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My 2016 In Reading

THE BOOKS I LOVED SO MUCH I WANTED TO SEW THEM INTO MY SKIN AKA MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Today I Am a Book by xTx
The Three Woes by Casey Hannan
A Bestiary by Lily Hoang
Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky

THE BOOK THAT OPENED MY EYES AND MIND AND BROKE MY HEART WITH THE PAINFUL REALITY TOO MANY AMERICANS LIVE WITH

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

THE BOOK THAT WAS TOTAL TRASH AND I THINK THE WRITER HATES FAT PEOPLE WHICH IS FINE BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE OUR ISSUES BUT STILL, GIRL, WHAT….

Maestra by L.S. Hilton

THE COMING OF AGE PROSE POETRY THAT MOVED ME IMMEASURABLY

The Pocket Knife Bible by Anis Mojgani

THE BOOK THAT MADE ME THINK HILLARY CLINTON REALLY WAS GOING TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY

All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

THE STRANGE BOOK ABOUT LONELINESS AND THE THINGS WE DO ONLINE THAT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Valletta78 by Erin Fitzgerald

THE POETRY BOOK I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND AT ALL THOUGH I COULD TELL THE POEMS WERE SUPER SMART

The House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson

THE ACTION THRILLER THAT HAD LOTS OF HYPE BLURBS BUT WAS ONLY SO SO

The Second Life of Nick Mason by Scott Hamilton

THE RETELLING OF A CLASSIC THAT I REALLY ENJOYED, WHICH SURPRISED ME AND ALSO THE AUTHOR WROTE ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME, AMERICAN WIFE

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

THE BOOK THAT MADE ME CRY BECAUSE IT HELD SO MUCH I COULD RELATE TO AND THEN MADE ME A LITTLE MAD

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

EXCELLENT SMALL PRESS BOOKS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT

Pink Museum by Caroline Crew
The Farmacist by Ashley Farmer
The Voyager Record by Anthony Michael Morena
Massive Cleansing Fire by Dave Housley

THE BOOK I READ TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE A COMIC BOOK SERIES EVEN THOUGH I WAS WRITING FOR THEIR MAJOR COMPETITOR

The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O’Neil

THE COMIC BOOK I LOVED AND RECOMMEND OFTEN

Saga by Brian Vaughan

THE COMIC BOOK ISSUE I READ AND THOUGHT WAS NOT SO GOOD SO I HAVEN’T READ ANY OTHER ISSUES IN THE SERIES

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

THE BOOK I WROTE AN INTRODUCTION FOR (OUT IN 2017! FROM BEACON PRESS!)

Like One of the Family by Alice Childress

THE BOOK I REVIEWED FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

THE BOOK I WANTED TO LOVE THAT HAD GORGEOUS OBSERVATIONS OF WOMEN’S FRIENDSHIPS

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

THE BOOK ABOUT CHEFS AND THEIR TATTOOS WITH FASCINATING STORIES OF WHY PEOPLE PERMANENTLY INK THEIR SKIN

Knives and Ink by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton

THE BOOK I READ BECAUSE I SAW A PREVIEW FOR THE TV SHOW AND LEARNED IT WAS BASED ON A BOOK SO I STARTED WONDERING IF THE BOOK WAS GOOD

Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Reverte

SOME VERY GOOD BOOKS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT BECAUSE THE STORIES ARE WARM AND/OR INTELLIGENT AND/OR STRANGE AND/OR GRIPPING AND/OR INTENSE

Turner House by Angela Flournoy
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang
The Story of My Teeth by Valerie Luiselli
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

THE HEARTBREAKING BOOK ABOUT BEING GAY IN THE MIDDLE EAST DURING THESE TUMULTUOUS TIMES FROM A WRITER WITH A LOT OF POTENTIAL

Guapa by Saleem Haddad

GORGEOUS BOOKS OF POETRY I REALLY LOVED

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
L’Heure Bleue by Elisa Gabbert
The New Testament by Jericho Brown
Look by Solmaz Sharif
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

