intimate modern

do you ever feel so sick to your stomach because you just need someone to hold you so bad like you just need to be in the arms of someone who cares about you feeling their body pressed against yours feeling the weight of their breaths against your body just to know youre safe in their arms and everythings okay even if just for a little while

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty | MoMA

Last chance! Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty closes tomorrow! The New York Times calls it a “thrillingly intimate” look at “the modern Degas you haven’t seen." 

[Edgar Degas. Forest in the Mountains (Forêt dans la montagne), c. 1890. Monotype in oil on paper. Plate: 11 13/16 x 15 3/4″ (30 x 40 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest]

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a tale of two fics

So @wheel-of-fish and I strangely mirror our writing habits. We finished our last fanfics at about the same time, and then dabbled in short fics for a while before starting to develop our new chapter fics.

And now, coincidentally, and with no intentional plotting of our own, we are ready to post our first chapters tomorrow. At the same time.

I’m really not at all sure how this happened. But it did.

Here is a little peek into our new fics:

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The Ivory Tower by Wheel of Fish

There are things more dangerous than accepting lessons from a dark stranger in a bell tower, things that can destroy a man’s face and his life - and Christine Daaé is soon to become intimately acquainted with them. Modern AU.

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Beneath the Shadows by Melancholy’s Child

In the 1880s, Christine and her father move to Paris for a fresh beginning. But when the truth of her new circumstances starts to unravel, only one man can help her. E/C.

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I hope they don’t suck!

Artist of the Day

Anselm Reyle

Untitled,
2007
Acrylic, PVC foil & mirrored plaxiglas/canvas, in artist’s frame
100 ¾ × 80 ¾ in

The work of Anselm Reyle is intimately linked to Modernism, borrowing, critiquing, and reinventing its conventions all at once. Reyle’s abstract sculptures and paintings are made with fluorescent colors, found objects, and shiny common materials including foil, glitter, and mirrors. Inspired by early abstract painter Otto Freundlich and using techniques innovated by Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman, Reyle self-consciously revives aspects such as Hard-Edged stripes and the gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism. In 2011, Reyle made his affinity for popular culture explicit, designing accessories for fashion house Dior.
courtesy of artsy.net

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty | MoMA

It’s the final day to see Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty. The New York Times calls it a “thrillingly intimate” look at “the modern Degas you haven’t seen.” If you visited the exhibition, we hope it made you consider Degas in a new light! 

[Installation view of Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (March 26-July 24, 2016). Photo by Martin Seck. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

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Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading (1876). Mary Stevenson Cassatt (American, 1844-1926). Oil on panel. MFA Boston.

Cassatt settled in Paris in 1875 and became the only American invited to exhibit with the Impressionist group. Like her friend Edgar Degas, she was a figure painter, attracted to intimate views of modern life. Cassatt focused on depicting the domestic and social lives of upper-class women, showing them drinking tea, attending the opera, crocheting, or reading.

“The Abominable Bride” meta - Part 2

Alternative title 1: Why Moftiss were honest when they said it is an one-off but it still proceeds some things

Alternative title 2: Why I still leave a small room in the hopes Moriarty isn’t literally dead yet.

Alternative title 3: Why perhaps there aren’t as many layers - levels as you think!


(this will make less sense if you haven’t read part 1) However, in short, the first part was about half of the things that happen in the first Victorian part (Level 1 for ease) of the episode, which, I believe, are the actual things that have happened in the modern series in a victorian mix.

So, I stopped at the scene where Mycroft teases Watson for his issues with  “large bodies of people”. Let’s move on:

LEVEL 1: 

  • Mycroft wants Sherlock to take a case he has already solved - this is what constantly happens in the modern series.
  • Mycroft says he needs Sherlock only for the legwork - the Great Game. 
  • The orange pips - the Great Game.
  • Mrs Carmichael’s answer to Holmes’ question:

Sherlock Holmes: Did you keep the envelope?

Mrs Carmichael: My husband destroyed it, but it was blank.

Camera switches to John Watson.

So…this might not be important, but what if… MWAHAHAHAHA

After all, the “R” in the USB John threw into the fire was different from the one Mary gave him. After all, WHY SHOULD SIR EUSTACE DESTROY A PERFECTLY BLANK ENVELOPE? WHY SHOULD THEY DO A DIALOGUE ABOUT IT SINCE IT IS COMPLETELY UNIMPORTANT? WHY TELL US THAT?

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Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty | MoMA

Last chance! Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty closes July 24! The New York Times calls it a “thrillingly intimate” look at “the modern Degas you haven’t seen.”

[Installation view of Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (March 26-July 24, 2016). Photo by Martin Seck. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

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Witchsonas are like making an author insert for Harry Potter, but utilizing the wide variety of subjects that a modern witch could specialize in. It is a way of reinventing the perception of a witch by both embracing the stereotype and subverting it. This is a broadening of how witches are perceived: incorporating personal elements and cultural identities to a practice that is both at the same time ancient and modern, both intimate and cultural.

Witchcraft in and of itself is not a closed practice. Anyone whose personal beliefs allow for it is capable of practicing it. And a person may take it seriously all the time or they can be silly and take it all with heaping helpings of humor. Regardless of their approach, they are still allowed to call themselves witches.

If you have a moral objection to the harmless fantasy of personifying your witchcraft through a fictional character, then I suggest that you do not do it. But many see it as a liberating exercise and I cannot stress how monumentally important that is for a large number of people both within and without the witchcraft community.

SHAKESPEARE IS NOT ACTUALLY MORE COMPLICATED THAN MODERN LANGUAGE

IT IS JUST REALLY OLD DIALECT THAT IS NOT PROPERLY TRANSLATED TO THE YOUNG AUDIENCES TO WHOM IT IS OFTEN TAUGHT

SHAKESPEARE IS JUST AS COLLOQUIAL, DIRTY, SILLY, RAUCOUS, AND INTIMATE AS MODERN SPEECH, EVEN WHEN HE’S BEING POETICAL

DO NOT LET YOUR STODGY ELITIST PROBABLY-OXFORDIAN PROFESSORS CONVINCE YOU OTHERWISE

Radio. East Berlin, 10-16-15.

This photo in many ways sums up the Berlin portion of my trip. I was constantly, dizzily mesmerized by the mix of old and new, living together harmoniously, each enhancing the other’s beauty. This was especially, strikingly true for the architecture. 

That cohabitation of old and new also best describes the place where I stayed and the young man, Sebastian, who was my host; he is casually modern, yet intimately aware of his city’s past. One morning we were sitting around his kitchen table talking and getting ready to each head our own way. His friend came in to pick him up and we kept talking, the conversation turning to their memories of the days during and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Both young men are East Berliners. Both are the same age. Sebastian shared his vivid memories of the confusion, the chaos that ensued, a different take from the glorified tales that erase the humanity from such historic events. 

Just FYI, I rented the place where I stayed via Air BnB. It was Sebastian’s living room, with a nifty balcony and a shared bathroom and kitchen. His place is in an old, post WW II proletariat apartment building, facing newer buildings. The bathroom was recently renovated and in it, fitting in perfectly with Sebastian’s eclectic decor, there was this Radio. There was this Radio and the sumptuous, grey, defused light. How could I resist.