magical realism with angels

Laura Marling // Semper Femina

There is a line from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid that nearly a decade ago Laura Marling decided to have tattooed on her leg: “Varium et mutabile semper femina” it runs, translating roughly as “A woman is an ever fickle and changeable thing.” Realizing that the line was a little long for the limb, at the very last moment she opted instead for an abbreviation: “Semper femina” she chose: “Always a woman.” It makes a fitting and fascinating title for Marling’s sixth album — an intimate, devoted exploration of femininity and female relationships, and among her finest work to date. Written largely on the tour that followed 2015’s Short Movie and recorded in Los Angeles with production from Blake Mills, it is at once a distinctive and musically compelling collection of songs, run through with Marling’s fierce intelligence; a keen, beautiful and unparalleled take on womanhood.

“I started out writing it as if a man was writing about a woman,” Marling says. “And then I thought it’s not a man, it’s me — I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them and by proxy towards myself.”

The songs grew out of what Marling regards as “a masculine time” in her life. “A certain time when I’d sort of gone on this trip of abandoning any sexuality,” she says. “Now in retrospect I was hopped up on the times, but I was living in LA, and LA does have an amazing knack for removing sexuality. I found it quite scary; I was scared of what I perceived to be the disappearance of my feminine side. But it gave me an ability to look at women in a different way and consider how I’d been looked at.”

In retrospect there was a precursor to this strange period of her life — Short Movie had been concerned with the breaking down of the ego, “And then I guess piecing back together an ego you get to see it in all its parts,” she says. “And tied in with this was the magical realism of living in LA.” Having spent several years in Los Angeles, Marling now splits her time between the UK and California. “And LA makes me feel very different to England,” she says. “Now my love affair with LA is at a point where I don’t really leave my house and all my friends are English. It’s a great place to be, but it’s not an enticing fantastical adventure anymore, and I think the election has brought that home.”

Marling’s exploration of femininity is as broad as it is tender. On tracks such as Wild Once she was interested in the archetype of the wild woman and her unrestrained physicality. “In the more masculine phase of my life I got really into hiking and bouldering, scrambling up trees or whatever,” she explains. “And I just hadn’t exercised that part of myself for such a long time, and it was felt fantastic. It touched something that was really sweet and innocent. At a time when I couldn’t really find that center, I was touching on it running through a forest by Big Sur with no shoes on.”

Elsewhere she’s looking at “What’s been forbidden to me in female relationships in all forms, and at female empathy between each other, and friendships that have been really intense.” On The Valley, for instance, a track she calls “a bit of an English nostalgia trip” she writes about “broken female friendships, and how that feels to be betrayed or betray a friend or a woman in any way.”

The nature of female friendship has been a long-standing interest for Marling. “And again it’s blurred as you open up the boundaries more,” she says. “But the falling in love that you experience with friendship is so less defined than romantic or sexual love. I’ve been obsessed with that always I think,” she says. “Because I have sisters maybe, and a mother. And I think because of that there’s a high standard of trust and care that I place on myself and that I feel in my female friends as well — we have quite a high empathetic standard for each other. So I feel when that’s broken it’s so powerful. And I’m guilty of that in many respects because I’m so absent-minded. Until now I just hadn’t really thought about that being a subject matter for a song, but when I tapped into the sadness of that, or the regret, or the feeling of being on the other side of that, I found that quite a fruitful well of stuff. So there’s a lot of that on this record, that trying to make amends for those sort of broken channels.”

She also became fascinated by the life of the psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salome. “I came across her by accident through a love letter that [Rainer Maria] Rilke wrote,” Marling says. “I was obsessed with Rilke, and he wrote about her being the only tangible thing that he’d ever encountered in his life — the famous quote is ‘You alone are real to me’.” Marling read about Andreas-Salome extensively — from her upbringing in Russia, through her intellectual and romantic relationships with figures such as Paul Ree, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud, her unconsummated marriage to Friedrich Carl Andreas, and her passionate affair with Rilke which led to his Duino elegies.

