child of the 70s and 80s

People make a house a home.

The Rogue Is Back in Town by Anna Bennett

St. Martin’s Press:: 2018
Historical Romance - Regency 
352 Pages

This book. This book I ADORED.

Look about 70% of what I read is romance, and of that easily 80% or more is historical. It’s what I do. It’s my jam. In a genre this big, with this many readers, we can easily specialize and I’ve been a predominantly historical romance reader since I was a child, cutting my teeth on 80’s/90’s Avon romances. 

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(That’s a re-enactment. Sadly I am not a RIDICULOUSLY adorable dog.)

So trust me when I say The Rogue Is Back in Town is a standout historical romance novel. I want it in my hands, like now. NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press were kind enough to provide this fabulous ARC copy in exchange for a review, but my ravenous book collector heart desperately needs a hard copy as soon as one becomes available.

TRIBiT is not the most adventurous novel I’ve read this year, in terms of crazy road trips, murders to solve, or other various assorted hijinks that often enliven a historical romance novel. Most of the action is contained to the single house that is at the center of the plot, with a few scenes here and there taking place in other settings. But despite its geographic confinement TRIBiT is a lively, engaging novel based upon the premise of two people, at completely cross-purposes, who are never-the-less drawn to each other emotionally and physically.

Lord Samuel “Sam” Travis is the black sheep of his family, and he’s hopped one too many fences into pastures that didn’t belong to him… to say. In disgrace with his elder brother, Nigel, Sam is forced out of his home on strict orders not to return until he has negotiated the eviction of an old man squatting in one of the families neglected properties. What Sam didn’t count on was the old man’s fearsome and fiercely attractive niece.

Miss Juliette “Julie” Lacey, on the other hand, is the last of her three sisters (the other two have married) and caretaker of her aging (BUT SO DELIGHTFUL) uncle. The house, which she is determined to protect, is not only his whole life, housing both his academic work and all the memories of beloved wife, but it is also Julie’s life. She was only a small child when her Uncle adopted the three Lacey sisters after their parents died. Her childhood took place in this crumbling old house, which is in many places physically touched by her memories (like that banister she broke the year that she also, not so coincidentally, broke her arm).

Houses are a thing for me. Anyone familiar with my reading history and my academic work knows that I have a bit of an obsession with the way that spaces function in romance novels. That goes triple for houses. They are alive in a way that no other structure can replicate, because houses contain – just like the one in TRIBiT – whole lives within them. They retain memories, and some people would go so far as to argue that houses have memories.

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(I will NEVER resist the urge to make a Crimson Peak reference…)

So I loved that at the center of Julie and Sam finding each other was this house that, in the end, they find themselves coming together to save.

Things that I loved:

1) The house – obviously. It’s a bit ramshackle, and drafty, and it creaks and groans. But it’s charming, and comfortable. It’s lived in. Could it use a little loving care? Yes. But even in its faded state it’s beautiful. Because it’s a home.

2) The chemistry between Sam and Julie is fabulous. Really it is. Julie has always been self-conscious about her lively and somewhat passionate ways, but Sam never once let’s her doubt that he finds her anything less than extraordinary.

“She was sensuous and bold and free. And Sam didn’t think less of her for it. Rather, he respected her.

AND THE CONSENT. If you want affirmative consent, you’ve got it. I mean I literally wrote “THE CONSENT” in massive letters in my journal because I was really impressed.

3) But then, consent and respect are what you get when your hero is a Beta Hero. Sam’s a flirt, don’t get me wrong. By his own insistence he’s at least 90% rogue. But he’s also a respectful, kind, compassionate, protective (but not excessively possessive), and emotionally accessible hero. And I love him. And I want to marry him – but Julie got there first. Sam is also, in a way, a deeply wounded hero. I can’t explain too much without giving away part of the plot, but basically Sam has spent his entirely life thinking that if he was going to be called a rogue he should act like a rogue. But where it counts Sam’s not 90% rogue, he’s like 10% rogue… maybe.

4) The Villian. And maybe you’re like: wait, you loved the villain? Yes. But not in the way that I usually … love a villain. *cough* No this is the sort of villain (like Black Jack Randall, for example) that I love to hate. He was SO EVIL. I was in a total rage toward the end of the book. I was shouting at the book. I was just seeeeeeeething with disgust and hatred, because this guy is so vile. He’s one of those men who thinks that his position of power, shielded by a sterling reputation, means that he can do whatever he wants. To whomever the wants. He believes he can buy himself what he wants, and when faced with opposition he reacts with violent coercion, and cruelty.

Sound familiar? He’s basically every “nice guy”/”man in a position of power” in this country rolled into one… so yeah. I hate him PASSIONATELY.

5) That love declaration: “I fell in love with you. Hard. Hopelessly. Every decision I’ve made since then has been easy. I simply ask myself what would make you smile. And then I do that thing.”

6) That ending! I CRIED. It was so cute, and such a throwback to the beginning of their relationship, AND it meant that he always listened when she was speaking, and remembered even small things that were important to her.

Things I didn’t love:

1) Its nitpicky, really – but I really, REALLY wanted the aforementioned Villain to get his. On the one hand I understand that there’s a lesson here about letting go, and just being happy. Julie calls him a bully at one point and the best way to get revenge on a bully is to go on with your life and be happy. BUT GOSH DARN IT I KIND OF WANTED HIM TO SUFFER.

