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”Hey,“ she whispered, surprised by the sound of her own voice.
"Hey Lizzie,” he echoed, and she slightly bit the inside of her cheek at her nickname, “London suits you well apparently. You look –gorgeous.”
Instinctively, she touched her freshly accepted engagement ring, the metal turning cold around her finger. She twirled it, toyed with it, the diamond all of sudden alien and heavy. 5 years since their last conversation at Heathrow and here they were again, in London, both working in that financial field they had coveted and finally reached. “Thanks. And you Henry, you look–” ‘Handsome’ was the word crossing her mind. Years enduring the Wales’ weather improved again his presence. He became a charismatic man. “–you look good as well.”
His lips smiled, but it didn’t reach his eyes. “Congrats by the way. When is it planned for?”
“What are -Oh, we -we haven’t set a date yet.”
His wistful smile, again. “Really? I couldn’t be that patient…”

I’m watching Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and I forgot how incredibly trashy it is

but at the same time it’s a very good adaptation because it gets the sense of violence and simmering tensions in the city (both a representation of the factional violence peculiar to catholic countries of the time, and to the fighting of apprentices and youths in London). it even has the laughter at Mercutio’s made up move, mocking his punto and passado and ‘hay’. and it’s got the youthfulness, it’s believable for being about teenagers, posturing teenagers who shouldn’t have guns.

you have the play of authority and individuality, seen in the translation of the prologue into news report and monologue by the friar, two different systems of power and dominance. and the way Juliet is made commodity, a power tool for her family.

and it has the language of difference, the Capulets made clearly foreign in their Italianate stylings, Shakespeare intervening in the discourse of aliens in London.

Lurhmann gets the epic scale perfectly; it’s about framing the narrative of two lovers into something bigger and demonstrating the horror of it all. the two teens are fitted into something much bigger than them, epic music and extreme pathetic fallacy combined with shots where only one character addresses the camera. when Mercutio dies, he dies framed by a ruined stage at Sycamore Grove… their lives have been wedded to calamity through their interaction with power greater than them, and they became the play

and you have the madness, the utter idiocy behind all of the plot, the dizziness of the party and the way Romeo falls in love under the influence of ecstasy. and the water’s never far away, they see each other through fish tank, swimming pool and rain - what’s the truth?

it’s visceral, with the trashy flashy realism and the brilliant soundtrack… and that’s what Shakespeare is. pop entertainment that hits you in the stomach with emotions

also I forgot that Paul Rudd was in this film

Violent clashes erupt at ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Va.

One person was killed in Virginia on Saturday after white nationalists clashed with counter-demonstrators and a car plowed into a crowd near the scene of the earlier melee, the mayor of Charlottesville said.

The clashes on Saturday morning prompted the governor to declare an emergency and halt a rally over removing a Confederate general’s statue from a public park.

“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here,” Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer said on his Twitter feed. “I urge all people of good will – go home.” He did not give details of who died and what caused the death.

“I am praying that God help us all,” Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy said in an interview with CNN. “We are better than this.”

Tensions in the city intensified when at least one vehicle plowed into a crowd of people gathered in a street two blocks from the park. Multiple people were injured in the incident, the Charlottesville Police Department said on its Facebook page. (Reuters)

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First responders stand by a car that was struck when a car drove through a group of counter protesters at the “Unite the Right” rally Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Justin Ide/Reuters)

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” with body armor and combat weapons evacuate comrades who were pepper sprayed after the “Unite the Right” rally was delcared a unlawful gathering by Virginia State Police Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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A white supremacist militia member stands in front of clergy counter protesting during rally in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

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Rescue workers assist people who were injured when a car drove through a group of counter protestors at the “Unite the Right” rally Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

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A woman who was injured when a car drove through a group of counter protestors at the “Unite the Right” rally is helped in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

