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kylux fic recs

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  • In The Days Still Left by carefulben, 53k wip / The instructions are clear, but following them will take more strength of nerves and willpower than either General Hux or Kylo Ren could have anticipated.
  • Know Thyself by theascetic, 92k / Let’s pretend it’s true. Let’s pretend we conspired together to overthrow him.
  • An Advisor To Wake Up To by GreyLiliy, 20k wip / A new job is not quite what Hux had in mind. Dealing with Kylo’s Ren calling to the Light, even less so.
  • You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger by hollycomb, 36k / Hux had a single beloved toy as a child. As an adult, he meets a faceless shadow of a man who reminds him uncomfortably of what was once his prized possession.
  • My Skin Is Theirs by Clarice Chiara Sorcha, 10k / Apparently, Lieutenant Mitaka has quite the collection of saucy softcore Cadet Hux pictures. Apparently, Kylo Ren thinks this is entirely inappropriate in men of their standing. Apparently, General Hux has an idea.
  • Take the Current by lobstergirl, 40k wip / Kylo Ren and General Hux have been left behind to die along with the planet that has failed to serve its purpose. 




  • I Don’t Want Love by saltandrockets, 88k / Captured by the Resistance, Hux lies about being pregnant to avoid immediate execution. There’s only one problem: It turns out not to be a lie.
  • Son Of Mine by ballvvasher, 275k wip / Supreme Leader Snoke gives Kylo Ren a mission to strengthen the Knights’ of Ren hold on the First Order. / content warning!



  • Sweet Home Arkanis by Gefionne, 68k / Hux is engaged to the man of his dreams. There’s just one catch: he’s already married to his high school sweetheart, Ben Solo. Now he needs a divorce, and he needs it fast.
  • Family Values by SpookMouse, 16k / “Alone on Thanksgiving? Mad at your dad? I am a 28 year old felon with no high school degree. If you’d like to have me as your strictly platonic date for Thanksgiving, but have me pretend to be in a very long or serious relationship with you, to torment your family, I’m game.” 
  • Quarry by samzillastomps, 50k / Hux has to move forward, and he finds that while some things are worth running from, certain things are also worth standing and fighting for.
  • Kylux Animal Welfare AU, 57k / Hux hasn’t had a date in six years and Kylo’s been trying to work out how to ask him out for the last four.
  • Reconditioning by JinxedAmbitions, 139k wip / The FBI is looking to take down one of the country’s most elusive prostitution rings, specializing in the types of sex that Ben’s boss has only read about in the novel his wife hides under the bed. 
  • Fanboy by helvel, 19k / Just because Hux works at a Star Wars theme park doesn’t mean he’s some kind of fanboy. 
  • Scattered Silver at Your Feet by MargaretKire, 17k / Hux gets set up with a blind date. Too bad the kid is not his type at all. (Hux might just be lying to himself about what his type really is).
  • Control Risk by littlesystems, 25k / Hux is an auditor who is attracted to hot messes. Kylo Ren is a hot mess.
  • Friends With Renefits by MoonwalkingCrab, 37k / The Rules: 1. Just sex, no feelings, 2. The arrangement lasts as long as is beneficial, 3. Either party can choose to end the arrangement, no questions asked, 4. No kissing
  • Skin Deep by Misaya, 15k wip / Armitage Hux discovers the desire to be held tightly. Kylo Ren, the senator’s son, has just the right frame to provide that protection.
  • Swipe Right for Slow Burn Regret by JinxedAmbitions, 55k wip / Workaholic Hux doesn’t have time for relationships. It’s all fine until he accidentally swipes right on Ben “Call me Kylo” Solo, and they’re a match 
  • breezeblocks by bioticnerfherder, 21k wip / Hux takes a much needed vacation before continuing with his studies. He meets someone who will shake up his life - for good.
  • They Go Wild by GravityDefyingHair, 23k wip / In the aftermath of his father’s death, Kylo Ren tries to commune with nature and work through his problems through hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • All The Way To Your Door by kyluxtrashcompactor, 105k wip / Six months ago, Hux lied to his father. He said the man in the picture he pulled up on his phone was his fiancé. 
  • Take the Dive by JinxedAmbitions, 62k / Hux needs to prove he’s still the best in the world, but more than that he wants to prove to himself that he can move past Ben. 


