the first line is ‘i walked through the door with you’ which to me is so interesting because this image of crossing the threshold suggests them both bravely entering something new together
‘the air was cold but something ‘bout it felt like home somehow’ is kind of sad don’t you think??? i have always wondered if the cold air feels like home because she’s been treated so coldly in the past??
and if we take it that way then the fact that she left her ‘scarf there at your sister’s house’ is like taylor giving up her defenses against the cold way the world has treated her in order to trust him
and he still has it in his drawer even now??? she gave away her defenses against the coldness of the world and she never got them back!!! he left her vulnerable.
like i mentioned in a previous post taylor uses cars and travelling as a metaphor for relationships of different kinds so them ‘singing in the car getting lost upstate’ suggests how comfortable they felt in their relationship and how long term they thought it was going to be
autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place is like a punch in the face every single time because to me it means ‘when i saw all of nature dying and coming to an end it reminded me of us’ what a thing to say wow their relationship was blossoming but now is decaying and they are spiraling uncontrollably???? what a powerful image!!!
again with the car metaphors ‘you almost ran the red ‘cause you were looking over at me’ seems to suggest how they almost ignored all the warnings signs that they needed to end their relationship because they were so caught up in each other
i feel like the phrase ‘i was there’ is so important in this song because it shows the distance that taylor feels from the relationship now like it’s not ‘wind in my hair, i am there’ because it’s impossible to revisit those moments and live in them again
alternatively i feel like maybe it’s ‘i was there’ because it was her ‘old self’ that she mentions later who had all those beautiful lovely memories and she is not that girl anymore she ‘was’ but not now
i always thought that the description of ‘a little kid in glasses in a twin size bed’ is so sweet because it emphasises how big and lonely everything seemed when he was younger and how much growing he had to do
‘you taught me ‘bout your past thinking your future was me’ is also so cute because he is teaching her so she can take over and write his future in the best possible way??? he is literally trusting her with his entire future???
‘lost in translation’ is a beautiful way of saying that they could not communicate with each other but to me it has always meant that they could not adapt to each other’s worlds without losing an essential part of themselves much like when a book is adapted for film for example
now for my favourite line of the whole song okay ‘but maybe this thing was a masterpiece before you tore it all up’ is so interesting because it brings into question beauty and value and whether something is only beautiful for as long as you can own it and it is tangible, like an old famous painting, for example, or whether it remains valuable and precious long after it is destroyed because it is the thoughts and people it inspired that had true value. this idea is revisited in sad beautiful tragic when taylor seems to decide that something can be beautiful and ruined simultaneously and that things do not cease to be beautiful when they are over (just like those autumn leaves falling earlier in the song)
this song is just full of powerful images and ‘a crumpled up piece of paper lying there’ is so interesting because a piece of blank paper holds so many possibilities it is literally a symbol of untapped potential so the idea of her being a crumpled up piece of paper suggests all that potential between them being discarded all those pages of their love story that will now forever remain unwritten
this is a tiny thing but the repetition in the line that follows of ‘but i remember it all, all, all… too well’ just to me feels like taylor being trapped in the moment unable to move forwards to the next word and mirrors her being trapped in her grief about this relationship
It is no secret that one word can have many different meanings, and those
meanings evolve over time. Change can be annoying, but important for better
understanding and communication between people. We need accurate labels that
will not create unnecessary confusion and misinterpretation. For that reason, I
have reconsidered the terms I use on AutisticWorlds and decided to adjust my
terminology and find a word that reflects experiences of people better.
i always say
i just want to get away
travel the world
go to little coffee shops
and get lost.
i can’t stand leaving
dirty streets and unfamiliar faces
leave me transparent
so the wind blows straight through me
chilling me down to the soul
the theory of travel is a remedy
but the motion is crippling
although it may be better
if i was with you
Driving in the fog (read: facing the future) is one of the scariest things–you can’t see the obstacles ahead of you, you don’t know if you’re on the right path–but you don’t really have a choice, do you?