Rather than her relationships with famous male figures it was Andreas-Salome’s own psychoanalytic research that Marling found particularly interesting: “Just before Freud died she wrote him a letter saying ‘I’ve been doing some research into the feminine psyche and I think you’ve got it completely wrong. Penis envy is an invention of man because women’s sexuality by its nature is internal and self-perpetuating, so there’s no lack of this or need of that. It’s this internal, inherently creative thing without men.’ And Freud wrote to her and said this is amazing and this is true, but he died two months later so it never got published. And that blew my mind. Imagine! It would’ve changed the entire psyche of the western world.”

These thoughts were shaped further by Marling’s ongoing podcast project Reversal of the Muse which saw her interviewing women from across the music industry — from famed singers such as Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris to female sound engineers, and guitar shop owners, discussing the nature and shape of female creativity. “I would say that feminine creativity, the feminine part of the brain is in both sexes, but is inherently different to the masculine,” she says, “I had a lot of chats with Blake about how we started playing guitar,” she says, “and he said ‘I started playing because I wanted to impress girls- though I suspect that was a flippant remark rather than the whole truth. But it worked as an example as that was obviously so different to why I started playing guitar — that was never in my brain to impress boys; “and for me, playing guitar has always been tied up with my identity, it’s always been involved in myself, rather than enticing people in.”

Having produced Short Movie herself, Marling decided to enlist Mills as producer for Semper Femina. “I really enjoyed producing but it’s just not my calling,” she says. “I’d love to do it for someone else, but for myself it was too difficult to play both roles. Making the podcasts I discovered I play off the vulnerability of being a solo human being, playing a very vulnerable song in front of a microphone with six people in a control room. It’s a weird dynamic, but it has always worked for me. A lot of songwriters I know can’t bear to be overheard when they’re songwriting, but I quite like it — I write in venues or dressing rooms when there are eight people in the room. There’s something thrilling and weirdly voyeuristic about it. But I like the idea that it will be heard, and if I’m producing it feels like it might only be heard by me.”

Looking for a producer, and already a fan of his music, she was told that Mills had written a list of people he wanted to work with and that her name was on it. This is not to say recording was always straightforward, and working with a new, male producer brought familiar challenges for Marling. “I think Blake was very sweetly not sure what to do with an English girl,” she says. “It took a week or two to shake off the very set image of what I was in his mind — a very romping through the countryside delicate character from Emma. And I’ve had that so many times. And in some ways I’m think you can keep that image of me, but in other ways I have to break it in order to get work done, because it’s a really heavy block between you and what you want to get done. And also because I’d just come from producing a record myself I had to get rid of that idea of delicacy.”

More than anything on Semper Femina Marling addresses the space between the perceptions and realities of being a woman, the space in which women are not frail but powerful, creative and abundant figures. “When I was a teenager in my head you were either this delicate tragedy or you were a muse,” she says. “And they’re both such horrifyingly subjugated roles. But our culture loves female tragedy. That’s just been so ingrained over and over again, and there haven’t been enough examples of a written alternative. My main focus is re-writing the idea of tragic woman.”

If Marling sounds galvanized it’s because this album marks a shift in her career. “The time and the political climate that we live in, we’re coming to a point where there’s no need for this sort of artistic expression that I’ve been a part of,” she says. “Innocent creativity had a little flourish in the last ten years. But also I’m getting older and now I think ‘What use is that?’ It’s not rooted, not pointed, not political. For me right now I feel like it’s more important that I have a practical use.”

anonymous asked:

well, what are your top five media that portray the jesus story correctly then? (sorry, i just really respect your opinion! :P)

…you guys are really not getting how impossibly high my standards are for this.

