this is a ken burns post

A List of Kaneki's Tragedies
  • Father dies
  • Mother abused him
  • Mother dies
  • Aunt doesn’t like him
  • Bullied as a kid
  • Goes on a terrible date
  • Forced into a lifestyle he doesn’t want
  • Best friend gets beaten up by Nishio-senpai
  • A very picky eater gets obsessed with him
  • Gets tricked by a very picky eater
  • Almost becomes dinner (twice)
  • Gets beaten up
  • Has a bite taken out of him so his homegirl can save the day
  • Gets pick-pocketed by a guy from the CCG
  • Smells like Rize
  • Gets kidnapped by a terrorist origination
  • Gets kicked in the face (twice) by Ayato
  • Finds out his doctor was a piece of shit
  • Forced to dismantle bodies
  • Goes back to save Banjou
  • Taken to a torture chamber
  • Has a needle jammed in his eye
  • Given a ghoul-roofie
  • Is asked math questions
  • Gets toes and fingers cut off (repeatedly)
  • Hallucinates his ex-crush telling him all his friends will die
  • Has a fucking centipede put in his ear
  • Watches multiple people get murdered
  • Has mental breakdown
  • Becomes uncontrollably strong for awhile at the cost of being a cannibal
  • Kills a bunch of people
  • Gets punched in the face by his girl
  • Joins Anteiku again just to have it raided and burned down
  • Whatever the fuck happen to Hide
  • Gets stabbed in the head (twice)
  • Taken to Cochlea and “trained”
  • Has mental breakdown (again)
  • Uses amnesia to cope
  • Creates a new identity and is “really happy living like this”
  • Cries at the sight of Touka
  • Gets haunted by his past identity
  • Remembers even more shit about his past
  • Has a mental breakdown (fucking again) …

anonymous asked:

hope this isn't offensive, i'm just curious, why do you read so much vietnam war literature?

It’s not offensive at all, and there are basically three reasons for it. One is research. I’m working on two different creative projects right now which take place in years when it would be a huge oversight not to include the Vietnam War. (And if you’re going to include it, you need to know what you’re talking about.) Another is my own family history. My grandparents were in the Foreign Service and stationed in Southeast Asia in the 1960s–my grandfather was in Saigon, while my grandmother, my mother, and her sister were living a little farther out of harm’s way in Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. So this conflict is closer to home for me than it is for many people my age. (My grandfather did not die during the war, but the war did kill him, years later. Exposure to napalm causes cancer, which is one of many far-reaching effects of the Vietnam War people don’t often think or talk about, and which we still don’t fully understand.) The last and most immediate reason is that the current political climate is frighteningly reminiscent of what it was 50 years ago, and that is not something we should ignore. Trump sounds a lot like Nixon (read up on the madman theory if you’re not sure what I’m talking about). We are all but inviting war with North Korea, and the anti-American sentiment there is a holdover from previous wars waged in Asia (more on that here). Both the Korean War and the Vietnam War started as ideological conflicts that spun out of control and resulted in massive losses of life (on all sides), and it’s something that history classes tend to gloss or overlook, because it’s difficult to teach and unpleasant to talk about. We often get to WWII–where it’s comparatively clear who the good guys and the bad guys are–and stop before we have to talk about the huge casualties and murky morality of Western attempts to stop the spread of Communism in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Trump’s UN speech was unsettling for many reasons, but partly because you could have replaced the word ‘terrorism’ with ‘communism’ and it could have been 1971. He kept talking about “learning from history,” but we’re turning a blind eye to the history that’s the most relevant here, and we do that at our peril. 

But this post is getting overlong. So I’ll just say this: I would really encourage you to learn a little bit about what went down in Asia between the 1950s and 1975. There’s a reading list here you could start with. Alternatively, there’s a monumental new documentary by Ken Burns streaming now, for free, on PBS. It’s a massive undertaking, it’s only ten episodes, and it is very worth watching.

Haise examined the beef packages, labeled ‘50% off’ and contemplated whether the one on the left or right had too much fat. 

I could shave it off the fat before cooking…

It became standard for Haise to cook for the Quinx considering none of them new how to properly cook. Haise remember when Shirazu took over and made dinner. The rice was half-way cook and runny, the salmon was burnt to a crisp, the miso lacked flavor, so Saiko says. It was such a disaster that Saiko had marched into Haise’s room and complained to him, prompting him to take it upon him to make them dinner from now on.

