There is something pleasantly, innocently voyeuristic about reading an epistolary novel. They give you the feeling of stumbling on a box of letters left in an attic, but there are no consequences or hurt feelings if you read them. Actually, the author prefers that you read them. Epistolary novels, books told through diaries or letters, have a way of making you feel even closer to story’s characters than the average first-person point-of-view story. You’re not in the character’s head, but you’re reading words that they are writing for the eyes of only one or two other people. You’re seeing a version of the story that has been edited by the fictional people living it.

Epistolary novels have been around almost as long as the novel itself, with the first recorded, Love-Letters between a Nobleman and His Sister, appearing only 80 years after Don Quixote. The popularity of the form dropped off after the turn of the 19th century or so, but in the last few years, the number of epistolary novels has seemed to explode, with stories told through email, texts, and IMs. Epistolary novels have been used to expose real injustices (Letters from a Peruvian Woman, The Houseboy), to solve pretend mysteries (The Documents in the Case, The Woman in White), and to explore developing romances (Possession, Attachments, Everything Everything). They are ideal vehicles for telling coming-of-age stories, because the protagonists are allowed to work out their growing up years without outside input, and that gives us marvelous diaries like I Capture the Castle and Harriet the Spy. (I identified so strongly with the main character in I Capture the Castle that the notes I made on my copy embarrass me to this day. No, you may not borrow it. I’m sure your library has a copy.) For much the same reason, epistolary novels are great for watching the slow, hilarious crazy-making of uppermiddle class folks (Where’d You Go Bernadette, Dear Committee Members). (I also strongly identified with Bernadette. That has its own problems.)

Some of the most fun epistolary novels to read are the ones that really play with the form, like Ella Minnow Pea (the residents of a small island are only allowed to write letters using characters from a slowly shrinking alphabet), or Griffin and Sabine, a gorgeously (and creepily) illustrated story told in letters and postcards between the two main characters.

In my list of 100 epistolary novels, I’ve included a few books that don’t tell the whole story through diaries or letters, but which use diaries or letters as major plot points. Two, Bats of the Republic and The Jolly Postman, are two very different but beautifully built books that hinge on you pulling physical letters out of actual envelopes that are built into the books themselves.

So, instead of trawling through attics or other people’s files and chat stories, please enjoy list of 100 can’t miss epistolary novels, from the 17th century to today, and a few set in the near future (The Martian).


Are PhD Students Irrational?
THE MOST RECENT National Science Foundation (NSF) “Survey of Earned Doctorates” raises eyebrows, not because it paints a predictably bleak picture for the job prospects of humanities PhD students, but because people are surprised that prospects for engineering and science PhDs aren’t looking so good either.

Some quotes:

In a fascinating way, the NSF data challenges a long-standing narrative about job opportunities by field of study. We’re used to thinking of — more accurately, maligning — humanities students as idealistic, unsystematic dreamers prone to “Peter Pan syndrome,” irrationality, and reality avoidance. Humanities PhDs struggling to find sustainable employment don’t garner much societal sympathy, largely because it’s considered axiomatic that a person with a humanities PhD has no business thinking she possesses economic value. But when the scientists and engineers — the ones confirmation bias demands we view as rational and pragmatic — are caught in a rough job market flirting with something that looks like quixotic delusion, we’re forced to rethink our assumptions. Once it appears that it’s not just humanities students making unadvisable career choices, it suddenly becomes more difficult to victim-blame unemployed doctors (of philosophy) as a whole.

Indeed, when it comes to explaining the seeming contradiction of increases in earned doctorates alongside diminishing job prospects for PhDs, we’re still wedded to the irrationality narrative we’ve unfoundedly ascribed to humanities PhDs. This is the case even though 75 percent of earned doctorates in 2014 were awarded in science and engineering.

What if, instead, we replace the assumption that PhD students are irrational idealists or naïve victims of asymmetric information with the recognition that PhD students — by definition highly achieving individuals — can choose doctoral study for sound reasons?