#none     #the answer is none     #there are too many moving parts you need a jesus who is human and warm but also impossible; untouchable; divine     #you need disciples who are /people/ not naive sheep or ignoramus interlocuters–give them histories and families and reasons and personaliti     #have a real sense of camraderie among the disciples; an atmosphere of excitement and radicalism that comes from following a prophet     #don’t have jesus in love with mary magdalene     #don’t have jesus in love with judas     #don’t have any one disciple be privileged over the others     #historical accuracy is a must     #female disciples are a must     #be respectful of the story but don’t buy into its propaganda     #(it doesn’t have to be The Greatest Story Ever Told but if you’re trying to make it about Shocking The Christins!!! like     #I don’t even care at that point)     #I’m not particularly picky about which gospel(s) it’s based off of     #I have favorite stories of course but     #that’s not as important as nailing all the characters and the dynamic and what jesus is like     #I’d prefer a kind of…magical realism to it?     #like     #have angels and satan and demons and stuff wandering around as just…the imaginal landscape of this world     #did I mention historical accuracy? because historical accuracy     #these jewish communities and their interactions with the romans and other ethnic/religious groups of the period     #don’t make anyone a bad guy     #no one is a bad guy in jesus’ story it’s literally just a lot of people making bad decisions because they’re angry or afraid or weak     #no one’s evil     #not the jewish priests not pilate not judas     #I want a lot of jesus talking to people–having to be pulled away by the disciples who are like “we promised we’d be at so-and-so’s house f     #for dinner stop healing lepers we have to go”     #I want jesus to laugh a lot     #I want jesus to look at the people who follow him like they’re his reason for breathing     #no story is ever going to make me happy /never/    

Fic Recs of 2016: Stucky Edition

2016 has been a big year for me. It’s been a hell year for me. I quit working, nearly ended up hospitalized because of that whole working thing, and moved from Ohio to Alabama. But through it all, there has been fanfiction, the ever present factor in my life for the past 10+ years. So I’m combing through the 13 pages of bookmarks I have on ao3 for the year of 2016 and sharing some of my favorite fics that I’ve read this past year!

I read primarily Stucky and Sterek, so that’s what these will be recs for. I’ve divided it into two posts, one for Stucky and one for Sterek (Find the Sterek rec list here.) Some of these are definitely fandom faves, but hey, there’s a reason they’re favorites, okay? Now, onto the list!

A Long Winter by dropdeaddream and WhatAreFears (Mature, 35k)

In 1945, Steve Rogers jumps from a nosediving plane and swims through miles of Arctic Ocean to a frozen shore.

In 1947, Steve Rogers marries Peggy Carter.

In 1966, the New York Times finds the lost letters of Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes.

Bucky Barnes Has His Shit Together (and Other Lies He Tells Himself) by betts (Mature, 14k)

You’d think a guy who owns one of the most successful bakeries in Brooklyn, has a million-dollar smile and that antiquated good ol’ boy charm, blond hair and blue eyes and biceps for days, would know what’s what.

But don’t let that fool you: Steve Rogers is a mess.

Slide To Answer by relenafanel (Teen, 6k)

“What do I do?” Steve appealed into the phone. “I’m freaking out.”

There was silence on the other end of the line. It lasted so long that Steve pulled the receiver away from his ear and frowned at it. Pay phones were old. Maybe this one wasn’t working despite the obvious dial tone when he picked up.

“Ok,” a stranger’s voice said over the phone. “First acknowledge the fact that you dialed the wrong number, but be quick about it because my cab is a few blocks away from my own plans and I’m about to drop some truth bombs on you.”

Just Say You Do by biblionerd07 (Teen, 173k)

Steve just wanted a job. He wasn’t expecting a marriage proposal. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to accept.

Time and Tide by togina (Gen, under 2k)

Sarah Rogers smiled, and ran her thin fingers through Bucky’s perfect hair. Bucky stilled, and Steve had the feeling that no one tended to touch the Barnes children besides each other. “The sea is never fair, lad,” she said, sad but certain, and Bucky swallowed hard and looked away. “But she takes what’s hers, in the end.”

