where-de-be

Part way through a 23-hour bus ride from Montpellier to London, I had a two-hour stopover in Paris and so, of course, I decided to run over to the Eiffel Tower again and admire it one more time. ☺️🙌 Note: For anyone that stops at the Porte Malliot stop in Paris, it’s only a 20 minute fast walk (with all my bags in tow) to Place de Trocadéro, where you can get this great view of the Eiffel Tower – totally doable for stopovers around an hour or longer! 😁 http://ift.tt/2hecJjD

ifeelbetterer  asked:

Book meme, Oscar Wilde style: Picture of Dorian Grey, Importance of Being Earnest, and De Profundis.

Ok so apologies in advance bc this is going to be like my personal tirade about Oscar Wilde and shit.

So, just to get it out of the way, have to burn Importance of Being Earnest. As much as I love that play and think it is a gift that keeps on giving, the idea of a world where Dorian Gray and De Profundis are no longer extant makes something die inside me.

So Dorian Gray and De Profundis: which to read, which to rewrite. It’s tempting to say rewrite Dorian (which has of course happened ) in order to may the gay subtext explicit rather than implicit, but I’m actually of the opinion that the unspeakability of Dorian’s desires give the novel so much of its impact–Wilde’s “love that dare not speak its name” is powerful because unnamed, because it can’t be named. De Profundis, too, is shaped so much by what cannot be said–how could you change the words? It would be a poor substitute for what is really wanted: to change the circumstances of its writing, which is of course outside the confines of this meme. 

I have a lot of thoughts about Wilde on this particular day because yesterday I was re-reading The Soul of Man Under Socialism. I was thinking at the time about Wilde’s thoughts on the invidiousness of charity because there’s been so much talk of donation on the internet recently–charity as a palliative to the really sickening and disabling political climate. Like a lot of people, I live in a world made possible by charity: I work at a state institution where systematic, surgical budget cuts have created a shift more and more towards reliance on charitable donations to fill gaps and complete basic work. Wilde is very astute in picking out how capitalism cannot be sustained without charity, because it creates conditions under which people and institutions cannot survive except through philanthropy. 

Soul of Man Under Socialism is a hard read, because its littered with Wilde’s very real contempt and distaste for poor people. It’s never quite clear if his dehumanizing language is because he doesn’t see poor people as fully human or if it is meant to underscore the ways in which capitalism is inherently dehumanizing. It’s also a very rewarding read, because though some of Wilde’s ideas come off as hopelessly naive (he basically handwaves the question of who will actually perform necessary labor by positing the invention of robots) but also pretty astute about many things. The section I always return to is this one:

 “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. For a town or country labourer to practise thrift would be absolutely immoral. Man should not be ready to show that he can live like a badly-fed animal. He should decline to live like that, and should either steal or go on the rates, which is considered by many to be a form of stealing. As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg. No: a poor man who is ungrateful, unthrifty, discontented, and rebellious, is probably a real personality, and has much in him. He is at any rate a healthy protest.”

Anyway none of that has to do with the meme but I just wanted to put it out there in the world because for very obvious reasons it has been on my mind!

Como a vida é engraçada, né? Bem na hora que você pensa que está tudo resolvido, bem na hora em que você finalmente começa a planejar alguma coisa de verdade, se empolga e se sente como se soubesse a direção em que está seguindo, o caminho muda, a sinalização muda, o vento sopra na direção contrária, o norte de repente vira sul, o leste virá oeste, e você fica perdido. Como é fácil perder o rumo, a direção…
—  Simplesmente Acontece
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I present you guys, the Shounen Puns.

Some of these puns was Originated and Inspired by a Facebook Page.

Kagerou Project RP / Hibiya’s Huwat

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Didn’t know I needed Georges Washington de Lafayette and Phillip until now. Georges was sent to America during the rein of terror and visited the Hamilton’s house often. He and Phillip were around the same age, so its plausible

Basically a continuation of this

 http://macaroon22.tumblr.com/post/137757265431/adrienne-and-lafayette-are-my-otp-they-were-in