  • The Secret Heart by slutpunk, 48k / Hux is an up-and-coming actor when Poe comes to him with the script that will make his career.
  • ren, solo by dadcastellanos, 40k / Make Kylo Ren, the mysterious and volatile frontman of the metal band Knights of Ren, a successful solo project. Can Hux juggle Ren’s petulance, insecurities and oddities well enough to get this band off the ground?
  • Bohemian Rhapsody by for_autumn_i_am, 18k / Kylo is a street musician in Prague. Hux is touring with the prestigious First Order Orchestra. They collide. Hard.
  • Pointe Shoes and Prana-Bindu by GenerallyHuxurious, 14k wip / Imagine Kylo dancing in layer after layer of dark sheer diaphanous fabric, shot through with silver and iridescent glitter so every time he spins he looks like a nebula exploding and folding it on itself, he is the birth of universes and the death of everything with each impossibly light and graceful step.




  • None of Your Business by samzillastomps, 20k / Hux is keeping his head above the water with his slightly pretentious bookstore, but just barely. 
  • stet by acroamatica, 17k / All Kylo Ren needs is a good enough monster and a small enough town, a cast of people who are relatable but maybe not very bright, and an editor who will sit back and let him do his thing.
  • Parchment & Vellum by Gefionne, 32k / For Hux, rare books librarian, the reading room is his sanctuary, but when graduate student Kylo Ren arrives, Hux’s ordered world is turned on its head.


  • Does It Have a Name by Arision, 40k / Hux wonders how long it will take him to bend the tantrum-throwing hell-spawn over his knee and give him the paddling he so richly deserves.
  • The Bodyguard by soIiIoquy, 57k wip / Kylo accepted the possibly dangerous but incredibly lucrative position of bodyguard to the son of Senator Brendol Hux


  • Vitas Brevis, Ars Longa by baethoven, 45k / Kylo Ren is a ridiculous student in his “Business And the Arts” seminar. Hux hates whimsical artists and Kylo’s attitude. Kylo hates school and this bullshit class. 
  • Anyone But You by zamwessell, 14k / Hux meets Mitaka’s roommate, Kylo Ren – who is everything he shouldn’t want. 


BONUS! When Hux of one kylux universe meets another:

  • Modern Emperors by fedaykin, GenerallyHuxurious, 62k wip / Two Huxes walk into a bar… Lieutenant General Auren Hux of the First Order just wants to celebrate his promotion with a quiet night out. Instead he finds himself magically transported to modern day Earth where he is practically dropped in the lap of assassin Eamon Hux, a man being hunted for the bounty on his head. Will they act rationally to seeing a clone of themselves in front of them? NO! Will they ever stop groping each other long enough to deal with the serious threats? MAYBE! 
No More and No Less

[No Angel] [No Comebacks] [No More and No Less]

pairing: rafael casal x reader

request: many many (very…enthusiastic) requests for part 3 of no angel

summary: rafa has been teasing reader while she has work to do, then reader returns the favor

warnings: swearing, smut, dirty talk, face fucking, D/s

word count: 4,938

a/n: part three of the “No Angel” series. will make sense without the first two parts, but i suggest you read them first. this is mostly just smut, and i would say sorry except that i really am not. it goes without saying that i still want rafael casal to bone me. happy reading.

“There’s no way that Professor Hopewell expects this paper to be completely coherent,” Ava groans, a hand threading into her hair in frustration. “A comparison of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Nabokov? It’s apples and fucking oranges.”

“They’re both Russian,” you offer up meekly. Truth be told, you have no clue how you’re supposed to tie them together. All you know was that this paper is worth thirty percent of your grade, and you can’t afford to get anything less than a B.

“They’re from different time periods,” she huffs, flipping angrily through the pages of Anna Karenina.

You don’t respond to her, instead sinking back into the novel open in front of you. Thoughts of your lazy morning flood into your head, and you struggle to tear your mind away from the way Rafa had woken you up by slipping under the covers and settling between your naked thighs. You’re marking a particularly interesting passage with a sticky note when your phone buzzes on the table.

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Sephardic Journeys: Bar Mitzvah Speech

The rare books and artifacts in this exhibit, Sephardic Journeys, reflect a rich tradition of scholarship and culture shaped by migrations, and they invite, in turn, reflection upon the physical, emotional and spiritual journeys of Jewish history. 

