguous and uncertain. Through an extensive medium of expression, Kohei Nawa sheds light on the human desire to embrace, cherish and possess the uncertainty. (src. Arario Gallery) © All images courtesy of the artist

[more Kohei Nawa]

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Peyton: I really hope you’re serious, because she hasn’t been serious about anybody in a long time.
Julian: You haven’t trusted me since the day I came to town.
Peyton: Because you looked like you had an ax to grind.

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Lori + endearments

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“No, no, I am but shadow of myself:
You are deceived, my substance is not here;”

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Happy Holi :D

A Suspicious Timeline
  • Dean fights tooth and nail to find Cas and get them both out of Purgatory + "Cas, buddy, I need you."*
  • Dean is upset Cas didn’t make it out
  • Cas appears under suspicious circumstances
  • "Cas, no, you’re not strong enough"
  • "Talk to me."/"I’m afraid I might kill myself"
  • Dean offers shotgun, Cas opts to stay behind
  • Cas appears again, and he’s kind of messed up
  • Dean offers happy hour, plot gets in the way
  • Cas stabs Samandriel and vanishes + “Cas, wait!”
  • Dean witnesses Charlie and Gilda together
  • "No, he’s uh… he’s not answering"
  • Dean gets hit on by Aaron, turns down Ellie because he “can’t.”
  • Dean doesn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, wants to do the trials assuming he won’t survive them**
  • Dean witnesses Portia and James together
  • "Where the hell are you, man?"
  • Cas reappears, even MORE messed up
  • "We’re family.  We need you.  I need you."***
  • Naomi’s control is broken
  • But Cas vanishes. Again.
  • Dean secretly cries over the Cowboy Junkies

* Dean is driven in Purgatory.  He has the motivation to fight for a YEAR in “a land of abominations.”  He must have something to live for, because otherwise why would he want to survive and get topside again?  (Casual reminder he was looking for Cas before he even knew a way out existed.)

** Wait, wait, wait… what happened?  I’ve seen people complain this is poor, inconsistent characterization given Purgatory!Dean, but when I look at the timeline of events, I see a variable missing from their equation.  Maybe something was there for Dean in Purgatory but feels like it’s slipping away in the real world…

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You know, it almost looks like Cas is what kept Dean going in Purgatory, and his absence makes Dean feel hopeless about the future.  It almost looks like Dean keeps reaching out to Cas, against all common sense and despite being rebuffed over and over.  It almost looks like Cas gives him something to hold onto other than “normal life for Sam and wormfood for me.”

It almost looks like “I need you” is meant in the most literal way possible.