It’s semi-regularly updated, so quite often I go to the tag, go “Oh boy, a fic!” and then it’s, uh… That thing.
And my heart is saddened.
Oh, yes, me too. There’s a Little Free Library which is on the street which lead to my old pdoc’s office, so I used to raid it every month like clockwork, and now I have stuff like “The ABCs of Soviet Socialism” and Neal Conan’s book about baseball.
I spent a while pouring over two copies of Geertz’ The Interpretation of Cultures to make absolutely sure the one going in the sale bag was the copy from a class a few years ago and not the one my father’s fusty old anthropologist friend gave me, because I consider the latter a talisman. (I ended up differentiating them because, while they were both equally worn, one had dogeared pages, which I would never do if I was reading for myself). Also making sure my Writing With Sources was my old copy, though that was easy, because the older one had poetry fliers and a picture of Kuzu and me on top of a mountain in it. And I found my oldest, dearest copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the one with the mended corners that saw me through my teenage years and Cooley-Dick. I’m jettisoning the others. If I organize my bookshelves, I’mma still need a special Lawrence section, though.
"Did I buy this shitty, out-of-date social science text which has no resale value because I felt unhappy and intellectually insecure?" is a very pertinent question to ask while weeding out my book collection.
Also “Did I buy this novel with little-to-no re-read potential because I felt bad and having books around makes me feel good.”
(Haha, I have so many hardbacks/out-of-date social science texts/chewed-up novels that no bookstore in the world will buy from me, I hope the free rack at church is ready for this onslaught).
[insert Riet-style disapproving scowl here]
This is the only thing that’s updated since last I checked the AO3 tag other than Wild Target crossovers, something in Chinese, and that goddamn brothel AU.
How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica?
Does your husband mind you writing, the time it takes away from family time?
Do you practice the sex scenes with your husband?
You write strong female characters. What makes strong female characters strong? Who are some of your favorite strong female characters? How do you write strong female characters? Why are strong female characters important?
What a nice photo on the back. You’re so pretty. Did you do your own make-up and hair?
Why robots? Why not vampires?
Why aren’t you writing YA?
I’ve noticed your male characters seem very flat. Do you have trouble writing men because society conditions you to be afraid of us?
Why do you think women can’t write [hard] sci-fi? Because it’s not ‘real’ enough?
When it’s “that time of the month,” do you have trouble writing? Is your writing more violent or anti-male?
You write a lot of pages a day. Do you still make time for your husband?"
No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.
- Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini
Dim sum is a style of Cantonese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates.
Eating dim sum at a restaurant is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea”, as tea is typically served with dim sum.
ugh the last time I had yum cha was on my birthday
I NEED TO GO AGAIN and im gonna drag my noah with me
I miss eating dim sum. I miss getting to eat good Chinese food now that I live with my real dad :’(
I’m relatively uninterested in Cosima and Cosima/Delphine (I know, I know, bad fandom lesbian!), but someone spun Cosima’s story as a classic hubris narrative and Delphine as the thing she knows she shouldn’t touch but can’t help but keep poking at until suddenly things got way out of hand, and suddenly, yes, this is maybe a story I could get interested in.
Consider that many of the clones’ conflict stems from the fact that they’ve been leading normal lives and suddenly discovered that they are something Other, something that may not be considered human. But Helena has never been allowed to think of herself as human in the first place – she’s an avenging angel, and they are abominations. Forget the what’s encoded their DNA. Helena has lived in a world where humanity was never even presented as an option. Which, to me, makes her strange moments of attempting to reach out even more poignant.
Also, someone who’s theologically smarter than me should write an essay on Helena, free will, and the nature of faith.
Symmetry in Nature
This picture shows the wing pattern of an Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) from Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Photo by Arjun Haarith
Okay but I’d never even heard of this bird before. Look at how GORGEOUS this bird is!
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Data drawn from 1050+ fic recs in 5+ years!
*May be artificially inflated because it’s a common name and I wasn’t as careful at keeping tags separate when I was younger
Middle earth meme: 3 races [2/3]
Since they were to come in the days of the power of Melkor, Aulë made the dwarves strong to endure. Therefor they are stone-hard, stubborn, fast in friendship and in enmity, and they suffer toil and hunger and hurt of body more hardily than all other speaking peoples; and they live long, far beyond the span of Men, yet not forever.