Item above:
Bar Mitzvah Speech
Morris Tarragano
(New York, 1933)
Ladino, English

Morris Tarragano’s family, as many Sephardim after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, immigrated to the West. A second generation American, Tarragano was a native speaker of English and Ladino, which was used both for sacred and secular speech. This Bar Mitzvah address was written first in Ladino and then transcribed into English, a sign of the changing linguistic preferences of American Sephardim.
Gift of the author, Mr. Morris Tarragano

Excerpt from the speech From Hank Halio’s Ladino Reveries: Tales of the Sephardic Experience in America, pp. 66-68

Dear Father, Mother, Grandfather, Grandmother and Honored Guests:

Thirteen years ago I first saw the light of this world. During these thirteen years your thoughts have been on me. I look back on the years of my childhood with great pleasure. For years you watched over me with great care. Days that were enlightened for me through the sincere eyes of my dear mother, and guided through the advice of my dear father. Today I understand all the work you have done for me until now and how much work and anxiety I caused you.

Thirteen years of my life have passed and according to Jewish law, I am Bar Misvah (of age), a son of the Alliance of Israel, and I am considered among the responsible. Today I turn an entirely new page in the story of my life. A path of duty and activity is unfolded before me. Childhood, with its sweet dreams, is no longer with me. The solemnity of life with its fears and hopes confront me. There are difficulties in life. What will support and sustain me to live with love and dignity? What will save and prevent me from falling into sin? Nothing but the faith and belief in God.

Sephardic Journeys is on view through June 2015 in The David Berg Rare Book Room. Sephardic Journeys has been supported by a generous grant from The David Berg Foundation and was created by the Center for Jewish History with American Sephardi Federation. 

To see other artifacts from Sephardic Journeys click here: http://16thstreet.tumblr.com/tagged/Sephardic-Journeys


Ready. Set. Go!

On Broadway, when a production is just about to open, the press schedule can be filled to the brim with events which means, when I have a feature shoot, sometimes I have as little as 10 minutes for a photoshoot. And that was this case for my session with the Band’s Visits Katrina Lenk. I was given a 10 minute window in the middle of show’s press junket, shooting after interviews were concluded but just before the cast took the stage to perform a sneak peek at the musical. Luckily, we were in the Strand’s Rare Books Room so the show’s star and I found a cozy corner away from the hustle and bustle of the event to create this timeless photo set! Like, being shot out of a cannon, this session had us continuously moving, proving you can strike gold in 10 minutes!

(Shot for Playbill, October 2017)

Huxblush’s Soft Kylux Rec List Part II. 

I’ve returned from my self imposed exile to bring you a part two to my soft kylux rec list. I think we could all do with a little cheering up after the utter shit show that has been 2016. As always make sure you heed the tags and warnings and leave comments and kudos for the writers!

‘tis the season by @solohux (Rating: G. Words: 1k+) 

It’s the first time that fox Hux experiences Christmas. (fox!hux, christmas fluff, adorable fox antics)

Not so bad by @orange-lightsaber(Rating: E. Words: 1k+)

The First Order has radically different ideas on sex and romance. Cohabitation is strictly prohibited, and emotional intimacy is seen as merely detracting from the common goal of procreation. Everyone knows this. Everyone, it seems, except Kylo. (touch-starved hux, intimacy, reluctant snuggling)

Life Through Glass by @moonwalkingcrab (Rating: E. Words: 19k+)

Hux’s life is fairly simple, he has his work, he has his cat, and he has his flat. Now it seems he has a new neighbour. With windows so close together it’s easy to fall into the world of Kylo Ren.(modern au, plenty of mutual pining, plenty of millicent)

The Spaces Between Us by @deluxekyluxtrashcan (Rating: E. Words: 4k+)

Hux doesn’t do casual hookups. Only, one time he does, and he gets something he never bargained for. (one night stand, modern au, sweet developing relationship) 

In The Moonlight by @katherine1753 (Rating: E. Words: 3k+) 

Years ago, if someone had told Hux that he’d be married, to his co-commander no less, he would have laughed or thrown them out of the airlock for impertinence. But now, he couldn’t imagine his life any other way. He didn’t even know he was capable of having the amount of love that he had for Kylo, and he certainly never expected for anyone to love him back, especially so deeply. (wedding night, loving sex, cute) 

A Sea of Golden Leaves by @saltandlimes (Rating: G. Words: 3k+)

In which Ben and Armie sneak off the Academy grounds, watch a sunset, and find out that late autumn nights are far colder than they expected. (benarmie, first kiss, autumnal vibes)

bloom by @felucias (Rating: E. Words: 3k+) 

Hux is too quiet in bed. Ren devises a solution.