The PhD “overproduction” narrative is where conventional investigations of PhD student irrationality run up against the explanatory limitations of rational choice theory. We have evidence of demand for teaching and research — to meet the needs of increased undergraduate enrollment — but instead of hiring regular faculty, universities and research institutes that would employ PhDs have pivoted toward labor casualization. That is, what used to be the stable, middle-class job of the tenured or tenure-track professor became a series of “part-time” semi-jobs that pay by the course and offer no insurance or retirement benefits, and no expectation of tenure.

We’ve presupposed a scenario in which there really is a massive oversupply of PhDs, and thus PhD students must be irrational for treading into an oversupplied labor market. But that’s simply not true. PhD “oversupply” is just a euphemistic way of talking about the fact that colleges and universities haven’t met student-generated demand with a commensurate supply of full-time, tenure-track faculty. Instead, we’ve rendered the majority of faculty contingent, increased administrators and administrative staff by 85 and 240 percent, respectively, over the past 40 years, and created a massive holding pen of temporary postdoctoral positions in STEM. If we look outside of academia for good measure, we see similar evidence of increased dependency on contingent labor, decades of stagnant wages, and no increase in leisure time to accompany increases in economic productivity. In this light it becomes harder to claim that PhD students are especially irrational or shortsighted, since so much of the broader US workforce is facing similar problems.

Harold Bloom says that Don Quixote is a work of radical nihilism and anarchism, which prefers the glory of fantasy over a real world, which includes imminent death, and is “the first modern novel”.[5]

Edith Grossman, who wrote and published a highly acclaimed English translation of the novel in 2003, says that the book is mostly meant to move people into emotion using a systematic change of course, on the verge of both tragedy and comedy at the same time. Grossman has stated:

The question is that Quixote has multiple interpretations […] and how do I deal with that in my translation. I’m going to answer your question by avoiding it […] so when I first started reading the Quixote I thought it was the most tragic book in the world, and I would read it and weep […] As I grew older […] my skin grew thicker […] and so when I was working on the translation I was actually sitting at my computer and laughing out loud. This is done […] as Cervantes did it […] by never letting the reader rest. You are never certain that you truly got it. Because as soon as you think you understand something, Cervantes introduces something that contradicts your premise.[6]


Chapter Seven- The Empirical Endeavour

TITLE: The Empirical Endeavour


AUTHOR: Quixotic-Dreamland

ORIGINAL IMAGINE: Imagine that one day, the TARDIS lands on Asgard when there’s a royal ball being held in the palace. You both attend, and you and Loki fall in love with one another at first sight, despite the Doctor’s clear disapproval-which becomes clearer as time goes on.


NOTES/WARNINGS: While not of erotic nature, some sexual undertones.

I wake to a rapid pounding in my chest. I can feel my breath quicken, the vision in my eyes far too dim to make out anything before me.

Groaning in pain, I turn onto my back, feeling the soft rustle of bed sheets brush against my sore body.

“My back!” I mumble painfully.


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Quixotics are those that do not live in the mainstream milieu. We are those eccentric folk who live in a slightly more enchanted, creative and unique social paradigm. We aren’t living in a completely imaginary world, we just live more creative lifestyles. We can be goths, pagans, goth pagans, faer-folk, therians, otherkin or just medievalist or any other style or subculture. We typically don’t speak or act much different from anyone else, we just express ourselves differently and have different taste and interest. I mean that there is no secret neofeudal society running around having duels or fighting for territory etc. I know I’ve looked.

For fun, I’ve taken the life phases of the tabletop role playing game Changeling the Dreaming and used them as metaphors to describe the Quixotic phases of life.

Childling: The Quixotic is the inquisitive kid, the one who likes to play adventure or with spiders or other creepy crawly things. They are often seen as imaginative and rambunctious. They spend more time playing dress up, running around outside and pointing out that there are monsters in that old house and faeries in that old tree than playing video games.

Wylder: The Quixotic is still inquisitive, still wants to play adventure, but now has the ability to actually go find it. They are those that are finding their interest, style and milieu while maturing they have not lost their sense of wonder and enchantment. They become more interested in artistic endeavors either doing it themselves or collecting and making it a part of their lifestyles. It’s at this stage where playing dress up starts to be replaced with dressing that way all the time. This is often the height of a Quixotics life, when they have the strength, beauty and ability to pursue their dreams and live them out.

