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In As You Like It’s famous “seven ages of man” speech, Shakespeare splits the everyman’s life into seven parts. Three central, youthful ages stand out. The schoolboy, “with his satchel / And shining morning face, creeping like a snail / Unwillingly to school.” The lover, “sighing like a furnace, with a woeful ballad / Made to his mistress’ eyebrow”. And the soldier, “full of strange oaths,” with a patchy beard, brimming with ambition.

Today, an equally significant work made its way into the world – the most recent issue of Another Man magazine, which stars Harry Styles in three separate editorial shoots, as well as interviews between him and Paul McCartney and Chelsea Handler, and an essay on his youth written by his sister, Gemma Styles. In each shoot, Styles bears a resemblance with each of Shakespearean youthful stages – in one, he sports a boyish bowl cut outside his old school, another casts him as a wistful, long-haired lover decked out in red, the third sees Styles with a new, short crop (done for the upcoming film Dunkirk, in which he plays a soldier), more masculine tailoring and barely-there facial hair.

The photoshoot marks something of a milestone in Styles’ career – something he seemed to confirm himself when he preceded sharing the magazine’s three covers on his Instagram feed with three blank posts (now, when you click on Styles’ Instagram page, there is a clear white line between his pre and post- Another Man pictures). This is his first interview and photoshoot since he left One Direction, and cut off all his hair for an acting role, and aside from the odd grainy fan picture or long-lens pap shot, fans have hardly had a glimpse of him since.

So, if this is a statement about a decisive moment in Styles’ trajectory, what does it actually say? Do the three different styles of shoot represent the ghosts of Harry’s past, present and future? Is his sheer versatility a way of presenting the former boyband star as a full-blown actor? In terms of the magazine’s written content, we don’t really discover anything about Styles we didn’t know before.

In his short phone interview with McCartney, Styles’ questions (“When you first went from being in a band to being on your own, what was the creative side of that like?” and “How did you find going from touring with so many people around you, to going out doing songs you’d written every word of?”) suggest he plans to write and perform solo music, and he briefly discusses his acting work with Chelsea Handler (“It’s a challenge, but it feels good to be out of my comfort zone”).

But the rest of the issue feels firmly nostalgic. Styles reiterates how much he loves returning home to Holmes Chapel (“that’s one of the places for me where I feel like I disappear the most […] I go back to Cheshire a lot and walk around the same fields”), the rush he had performing with his former bandmates (“there’s no drug you can take that gives you that same high”), while his sister reflects on his moments spent boiling pasta, playing with the family dog, and running baths for their mum. “It’s cool to have such specific moments in your mind to look back on,” Styles tells Handler.

The three shoots are nostalgic, too. This latest issue of Another Man follows one themed around Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones and the “heirs to his throne”. As Styles is his most obvious successor (often compared to Mick Jagger in both looks and charisma), two of these shoots feel almost as though they were intended for that previous issue. Both the boyish, Sixties Beatles and Stones-inspired shoot – “Tomorrow is a Long Time”, shot by Alasdair McLellan – and the ragged rockstar story, “Anything That’s Part Of You”, shot by Willy Vanderperre – reference specific Jagger photographs and his general vibe.

On seeing the new covers, the Guardian proclaimed: “Harry Styles proves the heartthrob is dead: long live the artthrob”. It saw the shoots, with their high fashion aesthetic, and placement in a niche fashion magazine, as well as Styles’ ability to move from boyband star to actor to potentially authentic singer/songwriter as proof that the old concept of a heartthrob has died. The article says he is “not just a teen dream any more”, “revelling in a context that couldn’t be further from his One Direction past”, and adds: “To win hearts in 2016, you now have to offer artistic value. And you have to hustle.”

But what these visual callbacks to Jagger emphasise is that Styles is, in fact, a very traditional heartthrob – his very appeal may be due to the fact that he is the most traditional heartthrob we’ve had in years. Like McCartney, John Lennon, David Bowie, Jagger, Marc Bolan, or Kurt Cobain, Styles is creative, interested in fashion, androgynous, boyish and followed around the world by a stream of enthusiastic fans, who are mostly young women. And, perhaps in no part due to that last detail, like all of them, he has been dismissed as a cheap fad by music writers who should probably know better.

In “Tradition and the Individual Talent”, TS Eliot said that a truly “traditional” writer is that which has “a sense of the timeless, as well as of the temporal, and of the timeless and of the temporal together”. This is also what makes that writer contemporary, and aware of his own specific moment in time. “No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists.”

