old book today

7 years ago today Hiccup was a 15-year-old troubled teen struggling to fit in, never believing he’d ever be a great chief like his father, or have the village’s respect, or that Astrid Hofferson would ever give him the time of day, or that he’d ever be able to look a dragon dead in the eye without cowering…

anonymous asked:

poetry book recs, kind sir?

ooooooh YES!! 

ok so I’m going to leave out stuff that’s Too Obvious, which means a lot of this is niche (to me) or contemporary, and… I recently had a canary on twitter about how much ~*~modern~*~ poetry GETS MY GOAT. I’m reading a lot of New poets/collections this year purely because I… didn’t really read that much contemporary stuff before, and I thought I should branch out. (so far I’m dubious.) so, yes – obviously Plath, Blake, Hughes, Sappho, Eliot, Keats, Shelley, etc. etc. ad nauseum, The Greats, yadda yadda, here’s some others.

so far this year I’ve read (and ENJOYED - I’m not reccing the ones I wasn’t into/thought were pants, soz): 

  • Letters From Medea by Salma Deera
  • Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (I actually LOVED this) 
  • Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics

I’ve also read and loved:

  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
  • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
  • The Curse of the Vampire’s Socks and Other Doggerel by Terry Jones
  • Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen

my personal 10/10 all-time go-tos are:

  • Crush by Richard Siken (despite appearing on every single tumblr graphic between 2011 and 2013, it still gets me in the heart guts)
  • The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy (which I have loved wholeheartedly since I was 17 years old)
  • pretty much any collection of Great War poetry: Up the Line to Death, Men Who March Away, Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches (the Great War poets are my favourite. like, of all poetry, ever)

my favourite individual poems, as we’re on the subj, are: 

finally, a heads up: youtube literally anything by Brave New Voices, sit back, prepare to be Shook. ‘Transcript of Civil Rights’ by Shanita Jackson and Dakota Oder still DESTROYS ME five years later.

THERE YA GO. not much, but not nothing! enjoy!! maybe?!?

“Marcello, Marcello…La rincorsa del sole non sarebbe stata così intensa e ricca di soddisfazione senza Marcello. Il suo sguardo dolce, il suo sorriso buono mi hanno sempre accompagnato, dandomi sicurezza, gioia, e mille altre emozioni. In effetti, dodici film insieme lasciano il segno. La prima volta io avevo vent'anni e lui trenta. L'ultima, lui settanta e io sessanta. In mezzo, una lunga amicizia, densa di affetti e tenerezza, che sul set sapeva illuminarsi di passione. La nostra alchimia non ci ha mai tradito. L'intesa che ci univa -di volta in volta sexy, allegra, malinconica, ironica, sempre profondamente umana- era così spontanea, che in molti si sono chiesti se tra noi ci fosse davvero qualcosa di più. E noi abbiamo sempre sorriso, alzando le braccia: ‘Niente di niente! Sono i miracoli del cinema, e della vita.’ Marcello lo confermò persino in pubblico, scherzando con Enzo Biagi che gli chiedeva di noi: ‘La donna con cui ho avuto la storia più lunga è Sophia…la nostra vicenda dura dal 1954…’ E poi, continuando più serio: ‘Mi piace il fatto che Sophia non sia solo una brava attrice, ma una persona vera. Tra noi non c'è stato nulla. Un affetto profondo: dire fraterno è anche banale, perché è qualcosa di diverso.’
Ancora oggi non so dire dove stesse il segreto del nostro successo. Quel che è certo è che ci divertivamo moltissimo, e credo che trasparisse dai nostri film.”

-Sophia Loren, da “Ieri, Oggi, Domani. La mia vita.”



Nesta had been beautiful as a human woman.

As High Fae, she was devastating.

jimin scenario | the cat whisperer

Originally posted by fyeahbangtaned

prompt: We’re both witches and our familiars keep trying to set us up on dates…

pairing: witch jimin x witch reader

requested by anon | 1.1k words | fluff

Jimin knocks on your door for the third time this week.

Normally, he’s happy to have an excuse to see you, rather than surviving on quick glimpses in town, stealing glances while you buy potion ingredients or browse old books.

But today, it’s an unhappy reason that brings him to your house - that is, the sick cat in his arms. When his familiar, Mistoffelees, started behaving strangely, you were the first name that came to his head, and not just because you were always on his mind. Coming from a long line of witches that specialised in potions for animals, you were the one the town turned to when their familiars fell ill. In the non-magic realm your kind are known as vets. Jimin knows you as ‘the animal whisperer’.

