“We have this entire culture that’s telling people that there’s One Right Thing To Want. Dudes, for instance, are supposed to have a high sex drive, to like porn, to enjoy casual sex, to be attracted to thin young feminine large-breasted women, to want anal sex and public sex and rough sex, to not want pegging and ageplay and vanilla missionary with the lights out. If you’re asexual you’re broken; if you like drag you’re a pervert and probably a pedophile; if you’re a male submissive you’re pathetic and unmasculine; if you’re queer you’re destroying America. I don’t understand why people do this: what possible gain could there be from reducing the vibrant rainbow of human sexuality to two colors (the dude color and the girl color)? Those two colors look much nicer as part of the whole spectrum.”—On Good Consent, Part One | No, Seriously, What About Teh Menz? (via sexisnottheenemy)
“Date a girl who doesn’t read because the girl who reads knows the importance of plot. She can trace out the demarcations of a prologue and the sharp ridges of a climax. She feels them in her skin. The girl who reads will be patient with an intermission and expedite a denouement. But of all things, the girl who reads knows most the ineluctable significance of an end. She is comfortable with them. She has bid farewell to a thousand heroes with only a twinge of sadness.
Don’t date a girl who reads because girls who read are the storytellers. You with the Joyce, you with the Nabokov, you with the Woolf. You there in the library, on the platform of the metro, you in the corner of the café, you in the window of your room. You, who make my life so god damned difficult. The girl who reads has spun out the account of her life and it is bursting with meaning. She insists that her narratives are rich, her supporting cast colorful, and her typeface bold. You, the girl who reads, make me want to be everything that I am not. But I am weak and I will fail you, because you have dreamed, properly, of someone who is better than I am. You will not accept the life that I told of at the beginning of this piece. You will accept nothing less than passion, and perfection, and a life worthy of being storied.”—
“Today, I wrote in a cafe. An attractive law student was flirting with the barista behind the counter, and who was I not to eavesdrop? He told her of an extraordinary production of King Lear that he saw at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He told her about how King Lear had been a gap in his reading of Shakespeare, so he made a point of not reading it before the show: he was in search of an authentic theater-goer’s experience of Shakespeare’s titanic play. What he saw moved him to tears, he said. It was so powerful, so good. The barista: “Oh, I’ve never heard of that one.” Meaning King Lear. The law student was startled into silence before saying awkwardly, “Well … it’s one of his most famous plays.” She shrugged mildly. I smiled to myself, took another sip of my Ethiopian dark roast, and thought, “Babe, she’s not for you.”—Anna Clark (via allthewaydown)
“If Hans Christian Andersen could’ve had his way with me
Then none of this shit would have ever gone down
In my cell I’m tattooing myself with
Mermaids and swallows and though I do swallow
My mama thinks I’m grown but I’m really just little
And someday I will remember”—Lyrics from “Prisoners” by Regina Spektor (via 97percentchanceofcarley)
sylph - a graceful and slender young woman. euphony - a bearable or agreeable sound. quixotic - extremely romantic and chivalrous. pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon, wherein a person has the notion of seeing faces of people in clouds, hearing hidden messages and other such unusual feelings. phalerate - decorated; made beautiful. betwixt - between. crepuscule - twilight; dusk. epicaricacy - taking pleasure in other’s misfortune; schadenfreud. nepenthe - something, such as a drink or a drug, capable of making one forget suffering. exosculate - to kiss fervently or heartily. lacuna - a blank space or missing part. euonym - a pleasing or beautiful name. quarender - a dark red apple. halcyon - calm and peaceful; tranquil. Prosperous; gold. ubiquitous - being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent. soigné - showing sophisticated elegance; fashionable. Well-groomed; polished.
too bad i can’t pronounce any of these words, so i can’t use them.