To write his new book, Nabokov’s
Favorite Word is Mauve, journalist and statistician Ben Blatt loaded
thousands of classics and contemporary best-sellers into various databases and
let his hard drive churn through them. He wanted to know if our favorite
authors follow conventional writing advice about cliches, adverbs and
exclamation points (they mostly do); if men and women write differently (yep);
if an algorithm can identify a writer from his or her prose style (it can); and
which authors use the shortest first sentences versus those who use the longest.
We can hear thousands of monocles dropping into thousands of
cups of Earl Grey from here. “But what of literature?” you sputter. “What does any of that
technical folderol have to do,” — here you start wiping your monocle on
your nosegay — “with ART?”
hii!! could you please write an isaac lahey x reader where they’re dating and she’s trying to study, but he keeps interrupting her (like kissing her and stuff) cuz he’s bored??
AN: This goes along with the other Isaac Lahey imagines that you can find on Part 2 of my Masterpost :)
You sat at your desk in your room, your music playing as background noise to cancel out the rest of the noise going on the hallway. Your Chemistry book, your Statistics book, and your books for your English class were spread out in front out you. You heard your dorm door open and turned to see your smiling boyfriend enter. “Hey, what are you doing here?”
“I got out of practice early. Thought I’d stop by and hang out for a while and then we could get dinner. What are you doing,” he peered over your full desk.
“I’ve got a Chemistry test in a couple weeks that I have to get organized for, Stats homework due Friday and a quiz in it Wednesday, and I have a English paper I have to do a rough draft for. I don’t know if I’ll be entertaining until I can get some of this done,” you said apologetically.
“That’s alright, you do your work and I’ll just chill out here,” he jumped on your bed, “and look at my phone.” You grinned and got back to work, digging into your chemistry.
After about an hour of making chemistry note cards and reviewing your stats notes you heard Isaac finally reach the limit of his boredom. He let out a sigh before turning onto his stomach. Then another sigh as he gave up trying to get comfortable. He stood up and started looking the things that lines your shelves and nightstand, things he’d seen a thousand times before. Finally, he stopped behind your chair and knelt over your shoulder.
“Can I help you,” you turned to look at him.
“No.” He stayed over your shoulder watching you go over notes. Slowly his arms wrapped around your neck and he leaned into you. Then he pressed a kiss to your neck.
“Isaac,” you warned.
“What,” you could hear the smirk on his face as he pretended he wasn’t doing anything wrong.
“I need to get this stuff done.”
“You are getting it done,” he said in between the kissed he kept giving you.
“Isaac, if I flunk these tests I’m going to be ruined…”
“You’re not going to fail. You’re a genius,” he spun your chair around and, this time, kissed your mouth. “So, why not take a little break with me?” His grin was infectious.
“I have to start my paper tonight.”
“Then let’s order a pizza for delivery, keep ourselves busy for a little while, and after we’ve eaten you can start your paper…”
With his smirking lips so close to yours you found yourself giving in. “I guess I can take a little break.”
“That’s my girl,” he said grabbing you and pulling you out of your chair.
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so im done like…. skimming through we for the most part and here are my comments (im not gonna say final bc i know this hell isnt over)
this is long but i’m not putting it in a read more bc i don’t want to like i want you to have to scroll through this.
1. none of the information/techniques/whatever on this book are actually new, there’s 14 pages worth of citations in the back of the book meaning that this book is essentially just like… a copy and paste of many people’s ideas and techniques so take that as you will
2. there’s quotes like everywhere? from like random famous women ranging from like rosa parks to emma watson to emily dickinson to anne frank…… it’s very odd it reminds me of that scene in the office where michael writes “ “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” - wayne gretsky” -michael scott anyway this is literally the most inclusive part of the whole book and also aside from crediting laverne cox as a transgender activist and actress there’s like…. literally no mention of trans women
3. this has to be one of the most heteronormative pieces of media i’ve consumed in a my life… every mention of a relationship talks about “he”. also never ever post abt how u think gillians gonna date a woman or she’s bi or whatever bc in the book she deadass just refers to all her partners (past and future) as he so there you go
4. there’s an excerpt that says you have to be thankful because you’re much better off than a huge percentage of the world population bc you have a fridge lol
5. in the humility section theres a part where they talk abt how we’re all equal and no one is better than anyone else but last time i checked gillian charges a small fortune for fans to meet her and doesn’t even treat them like equals so just a thought
6. the mandatory “feminism” section or w/e in the manifesto part of the book uses those statistics you’ve read a million times like there’s more CEOs named john than there are female CEOs like this book really has Nothing new to offer anyone
7. there’s a section where you’re encouraged to follow a diet while following these principles and it has a linked (yes! a typed out link in a book) to the BMI index and you’re told to go on it and check if you’re healthy or not like… don’t do that lmao
8. the quote “more than seven hundred million women live in hunger, and yet those with plenty battle obesity and depression” Fuck You
9. the quote “every minute, one woman dies needlessly in childbirth, while elsewhere in the world another woman spends thousands on cosmetic surgery because she isn’t able to feel comfortable with how she’s aging” again… Fuck you
10. the notion that we as (cis, straight, white) women cannot be expected to be respected by society if we don’t learn to respect ourselves by doing things like… flirting with other women’s husbands OR letting other women’s husbands flirt with you… Yes Really
this is all i feel like typing out right now bc i have other shit to do but… this book sucks and im 90% sure there was a ghost writer
He learned how to kiss from reading his older sister’s magazines, the ones she kept hidden in the space between her bookshelf and the wall.