TL;DR ::

I know I talk up every book I read. What can I say, I’m an enthusiastic reader. But this book was truly delightful, introduced me to a new author that I hadn’t encountered before, and just completely filled my need for a sweet, lovely, funny romance. If you’re a series reader you’ll want to backtrack first, because The Rogue Is Back in Town is technically the third book in the Wayward Wallflowers series. But if you’re new to Anna Bennett’s work, and you don’t care so much about continuity (after all, like most romance novels, TRIBiT is able to standalone), I would highly recommend starting with this fantastic book.

I recently saw a video of a young woman talking about all of the reasons our generation, the Millennials, sucks and that’s she’s sorry for what we’ve become. Here is my, a fellow Millennial, response:

You say we’re just ‘existing’ and not ‘contributing anything to society.’ The oldest Millennial is 34, the youngest is 12, we haven’t had time to contribute anything yet. We’re trying to survive in a world that no other generation has had to grow up in, with a tanked economy and most of our childhood hearing nothing but war in the Middle East on the news while also being profoundly connected. We didn’t do that.

You say we’re no longer polite, we don’t say ‘no, sir’ or ‘no ma’am’ anymore and we no longer hold the door open for our elders or women. We also don’t expect low-paid workers to break their backs for us, or at yell at them when they make a mistake, like my 60-year-old grandfather does. We say ‘no problem’ when there’s a mistake in order, and politely stand by while the 40-something-year-old soccer mom huffs and rolls her eyes as the new girl struggles to punch in the correct code.

You say our music objectifies women and glorifies drugs and criminals. There has been no significant change from the songs that were once sung or the singers who sang them. Many of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s performers were drug addicts, womanizers, and criminals in their own right. Elvis Presley was child abuser, John Lennon raped his many girlfriends and most of the music I grew up listening, which was 80’s rock, were performed by habitual drug abusers. Let’s not pretend like human nature took a drastic turn when 1983 rolled around.

You say we cuss to prove a point. We, as a generation, have learned it’s not the words we fucking use, it’s the passion in them that we care about. As a generation, we’ve become more interested in politics and the world around us, cursing is minor problem when we consider the political climate the older generation has plunged us into.

You say we use ‘bae’ to describe the ones we love. Bae, originally, means ‘before anyone else’ which is incredibly romantic in my opinion. Bae is also hardly ever taken seriously, it’s a jokey way to talk about someone you love. Language changes, I doubt people were happy when we changed ‘wherefore’ into ‘why.’ The greatest injustice we can do to our language and culture is not allow it to evolve and grow with us.

You say we idolize people like Kim Kardashian and shame people like Tim Tebow. Kim Kardashian is a business woman who had a private video she made with a lover illegally revealed. Instead of fading into obscurity, she stood tall and did not let the sexual shaming she endured stop her and now runs a multi-million dollar industry, is married to one of the richest men in the world, and had two beautiful children. Tim Tebow is a Christian who was criticized by a few people for praying in an open stadium while most people just wanted to see a game.

You say we’re lazy and entitled, we want to make a lot of money and get a free education but we’re not willing to put in the work. We are not lazy. I cannot tell you how many people I meet who have gone to school full time while working a part or even full-time job just to make ends meet. We’re not entitled, we’re bitter. In the 70’s, you could work a part time job over the summer and pay your way through four years of school because tuition was $400, now just to walk in the door of your local community college you need to drop $14,000. We have kids who aren’t even old enough to drink, yet are already $20,000 deep in debt. Debt that won’t go away because even filing for bankruptcy won’t erase it. And even with that education, there’s no guarantee you’ll find something in your field. I have a friend who has a degree in microbiology and she’s making $9 an hour selling $15 candles. I have another friend who has a masters in Sport Psychology and Counseling. She’s a bartender. My parents bought a three bedroom house in the suburbs in the late 90’s while my generation is imagining apartments with breezy windows and trying to get enough money to get food while we scrounge up less than $8 a week.

You say we spend more time online making friends and less time building relationships and our relationship’s appearance on Facebook is more important than building the foundation that relationship is based on. We are a generation that is profoundly connected and no other generation has seen this before. We have more opportunities to meet people from all over the world and better chances to understand other worldviews and lifestyles. Being able to stay home and talk to people over the internet is cheaper and more relaxing than having to force yourself to interact with people in public settings after a long day of minimum wage labor. The people I talk to more over the internet are people I have been friends with for years. It’s easier to talk about the day’s events over Skype or Facebook Messenger than arrange a day to meet in person when you have conflicting schedules. I truly don’t believe most people care what others think of their friendship or how their relationships ‘look’ on social media. Most often what you are calling ‘our relationship’s appearance on Facebook’ are documented and searchable memories.

You say our idea of what we believe in is going on Facebook and posting a status on Facebook. Not everyone can join in with the crowds of protesters. It’s easy to see what others have to say through the comments and argue back without the threat of violence. And when this generation does organize events to stand up for ourselves, it’s met with childish name-calling or being reduced to a ‘riot.’

You say we believe the number of follows we have reflects who we are as a person. It’s nice knowing there’s 20 or 50 or maybe even 100 people who care what you have to say or think. We live in an age where we can and will be heard.