A Mary Picture Is Mary Worth A Thousand Mary Words
So thanks to @dumbingofage I am COMPLETELY ENTHRALLED by this current Mary Worth(!) storyline where some dude abuses prescription painkillers. The drug abuse isn’t the funny part- this is a Real Problem that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, and I think authors’ hearts are in the right place. But the hackneyed writing and INCREDIBLE art make this one of the funniest comics I’ve read in ages. A @joshreads style breakdown of my favorite panels follows. I’ll go in roughly chronological order.
The greatest line committed to newsprint.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIS FACE also his girlfriend looks like she’s in her 50s
LISTEN ALL Y’ALL IT’S SABOTAGE
In times of mental and emotional duress, antidepressants can be a life-saving therapeutic…oh. Oh those aren’t antidepressants are they.
EATER OF SOULS (AND ALSO VICODIN)
That’s how I hold my hands when I type too. I’m doing it right now.
“Next stop” is traditionally a segue to some sort of travel metaphor, but such banality is beneath the writer of MARY WORTH. And what is he drinking? MIII_||’<?
Obama’s original slogan was much more controversial.
Taylor uses cars and travelling as a metaphor for relationships of different kinds so them ‘singing in the car getting lost upstate’ suggests how comfortable they felt in their relationship and how long term they thought it was going to be. autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place is like a punch in the face every single time because to me it means ‘when i saw all of nature dying and coming to an end it reminded me of us’ I just love this song so much..
You are one of the luckiest signs, because you believe in following your wanderlust to your bliss and living life to the fullest. You seek to be a sage, and every aspect of your life seems to flow from that basic ambition. Extraordinary reading comprehension enhances your scholarship. And your yen for travel is a metaphor for your quest for knowledge. An abiding sense of optimism constitutes the soles of your vagabond shoes. Your gregarious personality and ability to navigate your way out of adversity fuels your faith in fun and adventure. You sing in the key of freedom, and that has definite implications for your love life. A conventional long-term relationship doesn’t appeal to you because it implies a restrictive commitment. Only one that would enable you to remain totally free would suit your idea of happiness. You would make a good single guy/gal, because routine crushes your spirit, and you want to see too much of the planet and its peoples to be anything but a nomad. Your happiness requires a multiplicity of stimuli, and you’re unlikely to settle down enough to suit a significant other who doesn’t understand your impulse to stay on the move. Your prognosis for happiness is high, indeed, because wherever you lay your hat is your home. People you meet along the way don’t feel like strangers; you hold friends close and your liberal wit and relaxed style put people at your feet.
Zootopia is more than a good movie. Zootopia is so moving to me, it aches. In this feeling, I know I’m not alone. As I write this, there is over 700 million dollars worth of proof that it has touched millions of people worldwide. This is something no one anticipated. Out of nowhere, Zootopia has emerged to touch us in a way that goes far beyond what we might expect from even an inventive and artfully told animal fable (of which Zootopia most certainly is).
This is because it is not really about the adventurous police caper.
Zootopia is a movie about possibility.
Zootopia’s true story is about two, dare I say real, characters, each who enter the story with their own views and blind spots and barriers and foibles, and who sail the messy seas together. Over the course of the film, Judy and Nick travel way more than the metaphorical 211 miles between Bunnyburrow and Zootopia. Through their escapades together, their personal journeys are immense.
That is the true heart of Zootopia. We bear witness to the deep and profound insights and growth that rocks each of them to their very core. To be clear, these are not superficial shifts, minor adjustments of character or the learning a quick and easy slogan. They are foundational. The Nick and Judy who dance together at the end of the movie are not the same Nick and Judy as those we met at the beginning.
Furthermore, everything is on display. Zootopia is not necessarily a “positive” movie. It presents no magic moments. Throughout the movie, they confront all manner of existential and philosophical barriers, and they deal with them. Judy and Nick earn their transformations because they work for it. They make serious mistakes. They take risks. They let themselves be vulnerable. Nothing is ever guaranteed. They fail, and they go back.
Consider what we see get transformed in the movie: hidden bias, personal barriers, incidents from our past, broken friendships, societal and peer pressures, and fear. We witness amazing examples of taking ownership, of apology and forgiveness, of empathy, of trust, and that anything can be worked out in communication. We are reminded that we can fail without being a failure, and that we are never stuck in who we think we are, or who we think we have to be. We can always choose, and we can always change.