I can’t even eat this, Haise thought solemnly. Sometimes Haise caught himself trying to recollect a time when he was once human, but no memories emerged. After careful consideration, Haise choose to both. 

Saiko had decided for the entire house that they would eat nabe, ignoring Shirazu’s craving for pizza instead. Haise wandered the grocery store aisles, stopping to read the colorful packaging, wondering what the food tasted like. When he past some of the more ‘exotic’ ingredients, he picked a can of salsa and questioned whether the Quinx would appreciate it. He placed it back. They don’t seem like the adventurous type when it comes to food, Haise chuckled to himself.

Bags in hand, Haise walked out of the store humming to himself. Life as a ghoul and ghoul investigator caused Haise to have many conflicting feelings and emotions, but going to the grocery store made him feel normal. He valued the mundane. 

As he was walking, a figure bumped his shoulder, prompting him to drop the bag in his left hand. In the same instance, he heard a low “sorry” from the figure. Haise’s brows furrowed in annoyance, sending a glare to get his irritation across. But the figure was no longer looking at him and walked further away. Suddenly, Haise found his heart pounding, and eyes fixated on the unruly set of golden-brown hair on the man’s head. 

Follow him NOW

That terrifying voice surfaced in Haise mind again, and he listened. Dropping the second bag, Haise sped-walked in order to catch up to the man. After several paces, Haise’s breathing became labored, and he struggled to get airs to fill his lungs. A cold sweat ran down his forehead and back, and now he was running. As he got closer, he reached out and grabbed the man’s shoulder. Haise wouldn’t help but feel his stomach flutter and smile knowing he caught up to the person he was chasing.

Hide,uttered the a forlorn voice.

His smile quickly fell. He didn’t know this man at all. Small blue eyes, a short nose, and thin lips. The man raised an eyebrow at Haise and pushed away his hand from his shoulder.

“Can I help you?” His voice was rough and deep, unfriendly and annoyed. 

“I-I-umm,” Haise was at a loss. He found it difficult to explain his strange behavior and his invasive touch. “I-I’m sorry,” Haise rasped, throat and mouth dry, and apologetically bowed. “I..thought you were someone else…I guess.”The last two words barely audible 

The man clicked his tongue and walked away as he had before, offering neither a word or further acknowledgement from the blond-haired man. Haise straightened his posture but eyes lingered on the ground. 

Why did I chase after that man…” Haise cheeks burned from embarrassment as he recalled his actions. His movements were slow and sluggish. From some reason, a hollow feeling arose in Haise, an emptiness he couldn’t explain. The bags were as he left them, and he picked them up slowly, placing the fallen items back in the bags. 

“Why does my chest hurt…” Haise massaged his upper body with a free hand, “And who is Hide?”

anonymous asked:

Do you have favorite hidekane fics, Kitty?

As a matter of fact, I recommend literally anything by @tim-drabble-vault. They have a treasure chest of hidekane fics that will literally melt you into oblivion.

I recommend this beauty highly, about Ken being freed from Dragon, these two losers doing what they do best and avoiding each other until they can’t anymore and builds into this beautiful, slow-burn romance that I’ll love forever:

I also highly recommend Shake It Out by @midori-verte. It’s a high-school hidekane fic that’s absolutely incredible (and I need to read chapter 4 of it XD) and really shows how even those two can have real struggles in their relationship and Hide struggling to keep up his facade and not knowing how to react when people are trying to see who he really is and I absolutely love everything about it XD.
Opinion | From ‘The Chi’ to ‘Ocean’s 8,’ the pop culture I’m most looking forward to in 2018
From the dangerously escapist science fiction of 'Annihilation' to the reckoning with history in 'Chappaquiddick,' the pop culture of 2018 can't get here soon enough.

2. “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”: I’ve written before that showrunner Ryan Murphy is basically the Ken Burns of camp: a hard-working auteur with a unifying theory of America intent on tackling different aspects and eras of our culture and politics. His latest adventure explores crime, homophobia, fashion, HIV and Miami. Whether you like it may depend on how much time you’re comfortable spending in the mind of serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), but Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin are wonderful as, respectively, Gianni Versace, his sister Donatella and Antonio D’Amico, too.