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Anti-fascist counter-protesters wait outside Lee Park to hurl insluts as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” are forced out after the “Unite the Right” rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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A White Supremacists with one lens knocked out of his sunglasses holds up a shield during clashes with counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Battle lines form between white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” and anti-fascist counter-protesters at the entrance to Lee Park during the “Unite the Right” rally Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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A White Supremacist kicks back a smoke bomb thrown by counter protestors during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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A woman has a special mixture and water poured in her eyes after being hit with pepper spray during clashes with between White Supremacists and counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” clash with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Lee Park during the “Unite the Right” rally Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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A White Supremacist tries to strike a counter protestor with a White Nationalist flag during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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White nationalist demonstrators walk into the entrance of Lee Park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)

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White Supremacists rush forward with shields and sticks during clashes with counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” leap over barricades inside Lee Park during the “Unite the Right” rally Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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A counter-demonstrator marches down the street after the “Unite the Right” rally, a gathering of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Members of white nationalists clash a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

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Members of white nationalists are met by a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” exchange insults with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the “Unite the Right” rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” exchange vollys of pepper spray with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the “Unite the Right” rally Aug.12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the “Unite the Right” rally Aug.12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the “Unite the Right” Aug.12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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A white supremacist grabs a counter protesters’ sign during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

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Counter-protesters line the route taken by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the ‘alt-right’ during the ‘Unite the Right’ rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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White nationalist Richard Spencer © and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Lee Park after the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the ‘alt-right’ clashed with anti-fascist protesters and police as they attempted to hold a rally in Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the ‘alt-right’ clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the ‘Unite the Right’ rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Counter-protesters line the route taken by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the ‘alt-right’ during the ‘Unite the Right’ rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the ‘alt-right’ march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the ‘Unite the Right’ rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)

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Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

The fatal shooting on August 9, 2014, of unarmed Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, exposed tension between the city government and the largely black community. Ferguson erupted into violent protests in 2014 after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer.

It was one of a series of killings of black men, mostly by white police officers, that set off a nationwide debate about the use of police force, especially against minorities.

A sharply critical report by the Justice Department in 2015 documented discriminatory actions by Ferguson police and the municipal court system, especially against blacks. (Reuters)

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City-Dwellers Under Stress

5 writers explore urban disquiet and the evolving tensions of 21st century city living

“Cities are places where people can go to find themselves, to experience a wealth of culture and human experience. Cities are also places where people can unravel, where density, claustrophobia, and economic anxiety can get inside someone’s head and lead them to unsettling places. That’s the paradox at the heart of urban life.”

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anonymous asked:

How do you think seasons 2, 3 and 4 of LOK would have played out if Bryke had gone with Equalist Asami in Book 1? I'm super glad they didn't but it makes for an interesting What If.

The issue with it (aside from them actually working with Asami’s character and being like, “oh huh, this doesn’t fit”) is that it was a twist designed with just Book 1 in mind. I’m not sure at what point LoK went from being a mini-series to “let’s design a Season 1 that could stand alone if it had to, but here’s a 4-season spiritual arc that we thought of,” but either way, I have to think Asami would have been done after the Equalist plot wrapped up. Like, she’d have gone to jail, and served her plot function to get Korra and Mako together. How inventive.

I think maybe a more interesting question could have been “what if” the Equalist plotline had been extended beyond Book 1, and what form might that have taken? Or even, was there a path to get to the end-of-the-world cataclysmic stakes in Book 2 that still involved either Amon, or the tensions in Republic City more specifically than a half-assed civil war? 

As far as an Equalist Asami would have gone either of those scenarios, I mean… who the hell knows. LoK is 52 episodes, so getting her into a redemption arc would have been odd, plus like, genocide. Really, the issue is that Equalist Asami is just not Asami, so it’s impossible to imagine. Recurring multi-season female antagonists aren’t hard to envision (oh hi, Azula), but it’s all so dependent on what the needs of Korra’s arc would have been given the new contexts. 