So when you kiss, you think about papillae and mucous tissue. When you kiss him, it’s with medical precision and the notion that it’s all just about urges, the messy, predictableness of biology.
When he kisses you, it’s done with the kind of skill that can only come from years of practise, and somewhere in his subconscious, there are words narrating just how he should do to make your ‘knees go weak’ and make you ‘fall for him’.
It isn’t strange, therefore, that your responses are as essentially different as the sources of knowledge the both of you first found.
To you, it’s about flesh against flesh, and to him, it’s about hope.
And hope to you has always been something dry and clinical, something that you can only distinguish as a faint perception between the pages of your textbooks.
To him, it was always another matter entirely, and it’s something you’re not likely to ever understand.
Still, as your lips touch his lips and his tongue is inside your mouth, there are moments when you can almost taste… something.
It tastes like teenage dreams and battles lost, adrenaline and evening sunlight in your flat.
And it isn’t the least bit logical, but as he pulls away, you wonder if he feels it too.
(Does it taste like old books and a statistical probability, your hope?)
Love this account. I'm selling my car for a van to hopefully have some fun adventures too. Wondering how much money you need to live like this and how you make money on the road. I don't need much but I gotta eat! So what's the secret!
HIGH FIVE - that is rad - make it happen! So listen, first of all, try and leave all your bills behind (make sure you don’t have rent to pay back home). Now you have your monthly rent budget to apply towards gas and food while living on the road. If you aren’t working on the road you will want to save up enough money to have 3 months of independence - simply my recommendation so you can enjoy your adventures with minimal stress.
Figure out how much you spend on food a month but keep in mind you will be eating out of your van. Really figure this out - sit down and make a list of meals/snacks you would eat out of your van for a week then do a detailed cost analysis and adjust accordingly. Now multiple your week’s results by 12 - this will give you a desired food budget for 3 months on the road.
Map out where you want to go and figure out gas money that will be needed. Become detail oriented while on the road - keep a log book of everything (miles driven, mpg per fill up, etc). There is a lot of downtime on the road so write in a journal every night. Keep a random book of statistics - I really wish I had done this. It would be so interesting to know how many nights I’ve slept in a parking lot, slept a tent, number of fish caught, the miles of trails explored or number of boulder problems climbed along the way. All these items will not only be nostalgic years from now but also keep you living with awareness in your present state.
If you end up finding a town along the way that you’d like to spend weeks or even a month around then think about finding part time work while you are there (this is a great opportunity to refuel some cash while still living somewhere new and exciting) - hit up the cafe’s, coffee shops, gear shops etc and ask around for work. Don’t necessarily wait to find work until you are out of cash and stuck somewhere you don’t want to be. Live in your van everywhere - campsites and rent will drain your bank account. You’ll have to learn the dirtbag shower (I prefer Burts Bees baby wipes). If you don’t rock climb already then I’d reckon you should start. Climbers you meet along the way have been living like this for decades and most will be kind enough to offer you a real shower and any advice you may need. Also, most climbing gyms have a shower and if you ask nicely they will probably let you use it.
Finally, and I hate credit cards, but get one for emergency use ONLY. I didn’t do this for years and years but it really took the edge off of my constant worry of WHAT IF I BREAK DOWN AND DON”T HAVE THE MONEY TO FIX MY CAR. This way you essentially have insurance - if your van craps out you’ll be able to get it fixed and assess your next move without the total feeling of desperation. Let me know if you have any other specific questions but that’s my quick ramble of advice.