If we apply that logic to the long list of teen idols, Harry Styles ticks all the boxes. Nostalgic, androgynous and fresh – Styles is as traditional as it gets. May he retain his place in the canon for centuries to come. - NEWSTATESMAN

You know how people in fanfiction keep writing “the brunette” “the taller” “the younger” instead of their pronouns or name and it gets annoying sometimes? Well. I just read something in a fic that made me so angry i had to put down my phone.

“The gemini”.

Because the characters zodiac sign is gemini.

What the fuck what the actual fuck how was i supposed to know this

  • MC:What do you do for living, Seven?
  • 707:Suffer.
  • 707:I mean - I am a Hacker* autocorrect sucks lolololol

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻  That’s it. I’m sending these boys down to the second floor. I AM IN RENOVATION HELL AGAIN!
I live on the fourth but they’re renovating the second and I CAN HEAR IT ALL DAY LONG. The amount of headaches I’ve had over the past week is ridiculous. And I actually really rarely get those.

Ugh… screen redraw, because.
….. I might have fallen a bit for Mr. Eyebrows……. who am I kidding I’m hopelessly lost *curls up in a corner staring into space*

…but no one knows better than Roman Josi just how heavy Shea Weber’s stick can be.  "It’s always going to hurt if he’s there,“ Josi said.
Love sometimes does.
— 

The ESPN article about Roman Josi and Shea Weber facing each other in the World Cup that sounds more like fanfiction than an actual sports article. (Author: Chris Jones)

Reading the whole article is highly recommended.

anonymous asked:

As a writer, I do not understand how can you love Juvia so much, a bad character, of no relevance to the story, which exists only for gruvia, if she were not there, would not change anything for the plot of Fairy Tail

The reason I love her is because, as a writer, I can see the potential in her character. She’s a complex young woman who we can only assume suffered a great deal of abuse in her past. Psychological, if not physical as well. Someone whose past remains a mystery to us. 

As a writer, I can see what Mashima was trying to do. As a writer, I see her worth outside her romantic entanglements with Gray. I see the strength in her heart when she sacrificed herself for Cana, despite not having belonged to the guild that long.

As a writer, I know what Juvia would and would not do in times of great stress. I know when she would daydream and when she would become serious. I know when she would put the safety of her friends above her feelings for Gray, the feelings that let her grow. As a writer, I’ve picked up on details that Mashima lays out for us, details that people seldom take in because they’ve already decided to hate her. 

As a writer, and someone who has experienced abuse, I understand that Juvia’s eccentric personality stems from a place of suffering. A place of misunderstandings and hurt. A place that never taught her how to approach the topic of love. A place that told her, deep down, that she didn’t deserve to be near Gray, that he wouldn’t accept her (as no one else had). She watched him from the shadows, not out of her own perverse desire to be near him, but because she is psychologically damaged. A person who has never experienced love would have no idea how to react to it. She was overcome by strong feelings that moved her and changed her. 

Mashima has wasted a lot of opportunities by using Juvia for comic relief, I agree. But, as a writer, I can see past that relief. I can see the potential in her character. See the S-Class mage who would throw her life away – not just for Gray, but for any one of her guild mates. Something people are so quick to forget. Gray isn’t the only person Juvia has cried for. 

Mashima is writing a manga. He can only convey so much of a person in those few panels. People neglect to remember that there will be things we have not been shown. The depictions of her time with Lucy that we’ve only seen in cover photos. Her past relationship with Gajeel. Her relationship with Lisanna. Her friendship with the other members. 

I love Juvia because people like you are so quick to judge her, the way they often judge me at first glance. I love Juvia because she gives me something raw to write about. Something to prove. Something to make up for when Mashima doesn’t show her full potential.

Juvia is more than her ship. That is why I write her. 

ZODIAC SIGN FACT # 237

The zodiac signs who believes there is a good side to someone even after are hurt by someone multiple times are AriesTaurusGeminiLeoVirgoLibra,Scorpio and Sagittarius.

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“..for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” — 1 John 4:4
For those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, God is IN you – not far off somewhere. Knowing that God lives in you, and that He loves you, should banish all fear from your life. God, Who is within you, is greater. Greater than any problem. Greater than any difficulty. Greater than the devil. Greater than anything you will ever face.
Declaration: God, Who is in me, is greater than anything I will ever face. The Greater One is in me, therefore, I will never be defeated.

My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving – I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you … I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you.
—  A letter written from John Keats (1795-1821) to Fanny Brawne (1800-1865) in 1819.