THE EXCELLENT BOOK I CHOSE AS MY SELECTION FOR BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB

The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel

THE BOOK I READ BASICALLY TO IMPRESS A GIRL AND IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD BOOK ALSO AND I HOPE THE GIRL WAS IMPRESSED BY MY DEDICATION BECAUSE THE BOOK WAS VERY LONG

The Fireman by Joe Hill

THE BOOK WITH AN AMAZING TITLE,  SOME REALLY GOOD STORIES INCLUDING A RIFF ON ANTIQUES ROADSHOW AND ALSO SOME STORIES I LIKED LESS

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

THE BOOK THAT WAS EXCEPTIONALLY WRITTEN BUT I WANTED THE ACTUAL RAILROAD PART TO BE MORE FULLY REALIZED

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

FUN BOOKS THAT WERE FUN

The Assistants by Camille Perri
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

THE BOOK ABOUT BEING SINGLE TOWARD THE MIDDLE OF YOUR LIFE THAT PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE IS GOING TO LOVE WHEN IT COMES OUT

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

THE EXCELLENT SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS COMING OUT AROUND THE SAME TIME AS DIFFICULT WOMEN THAT MADE ME JEALOUS AND ALSO SCARED OF THE COMPETITION

Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller

THE BOOK THAT WAS NOT MY CUP OF TEA BUT IT’S ME NOT THE BOOK

300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso

THE BOOKS I BLURBED (AND THEREFORE REALLY ENJOYED)

You’re the  Most Beautiful Thing That Happened by Arisa White
In the Not Quite Dark by Dana Johnson
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky
Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz
Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Bruja by Wendy C. Ortiz
Sing For Your Life by Daniel Bergner
Made for Love by Alissa Nutting

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question tag

i was tagged by @ainstudiess to do this, so thank you very much!!<33

Rules: Answer these 92 statements and tag 20 people

LAST:

1. Drink: water

2. Phone call: mom

3. Text message: “IMSORYRYYYRYYYYY” to my friend bc I couldn’t understand what she meant but finally i did soo yeah

4. Song you listened to: Sweet Creature - Harry Styles

5. Time you cried: yesterday

HAVE YOU:

6. Dated someone twice: nope (i’ve never even dated yet in my whole entire life)

7. Kissed someone and regretted it: nope

8. Been cheated on: nope

9. Lost someone special: yes

10. Been depressed: yeah

11. Gotten drunk and thrown up: nope

LIST 3 FAVORITE COLORS:

12-14: purple, pastel pink, white

IN THE LAST YEAR HAVE YOU:

15. Made new friends: yes!

16. Fallen out of love: hmm maybe??? idk

17. Laughed until you cried: yes lol

18. Found out someone was talking about you: yes ..

19. Met someone who changed you: yup :)(

20. Found out who your friends are: probably but maybe not, who knows

21. Kissed someone on your Facebook list: nope

GENERAL:

22. How many of your Facebook friends do you know in real life: i’m pretty sure i know all of em?

23. Do you have any pets: nope but i rly want to have a cat but my parents told me that i was allergic to fur or sth like that i’m not rly sure so :’)

24. Do you want to change your name: in the past yes but i guess now not anymore 

25. What did you do for your last Birthday: nothing bc i never rly celebrate my birthday aha

26. What time did you wake up: 5 AM

27. What were you doing at midnight last night: sleeping or maybe dreaming

28. Name something you can’t wait for: be friends w my new classmates lol

29. When was the last time you saw your mom: a few minutes ago

30. What is one thing you wish you could change in your life: my personality maybe? but like not everything obvi,, maybe like decrease my shyness level so that i could make friends easier

31. What are you listening to right now: the sounds of the cars & motorcycles in the parking lot at my school and people talking

32. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom: nope

33. Something that is getting on your nerves: school

34. Most visited websites: youtube & tumblr but mostly youtube

LOST QUESTIONS. I JUST PUT IN RANDOM INFO ABOUT ME

35. Mole/s: none

36. Mark/s: none i guess?

37. Childhood dream: i wanted to be a dentist/doctor in the past bc apparently my dad wanted me to be one (until now actually)

38. Hair color: dark brown

39. Long or short hair: probably short but like not too short

40. Do you have a crush on someone: yeah kinda i guesss

41. What do you like about yourself: my hairr

42. Piercings: none

43. Blood type: O

44. Nickname: Dea, Oyong (Oyong is a type of vegetable and idk why but i liked to say that word in the past so my friends call me Oyong and i also call them Oyong am i making any sense)

45. Relationship status: single

46. Zodiac: virgo

47. Pronouns: she/her

48. Favorite TV show: big bang theory bc that’s the only tv show i watch haha i know i’m the lameststtt when it comes to tv shows lol

49. Tattoos: none

50. Right or left hand: right

51. Surgery: never had one

52. Hair dyed in different color: in the future i rly want to dye my hair a brown ombre

53. Sport: i ’ m b a d a t s p o r t s although i rly wanna work on it so bad but procratination !! :’) but at least i like to play badmiton

(this wasn’t supposed to be a part of this but where did  question 54 go?? did i accidentally delete it or was it originally non-existent)

55. Vacation: the last vacation i went to was to Malaysia and it was gr9!! i made a travel video kinda thing on youtube so if u wanna check it out

56. Pair of trainers: um what

MORE GENERAL:

57. Eating: nothing rn

58. Drinking: water is good 4 u

59. I’m about to: go to the mall

61. Waiting for: school to be over

62. Want: an instax mini 9s sooo baddd

63. Get married: later la

64. Career: i have no idea yet abt that

65. Hugs or kisses: hugs i guess

66. Lips or eyes: eyes but lips r cool too

67. Shorter or taller: taller? but like not too tall

68. Older or younger: older i guess¿¿

70. Nice arms or nice stomach: hmmh

71. Sensitive or loud: sensitive

72. Hook up or relationship: relationship

73. Troublemaker or hesitant: hesitant

HAVE YOU EVER:

74. Kissed a Stranger: nope

75. Drank hard liquor: nope

76. Lost glasses/contact lenses: nope

77. Turned someone down: yeah

78. Sex on the first date: nope

79. Broken someone’s heart: idk man i guess so

80. Had your heart broken: probably

81. Been arrested: nope

82. Cried when someone died: nope

83. Fallen for a friend: yep

DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

84. Yourself: hmm sometimes

85. Miracles: guess so

86. Love at first sight: yess ahha

87. Santa Claus: nope

88. Kiss on the first date: idk

OTHER:

90. Current best friend name: Kayla

91. Eye color: black/dark brown

92. Favorite movie: (current) SPIDERMAN HOMECOMING!1!1

NOW, TAG 20 PEOPLE: @juliasacads, @yumicademy, @headgirlstudy, @quipsterlotte-studies, @studykitties, @architstudy, @moonshinestudies, @ellastudyblog, @biolcgy, @aureatestudy, @studylilium, @studylilacs, @secret-student-claire, @ttstudys, @lattetudes, @lilypadstudies, @ii-humss-life-ii, @kankenstudies, @noteriser, @intcllctual

Things Fangirls Say Regarding Color Symbolism of the Ghosts in Crimson Peak

You really need to pay attention to the color symbolism, particularly with the ghosts in Crimson Peak.  These aspects are made so much more clear in the novel and the visualization of them are so important and meaningful.  If you love the movie and haven’t read the novel you really need to– the way it presents the ghosts is awesome.