All in all, I have to assume their overarching spiritual arc for Korra involved losing her past-lives, involved the new spiritual age, and involved her coming to an understanding of balance both internally and through her external action. To those ends, I can think of no character more suited to facilitating that from a supporting role than the Asami we got on our screen–a perfect literary foil who was decidedly on her side, yet undemanding.

I understand the vague sex appeal of “I wanted to kill you but now I want to kiss you”, but let’s leave it to Kigo, not Korrasami. 

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Orlando Bloom To Star In ‘Carnival Row’ Fantasy Drama Series For Amazon
In his first major TV role, Orlando Bloom has been tapped to topline Amazon’s eight-episode straight-to-series fantasy drama Carnival Row. The Lord Of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean s…
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Carnival Row is described as a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. “

Oh I am so here for this.

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June 28, 2015 marks the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960′s, but officers quickly lost control of the situation at the Stonewall Inn. They attracted a crowd that was incited to riot. Tensions between New York City police and gay residents of Greenwich Village erupted into more protests the next evening, and again several nights later. Within weeks, Village residents quickly organized into activist groups to concentrate efforts on establishing places for gays and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested.

After the Stonewall riots, within six months, two gay activist organizations were formed in New York, concentrating on confrontational tactics, and three newspapers were established to promote rights for gays and lesbians. Within a few years, gay rights organizations were founded across the U.S. and the world. On June 28, 1970, the first Gay Pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago commemorating the anniversary of the riots. Similar marches were organized in other cities. Today, Gay Pride events are held annually throughout the world toward the end of June to mark the Stonewall riots.

Have You Guys Realized

Have you guys realized, how young Korra is? She’s a 21 year-old woman, but already tasked so much with the burden of bringing balance to such an unstable world. I see that Aang was younger (I don’t know too much about what happens in the comics though), but I feel as if Korra’s world is darker, more unstable. With all the modernization that comes around, it has to be.

She has saved the world four times; defeated the spirit of evil and chaos; opened two old Spirit portals; created an entirely NEW one; saved the Air Nation; reduced anti-bender tension in Republic City; lost all of her past lives; lost her identity, her sense of self; lost her bending (twice); lost her legs; and saved the Earth Kingdom and Republic City from a dictator.

And through all of it, she still manages to laugh, and stay young and energetic.

I just-

Her youth just boggles my mind.

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Rebelcaptain + 91 for the drabble challenge please 😊

The tension in the city of Fendi is palpable, and Cassian can taste the discord on his tongue. Jyn moves beside him, fluid as a dancer and eyes ever moving, as they shoulder their way through the dense crowd.

Capital city of the Imperial-occupied planet Tati, Fendi reminds Cassian a little of NiJedha. Fendi’s just as much of a powder keg, and he moves a little closer to Jyn as they walk. Their contact is waiting for them, and he’s reminded again of NiJedha. His eyes lift to the rooftops of the buildings lining either side of the street but he doesn’t see any snipers. No one suspicious in the crowd either; most of the people have their heads down, avoiding eye contact with the stormtroopers as they hurry along to their destinations.

“I don’t like this place,” he mutters as he follows Jyn. He’s the leader of their little team and yet, he somehow always finds himself following her around instead.

“Relax, it’s fine.” Jyn’s confident walk heats Cassian’s blood, and she says something else that he doesn’t catch over the pounding of his heart in his ears.

He hears a small explosion to his left and reacts on instinct, grabbing Jyn and hauling her into an alley. He presses her against the wall and tucks his body against hers, effectively shielding her from whatever threat is coming.

“Cassian!” She rests her hands on his shoulder, aware of the rabbit pace of his heartbeat. “It’s fine. Hey, it’s okay.” She shifts her right hand up to cradle his cheek. “It was just a firecracker.”

Cassian blows out the breath he hadn’t realized he was holding, and his shoulders sag as he steps back. “I’m sorry. I’m protective over the things I love.”