You say we don’t respect our elders, that we don’t respect our country. Our elders grew up in one of the greatest economic booms in history and in turn made it the worst economic situation since the 1930’s all while blaming kids who were only five at the time for it. We stand on our flag because it means nothing, it’s a pretty banner for an ugly lie. We’re a country that says you can make it if you just work hard enough while, in the end, that will almost never happen. We’re a country that becomes irate at the idea of 20-something college kids standing on some canvas dyed red, white, and blue but seem to shrug off the millions of homeless, disabled veterans.

You say we’re more divided than ever before. Ever before what? When black folk couldn’t drink from the same fountain as white folk? When women couldn’t vote? When white southerners fought for the idea that they could keep black people as slaves? We’re a generation that is done with injustice and when you fight for social change, you will divide people.

You say everything that was frowned up is celebrated. What does that mean? We frowned up gay marriage. We frowned upon wives being able to say no to sex with their husbands. We frowned up interracial marriage. We frowned up black folk being allowed to go to school with white folk. We frowned upon women being allowed to vote. Are those things not worth celebrating?

You say nothing has value in our generation, that we take advantage of everything. We value friendship more, we value the fists of change, we value social justice and family and the right to marry those we love. We value the right to be yourself, wholly and fully. We value the right to choose and we value the idea of fighting what you believe in, even when everyone older than you is telling you you’re what’s wrong with the country.

You say we have more opportunities to succeed than those before but we don’t ‘appreciate’ them. We are a bitter generation. You can finance a boat for 3.9% but you have to pay back college tuition plus 8.9%. We may have more opportunities but those opportunities cost money we don’t have.

You say you can see why we’re called ‘Generation,’ but we’re not Generation Y, we’re Millennials and we do feel entitled. We were promised a strong economy and inexpensive education. We had the world in our hands and we were going to make it better. And it was ripped away from us because of incompetent rulers, illegal wars, and greedy corporations and we get blamed for it. Crime has gone down, abortion and unintended pregnancy has lowered, people are living longer, people are more educated, people are less likely to die from violent crime or diseases, yet my generation is touted as the worst generation and for what? Crimes that we’re accused of that happened before we could even wipe our own ass? We were raised better, and we were raised in a society that treated, and continues to treat, us like garbage. And we are done. We are not sorry, we did nothing wrong.

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LCD Soundsystem's Gavin Russom comes out as a transgender woman
LCD Soundsystem's synth player and technician Gavin Russom has come out as a transgender woman.

Gavin Russom, synth player and technician for the band LCD Soundsystem, came out as a transgender woman in a new interview with Pitchfork.

She says she took some time for self-care after the band’s 2016 tour and had the opportunity to spend time with other transgender women. She’s keeping her same name, but will go by she/her pronouns and begin presenting in a way that feels truer to herself. 

A few excerpts from her interview, of which a portion is written in first person:

I’m 43 and I can identify that once a decade, I made a concerted effort to make my trans identity known. That includes a period of time when I was a child in the ’70s, when I was going through puberty in the ’80s, and then several periods throughout my twenties, thirties, and forties. What makes this time different is that I’m in a stable moment in my life. Working with LCD Soundsystem all last year and then having a solid block of time off to focus on self-care was really important for me. This is what came out of that. I don’t like coming out so much as a term, but sometimes it’s the only way to say it. […]

Up until this point, I felt comfortable working with my own gender fluidity, my own identification within the feminine end of the spectrum, and the politics that arise from those things through my music. Retroactively, this is a thread that goes through my entire body of work. It’s an interesting way to listen to it if you weren’t already getting that.

I feel very blessed because the world that I operate in is relatively open-minded. I mean, the electronic music world can be extremely bro-y and also close-minded and sometimes even worse than maybe a more traditional office job. However, at least where I’ve found myself, the people who are around me have been very supportive. I still had fears that I might experience consequences, mostly because I know so many trans women who have lost their jobs when they’ve come out. It’s a very unfortunate reality. There was a fear and awareness that my ability to do this really is a privilege—and it shouldn’t be, but it is. […]

It has been a process of paying really deep attention to what’s going on with me. I had a very significant moment very early on when I called my bank and the teller said, “Oh sir, thank you so much for calling us.” It’s so hurtful, and of course they don’t know—they’re just looking at a document that has a gender identifier. But it was so powerful to just be enough in my own body to say, “Whoa, that didn’t feel good.”

There was legitimately something unmanageable for me about living as a cis man. I was working so hard just to present this image of myself that ran very deeply counter to who I really am. There’s nothing theoretical or intellectual about that. It’s the physical thing in my body. It felt like there was almost another person constantly walking next to me being like, “Hey, hey, hey, pay attention to me, hey, hey, hey.” To some degree I wish I had been able to work through it sooner, but I’m also very glad that I worked it the way I did. Having gone through 42 and a half years of being in denial and trying to work through this stuff has given me a lot of experience.

Congratulations, Gavin. Thank you for sharing your music and your story. 

