friscalating asked:

top 5 literary otps. obviously.


1. Frederic and Catherine from A Farewell to Arms. Their relationship is so hopeless because it is literally the one thing of value they have in the world and everything else is bleak and awful, but they were so much in love that it causes an actual ache in my chest. SUCH PAIN. SUCH AGONY.

2. Nick and Jordan from The Great Gatsby. I just really like their relationship because it’s so modern and REAL. On the one hand you have Daisy and Gatsby and dreams and ideals and unattainable perfection! That voice was a deathless song! Five years next November! Then you look at Nick and Jordan and they’re being snarky and making out in Central Park and laughing at their own jokes while Tom looks confused. (“Do you mean you’ve been to a medium?”) And they don’t really like each other, but they just might love each other - in the most coolly realistic way possible. From the way Nick talks about Jordan sometimes, you do get the sense that he loves her (see: the scene where she drifts off on his shoulder coming back from the Plaza + their final confrontation), but it’s light-years away from the kind of love Gatsby has for Daisy. I just adore that contrast.

3. Pip and Estella from Great Expectations. I don’t care if the original ending was better! (It was.) YOU WILL HAVE TO PRY THE PUBLISHED ENDING FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS. They get married. I know it in my soul!

4. Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing. When people say that their Shakespearean otp is Romeo and Juliet, I just assume they haven’t read much Shakespeare. How can anyone possibly prefer a couple of overly-emotional teenagers over Beatrice and Benedick? The wit! The banter! The admissions of love! I get so happy when I think about the fact that MAAN exists and that B & B’s love has survived through the centuries.

5. Gabriel and Bathsheba from Far From the Madding Crowd. I don’t think I’ve ever been more satisfied with a fictional marriage than I am with this one. Poor Bathsheba has been through hell by the end of the book, and the fact that she ultimately finds true love with Gabriel, the man who has adored her since the beginning, gives me such joy. (For what it’s worth, Gabriel Oak is my ultimate literary crush…the one man I wish I could take from the pages of fiction and conjure up in reality!) The quote about how their love is the only love that is stronger than death is one of my favorite passages in literature, and I love how Hardy quotes Keats on their wedding day: “As though a rose should shut and be a bud again.” They’re happy! They’re in love, and it’s a quiet, gentle love (which is probably the only acceptable type of love in Bathsheba’s eyes now), but even more importantly, they’re FRIENDS. My heart is goo, Thomas Hardy! Why couldn’t you have done as much for Tess?

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you know what i’m not going to respond to this anymore because i know i’m going to say something i’ll regret in the morning 

but uhm


friscalating asked:

36, 45 and 56 :)

Three dreams I want to fulfill: First and foremost, I’d like to restore the family honor and move back to Manhattan. The worst mistake we ever made was leaving New York City for the cesspool that is the south. Aside from that, I’d like to write a book one day. My ultimate dream is to do a nice fat glossy coffee table book on Carole Lombard, but that ambition’s a bit too grand as of right now. I need to start smaller! I do toy with the idea of writing something about Jessica Mitford sometimes. I would love to go through her archives at Ohio State and dig around…maybe tell her story through photographs or something. As for my third dream…hmm. You know, I’ve always wanted to spend Christmas in Vienna. Let’s shoot for that!

How I found out about my idol: Gather round, kids. It’s time for the annual holiday tale of how I first encountered Scott Fitzgerald and thus ruined all hope for my continued sanity! In my younger and more vulnerable years, like countless high school students before me, I was assigned to read The Great Gatsby. THE WHOLE POINT OF MY LEARNING TO READ AS A CHILD WAS SOLELY FOR THIS PURPOSE. I read that book cover to cover. And then I read it again. And again. And I was never a functioning, well-adjusted person again.

Favorite food: Pasta. My food tag on here is such a joke, because it makes it seem like I just eat fancy twee desserts, when in reality I eat nothing but pasta. I have the diet of a small child, tbh. I have YooHoo at lunch every day (IT’S GOOD OKAY), and the other night I had chicken nuggets for dinner. That may or may not have been shaped like dinosaurs.

friscalating asked:

i follow you because your tumblr is beautiful and brilliant and knows all the songs my heart sings. :') i both greatly appreciate and am greatly amused by your emotional attachment to literature and literary characters. also, every time i wind up here, i end up going through quite a lot of pages and subsequently, wind up on a reblogging spree. in short, you and your tumblr are flawless.

This message makes me so happy! Sometimes I worry that my literature appreciation posts are getting out of hand and that everyone must be sick of them by now, so it’s good to know that there’s someone out there who understands why I get so emotionally attached to classic novels and the characters in them. And if I’m being completely honest, my religious views on Facebook are listed as “I believe in Nick Carraway,“ so I suppose I’m too far gone in my obsession to quit now!

And you are the flawless one! WHY WASN’T I FOLLOWING YOU SOONER? Think of all the time we lost when we could have been discussing our mutual hatred for Angel Clare!

friscalating asked:

bc you have such flawless taste - top five things on your wishlist rn.

1. Nonoo red lace dress. This is going to be my festive Christmas dress this year. I LIVE FOR CHRISTMASTIME.

2. Red Valentino bow-shoulder dress You’re killing me with that pre-order date, Bergdorf’s.

3. Red Valentino Sweet Pea full-skirt dress I’ll probably be waiting for this one to go on sale…I don’t know if I like it enough to justify spending $1,000 on it right now!

4. Jennifer Behr Swarovski crystal hair slides (To be worn with the red lace dress.)

5. BOOKS! Such as: The Many Lives of Miss K: Toto Koopman - Model, Muse, Spy, Lee Miller in Fashion, The Kennedy Years: A Memoir, Debutantes: When Glamour Was Born, and Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years.  Shut up, this totally counts as one item.

friscalating asked:

top 6 novels? :)


The Great Gatsby, along with everything else Fitzgerald ever wrote. I love them all like my children, but to quote Scott himself, “Gatsby sticks in my heart.“

Madame Bovary, which is still the most flawlessly executed novel I’ve ever read. I’ve read it four times, and it just gets better each time.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles. You know, for when you just want a fun, light-hearted romp! 

Le Grand Meaulnes. It’s one of the rare books where I can’t even begin to describe my feelings for it. I love it so incredibly much.

The Pursuit of Love. Linda Radlett is wondair.

friscalating asked:

thank you so much for the follow. i'm going through your posts now and i'm way the hell pages back and i think i love everything you love. :D and, yes, goddamn it, angel clare was a hypocritical, self-righteous asshole. at least there was no pretense to alec as a villain; his horribleness was external.

but, yes, i'm loving everything you post.

/sorry if i'm being a creep.

Ahh, thank you! This message made my day! And words cannot express my hatred for Angel. I loathe Alec, but like you said, at least he wasn’t walking around pretending to be this great, upstanding guy. If Angel hadn’t acted like such a sanctimonious ass in the first place and RUN OFF TO BRAZIL LIKE A LITTLE BITCH, then Tess would never have gone back to Alec, and maybe then the book wouldn’t have ended in such a way where I feel like my soul has literally been sucked out of my body. I’m sorry, I just have a lot of rage when it comes to Angel Clare. I know some people like to think of him as having this grand romance with Tess, and I’m just like, “You do realize that he probably did more to aid her downfall than the man who actually raped her, right?“ I don’t even care that he ‘redeemed’ himself in the end. Okay, I’m rambling now, but I love it when I meet people I can discuss literature with!

And don’t worry, you’re not being a creep! I love your Tumblr. How could I not follow someone who likes waffles, Gregory Peck, and has a Band of Outsiders gif in their sidebar?!