Out of the Night by suyari (Gen, 3k)

“The Winter Soldier?! You want me to leave my precious only child in the hands of the Winter Soldier so I can climb aboard Stark’s streamlined school bus?!”

Somebody Get That Kid A Sandwich by toffeecape (Gen, 7k)

There would come a day when Sam Wilson could no longer put off a complete debriefing session with his Momma. On that day, Sam hoped to escape the conversation alive by glossing over ‘following a juiced-up supersoldier on a brainwashed assassin’s revenge tour’ in favor of 'convincing a traumatized war hero to come in from the cold with the power of Wilson family recipes.’

Silent thunder, as of a thousand wings by kaasknot (Mature, 83k)

A theologian once said that angels are constructs of love and holy rage, and chained to obedience through both. Or maybe a theologian hadn’t said that. Maybe it was the Bright One himself, or just Uriel being grumpy.

But Bucky knows that he loves Steve, and he loves his taskmaster of a boss even as he gripes about him over beers after work, and he loves the dames with their red, red lips and smooth, soft curves (and he loves the guys, loves their strength and the tall, proud lines of them), and he loves old Mrs. Greene even when her rheumatism acts up and she turns mean as a wet cat. But he loves Steve most of all, and if Bucky is shackled to mindless obedience because of it, he calls it a good trade, because Steven Grant Rogers is the best person he knows. When it comes down to it, he figures his desire only adds a new dimension to a love that was already there, glowing hot enough to burn.

He was sent to Earth in a cage of mortal flesh to watch over Steve, and Bucky can do no less than love him with all his heart.

The Daily Rogers by Nonymos (Explicit, 32k)

College AU. May contain exchange students, a Starbucks addiction, daddy issues, anger issues, closets and how to get out of them, the ever-ominous influence of social networks, various levels of betrayal, awfully poor life choices, but also, ultimately, real chunks of love.

the rhythm in rush by magneticwave (Teen, 6k)

Steve Rogers: anthropology major, president of Americans for Informed Democracy, in love with his roommate, exasperated dungeon master.

The Winter Soldier vs. Twitter (hashtag BuckRogers) by galwednesday (Mature, 4k)

“Remember what I said about internet trolls?”

“Don’t feed the trolls.”

“Exactly. Did I not say the same thing to Barnes?” Tony asked rhetorically. “Were those not my exact words? I could have sworn they were, and yet.”

“Bucky’s feeding the trolls?”

“He’s throwing a goddamn seven-course troll banquet. Every time someone on Twitter asks if your relationship announcement is real, he replies. Colorfully.”

Steve opened his mouth to ask what “colorfully” meant, then caught the gleam in Tony’s eye and put two and two together. He blushed. Colorfully. “Oh.”

(Steve and Bucky announce their relationship in a very dignified press conference. Bucky then replies to every goddamn tweet asking him to confirm it with a different dirty euphemism. Things escalate from there.)

The Promised Land by LastAmericanMermaid (Mature, 17k)

There’s a house in Bar Harbor, Maine.

It needs a lot of work, but so do the men who live in it.

(Steve and Bucky run away together, and Bucky relearns how to be a person. There is hurt, comfort, sex, love, friendship, and the reclaiming of the trigger words Hydra programmed him with. The Avengers reconcile, but nobody asks Steve to come back. Leave them to retirement in peace.)

Sharp Teeth and Bird Bones by Shaish and Stringlish (Explicit, 32k)

I’ll always find you.

If Wishing Made It So by leveragehunters (Teen, 29k)

Modern Winter Soldier AU where Bucky is a genie who became HYDRA’s Asset.

When HYDRA found the Tesseract they also found a genie in a bottle. Knowing a genie’s wishes are a trap that will turn and bite you, they used the power of the Tesseract to enslave the genie. It cost them three wishes but it bought them an Asset with power greater than any human and for 70 years they used him to work HYDRA’s will on the world.

Until they lost him.