Grump: The Quixotic has seen and done a lot. They no longer fear the monsters in the old house and are friends with the fae in the old tree. They are wizened but know that they know very little in the scheme of things. At this stage the Quixotic rarely has the ability to go out and find adventure, due to the fact they have built a home, a family and have to raise the next generation or help others raise them. Grumps are often seen as on the edge of being truly insane, they have realized their mortality and it brings a level of freedom that younger Quixotics do not understand. They tend to dress a bit more flamboyantly more often, than most Wylders, they speak more freely about the enchanted world around them and don’t care if the mundanes believe them or not.

Dancing .

Despite how late I was exposed to dancing, (about 2-3 years ago) I feel incredibly blessed that I was exposed to dancing. Dancing is amazing, it became part of my life that I think about every single day. I’m glad that I came across amazing and phenomenal types of dancing like popping, tutting, breaking, isoes, lockers, ballet, jazz, hip hop.. I feel pretty great that I fell into this so quickly. From Movement Lifestyle choreographers like Shaun Evaristo, Ian Eastwood, Keone & Mari, to ABDC champions like Jabbawockeez, I Am Me, and Poreotics, to Old School heros like the boogaloos and more… I was just amazed at the body movement, such expression, and genius that came with the art of dancing. I can’t say that dancing is a hobby. It’s not an interest, nor job or anything of the sort. Dancing is life, its me, it’s what you do. I learned that dancing becomes a part of your life when you learn to accept that it has become who you are and makes you what great person you become. The community of dancing is amazing. It’s a language everyone can understand, like how you sing a song. Dancing shows attitude, charisma, style, swag, power, and a story. I might not be the best dancer, but I can’t imagine myself not dancing anymore. I still do struggle expressing into lyrical choreo dancing (which is my style) but I’m not going to lie when I say that I think about dancing everyday. When I hear a song, I think about how to make a choreo to it. I think ever since I was in elementary school I know that when I listened to music with a loud bass, I would feel this pounding in my chest that made me want to move. I didn’t learn until highschool how to express that feeling. It’s amazing I tell yah, dancing is just … it’s just life. I love it so much. I wish I was exposed to this earlier in my life so that I could be better but it’s better than never being exposed to it at all. I remember when I took my first ever dancing class at Movement Lifestyle in my senior year of highschool, I thought that this would be a choreo class, but it turns out it was a popping class. It was EXTREMELY hard, it was so difficult but I learned a lot thanks to Bionic. I didn’t know who he was, but he was amazing. And I never really stopped popping since then. I would try to pop now and again when I hear a nice beat (horribly noob of course) Anyways, I’d just like to thank everyone who helped me realize my love for dancing. I’d first like to that my friend Mica Marcelo for exposing me to Korean Music which led me into being fascinated with the choreography in the music and dances that the artist did, and I’d like to thank Quixotics, my friends who were bboys turned into choreo popper bboys, that helped me love dancing even more by letting me join their crew and continuing to become better every day. Thank you guys, no one supports you in your dreams and love for dancing like your fellow dancers :)

anonymous asked:

Could you link some of your favourite live Coldplay performances please!?

Sooooooo sorry it took so long but I had to do a little bit of research and I accidentally rewatched a lot of these. I think I could link more but this post would be endless.

  1. Don Quixote
  2. Ladder to the Sun
  3. Us Against the World
  4. Wedding Bells
  5. Amsterdam (pre-album) I know this isn’t a performance but people should really listen to this version
  6. Radio2 Live Coldplay
  7. Billie Jean Cover
  8. Austin City Limits
  9. I’m a Believer Cover
  10. Stayin’ Alive Cover
  11. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face/Talk (Techno Remix)
  12. Politik ft. New York Philharmonic
  13. Coldplay Unstaged (especially GPASUYF and Politik)
  14. See You Soon + rain
  15. Yellow - MTV World Stage
  16. Yellow Acoustic
  17. Chris @ 12.12.12 Concert
  18. Last Christmas I couldn’t find the original link.
  19. Strawberry Swing recorded by @flockofbirbs
  20. Lovers in Japan
  21. Don’t Panic @ a barbeque
  22. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face @ Bogotá
  23. ‘Til Kingdom Come (Austin City Limits)
  24. Christmas Lights
  25. Shiver on Morning Becomes Eclectic
  26. O - SiriusXM
  27. Amsterdam in Amsterdam
  28. Prospekt’s March @ Dallas excuse me while I go cry in a corner

If you can, watch Live 2003, Live 2012, and Live 2014

I asked for some help from some amazing friends. I haven’t watched all of these but I trust them.