Thomas: White

In the novel he is described as redeemed.  His ghost being white reflects that in some way he has found peace in death and he died without the madness and darkness overtaking him.  We were gifted with a lot of foreshadowing regarding this change in Thomas when he was reading Edith’s novel and she discussed her characters and the concept of choices.  Her character of Cavendish is literally Thomas.  Ultimately, Thomas decided to choose love and to do the right thing even knowing that he would likely hang for his involvement in everything that had happened at the house (something his sister often uses against him when he showed signs of wanting to back out).  His eyes are also described as golden in the novel, giving more credence to his redemption– it represents the idea of ‘light’.  The house, or the entity that has become the house (recall their discussion of the house becoming a living thing), literally claims that Thomas is no longer part of the house or the family because he chooses to leave– he chooses Edith.

Crimson Peak Ghosts: Red

The ghosts of the house are lost souls who are attached to the house after death due to their gruesome end.  They are unable to move on because they are essentially trapped there and are buried, or kept, in the vats of red clay, and are seeking a form of vengeance.  Their souls were not prepared to death.  Their color is both representative of their connection to the house, their vengeance/rage, and reflective of where their physical bodies were placed after death.  These ghosts have lingered a long time and along with the gruesomeness of their deaths causes them to look as they do.

Lucille: Black

The ghost of Lucille despite having died at Crimson Peak is not red.  Instead, her ghost is black and the symbolism in this is amazing when you read the novel.  There are paragraphs where an entity (the house) literally claims Lucille as the one and only Sharpe, a representative of all the evil that has taken place in the house because of her  willingness to give into the darkness and do its biding.  She gives herself to the darkness even going so far as to kill her own brother, the only person who loved her.  Her soul is blackened by the evil of the house and as such her ghost is black.


Edith’s Mom: black 

 She suffered from an illness that actually turned her skin black. It represents sickness as well. Physical sickness in the mother and a sickness of the soul or mentality in lucille. It is also a means of foreshadowing. The messager reflects what they are warning edith about—lucille…its not the land and it’s ghosts (crimson peak) that she is being warned about, but the house of crimson peak or more specifically lucille as she is described as being taken in or becoming the entity of the house . One black ghost warns of the dangers of the other.

In the novel the house becoming an actual narrator is amazing– seeing it think about how Thomas is no longer a sharpe and actually hearing it decide that Lucille is all that is left, the one it finds pride in for her actions as she gives her soul to the house– by killing her brother. The ghosts are also narrators– the novel has sections that begins with “It watched…” as it shows the ghosts observing the happenings within the house.

Kaneki’s Checkerboard

The checkerboard pattern has appeared quite often throughout the series but seems to have been most prominent when Kaneki is on the cusp of or undergoing a transformation. It’s mostly occurs with a change in hair colour or in the lead up to one.

In Yamori’s torture chamber, when Kaneki’s hair turned from black → white

In V14, a part of the trigger of his transformation into Haise, white hair → black & white

Whenever Haise’s control over his past self slipped and Kaneki’s influence threatened to pull Haise back into that checkered box -  the inevitable lead up to Kaneki waking up from his happy dream as Haise

During his fight with Eto in :re, when Haise joined Kaneki, from black & white hair → black

And finally after Kaneki and Arima’s fight, black hair → white

Checkerboards are a sign of duality; black and white, dark and light, positive and negative. For Kaneki, this pattern has always been treated as something sinister, being connected to Kaneki’s deepest fears, and the meaning of duality is tied to his indecisiveness and inner conflict; human or ghoul, mother or child, Haise or Kaneki. Choose.

(They’re also a symbol apparently used by the Illuminat- kenfirmed lmao)

But now we see the black tiles have fallen away to be replaced by pure white. White represents death:

sadness, mourning, funerals

The Checkered box in Kaneki’s mental space is now a White Box (the title of chapter 85) as Kaneki mourns Arima.