His bottle washes up on a beach and he’s found by a new Master, Steve Rogers. Steve, horrified at having absolute power over someone, has a very different approach to being in control of a genie. While Bucky waits for his new Master to show his true colours they’re trying to work out how to live with each other. Bucky doesn’t trust Steve, Steve’s friends don’t trust Bucky, and no one realises HYDRA has not let their Asset go so easily.

An Ace Up My Sleeve by leveragehunters (Teen, 8k)

Natasha warned Bucky not to seduce the Russians. She warned him the Dolas, protective spirits of Slavic fate, wouldn’t like it. But he’s an incubus, seducing people is kind of what he does. When a Dola expresses its displeasure by leaving Bucky beaten and hurting in an alley, he finds himself rescued by someone he can’t seduce. Someone with a warm smile and clear blue eyes. Someone he can’t seem to stay away from.

(Yes, it’s Ace Steve/Incubus Bucky.)

Fantasmic! by mambo (Teen, 11k)

It’s Steve’s second summer working at Disney World when he meets Prince Charming (aka: Bucky Barnes, college kid from Brooklyn whose ass looks absolutely devastating in his Prince Charming slacks) and maybe starts to feel a little Disney magic in his heart.

And There But For the Grace by leveragehunters (Teen, 45k)

Magical Realism AU where demons exist and Steven was an angel lured to Lucifer’s side in the war in Heaven. After the war, they threw him down into Hell, no longer an angel, but a demon.

Some humans know demons exist, summoning them out of Hell to use as weapons. Desperate to escape Hell, Steven answers a summons only to find himself bound to serve HYDRA. When they send him to possess Agent Peggy Carter, the encounter doesn’t go as HYDRA expects and Steven is set free to roam the earth.

Sixty years later, frantic to escape another summons, willing to do anything to stay unbound, he takes refuge inside the killer sent to slaughter the summoner. The killer has a metal arm and a mind like broken glass and Steven soon discovers he isn’t the only one hiding inside of it: he finds the man the killer’s body belongs to. Fragile and lost, the more Steven seeks him out the stronger he becomes, until the day he remembers his name: Bucky. Determined to protect him, Steven will do everything in his power to set him free and keep him that way.

(Chronologically, this stretches from before Captain America: First Avenger to a year or so before the first Avengers movie but has spoilers for Civil War.)

Atlas by likebritishshowers (Not Rated, 131k)

Steven Rogers, comic-book artist and former Captain in the US Army, is a True New Yorker through and through. But when his relationship falls apart, Steve is forced to move back to his hometown, where the inspirations for his comic books lie.

Following the death of his father and then his mother two years afterwards, Bucky has been left raising his little sister Becca, and he is doing a damn fine job of it, thank you very much. He hasn’t been distracted by cars or women since he took up his role as a guardian - in fact, he hadn’t been distracted at all until a certain Steve Rogers appears on his doorstep.

However, both of them have dramatically changed from the time they were best friends. Bucky doesn’t know that Steve didn’t come back from war unscathed. Steve doesn’t know that Bucky has always been completely and utterly in love with him.

In a tale that focuses on the loss of childhood innocence, the pressures of society and the stigmas associated with trauma, Steve and Bucky learn to trust again, and maybe fall in love along the way.

(Thankfully, not aided by Clint Barton’s Love Barn.)

All The Angels and The Saints by Speranza (Explicit, 48k)

In which Steve Rogers loses God and finds God and loses God, and also: Bucky.

You Do Weird Shit When You’re in Love by Darksknight (Mature, 3k)

Tony calls it a fluke the fist time he happens upon Steve and Bucky in a rather inappropriate position. The second time, he’s got bad luck. After that he has no other option than to admit that Barnes is a kinky freak who can get Steve to go along with anything, and that the two of them really need a come to Jesus.

On My Radar by sprinkle_of_cinnamon (Mature, 19k)

The Winter Soldier first noticed it when he was on the helicarrier.