“You’re going to like what I’ve planned,” Ren says. “I’ve foreseen it.” (rimming, power bottom hux, established relationship) 

Matches and Flames by @katherine1753 (Rating: M. Words: 47k+)

The names on people’s wrists weren’t just suggestions. They were fate. Destiny.
So how could Hux be falling in love with someone who wasn’t his Match? (modern soulmate au, angst with a happy ending, fluffy) 

Precious by @jonstarks (Rating: M. Words: 2k+)

Ren touches him, and Hux forgets himself. Ren whispers words in his ear and suddenly it’s as if nothing matters but the two of them, the feel of his fingers tangled in Ren’s hair, Ren’s lips sucking a mark over the hollow of his throat. Ren looks at him and he’s lost, hopelessly lost. (fancy wine, pet names, teasing) 

Hush, Baby, Hush by @mini-mantis (Rating: E. Words: 1k+)

Hux probably loves him, but it’s too much to come to terms with. Instead, he gives sense of security where there’s none and fuels false hopes with tender touch.

It seems to work, for now. (feelings, greatcoat sex, subby kylo) 

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The Field Museum isn’t just home to specimens and artifacts: it’s also home to the books and manuscripts that have shaped our understanding of the world’s natural history. Today, we look at some of the 7,500 books in the Mary W. Runnells Rare Book Room!

Courtney Thompson, research fellow (Left) and Emily Miranker, Events and Projects Manager (Right), reached for the same striped dress this morning!  Photo taken by Allison Piazza, Reference Services and Outreach Librarian, in the New York Academy of Medicine Library's Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room.

I’m pretty sure rare book archival rooms are the only places I’ve seen that are posh enough to have exit warning signs with serifs.

“Why yes, Jeeves, notify the commoners present — the door simply must be pushed until the alarm sounds!”

anonymous asked:

Hi Stephanie, I'm at Oxford for a term as a visiting student and have been looking for quiet study spots. I don't work well in large reading rooms padded by the incessant banging of keyboards. Since you must be a lot more familiar with the nooks and cranes of the Bodleian libs, I was wondering if you could recommend some places (besides study carrels) where I could be a peaceful hermit with her reading. Thank you thank you thank you!

Hmmm. You may want to check first if your college library has any nooks & crannies that often go unused as a first option. If not, here are a few recommendations, though I want to preface by saying that the amount of noise in any given library (coughing, papers rustling, laptops, etc.) in Oxford is largely a function of what time you’re in the library. (Also, you might have thought of this already, but earplugs–the foam ones from Boots–also do the trick in a pinch.) In my experience, the Bodleian/other major libraries are busiest from the hours of 10:30-4:30 PM. 

  1. Laptop-free sections of the Bodleian reading rooms. Ask a librarian where these are in each library if you aren’t sure. I know for sure there are a fair amount in the Upper Radcliffe Camera, the SHist section, so have a wander. (If by any chance someone has been naughty & is using a laptop, let a librarian know and they will move them to another part of the library without incident.) 
  2. Silent study pods in the Social Science Library. These sound pretty perfect for you.
  3. Top floor of the English Faculty Library. Hardly anyone goes up there because it’s laptop-free! 
  4. China Centre Library has individual booths for study and a separate no-laptops reading room with a closed door.
  5. Radcliffe Science Library Reading Room. I’ve heard it gets cold in the winter but more science students who do their work by hand (and also have labs & can’t camp out all day necessarily) = less laptops & more quiet.
  6. The Sackler (Classics library). When it’s busy, it’s busy, but in quieter hours (early morning; evening) it’s excellent, and the circular shape + bookshelves being made out of quite thick metal means sound is easily muffled.
  7. Upper Reading Room is generally quiet in the early morning or evening, plus being so high up (as opposed to the Lower Rad Cam, for instance) means there is absolutely no noise coming from the outside. Many of its regular readers are above the age of 25 and thus usually go home after 5 pm, so definitely consider this for evening or early morning use. There’s also no better validation than being one of the first people in the Bod, incidentally.
  8. Duke Humfrey. Again, not laptop free, but as it’s a rare books room and not for regular use, it’s quieter than the reading rooms generally are. There’s an old woman who angrily hushes people if they type too loudly.
  9. See if there’s a book you need to reference that is only available in a college library. This is a really good way to get into a college library to study, as they’ll let you into the library to reference one book because you won’t have borrowing rights (one time only though, usually, unless you can make an excuse for needing to see it again.) This can also be done if you have a friend at another college. Many college libraries are huge, sparsely populated, deathly quiet. Off the top of my head, Lady Margaret Hall has several quiet desks with beautiful views; St. John’s is creaky but hushed, & when I was there, there were only two other people (I couldn’t hear anything they were doing); Wadham has several reading rooms (think an art history one?)
  10. The Oxford Union. If you’re not a member sometimes the gate is open. Its library is small and full of laptop-users, but the rooms (downstairs and the few upstairs) are generally not in use, if you’d like to take up residence for a few hours. Not all of them have wifi but they are deathly quiet. 

