“If everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionary and brilliant. … If you got to spend every day of your life doing what you love, you can’t help but be the best in the world at that. And you get to smile every day for doing so. And you’ll be working at it almost to the exclusion of personal hygiene, and your friends are knocking on your door, saying, “Don’t you need a vacation?!,” and you don’t even know what the word “vacation” means because what you’re doing is what you want to do and a vacation from that is anything but a vacation — that’s the state of mind of somebody who’s doing what others might call visionary and brilliant.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Gaiman on the Secret of Genius | Brain Pickings (via theflowershop)
1:35 am • 11 September 2013 • 1,460 notes
“This is where – if you are the kind of person that thinks that books should be read with their authors in mind – it becomes relevant that JD Salinger saw more combat during World War II than almost any other American. The ‘Great American War Novels’ of that generation (Catch 22, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Naked and The Dead) were all written by men who saw far less of war’s horror than JD Salinger did. He was on Utah Beach on D-Day, at the Battle of the Bulge and he was one of the first Americans to enter a liberated concentration camp. And yet, Salinger returned home and wrote, not about war but, about Holden Caulfield bumming around New York City. So, you can say that the stakes aren’t high in this novel, but as Salinger well knew, the cruel and phony world of adults doesn’t just treat people like Holden Caulfield poorly, it kills them.”
John Green, Crash Course (Literature)
(Relevant given the widening release of the documentary SALINGER)
(Source: timestreaming, via fishingboatproceeds)
1:34 am • 11 September 2013 • 15,359 notes
Every single person needs to reblog this. No, it will not ruin your blog, it will make it a million times better.
So much respect. And sadness. He’s trying so hard to stay strong.
i’m tearing :/
No, no, this is horrible. You see, the flag will go to the husband or wife of the deceased soldier as next of kin. This flag is going to the son.
Both of his parents are gone.
I had to reread that last comment on this a few times and when I realized what that meant and my heart just fell through the fucking floor
(Source: kambreydanielle, via littlekittennn)
1:32 am • 11 September 2013 • 871,131 notes
“I demand unconditional love and complete freedom. That is why I am terrible.”
— Tomaž Šalamun (via psych-facts)
4:29 pm • 19 August 2013 • 5,131 notes
“3 percent of the decision-making in media comes from women. That means 97 percent of how women are portrayed is decided on by men.”
Independent Lens, PBS
“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” (via ihopeyoucontinue4ever)
It also means that 97 percent of how men are portrayed in media are decided on by men. Something to remind MRAs and their ilk of when they complain about the stereotype of men as inept slobs, bad fathers, etc in media and advertising.
Men have the power. So when we men are shat on by the powers that be you don’t get to try and blame women for that.
And do we think that of that 3% women, 90% are white? (Or is it closer to 95%?)
9:26 pm • 15 August 2013 • 27,828 notes