The blonde’s shoulders were broad, incredibly broad.

They stretched the blue uniform in a wide span, drawing down to a narrow waist. It was a distinctly triangular silhouette. It was entirely improbable. And somehow it was strangely familiar.

The Winter Soldier raised his gun and fired. He didn’t have time for distractions, or Steve Rogers’ shoulders.

One Cloud Feels Lonely by thecommodore_squid (Mature, 72k)

“I’m going to take a break for a while,” Steve said quietly, not looking at T’Challa, not knowing that this was what he was gonna do until the words were out of his mouth. “I can’t be on a team right now.”

T’Challa nodded as if he understood. “Alright.”

AKA

In which Steve and Bucky both figure out how to be a person again, and it still takes them over 130 years.

heartbeat in my fingertips by RainyForecast (Not Rated, less than 2k)

Bucky’s hair is a wet tangle, and he’s still sore from his right arm getting violently dislocated during the mission. Steve notices him eyeing his fancy hair brush, and before he can stop himself, Steve finds himself asking, “You want a hand with your hair there, Buck?”

“A hand? Really, Steve?”

“You know what I mean.”

anonymous asked:

Hello! Just wondering what your guys recent favourite fics have been?

add ur favs my friends

gabby:

Targeting by queenmab_scherzo (WIP)

Steve and Bucky end up playing for rival college football teams.

Innocent Until by L1av (WIP)

Bucky Barnes made a name for himself as the attorney who could get anyone off, but he still lives by the saying, “Innocent until proven guilty.” Steve Rogers finds himself on trial for multiple homicide but he swears he was only trying to protect a girl. Bucky’s been in this business long enough to know when someone’s innocent, and Steve is innocent. America calls for Steve’s head while Bucky calls for justice. Steve already feels like a monster and Bucky’s worried this guy’s going to lay himself on the sword come his trial. So Bucky offers up another course for punishment.

Turns out, chains and whips really excite Steve.

The Biggest Part of Me by Anna_Heyward (WIP)

Newly divorced single dad Steve Rogers moves his kids from the suburbs to Brooklyn to start their new life together, and becomes captivated by the young man who works at the coffee shop downstairs from Steve’s apartment.

Bucky Barnes is 25 years old, working part-time in a coffee shop and still living with his mom. When a handsome single dad in a pinch offers Bucky a job as his nanny, Bucky takes him up on it.

This is a good idea, right?

(AU of the movie The Rebound.)

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Courtney:

i was found and now i don’t roam these streets by hipsterchrist

They’ve decided to start producing Bucky Bears again, now that he’s all shiny and redeemed and fighting for good on this big Avengers misfits team. “He has a little shiny gray arm,” Bucky says, wiggling the stuffed arm in question, one of the tweaks made in the new model. It takes Steve a second to realize that Bucky’s got a small smile on his face, actually looks a little bit proud around the eyes.

Or, Bucky relearns himself and how to be on a team, the rest of the Avengers try to get answers, and everyone watches too much Criminal Minds.

a tree grows in brooklyn by newsbypostcard

POST-CIVIL WAR: They have to get out of Siberia. They have to get to a safehouse. They have to figure out what comes next – how to live in the world; how to stay out of sight.

I Love You Like RLB

I love you like rlb has become a well-known, accepted and valuable component of American vernacular. The meaning of the letters ‘rlb’ is unknown, but is uniformly considered to be a statement of a great romantic love, commitment and sacrifice.

It was Dernier as first said it. Steve never imagined that something like that could have survived the war and all the years in between.

In which Tony goes insane trying to figure out why that phrase affects the Cap so much, Bucky teases the press, and Steve and Bucky love each other like rlb.

Karin:

And Noon Should Burn (WIP) by readergirl1013

It’s wrong, everyone says. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Why would anyone choose that?

That is not her brothers. Sure Stevie is small, only a few inches taller than her, but that’s because he’s been sick so often. And, alright, Bucky could be a bit of a dandy, always fussing about looking his best, but he ain’t no queen.