I started an 80′s Sheith playlist because I could _(┐「ε:)_ 

Song list under the cut || Listen


A Little Respect - Erasure || Burnin’ for You - Blue Oyster Cult || Don’t You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds || Call Me - Blondie || Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes || Missing You - John Waite || You Make My Dreams - Daryl Hall & John Oates || Take On Me - a-ha || What I Like About You - The Romantics || Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money || Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper || Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship || Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler || Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley || Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne || Need You Tonight - INXS || Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins || Think I’m In Love - Eddie Money || Every Time You Go Away - Paul Young || Just Like Heaven - The Cure || Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler || Just Can’t Get Enough - Depeche Mode || Wake me up Before You Go-Go - Wham! || I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers || Sweet Child o’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses || Lips Like Sugar - Echo & the Bunnymen || Stand By Me - Ben E. King || I’ll Melt With You - Modern English || Baby Hold On - Eddie Money || Here Comes the Rain Again - Eurythmics || Lovesong - The Cure || I Ran - A Flock of Seagulls || Space Age Love Song - A Flock of Seagulls || Electric Blue - ICEHOUSE

100 reasons to watch The 100

1. That BC scenery

2. Seeing people experience rain for the first time it’s so cute

3. Octavia’s goddess-like hair in the first season

4. Bellamy Blake’s half smile

5. Monty’s expert clap backs

6. They all get high off hallucinogenic nuts

7. LINCOLNS ABS

8. trees and mountains and nature

9. Badass women

10. Raven saving the day, agin , again, and again

11. Monty putting up with people’s shit

12. LINCOLNS TATTOOS

13. Miller. Just Miller in general

14. Murphy’s sarcastic comments

15. P.A.I.N

16. Long speeches about survival

17. “Nothing like a little pain to remind you you’re alive”

18. Watch Raven save everybody and continue to be the most badass woman while getting fucked over by everyone and by Jrat again and again and again

19. “I can make it go boom”

20. Clarke’s pretty drawings

21. Bellamy’s character development

22. The Blakes.

23. Wells.

24. Monty’s wink

25. Monty and Jasper’s high five

26. You’ll go damn when Anya and Clarke jump off a dam

27. Bellarke development

28. “Together”

29. “I can’t lose you too”

30. “Love is weakness”

31. Clexa

32. Clexa (cus they were fucking amazing)

33. Finn pulling Clarke into the water

34. “I am become death, destroyer of worlds”

35. Everybody gets super sick

36. Murphy you creepy mother fucker

37. Murphy you amazing mother fucker

38. Uh oh Finn gone crazy

39. Pew pew! Bang bang!

40. A series of misunderstandings between grounders and sky people

41. LINCOLN BEING HOT AF

42. “Who we are, and who we need to be to survive, are very different things”

43. ALIE’s mansion

44. Murphy dancing around and drinking such a babe

45. Fuck jaha

46. “You always did what you had to do to protect your sister, that’s who you are!”

47. BELLAMY’S SHYING AWAY AND SHAKING HIS HEAD BACK TO REALITY WHEN HE TOUCHES CLARKES SHOULDER

48. DAY TRIP

49. Two headed dear

50. GLOWING FOREST THAT ONLY APPEARS IN THE FIRST EPISODE LIKE FUCK I WANT MORE GLOWING FOREST

51. Linctavia being amazing

52. Bellarke flirting

53. They’re so busy fighting and surviving to take two minutes to wash their faces

54. Jasper’s goggles

55. Anya’s badass dead stare

56. “What happened?” “I happened”

57. Raven experiencing earth for the first time

58. Every mention of princess

59. “Maybe you’re forgetting the last time you were saving us, I WAS SAVING YOU!”

60. Richard Harmons acting

61. You get to watch the blooper reels at the end of every season

62. “Maybe life should be about more than just surviving

63. So many beautiful people

64. Lexa’s candle collection

65. Revisiting the dropship seasons later

66. drunk Jasper

67. Those few times clarke ever smiles

68. Lexa twirling her knife

69. The Kane and Indra friendship

70. Bellamy Blake and his guns

71. Bellamy Blake and his GUNS (y'all know what I’m talking about)

72. “What’s wrong with a little chaos?”

73. Every bellarke hug

74. Monty and Jasper eating chocolate cake for the first time

75. Maya showing Jasper paintings

76. Emori shutting up those shitheads in the city of light when they told her she could fix her deformities, and she’s like “I’d fixed something if there was anything wrong with me”

77. ROAN’S EYEROLLS

78. Bellamy Blake adopting every child he sees

79. Lindsey Morgan

80. Candles somehow being lit at romantic times??

90. How does Clarke keep saving the world with her hair down like that??

91. Bellamy’s hair flips

92. Indra is a goddess. The goddess.

93. The delinquents listening to music as they drive around

94. Clarke somehow knowing how to drive the rover despite never being around when it was in use??

95. “If I’m on that list, you’re on that list”

96. Kane’s dad talks

97. Anya biting the fucking chip out of her fucking arm like the biggest badass to ever live

98. “I give myself to the miracle of the sea”

99. Luna is the miracle of the sea

100. “In peace, may you leave this shore. In love, may you find the next. Safe passage on your travels, until our final journey to the ground… May we meet again.”

Strip

(A/N): I honestly love protective steve so much

Request: Can you write a StevexReader story where the reader is at college and has to work as stripper to get the money for it because her parents won’t pay it? And Steve sees her as Tony tracks him there one day to make him lose his virginity. And some guy starts to be rude to her and Steve comes to protect her?

Warnings: none

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   “You gotta get some experience Cap,” Tony mutters as he shakes his head, stuffing his hands in his pocket as they pass by the retro Strip Club, one that had ladies dating back to all sorts of times. You had your classic 80′s rocker, the 90′s grunge, the 70′s disco, the 60′s flower child, and Tony’s personaly favorite the 1940′s showgirl. “It’s completely authentic Cap, it’ll be reminiscent!” 

