life of a classics student


Disney Legend Andreas Deja on 1930s Disney Animator Ken Hultgren

“[Ken Hultgren] worked on Bambi. He published the book, The Art of Animal Drawing. This book, to me, was a key to understanding animals. I wouldn’t say that he is the best animal draftsman ever, and from what I understand, he wasn’t even the best animator ever. But he was a fantastic teacher. This book was really helpful to me to understand what you’re looking at when you look at animals. He has this fantastic way of explaining the torso of a four-legged animal. He divides it up into three parts. And once you understand this, you know a bit more of what you’re looking at and it’s not so scary and hard to get started.” - Andreas Deja (x)

Click here to purchase The Art of Animal Drawing for $4 on Amazon

that whole anti “music is my life” post is the biggest sack of shit i’ve ever read in my entire life because it a) presumes a universal definition of what music even is, b) caters to one very specific group of practitioners, c) speaks volumes about the generalized insecurities that ran rampant in this community

yeah, you’re a performer who’s struggled to better their craft. me too! i’ve cried in front of scores of people, i’ve had panic attacks, anxiety attacks, depression, blah blah all because of what i do. music is my life. 

but guess what?! music can also be somebody else’s life! i have a student whose entire world revolves around classical music. he listens to it to better himself, he listens to it for entertainment, he listens to it to channel his angst. he’s not a “performer” but music is also his life. who are you to deny him that?

i’m so tired of the pretentiousness of this community some days. music is your life, fine, but don’t exclude others because you feel the need to differentiate yourself from the herd or make yourself feel special

there’s no shame in taking pride in your work–but stop it with this elitist high minded bull

First social event of the academic quarter:

1. One professor drank at least three bottles of wine
2. One professor drank a bottle of wine then punched me three times in the harm exactly where I got my flu shot
3. A student took out cigarettes and two professors squealed, lunged for them, and went outside and smoked the rest of the pack
4. I got called an “international classics scholar” lol
5. One professor complained vehemently because there wasn’t enough lemon in the artichokes (it was a potluck so the professor who made the artichokes was offended)
6. Was okayed by department chair to haze the first year cohort
7. Walked in on a group of Ph.d. students reading a book about the Victorian fern mania
8. A screaming match ensued because our departmental Republican started spouting some anti-Middle Eastern bullshit
9. Got really rowdy (pretty much a shouting match) while discussing the use of the perfect tense in primary sequence indirect speech in Latin
10. Finally got kicked out of professor’s house
11. Saw an undergraduate girl projectile vomiting on the sidewalk while watching from the pub where we after-partied

Don’t ever let anyone tell you grad school isn’t fun.


Classic Alice is a new web-series about a college student that decides to live her life according to classic literature, for better or worse. Her first book? Crime and Punishment. Well, I think we can all agree that allowing Raskolnikov to make your life decisions might not be the best of ideas! But it makes for a great show, and you can watch the first 6 episodes here:

Now, here is where Alice NEEDS YOUR HELP: In order to keep this amazing series going, the creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign! Every dollar helps so, if you can contribute with just U$1, DO IT. If you can spare U$5, U$10, U$25, that’s great. But if everyone subscribed to this page donates just one dollar to this amazing project, they’ll be able to go beyond their goal by thousands.

So every dollar makes a difference, help out:

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queen—i-z-z-y tumblr messed up and ate your message instead of saving it, but here are some blogs that post feminism and/or classics (note that a lot of these blogs post other things as well as classics/feminism so some might not be to your tastes)

Blogs that post feminism and classics:

Mostly classics:

Mostly feminism (and other social issues):

Other lovely blogs:

I know I’ve missed lots of people so feel free to add your url if you post feminism and/or classics