Through it all, we follow Judy and Nick as they develop one of the most incredibly authentic friendships ever depicted in cinema, one forged in understanding and, by the end of the movie, in deep acceptance of each other.
All of these, all in one movie. That’s… beyond remarkable.
Here’s the thing: We are hungry for this.
We want to journey, like Nick and Judy, towards the best versions of ourselves we can be.
We want to be dragged, like Nick, kicking and screaming if need be, back to our own idealism of a world that can work for everyone, with no one left out.
We want to know, like Judy, how to handle a world that doesn’t always fit our hopes and dreams.
We want to find friendships where we truly feel at home.
We want to make a difference in this world.
This is it. This is what we all want in life. These are the hopes and desires we all share. And this is why this movie calls to us so strongly. It not only touches our shared humanity, but celebrates it.
And that is why Zootopia has captured our hearts so strongly, in so short a time. Zootopia is a clarion call towards those aspirations that we have hidden and buried under resignation and overwhelm.
I’m going to make a bold declaration here: Zootopia is more than just a good movie, Zootopia is IMPORTANT.
Stories are powerful. Everything we know about ourselves, and about the world, is codified into stories. Some of the stories we make up ourselves. Most of the stories, we hear… and then make up something about. Often, our mind doesn’t know which are which. This conflux of narratives gives us our experience of life, and they tell us who we are, and who we are not, tell us who others are, and how others are not, and tell us how the world is, and how it is not.
That’s why, when we see these kinds of possibilities and are shown wonderful examples of powerful transformation on the screen, they all becomes a part of us. Possibility begets possibility. When possibilities are shared, they create space for possibilities for others. They alter our worldview, and thus, our world.
As we journey along with Nick and Judy, as we witness and experience their trials and triumphs, we too gain access to this world of possibility.
Equally important, we get to see that the path is not an open road. It is one that is littered with pitfalls and upsets. We equally get to see that is OK. That is how it goes. Not everything is fatal. We can clean it up. We can make amends. We can forgive. Things take time.
Sometimes, there will be strong and entrenched forces in our way. That too is OK. That’s how it goes. We can regroup and continue. Rome (and Zootopia) wasn’t built in a day, nor did it fall apart in a day. There is history there. It takes time to write new history.
And then, there lies the biggest barriers before us: those within ourselves. We’re all faced with incidents and failures in our past, our weaknesses, and our nagging, persistent, unproductive ways of being. And yet… those weaknesses are just another reminder of something. "Hey, glass half full,“ says Judy in her speech at the end of the movie, ” we have a lot in common!“
In both our desires and our faults, we share a common bond.
We need this kind of storytelling. We need this kind of experience. Stories are potent because they can create experiences as real as our own. Zootopia seeps deeper into us than we might expect because it talks directly to us, entering our imaginations with grace and honour and respect. Zootopia possesses a visceral intimacy that bypasses our knowledge and our "yeah, buts…” to dance directly with our human spirit.
The creators at Disney didn’t have to do this, of course. They didn’t need to write this kind of insightful and profound meditation on life. They could have made a silly movie filled with animal hijinks and called it a day. That they didn’t speaks to their commitment to what storytelling can achieve.
The brilliance of Zootopia is in these two main characters. Judy is us. Nick is us. They start in very different spaces and places. Neither is a paragon of the animal kingdom. But in the end, they achieve remarkable wisdom, together.
Zootopia reminds us what who we truly want to be, opens us up to possibility, and shows us the path to take while giving us the gumption to see it through along the messy road.
Where did English come from? How has it changed and evolved over time to become the powerhouse language it is today? This week, we talk about the history of English: what it looked like when it was more Germanic, how it became more French in Middle English, and the changes that happened to make it the Modern English we speak today.
This is our first historical linguistics video, so we’re excited to hear what you have to say! ^_^
“Despite his ill health at the time, Bowie’s recording is said to “transport the listener on waves of optimism”, according to Nicholas Pegg, author of The Complete David Bowie, who personally discovered the audio.
He says the lyrics showed Bowie “returning to his long-cherished motif of space travel as an existential metaphor”, while “the title [ Blaze ] is apt; the Blackstar sessions concluded in a blaze of glory,” .“