   “I don’t remember any strip clubs back in my day, “ Steve mutters as he nearly throws open the door, the old piece of wood smacking against the equally old brick. With an angry sigh he stuffed his hands into his pants pocket as he trudged into the club, his gaze raking over all the different girls. It was obviously a break of some sort for they had all congregated in the front room, not in their individual blast from the past showrooms. All the girls, some of them the drapper 30′s girls straight to the early 2000′s ones all sat around, either smoking or drinking, maybe chatting with one another. Every pair of eyes land on the two as they walk in and Steve can practically feel them undressing him on the spot. 

   “Hey girls!” Tony calls out boisterously, waving flirtatiously to some of the strippers. “We could a little problem here,” 

   “We’re on lunch break, sorry,” One of the girls gives him a small smile as she takes a drag from her cigar. If Steve guessed right she looked like she belonged to the 70′s era. 

   “Would uh- this convince you otherwise?” Tony waves a wad of cash in the air, watching as the girls followed his hand hungrily. 

   “Hm…” One of the girls rose from her seat, showcasing her rather voluptuous form. “I’m sure I could work on Mr. Tall and Blonde for ya,” She sways her hips as she walks towards the two, stopping just in front of Steve. “He’s pretty cute if I do say so myself,” 

   “Tony-” Steve begins, casting his friend a side glance when he stopped, his eyes catching onto one of the girls lingering in a corner, sitting by herself but still there. The dark of the room almost shadowed them but Steve would recognize that face anywhere. “(Y/N),” Steve sounds just the tiniest bit confused, his brows furrowed as he gazed into the corner. Tony perks up a bit too, his gaze travelling over the girls until they landed on the shadowy figure in the corner. 

   “Well I’ll be damned,” Tony chuckles, stuffing his money away as he made his way towards (Y/N)’s table. “Looks like we got yourselves quite the showgirl,” Tony clicks his tongue as he takes a seat right next to (Y/N), giving them a sort of twisted smile. “How perfect for our very own Captain America,” 

    “Leave me alone Tony,” (Y/N) mutters, folding her arms over her chest as she huffed just a bit. Even in the poor lighting Steve could see how exhausted (Y/N) looked, not even her copious amount of makeup could cover up just how tired she was. 

   “I’ve got money (Y/N) and if you’re working here you obviously need it-” 

   “Tony,’ Steve warns, his tone light for now. 

   “I just want to know why our precious little (Y/N) is out here, working that pert little ass off for money when she doesn’t need it,” (Y/N) bites her lip, blushing just the tiniest bit. “You’re so conservative at the tower, always covering up, damn- I didn’t even know you looked this good,” Tony licks his lips, allowing his gaze to travel up and down (Y/N)’s exposed body. 

   “Tony, that’s enough,” Steve growls, his patience running thin. “(Y/N) must have a good reason for working here, right?’ Steve looks to her, hoping his gaze was sympathetic. (Y/N) looks at Steve with almost shame filled eyes as she nods her head. 

   “I need the money for college, I can’t pay with a regular job but working here is sufficing,” 

   “You know,” Tony leans forward, getting way too close to (Y/N) to Steve’s liking. “If you gave me my own private little show I’m sure I could pay you those college loans for ya,” Tony’s lips brush against (Y/N)’s ear and the flinch, her face taking up an expression of both horror and distaste. 

   “Tony, stop-” (Y/N) whispers, attempting to push away from the man but he remained steadfast, quickly grabbing onto (Y/N) to keep her in place. That was all Steve needed to rip Tony away from (Y/N) and shove him against the wall, his elbow digging into his throat. 

   “When a woman tells you to stop you better fucking stop, got that?” Steve growls, pushing his elbow against Tony’s neck even more. The man coughs and chokes, clawing at Steve’s arm to let him go. Somewhere behind him the girls are all whispering about Steve and Tony and no doubt (Y/N) as well. “Do you understand Stark?” Tony nods weakly, clutching at Steve’s arm fruitlessly. With an angry grunt Steve let Tony fall to the floor, instead turning to (Y/N) to ask if she was okay. 

   “Are you okay?” Steve asks, his tone much lighter than it had been a few seconds ago. (Y/N) nods meekly, pursing her lips as she does. 

   “Wouldn’t be the first time something like that has happened to me,” (Y/N) smiles sadly and Steve can nearly feel his heart break. 

   “When do you get off work doll?” The nickname slides from his lips easily, almost unconsciously. (Y/N) smiles just a bit, rubbing at her arms in the chill of the club. 

   “A few minutes actually,” 

   “How bout you get dressed and I can take you out to that cafe you like so much?” (Y/N) smiles even more as she nods, her spirits slowly but surely rising. 

   “I’d love that,” (Y/N) brushes past Steve, stopping by his side to give his cheek one little peck, one that had Steve’s cheeks ablaze and his heart hammering. 

   “Thanks Stevie,” (Y/N) whispers, their lips brushing against his cheek with each word. “I think I owe you your own private show sometime,” Steve’s cheeks flush even more, and he swears his heart presses against his chest with how fast it’s beating. 

   “Let me take you on a few dates first,” Steve smiles sheepishly. (Y/N) only smiles, nodding their head as they do. 

   “Cafe is date number one, bookstore is the second one next week, that okay with you?” Steve nods, a little unbelieving chuckle falling from his lips. 