But I think it seems like more than that. Black and white are both required for balance (following the ideas of yin yang symbolism) but Kaneki has always struggled with this. The person he needs to be from here on out cannot carry that indecisiveness within him. Now it seems with the checkered pattern falling, his duality, or inner conflict, has been wiped away. As if the dark shadows in the recesses of his mind have disappeared. Kaneki and Haise have merged, Kaneki has decided to live and he now has a clear path, left behind by Arima, to follow. He has transformed once again into what seems like his most stable self. I really hope that an indecisive and conflicted Kaneki is no more as he moves forward!


It’s also interesting to note that the checkerboard pops up with the Washuus (CCG)- particularly Tsuneyoshi Wahsuu’s office- and with the Clowns. Both organisations have shaped Kaneki and his journey in some way or another.

On a possibly related, maybe nothing note, Kaneki’s hair changes seem to follow who the influence for his transformation is (more under the cut). 

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Ur not being cool or radical or feminist when u call boys boring or say they look like stale and soggy bread or insult them (especially their looks) for no other reason than they’re white

in fact, you’re contributing to a culture that devalues boys’ emotions, harms and devalues mlm, criticizes trans men’s happiness and desires, and ALSO hurts trans girls

not to mention reinforces the toxic idea that someone has to be pretty or attractive to be “worth your attention”

so basically

stop shitting on boys in order to boost up girls. you may think you’re being feminist. you’re not, you’re just being an asshole

that nothing brimming
in the twilight 

some night-bird 
shakes the dogwood
branch in circles

you, thrush,nightingale
 or other?

that first birth desire
for emptiness
that nothing

vast imperfection
without the guillotine 

now you come, full-
throated
small wings furled white
in dead irreconcilable 
space

through plagues you sing we fly
who will grieve your music in rhyme

youremyhiro  asked:

My gosh, ever since I made that post showing that, adjusted for inflation, Snow White is still the highest-grossing Disney film, people have been commenting, sending things, saying that I need to not compare them, and that inflation doesn't matter. I was never comparing the films, anyway. People just don't want to listen to or acknowledge facts anymore. I don't know, you seemed to like my post, and I just thought you would like to know.

I think that you should clarify to these lovely people that after adjusting for domestic inflation, Frozen isn’t even in the top 100 films of all time in the U.S., and in the animation category alone that puts it behind:

  • Monsters Inc
  • Toy Story 3
  • Aladdin
  • Lady & the Tramp
  • Finding Nemo
  • Bambi
  • Pinocchio
  • Shrek 2
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Lion King
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Snow White

In fact even without adjusting for inflation, domestically Frozen is still millions behind TS3, The Lion King, and Shrek 2.

They can argue that Frozen made it to #5 in the top 10 highest grossing films worldwide. Those results are almost impossible to accurately adjust for inflation, but of the lists I’ve seen, the most accurate appears to be this one on wikipedia which sources the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records, with the #10 spot being held by Snow White adjusted worldwide for $1.7 billion (which, by the way, is #10 on the list, meaning that Frozen isn’t even a blip on the worldwide gross radar.)

Frozen’s worldwide? $1.2 billion.

Conclusion?

Finally, if anyone else tells you that you shouldn’t compare Frozen to other movies because all of them are “good” movies, please shove this list in their face to remind them that Frozen is not “good” by any stretch of the word, and that there are valid reasons for criticizing it.

We will always be two stars in orbit,
twirling around a center of mass
of which we do not know
the name –

( (  I call it love ; you call it God  ) )

Oddly enough the only constant is
our twirling close to each other
and
at the same time
forever staying out of reach.

Like Yin and Yang we dance this
ancient waltz, black and white,
and black in white; white
in black, forever
conjoining,
but
never combining in a shade of grey.

True love; our soul’s merger, contains
the answer to all creation, I’m certain.

Then what of our love? - M.A. Tempels © 2016


distorted by warring wants the 

uprooted lily stomped to flat white

in dirt. it is August. I think of Antigone,


vultures


I take the withered bloom into my palm

it shatters there, bellows to the wind

and away into

sky like the backside of a knee,

as milky as veined as ugly.