I’ll edit this as I think of more but hopefully this’ll start you off!

My little sister 3D printed this at Smith! She proposed a special study last semester to generate 3D models of cuneiforms (system of writing in ancient Mesopotamia) that will be held in storage during the Library Rebuild. She did such a good job that the Mortimer Rare Book Room granted her a fellowship and summer housing to continue her work digitizing cuneiforms and start publishing models in online databases. She’s working to make these rare artifacts more accessible to scholars world wide.


Rules: Answer the questions below, then tag 9 people you want to know better or just because you feel like it!  (Nobody is obligated to answer this, of course, tagged or no.)

I was tagged by @animatedamerican​ who will probably notice that I copy-pasted in order to reduce typing.

Relationship status: Monogamously married.

Favorite color: Blue, although the exact shade of blue varies from day to day.  Today I’m digging the soft pastel blue of a Colorado pre-sunrise; partially because it’s been too long since my workday and dawn have coincided, and partially because the more intense blues are feeling a little too sensory-overwhelmy right now.

Lipstick or chapstick: Chapstick. Constantly. Which I suppose is what I get for liking to live where ambient humidity is often comparable to that of rare book archivist rooms.

Last song I listened to: Modern World, by David Wilcox.

Last movie I watched: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Unless DVDs count, in which case Zootopia.

Top 3 TV Shows: CW’s Arrow, Hulu’s Runaways, and .. um…*checks AO3 fandoms* *checks blog tags* BBC Sherlock.  Sure. We’ll go with that.

Top 3 Characters: Oh that’s not a fair question. I mean, what do you even mean by that? Right now? Of all time? In what context? And how are we defining “top”? Yeah, no, I’m gonna go Ravenclaw on this one and declare it a poorly-defined question.

Top 3 Bands: David Wilcox, Josh Groban, Fred Small

Books I’m reading: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab; Radio Writing by Max Wylie, Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher, Trying Not To Try by Edward Slingerland.  (I’m a polyamorous reader.)

Tagging (with, as I said, no obligation to do this if it’s not your thing): @turtletotem​, @candy10candy​, @raconteuse3​, @futureisticallybigpersona​, @yetanotheropinion​, @jumpersand, @handshapedsteel​, @mortallyimportantwizard​, and anyone else wishes to be tagged.


On Tuesday, the “Music in the World of Jane Austen” class visited the RBML’s Rare Book Room. First, what a great topic for a graduate seminar! Second, the students reported on scores and books from our collection, including a collection of songs by Charles Dibdin (signed by the composer), a deluxe edition of Cathedral Music by William
Boyce, a keyboard method from James Hook, and an Introduction to Harmony that contains markings congruent with suggested corrections from author William Shield.

The students did such a great job presenting that I asked them if I could post their research to Tumblr, and they agreed!! So look forward to some great posts on these and other eighteenth century music sources next week!!


A Pavilion for the Arts

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center houses one of the most important collections of its kind in the world—a spectacular trove of musical scores, recordings, and books on theater, music, and dance. This public resource was envisioned by Lincoln Center’s board “to serve as a tool for education and as a creative stimulus for new performance.” Completed in 1965, SOM designed the building to contain general reading rooms, radio and television studios, conference and rare book rooms, an auditorium, and a children’s library and museum. Giant square concrete columns form a peristyle around the core of the building to create a temple-like pavilion, overlooking a reflecting pool with a sculpture by Henry Moore.