   “That’s perfectly fine with me,” 

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Bebe Buell - considered as one of the most beautiful Groupies in Rock. She had affairs with David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello, Todd Rundgren, Stiv Bators and of course Steven Tyler with whom she has a child with - actress Liv Tyler.
She was a model during her Groupie time, later, in the 80′s she tried herself out as a singer. 

a playlist of 70’s-80’s rock n roll classics that everybody knows and loves. for those times when you just wanna rock the fuck out.

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tracklist : 1. the joker - steve miller band // 2. low rider - war // 3. sweet child o’ mine - guns n roses // 4. stairway to heaven - led zepplin // 5. carry on wayward son - kansas // 6. more than a feeling - boston // 7. should i stay or should i go - the clash // 8. baba o’riley - the who // 9. bohemian rhapsody - queen // 10. go your own way - fleetwood mac // 11. brown eyed girl - van morrison // 12. my generation - the who // 13. american woman - the guess who // 14. sweet home alabama - lynyrd skynyrd // 15. have you ever seen the rain - creedence clearwater revival // 16. born to be wild - steppenwolf // 17. knockin’ on heaven’s door (acoustic) - bob dylan // 18. all along the watchtower - jimi hendrix // 19. love her madly - the doors // 20. crazy train - ozzy osbourne // 21. walk on the wild side - lou reed // 22. american pie - don mclean // 23. walk this way - aerosmith // 24. paint it black - the rolling stones // 25. paradise city - guns n roses // 26. bad moon rising - creedence clearwater revival // 27. pour some sugar on me - def leppard // 28. another one bites the dust - queen // 29. house of the rising sun - the animals // 30. ramblin’ man - allman brothers band // 31. we’re not gonna take it - twisted sister // 32. back in black - ac/dc // 33. money - pink floyd // 34. the chain - fleetwood mac // 35. dream on - aerosmith // 36. listen to the music - the doobie brothers // 37. like a rolling stone - bob dylan // 38. black dog - led zepplin // 39. any way you want it - journey // 40. simple man - lynyrd skynyrd // 41. i won’t back down - tom petty // 42. rock you like a hurricane - the scorpions // 43. rock and roll all nite - kiss // 44. you give love a bad name - bon jovi // 45. la grange - zz top // 46. jump - van halen // 47. highway to hell - ac/dc // 48. you really got me - the kinks // 49. (i can’t get no) satisfaction - the rolling stones // 50. living on a prayer - bon jovi

10 Fun Facts About Barbara Steele by Kimberly Lindbergs

Barbara Steele became a cult film icon thanks to her memorable roles in a number of low-budget horror movies, but her filmography also includes critically acclaimed art films and interesting British dramas. FilmStruck and Criterion Channel subscribers can currently stream four of Steele’s best movies and when viewed together they become a wonderful, rowdy and wild introduction to one of my favorite actresses and her small but impressive body of work.

I suggest kick-starting your viewing party with Basil Dearden’s neo-noir crime drama SAPPHIRE (’56), which includes Barbara Steele in one of earliest and briefest screen appearances playing a young college student whose friend has been brutally murdered. Follow that with Mario Bava’s Gothic horror classic BLACK SUNDAY (‘60) starring Steele in the dual role of Asa Vadja, a 200-year-old Moldavian Princess accused of practicing witchcraft and vampirism, and Katia, her much younger and gentle-hearted ancestor. The third film I recommend is Fellini’s autobiographical 8 ½ (’63) where you can see Steele dancing her way into cinema history and last but not least, finish with Volker Schlöndorff’s anti-fascist creed YOUNG TORLESS (’66). In the final film, Steele portrays a seductive prostitute who propositions students at a boy’s boarding school.

Her transgressive filmography isn’t for the timid or easily shocked, but adventurous audiences will find it especially rewarding. Unfortunately, Steele’s roles were often brief, ephemeral moments that haunt her fans, and you’re left wondering why she wasn’t given more screen time or additional opportunities to showcase her talents. 

To accompany Steele’s films, I thought I’d compile a list of fun facts about the actress to spark your interest and spur your imagination. 