@flamingplay suggested

  1. Coldplay - Olympia 2002 
  2. Coldplay Live At AOL Music
  3. Coldplay KROQ Almost Acoustic X-mas
  4. Coldplay Barfly Sessions Part 1 - Part 2  - Part 3
  5. A Message Acoustic - Here’s the full performance
  6. MTV World Stage - download link
  7. Coldplay Live @ BBC Theatre
  8. Coldplay Live at NHK

@whereiwantedtogo suggested

  1. Coldplay - Bizarre Festival 2000
  2. Politik @ Argentina
  3. Coldplay Live in Toronto
  4. Christmas Lights Live from Liverpool
  5. Steve Jobs Memorial
  6. Everything’s not Lost (Glasto 2011)

anonymous asked:

Have you ever read Animal Farm and Don Quixote? Those classics debunk this insane and meaningless blog and your modal thinking. Btw, women of color are worse than Donald Trump because colonial mentality hybridizes with female hypergamy.

Receta de Ceviche Ecuatoriano

El ceviche ecuatoriano es una de las recetas más tradicionales que puedes encontrar en Ecuador. Es similar a otros ceviches de la zona, pero con alguna variante. Aquí tienes la receta detallada.


- 400 gramos de corvina o cualquier otro pescado blanco
- Medio pimiento verde
- Medio pimiento rojo
- Una cebolla morada grande
- Dos tomates maduros
- 9-10 limones
- Cilantro fresco
- Sal
- Aceite de oliva virgen
- Chifles y cancha (Acompañamiento)


Como siempre que hablamos de recetas de ceviche, hacemos hincapié en que hay que tener cuidado con el tema del Anisakis. Al comer pescado poco cocinado o crudo, o marinado en este caso, hay riesgo de contraer Anisakiasis, parasitosis provocada por la ingesta de larvas del Anisakis, que están en el aparato digestivo de la gran mayoría de pescados. Para evitar este problema, hay que congelar el pescado previamente, por lo menos 24 horas a una temperatura de -20ºC, o al menos 15 horas a -35ºC, o bien emplear pescado congelado. Cada vez es más frecuente encontrar estas larvas, así que es mejor no arriesgarse y no emplear el pescado crudo.

Para esta receta de ceviche ecuatoriano vamos a emplear corvina, aunque se puede sustituir por otro pescado blanco que nos guste. Nosotros emplearemos unos lomos de corvina, que nos permiten trocearlos de forma muy cómoda y obtener daditos de pescado de forma muy regular. Una vez descongelados, lavamos los lomos, les quitamos las pieles y espinas, si tuvieran, y con un cuchillo muy bien afilado, cortamos trozos de un par de centímetros más o menos.

Colocaremos los trozos de corvina en un recipiente, mejor si es plano y en el que podamos colocar todos los daditos bien colocados, sin que queden montados unos sobre otros. Exprimimos los limones en un exprimidor, lo colamos previamente, y lo vertemos en el recipiente donde hayamos colocado el pescado troceado. Nos deben quedar todos los trozos bien cubiertos con el jugo de los limones. Si necesitas exprimir más cantidad, hazlo, el número indicado es orientativo, pero puede variar.

Vamos a meter el recipiente con el pescado y el zumo de limón en la nevera, tapado con papel transparente, y lo dejaremos allí al menos una hora o una hora y media, para que el pescado se marine bien con el zumo y quede bien cocido con el ácido del mismo. Si te gusta el cevichemás o menos “hecho”, déjalo más o menos tiempo, siempre depende de cómo le guste a cada uno comer los trozos de pescado. Algunos los comen con sólo unos minutos de “cocción” y otros prefieren comerlo con varias horas.



How do you make your ceviche?