Her cheeks flush pink, and she tilts her head. “Things you love, huh?” Her voice has the slightest tremble, and now so is not the time for this conversation.

They’ve been so careful not to use that word, not to label this growing thing between them, and he feels his own cheeks warming at his slip. Maybe it wasn’t so bad though, if the smile on her face is any indication.

He nods wordlessly, and she laughs, a light puff of air. “Come on,” she says warmly as she moves past him, bumping her shoulder against his arm. “Let’s find Grenko.”

The Things We Hide Ch. 6

he Southern Water Tribe stood for a hundred years against the Fire Nation, indomitable until Sozin’s Comet tipped the balance in Fire Lord Ozai’s favour. Now, as planned, the South is decimated, Chief Hakoda is a puppet on his throne, and Princess Katara is a political prisoner held in the Fire Nation capital to ensure his good behaviour.
But Ozai has little time to gloat. A vigilante masquerading as the Blue Spirit is causing unrest among the people, rebel ships still hound his navy, and right under his nose the South’s most powerful waterbender waits with the patience of ice to strike at the very heart of his empire and bring it crashing down.

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Masterpost here

Words: 2001
Pairing: Zuko x Katara
Chapter Summary: Tensions mount in the city as Katara and Zuko plan their next move.

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Katara,

Forget Otter-Penguin Guy, you’re the crazy one. Of course I’m worried about you, but WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? I know you can hold your drink, but really, taking on that much Fire Nation rice wine would have killed most people. You must have woken up with the worst hangover, and serve you right.

Try to remember that you’re representing all of us. It’s all fun and games when you’re in that fancy house they’ve given you, but the Fire Nation will find any excuse to call us savages, and if they catch you letting loose, then we’ll all be hooked fish. Just be careful alright? Don’t make me come over there. You know how grouchy fishermen get when their catch gets interrupted, and I’m going to tell them it’s your fault.

Stay safe

Mimi

Katara looked up from the hastily scribbled letter and sighed. She reclined under the shade of the lantern tree by the pond, the writing table next to her laden with writs on Fire Nation folk stories and literature about the Spirit World. Hearing of her interest in the subject, the Fire Lady had sent many of the scrolls from her own personal collection, though few of them contained the subject she was really interested in. The Blue Spirit proved as elusive on paper as in the streets of the Caldera.

The letter from Mimi had arrived in the message satchel of a snow raven, which now sat in the upper branches of the lantern tree preening its pale feathers. She had torn into it immediately. Despite the chastising tone, the concern that shone through the messy characters tugged at the deep well of homesickness that had become a constant companion in the past few days. Grief for the lost members of her family piled on memories of her home, her mind flashing between the brilliance of the citadel in her childhood and the burnt out shell to which the Fire Lord had reduced it. Most of all, however, she ached for the feeling of water at her fingertips, sometimes so much it woke her clammy in the middle of the night, choked by her inability to feel the presence of her element. The only water in the Fire Nation pooled deep beneath the earth or had to be wrung from the air one droplet at a time.

Realising the cause of her distress, one of the friendlier guards had assured her that the increasing humidity over the past week was a sure sign the rains were due.

“And to be invited to the Fire Lord’s garden party, what an honour!” he had added. “There’ll be music, and a play, and all sorts of treats set out for you to eat. Not to mention any number of young noblemen who would love to get the chance to know you better. My Chiziro thinks highly of a certain Ruon-Jian, if I recall correctly.”

Katara smiled as she remembered the older man’s rambling. Though she knew the troop of Fire Nation guards had been placed around her residence in an attempt to keep her locked away, it became harder every day to remember they were the enemy, and not just men with stories and baby portraits and curious party tricks who were only doing their jobs.

The sooner their charade could end, the happier she would be.