  1. Barbara Steele was born on December 29, 1938 and raised in the British seaport town of Birkenhead near Liverpool. Her parents encouraged her artistic pursuits and she studied dance, piano and acting at a young age but she was especially fond of the visual arts and longed to become a professional painter. A few other well-known Birkenhead residents include the Academy Award-winning actress Glenda Jackson (WOMEN IN LOVE [’69], THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN [’73], HOPSCOTCH [’80]) and Targon Egerton, the 28-year-old star of KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (’15) and KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (’18). 
  2. Her interest in the visual arts and antiques drove Steele to study painting at the Chelsea College of Arts in London and in Paris at the Sorbonne. During this period, she was reportedly befriended and seduced by future film director Donald Cammell (PERFORMANCE [’70], DEMON SEED [’77], WHITE OF THE EYE [’87]). Steele has told interviewers that she “wanted to be Picasso” but fate had other plans for the aspiring artist. 
  3. To make money while she was an art student, Steele sold copper jewelry and antique prints from a pushcart. During weekends, she could be found peddling her wares to passersby on London’s Portobello Road where she supposedly earned a reputation as a “shrewd dealer.” 
  4. Steele was persuaded to become an actress after she was spotted by a director while painting sets for a stage production of Bell, Book and Candle in Glasgow, Scotland. The director was so taken by Steele’s otherworldly beauty that he encouraged her to audition for the role of Gillian the witch after the star of the play fell ill. The character of Gillian was made famous by Kim Novak who appeared in the film adaptation, but Steele would eventually become a star in her own right after playing another witch; the black-hearted Asa Vajda in Mario Bava’s Gothic horror classic BLACK SUNDAY.
  5. After a brief career on stage and some modeling jobs, Barbara Steele was discovered by talent agents from Rank Organisation. They signed her on the spot but the British studio didn’t seem to know what to do with the budding actress so they sold her contract to 20th Century Fox. In Hollywood, Steele was put through a torturous star-making routine that involved dying her dark locks blond and pinning her ears. When it was over she was cast alongside Elvis Presley in FLAMING STAR (’60) but after some heated disagreements with costumers and director Don Siegel, Steele reportedly stormed off the set. Soon afterward the historic 1960 Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild of America strikes shut Hollywood down and during the interim Steele decided to return to Europe.
  6. According to Steele, Mario Bava first spotted the actress in a photoshoot she did for a 1958 issue of Life and was struck by her saturnine beauty. Later, while pursuing a stack of acting resumes from the William Morris Agency, he decided to cast the saucer-eyed ingénue in BLACK SUNDAY, a role that made her a horror icon and earned her the nickname “Queen of all Screams.” .
  7. Two of Barbara Steele’s most famous paramours were actors Anthony Quinn and Peter O’Toole. Steele’s affair with Quinn is rumored to have lasted for years and occurred while he was married to Katherine DeMille, the daughter of Cecil B. DeMille. Steele’s romantic fling with O’Toole was short-lived but passionate and roused the attention of the paparazzi who relentlessly pursued the couple in Italy. The situation reached a fever pitch in 1964 leading to a violent altercation between O’Toole and a photographer who had momentarily blinded Steele with his camera’s flash. Steele and O’Toole were both subsequently arrested and questioned for hours by the Italian police but they were eventually let go. Afterward, the authorities attempted to press assault charges against O’Toole but he managed to avoid arrest with the assistance of his stunt double. 
  8. During the span of her career Steele collaborated with many talented directors besides Mario Bava such as Basil Dearden, Roger Corman, Riccardo Freda, Antonio Margheriti, Michael Reeves, Volker Schlöndorff, Louis Malle, Jonathan Demme and David Cronenberg. Despite the impressive scope of her filmography, Steele regularly singles out her work with Federico Fellini in 8 ½ and talks about the Italian filmmaker in glowing terms. In a forward she wrote for the book Fellini: The Sixties, Steele described what it was like to work with the acclaimed director explaining that: “Everyone who worked with him felt they shared a private secret with him — that he and he alone could mirror their souls like a great, slightly ironic Buddha.” 
  9. Steele’s only marriage has been to the screenwriter James Poe. The couple were together for nearly ten years between 1969-1978 and they had one child. Poe died in 1980 and today he’s best remembered as the man who wrote or co-wrote a number of Academy Award-nominated screenplays including AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (’56), CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (’58), LILIES OF THE FIELD (’63) and THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? (’70). 
  10. The actress has often been a reluctant interviewee and is known to frequently tell tall tales, forget facts and spin entertaining yarns. She most likely does so in order to keep herself occupied while having to answer the same questions over and over again from dull-headed reporters or worshipful fans like yours truly. With that mind, any or all of these “fun facts” could be white lies so enjoy them but don’t assume they’re written in stone. Barbara Steele is an enchanter who weaves her own unique kind of magic and she has certainly cast a spell on this writer.

feminist af, a playlist of songs by women. [apple music/spotify]