“Things Fall Apart”

I’m a day behind in watching the Ken Burns & Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War. Today I watched Episode 6, which was shown on PBS last night. The episode is called, “Things Fall Apart.” It focuses on the period from the Tet offensive in January 1968 through July 1968. That was a rough period in American history. Anyway, I read an interview with Ken Burns in the Washington Post about this episode, and learned the genesis of the title he gave it. From the interview:

This episode is called “Things Fall Apart” and it has to do with the William Butler Yeats poem that Robert Kennedy cites in an editorial that he writes that year opposing the war in no uncertain terms in the New York Times. But it’s also about what the title of the next episode is about: the veneer of civilization. This is how close we are. I always feel that all of these images here are mirrors. They ask us — and I think one of the gifts of filmmaking is that it permits us to order and sequence images to remind us of not what happens but also what we are capable of ourselves.

So I went and looked up the Yeats poem that Burns was talking about, and was reminded that this particular poem is one of those that all of us have read (whether voluntarily, or involuntarily in school). The title is “The Second Coming.” So I read it again, and then again, because the first stanza could be speaking about today, now, this day and this moment in the US. Maybe you don’t see it or sense it, but I did immediately. So, here’s the poem, which was written in 1920, right after the end of World War I.

(Second stanza is loaded with religious themes and concepts and the like, which make my eyes glaze over. But it does have that slouching beast stuff, which is kind of freaky.) 

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Half-ghoul!Hide kagune resembles a spider and Kaneki is very Arachnophobic:

Touka (on phone): How’s your boyfriend doing?

Hide: He’s… Getting used to it, I think…

Kaneki (In background): D-don’t get n-near me!

Hide: Come on man, I just want-

Kaneki (yelling): I’m not going to be your lunch!

Hide: Kaneki! Ow! Put… The… For Gods sakes, put the freaking broom down before you break something!

Kaneki (still yelling): Back to hell you daemon!

Touka: Ever think about trying blindfolded?

Hide: Me or him?”

Hide: Kaneki! Where the hell you… Hey, hey, man let’s be reasonable here! W-we don’t have fire insurance yet! 

Kaneki: Burn!

Touka: I’ll let you two lovebirds be.

Day 4 - Coooking Together

Some hideneki cooking headcanons:

-Kaneki is a great cook only problem is that the seasoning is always off bc he can’t taste the food. As a result hide is always hanging on his shoulder taking small taste tests.

-Hide cooks decently however his one fault is he forgets about the food and its only remembered again once the smoke alarm goes off.

-When they where kids (and kaneki wasn’t a ghoul) hide would try to make kaneki food, in that case it wouldn’t burn however there where always minor complications, kaneki never admitted them.

-Kaneki constantly cooks for hide, he claims its to make sure hide doesn’t burn his house down but he really likes the task bc it helps him calm down and chill from his ghoul-ness.

-Kaneki will not stand for any sexual activity while cooking due to the one time the chicken caught fire, also its unsanitary.
We're Both Still Alive - Chapter 1 - kyanitedragon - Tokyo Ghoul [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 4/?
Fandom: Tokyo Ghoul
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply, Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Kaneki Ken | Sasaki Haise/Nagachika Hideyoshi/Kirishima Touka, Kaneki Ken | Sasaki Haise/Nagachika Hideyoshi, Kaneki Ken | Sasaki Haise/Kirishima Touka
Characters: Kaneki Ken | Sasaki Haise, Nagachika Hideyoshi
Additional Tags: Slow Burn, Polyamorous relationship, lots of character interactions, mentions of cannibalism, not too much violence just some gore mentions because of the V14 fight, this started as a drabble but then I got more ideas, and now its kinda a fix-it fic, although there will still be angst, and lots of fluff, will update tags as I post more chapters

Kaneki survived V14, but is now severely wounded. Hide finds him and Kaneki never becomes the Investigator Haise Sasaki. Instead, he and Hide try to figure out a way to stay together while avoiding the CCG.