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After he was discovered in a convenience store at 14 by an IMG agent in 2010, he began modeling in Sydney and then moved to Tokyo for a couple of years. In 2015 he came to the States for a VManshoot in Miami with photographer and inveterate career-launcher Bruce Weber, and he never looked back. “After I did my first thing with Bruce, that was when I saw it all differently and when it started getting serious,” he says. “It switched in my head that this was full-on.” From there came sittings with A-list photographers like Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, Ellen von Unwerth and Collier Schorr, the latter for whom he was the subject and star of a zine-style paperback called “I Blame Jordan.” The project was part of the MoMA PS1 Greater New York series, a recurring exhibition begun in 2000 that brings together artists who work specifically in the New York metropolitan area and showcases the tension of a changing city and art world. The work with Schorr speaks to the fact that Jordan is that rare model and muse whose image is equally at home inside an avant-art project as it is in the pages of a fashion magazine.

FAST TIMES WITH JORDAN BARRETT for Paper Magazine

Text by Christopher Barnard

Photography by Ellen von Unwerth

Styling by Bill Mullen

Hair by Ashley Javier at Art + Commerce

Makeup by Devra Kinery at Art Department

Set Designer: Chelsea Maruskin

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From 2013 to 2014, the Spanish photographer Arnau Bach photographed Marseille, capturing the false expectations and hidden tensions of the French city.

Marseille “is a city of the most stunning colors,” he told me. “Yet life is very hard there. The city is poor and tough, dirty and sandy. I could clearly see on the faces of the people I portrayed the weight of their concerns.”

See more photos from Bach’s series “Capital” on newyorker.com.

GLITCHED - CHARACTER REVEALS 

It’s time to meet two more characters you’ll meet in the world of Soren. Today’s characters are zeal. We’ll be showing off characters every couple weeks leading up to the release of our new and shiny demo. Anyways, let’s meet some new zeal characters!


Aren

“It’s more than a grudge, it’s a vendetta.

Aren was born and raised in the slums of Gunden. He never speaks much of his family or childhood and is known for his anger against the Gunden government. Once a good friend of Corina’s, he now despises those connected in anyway to the government. As tensions in the city rise, Aren seeks a way to manifest his life-long rage. 



Glensch

“Solara’s light shines upon you as well, human!”

As a Osolan priest, Glensch follows his duties to help those in need and share the light that Solara has to offer. He runs a small temple in Douglass Village, a meeting place for humans and vegetable folk. while the two groups tend to stay out of each other’s business, Glensch has extended his care to all people in hopes of making the will of his goddess known.


That’s it for today. We’ll still be showing off a couple more demo maps as well as some other little improvements along the way. We are hard at work at GLITCHED and can’t wait for you to play. Stay creamy everyone.

(Also, shout out to @luckycassette for the portrait art and for working hard along with us.)

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It wasn’t often he got out of Boston, but he was glad for it. A chance to escape the tension of the city and the watchful eye of the General for a little while as he led a small group of his men up to New York. There was something refreshing about the whole thing, and even more so when camping on their journey gave him the opportunity to sneak away from the camp to get some time alone.

He had informed his staff he was going out and not to be bothered except for emergencies. With little effort, he found a small late, the water clear and cold. Not quite as pleasant as the ocean, of course, but it would be an enjoyable experience anyway. A good way to relax. He stripped, folded his clothes  and dove into the water.

What Calum thinks of the signs
  • Aries: "help me play a prank on Michael"
  • Taurus: Would own a dog with them
  • Gemini: Constantly wants to banter with you
  • Cancer: "Let's watch disney films together"
  • Leo: "You look so soft can I hug you?"
  • Virgo: Sexual tension city
  • Libra: Football bros
  • Scorpio: *aggressively wants to be best friends*
  • Sagittarius: Cuter than a puppy
  • Capricorn: Like the coolest person he's ever met, wants to hang more
  • Aquarius: Trusts you enough to send you platonic (or not) nudes
  • Pisces: Asks your opinion when clothes shopping