So then why were they kissing like queers? It isn’t the first time neither. She’s seen first kisses, and she’s seen people that are going steady kiss, and she’s seen husbands and wives kiss.

Bucky and Stevie kiss like husbands and wives kiss.

A life is made up of memories, both the good and the bad. These are Rebecca Barnes’ memories. This is her life.

And There But For the Grace by leveragehunters (Monkeygreen)

Magical Realism AU where demons exist and Steven was an angel lured to Lucifer’s side in the war in Heaven. After the war, they threw him down into Hell, no longer an angel, but a demon.

Some humans know demons exist, summoning them out of Hell to use as weapons. Desperate to escape Hell, Steven answers a summons only to find himself bound to serve HYDRA. When they send him to possess Agent Peggy Carter, the encounter doesn’t go as HYDRA expects and Steven is set free to roam the earth.

Sixty years later, frantic to escape another summons, willing to do anything to stay unbound, he takes refuge inside the killer sent to slaughter the summoner. The killer has a metal arm and a mind like broken glass and Steven soon discovers he isn’t the only one hiding inside of it: he finds the man the killer’s body belongs to. Fragile and lost, the more Steven seeks him out the stronger he becomes, until the day he remembers his name: Bucky. Determined to protect him, Steven will do everything in his power to set him free and keep him that way.

(Chronologically, this stretches from before Captain America: First Avenger to a year or so before the first Avengers movie but has spoilers for Civil War.)

Captain Steven Rogers: A History Through Art by Pugglemuggle

[Excerpt from the speech of chief curator Virginia M. Mecklenburg at the opening banquet of the “Captain Steven Rogers: A History Through Art” Exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, January 5, 2012]

“Welcome to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It is my pleasure to introduce to you all an exhibit that has been many years in the making. So rarely are we presented with opportunities to join art and history in a union as perfect as this one. Though Captain Steven Rogers sacrificed his life for our country more than sixty years ago, his legacy lives on in history books, documentaries, independent films, and now, thanks to our generous donors, in galleries as well. His artwork provides us with a singular perspective of pre-war American society, as well as a unique window into the soul of the American hero himself….“

Or, the life of Steve Rogers as told by biographers, art historians, tumblr users, a very enthusiastically queer college student, and the artwork of Steve Rogers himself. [Art included]

The History of a Family (WIP) by boombangbing

In 1916, Bucky’s mother arrived in New York with her father, the future owner of one of the most popular speakeasies in Brooklyn. In 1927, Bucky met Steve Rogers and realised there was a world beyond that of favoured son and the clean streets of his neighbourhood.

The Barnes family, 1916-present.

Shangri-La by nimmieamee

Steve gets money, still won’t move in with Bucky, and somehow totally misses that Queer Brooklyn is an option.

Spellbound (WIP) by imriebelow

After a long war between their two kingdoms, Prince James of Ireland is promised in marriage to King Alexander of Cornwall. To ensure peace he’s willing to sacrifice his happiness, but his resolve is tested when he and Steve are reunited after many years apart.

A Tristan and Isolde AU.

moksoriwa  asked:

3 words: choker(i'm almost sorry but def no shame), icarus, mint. Does greek mythological figure count as a word??? for rap money supreme pls because who else would make me thirst for his neck tbh

im so sorry if this is completely not waht u wanted but this is just where the words took me?? weird magical realism angels and ?????? IDK I HOPE YOU LIKE IT THO??? 

requests are: closed

the drawing of lines
rated t for too weird
word count: 2,683

01. choker

There are lines tattooed around your necks at the coming of age ceremony; it’s a line of demarcation–something that marks your mind from your body, your head and soul from the rest of you, meant to remind you that from here on out, whatever may happen to your body, your soul will remain unaffected.

That you might have to make choices that benefit your mind, but not your body.

(What utter bullshit.)

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