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Donald gets a vote, and he can’t tell the difference between a real person and a fictional one, look!


Running into your ex, Harry (AU)

Or when neither of you can remember why you broke up anyway, and it’s just dinner right?

Sundays are your favorite day. Sundays are meant for cozy snuggles, farmers markets, coffee shops and used bookstores. This particular Sunday you woke with a smile, already looking forward to the soothing sips of a hot coffee and smells of the old worn pages of books.

Today is one of the first days in months you feel a lasting feeling of happiness. Pushing up and towards the bathroom, you can’t help the little pep in your step.

Groaning as you catch a glance of yourself in the mirror, you shimmy your baggy pajamas off your legs and head towards the shower. As the water flows over your skin, your brain begins to wake up and plan the morning to come.

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My maths teacher making a dad joke:
  • Teacher: quick, what's the equation for the area of a circle?
  • Student: π r squared
  • Teacher: no, it's round

Why wasn’t the Apocrypha considered canonical?

1) The New Testament often quoted the Old Testament however it never cited any apocryphal books as inspired. Jesus suggested that only the books in the Hebrew Bible were considered authoritative. (Matthew 23:34-35) and (Luke 11:50-51)

2) The apocryphal books didn’t claim to be the word of God just as other Old Testament books did (Numbers 35:1, Joshua 1:1, Jeremiah 1:2, Ezekiel 1:3, Hosea 1:1, Joel 1:1, Isaiah 1:10,18, 24)

3) The Old Testament canon has been confirmed by multiple sources. A list of them would be 2 Esdras 14:45-48 [First Century AD] which mentioned 24 books, Josephus - Contra Apion [AD 60-100] (22 books) Origen [AD 185-254] (22 books), Melito Bishop of Sardis [AD 170] (all Old Testament books with the exception of Esther. Jerusalem list [AD 170] (all 39 books). These all list the same 39 Old Testament books we have today (except possibly Melito). There are other sources as well. 

4) There are significant mistakes in the apocryphal books. Some are minor while others are geographical or chronological. Some are very brief while other content is such that their inaccuracies are difficult to determine. 

5) There are some hints as to how the Jewish nation determined what books were canonical in Josephus’s statement about the Jewish canon. It included things such as not having contradictions, being inspired by God, being written by prophets or someone who were recognized as having divine authority, and being accepted by the Jews as authoritative material. The apocryphal books do not pass this test. 

6) As shown in Acts, early Christians and Jews both worshipped in synagogues, using the same books of Scripture, like the Old Testament. In the early period of the church before AD 90 Christians lived among Jews and knew which books were considered authoritative. After AD 90 the church was dispersed because of persecution. There was less agreement in the church regarding the books of the canon. In time, some Christians had no contact with Jews, having little knowledge about the Old Testament canon. This is almost definitely the reason the earliest copies of the Septuagint  from the fourth and fifth centuries contain some apocryphal books. There’s no evidence the apocryphal books were accepted by Alexandrian Jews to form an Alexandrian canon in contrast to a Palestinian canon as some have suggested. Where did they originate? Most likely they developed from Jewish tradition or folklore concerning the biblical text from about 300 BC to AD 100. It is possible that the Jews desired further revelation after the Old Testament revelation had ceased. It’s also possible that these noncanonical scrolls were stored with canonical ones and in time the distinctions between both may have broken down. 

sunset-diamond replied to your post “something about kise tearfully saying “kurokocchi, light of my life-”…”

Sorry, I don’t get it :(

I kinda figured most people wouldn’t XD I think it’s that I’m too old for the majority of people on tumblr now lmao. 

It’s a quote from Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. The book opens with “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta.” (and yes, I did just quote that from memory cause I’m a goddamn nerd). Great book. Disturbing as fuck and really quite gross. But damn good. Read a chapter of it and you’ll feel ten thousand times smarter than you actually are (or maybe that’s just me cause I’m really stupid). No but seriously it’s beautifully written. I can only aspire to be so poetic and graceful. 

But lmao I was kinda just picturing Kise saying that and Kuroko is like “he can’t possibly know what that’s from… no… he’s so dumb… he just can’t” and then he beats Kise up anyway just to be safe. And then Kise is crying on the floor and he just yells out “MY SIN MY SOUL KUROKOCCHI” and probably gets beaten up a second time. Though I have to wonder how Kise actually knew the quote to begin with, because I really can’t see him reading that book let alone understanding it. He probably just saw the movie with Jeremy Irons didn’t he? Yeah everyone’s a slut for that man even Kise.