I guess it’s finished. I’m sorry. I’m so frustrated with this. I was planning on including it in some showcase thing the summer art program I’m going to is having and maybe even putting it up for sale there…? Mostly out of curiosity more than anything, but it’s just not looking good and I can’t save it. Just looking at the mess ups on the face make me want to burn it.
I’ll just go and delete the previous post of this.

bossuary replied to your post

the single greatest threat to PBS’s success is PBS.

okay but honestly

  • the same ads run in the same order, in the same timeslots for months, until the minute you start getting used to it, and then some of them change. some have been playing before the news hour for years. you start to feel like groundhog day
  • 13 identical globe trekker shows and their kenny g intro music
  • to order “hummingbird mating habits” on dvd for $59.99, call this toll-free number or go to
  • every region has their own “local interest” segment show that gets shoved into the rest of the timeslot when something’s less than an hour long. today they’re going to the seal sanctuary. today they’re going to the tomato farm. today they’re going to the roadside statue of brumbpo tungus the third. if you’re lucky they filmed like 8 episodes. you can recite 6 of them by heart
  • this program is provided for by the national endowment for the humanities, and by contributions from viewers like you. thank you
  • it’s 6 PM on a saturday night. lawrence welk is on, followed by an hour of as time goes by episodes from before you were born
  • it’s a holiday weekend, so the tv station needs to run on a skeleton staff. time to marathon literally everything ken burns has ever done
  • pledge break six times a year: celtic woman, some dude who plays “world music” with dollar tree fabio hair, aging hippie band reunion tours, suze orman finance seminars
  • sunday night at 9 you think you might finally get something british that’s worthwhile. it’s one of the bates and anna episodes of downton abbey again
  • no seriously please donate
  • we’ll give you a bobblehead for $30 a month

Burning Karaoke with Ken & VIXX manager Raon

A List of Touka's Tragedies
  • Mother was murdered
  • Father disappeared (also murdered)
  • Ratted out to the CCG

  • Gets pecked in the eye by the bird she rescued

  • Homeless, until she joins a peaceful ghoul hideout

  • Hot, semi-emo brother joins a terrorist organization

  • Best friend aspires to be a chef

  • Gets sexually harassed

  • Kills the asshole

  • Rize’s ex-date doesn’t want to share the corpse

  • Stops Nishio-senpai from killing Kaneki

  • Stops Kaneki from killing Hide

  • Ryouko gets murdered

  • Gets injured getting revenge

  • Looks suspicious to Mado while cosplaying at the CCG

  • Becomes a wanted criminal after getting more revenge
  • Has a phobia of birds 
  • Hinami rescues Loser, a bird
  • Defeats a very picky eater
  • Tells him to eat himself, he does 
  • Is called pretty
  • Gets punched in the face by her hot, semi-emo brother
  • Her fella gets kidnapped by a terrorist organization
  • Gets kagune chewed off by her hot, semi-emo brother 
  • Gets told it’s “unappetizing”

  • Hot, semi-emo brother gets half wrecked
  • Feels abandoned

  • Punches Kaneki in the face from too many feels
  • Anteiku is raided and burned down
  • Meets a crying, amnesiac Haise Sasaki
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  • Visits someone at the hospital

  • Helps rescue a very picky eater
George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Meryl Streep Among Stars at Obamas’ Farewell Bash
George and Amal Clooney, Paul McCartney, and Meryl Streep were among the celebrities who trekked to Washington, D.C., on Friday for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s farewell celebration at the White House.
By Ted Johnson

They were among those spotted arriving at the White House for the late-evening event, along with Gloria Estefan, Magic Johnson, Anna Wintour, Bradley Cooper, Harvey Weinstein, Lorne Michaels, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kelly Rowland, Tracee Ellis Ross, David Letterman, Gloria Estefan, Tyler Perry, Robert De Niro, Jon Hamm, Ken Burns, Stevie Wonder, Al Roker, Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham. Photos of the arrivals were posted on social media by reporters, including CNN’s Betsy Klein, staked out near the White House entrance.

Many of the Obamas’ friends who attended were donors and supporters throughout their White House years and two presidential campaigns.

The event was private, and in the past the Obamas have picked up the tab for such parties.

The party followed Michelle Obama’s final speech, which she delivered in the East Room earlier on Friday to commemorate the 2017 School Counselor of the Year. President Obama is scheduled to deliver a farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday.

The presence of so many celebrities may contrast to the turnout for Donald Trump’s inauguration. His team has been trying to line up talent to perform at his inauguration festivities later this month. Performers like Elton John and Garth Brooks have declined.

The party went on until 4 a.m., with chicken and waffles served to the early morning attendees.