1. feeling myself by nicki minaj ft. beyonce 2. grown by little mix 3. bo$$ by fifth harmony 4. run the world (girls) by beyonce 5. bitch better have my money by rihanna 6. all hands on deck by tinashe 7. salute by little mix 8. gun by chvrches 9. love myself by hailee steinfeld 10. trini dem girls by nicki minaj 11. i’m legit by nicki minaj 12. million dollar bills by lorde 12. worth it by fifth harmony 13. wings by little mix 14. how to be a heartbreaker by marina and the diamonds 15. confident by demi lovato 16. miss movin’ on by fifth harmony 17. going nowhere by fifth harmony 18. move by little mix 19. va va voom by nicki minaj 20. bad girls by m.i.a 21. focus by ariana grande 22. body of my own by charli xcx 23. hair by little mix 24. obsessed by mariah carey 25. the wire by haim 26. a.d.i.d.a.s. by little mix 27. pour it up by rihanna 28. do my thang by miley cyrus 29. shower by becky g 30. same old love by selena gomez 31. london bridge by fergie 32. on my mind by ellie goulding 33. pound the alarm by nicki minaj 34. this is how we roll by fifth harmony 35. black magic by little mix 36. glamorous by fergie 37. hands to myself by selena gomez 38. applause by lady gaga 39. primadonna by marina and the diamonds 40. break free by ariana grande 41. bang, bang by jessie j, ariana grande & nicki minaj 42. s&m by rihanna 43. can’t stop dancin’ by becky g 44. don’t need nobody by ellie goulding 45. them girls be like by fifth harmony 46. do what u want by lady gaga 47. survivor by destiny’s child 48. partition by beyonce 49. no scrubs by tlc 50. birthday cake by rihanna 51. get ur freak on by missy elliot 52. wannabe by spice girls 53. the party’s just begun by the cheetah girls 54. we know by fifth harmony 55. a different beat by little mix 56. jumpin, jumpin by destiny’s child 57. independent women by destiny’s child 58. fuego by the cheetah girls 59. amigas cheetahs by the cheetah girls 60. suga mama by fifth harmony 61. did it on em by nicki minaj 62. bootylicious by destiny’s child 63. omg by little mix 64. 7/11 by beyonce 65. top down by fifth harmony 66. pretty girls by britney spears ft. iggy azalea 67. gimme more by britney spears 68. me & the rhythm by selena gomez 69. so what by pink 70. fight song by rachel platten 71. royals by lorde 72. the weekend by eden xo 73. work bitch by britney spears 74. the heart wants what it wants by selena gomez 75. fwu by kehlani 76. cockiness (i love it) by rihanna 77. lush life by zara larsson 78. sober by selena gomez 79. hard by rihanna 80. good for you by selena gomez 81. don’t wanna dance alone by fifth harmony 82. boy by little mix 83. rockstar 101 by rihanna 84. ain’t got time by m.o 85. bulletproof by la roux 86. fuck you by lily allen 87. countdown by beyonce 88. do it like a dude by jessie j 89. 2 on by tinashe 90. problem by ariana grande ft. iggy azalea 91. maneater by nelly furtado 92. doing it by charli xcx ft. rita ora 93. potential breakup song by aly & aj 94. wtf (where they from) by missy elliot 95. chandelier by sia 96. the night is still young by nicki minaj 97. reflection by fifth harmony 98. pity party by melanie martinez 99. ***flawless by beyonce 100. psycho by rozzi crane 101. lightning strikes by r5 102. how ya doin? by little mix 103. work by rihanna 104. rise by selena gomez 105. competition by little mix 106. desperado by rihanna 107. revival by selena gomez

Lucy Weasley Headcannons

•Lucy’s middle name is Audrey so her initials are LAW because Percy and Audrey are such dorks like that

•Well Lucy’s handwriting is SO DAMN NEAT because unlike molly, Percy taught Lucy to write, which meant neatness was top priority. That letter always comes out a bit odd? Again and again and again and again until it looked perfect

•Even though Audrey’s hair is dark brown (in my mind) Lucy’s is a light, almost fair brown, setting her apart at family gatherings because she’s one of the few non-gingers

•Lucy has Percy’s eyes. Molly has grey eyes like Audrey, but Lucy has soft blue eyes like Percy. They’re incredibly pretty but on a slight downside, means she has to wear glasses like Percy.

•She loves alternative 70s and 80s stuff which meant that when she was told she needed glasses, she was really happy because it gave her an excuse to wear gold, wire glasses.

•She could have ended up like Percy because she was always the odd one out. She was a Ravenclaw, the only one in the family, and she didn’t particularly look like the others. Percy was the odd child out. Bill and Charlie had each other, the twins were always together and Ron and Ginny were the youngest so they got pushed out and teased at times, but always together. Percy? Percy was always alone. Lucy could have been similar to that, but she was more patient and tolerant, meaning she didn’t.

• She looks oddly like Penelope. Not enough for people to go “wow that’s really weird” when they see her, but enough that it’s eerie. Lucy’s hair is darker, and her face is thinner but a resemblance is definitely there. It’s enough that when Percy is rushing about he’ll start to call her Penny before correcting himself

•Lucy is Percy’s favourite child: Molly was always much more boisterous, whereas Lucy was more like him. Molly doesn’t mind however, because she is much closer to their mother than Lucy.

•Lucy’s favourite cousin is either Hugo or Louis because, like her, they are quieter than most their cousins. If she had to choose, Lucy would likely choose Louis because Hugo still has that brash Gryffindor nature which can be infuriating on occasion.

•Her favourite lesson is Transfiguration, because she lovely the precision and delicacy needed for it. Despite this her best subject is potions.

•Her least favourite lesson is History of Magic, because even she can’t cope with Binns. It is, however, improved by the red headed ghost that occasionally appears in behind him, the one she swears looks like Uncle George

•Her worst lesson is Astronomy because she doesn’t see the point in listening to a teacher who doesn’t know any discoveries dating past the mid 1700’s

@mollywealsey

Seeing artists like @smnius getting shit for drawing Damien pre- and mid-transition is so… Disheartening? Like, I get it, we’ve got this narrative that we’re supposed to come out of the womb knowing our gender, and in the year of our lord 2017, all the cool kids on Tumblr.com are coming out earlier and earlier. Which is a beautiful thing!

but that narrative was literally all anyone on trans documentaries of dubious qualities (which were all I had back in the day) would repeat. If you didn’t know by the time you were 3, you weren’t trans.

As someone who didn’t come out until I was 23, and at 24 still has not done any medical transitioning and does not pass, seeing art of a character I love, a character who DOES pass incredibly well, going through the same things I am, is SO comforting.

Like, judging by his sons age, Damien was probably born in the late 70s-early 80s. With as much misinformation as I got growing up as an early 90s kid, I cant imagine how long it probably took him to figure stuff out.

So like, to any and all artists out there, you’re not misgendering him by acknowledging that, at some point in his life, he probably self-identified as female, or presented in a more feminine way. That’s like saying you can’t draw a character as a child because they’re an adult now. Its just a different phase of his life, and the fact that it was a phase that he went through doesn’t make him any less of a man.