29 9 / 2014

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29 9 / 2014

tetw:

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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

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29 9 / 2014

wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Color-Coded Photography by Emily Blincoe

A sweet collection of assorted musings by photographer Emily Blincoe based in Texas. All objects stored and arranged in colors and themes. 

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29 9 / 2014

fionastaples:

amyreeder:

In addition to designing the Brooklyn Defender this year, NYCC asked me to illustrate something they can use for their anti-harrassment signs around the convention floor. The smart idea would probably have been to draw one character in my style, for recognition’s sake, but I had this idea in my head and really wanted to try something new. I wanted it to be modular, so they could change it and use bits as they like. And I wanted it to feel inclusive. No one wants to be harassed.

I talk about this, the Brooklyn Defender, and Rocket Girl in this awesome interview with The Mary Sue!

Awesome design by Amy

29 9 / 2014

gimpnelly:

topatoco:

Happy Birthday kateordie, we love you!

It is Kate Leth’s 256th birthday on this planet, and to celebrate this, we have THREE NEW KATEORDIE ITEMS IN THE TOPATOCO STORE! Three! It’s bananas!

Speaking of bananas, we have the "NSFW Shirt", which you might have seen before on the "Adults Only" stickers.

We also have announce the existence of the “Geek Girl Illuminati” shirt and patch! Beware, geek girls are everywhere! And we will get you.

I love the Geek Girl Illuminati shirt and *obviously* need it.

28 9 / 2014

evilmarguerite:

Female X-Wing pilot from “Star Wars,” which we learned about in a film studies class. One of four other female pilots, all cut for being “unrealistic” and “distracting” in an alien space opera.

evilmarguerite:

Female X-Wing pilot from “Star Wars,” which we learned about in a film studies class. One of four other female pilots, all cut for being “unrealistic” and “distracting” in an alien space opera.

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28 9 / 2014

grotesquefantastic:

jerkbent:

 

Okay deep breath because I’ve never done this before and this has probably already been done but Katara is a great character and it bears repeating

Katara is actually one of the main MAJOR protagonists of this series: it doesn’t really seem like it—-I didn’t realize it till later maybe because of some internalized sexism but also because it was never “a big deal”. 

Think about it: She’s the last bender from where she comes from with a tragic past. She unleashes a power locked away for 100 years—the key to defeating the Fire nation and ending the 100 year war. She then takes on a quest to help save the world and on this quest she develops an amazing prowess with her abilities (as giffed above) starts revolutions (the earth kingdom prisoners) criticizes both her own “empire”  to institute change (Water tribe patriarchy) and even helps the people of the “empire” she fights against (The Painted Lady). 

Oh, and she defeats the Fire Lord.

But it never her destiny to do any of these things. Her narrative has a lot of standard hero elements except the destiny factor.

Aang’s narrative is “a big deal”. Zuko’s narrative is “a big deal”. It is their grand destinies to do what they do and become what they become—their ancestors’ and previous lives’ stories shape who they are and what they must do and so both Aang and Zuko are burdened by their royal and divine histories to meet, and fight, and join and save the world.

It’s never Katara’s destiny to do a damn thing. Remember the episode “The Fortune Teller” (s1e14) ? All Katara wants to know about is love and who she’ll marry—Aunt Wu tells her about a powerful bender—it’s never mentioned what a powerful bender she will become—possibly because it was never planned for Katara. Aang, perhaps ironically, wants to know about his love life, whereas Aunt Wu instead focuses on the great battle he will be apart of. Aang constantly has his destiny put on him, and we the audience are constantly reminded of it. Katara, the audience is reminded, is Aang’s love interest.

I have to go a little half-sies on how I feel about Katara’s role as protagonist. In some ways Katara’s rise is beautiful because it’s never her task to do so—what we learn is that people without these destinies, those not born into a position of importance can and do do great things. Although the lesson of “The Fortune Teller” to “shape your own destiny”, is directed at Aang, the series concludes with him fulfilling his specified destiny/task and Katara being the one to get shit done without being told a 100 times.  But her treatment as a character was and is never at the same level as Zuko’s or Aang’s—again because of their destinies.

But I can’t help but feel that this is a reflection of the intersection of sexism and storytelling. Because in a subtle way the use of destiny in narrative storytelling closely mimics the way entitlement and privilege works in real life.((I was saving the discussion of destiny as a vehicle for in-narrative privilege for a english paper but let’s share this shit now)). Aang and Zuko are born into their destinies—they are given to them, and each receives special powers (avatar abilities & governmental power) and special tasks (Aang’s is obvious, Zuko’s has to do with resolving the tension of his bloodlines from Roku and Sozin). The narrative emphasis  on their destinies focuses more screen time and weight to these characters as well. 

What blows my mind is to remind myself that the main secondary conflict of the series finale was between Katara and Azula— as it should have been, because Zuko defeating Azula would have had different gender ramifications. While Aang took care of Ozai, Katara is ultimately the one who defeats the Fire Lord, and these two story lines, the defeat of Ozai and Fire Lord Azula are framed as complementary to each other. Up till the final moments, it is played out as though Zuko is the complementary character to Aang. But Katara got that moment instead and it’s so damn important to me because this moment makes all the difference in her status as a main protagonist.

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28 9 / 2014

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27 9 / 2014

Rina Takeda [x]

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27 9 / 2014

brodieroset:

THIS EXACTLY THIS.

brodieroset:

THIS EXACTLY THIS.

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27 9 / 2014

gimpnelly:

marinaomi:

Saturday morning pun! #failed #murder #attempt #crows

I love this an unreasonable amount.

gimpnelly:

marinaomi:

Saturday morning pun! #failed #murder #attempt #crows

I love this an unreasonable amount.

27 9 / 2014

deantrippe:

pocketaimee:

Hell-aciously busy with work, but I really wanted to draw this comic.

Something Stronger.

27 9 / 2014

callmekj72:

I see this every year and it scares me and makes me sad all at the same time

callmekj72:

I see this every year and it scares me and makes me sad all at the same time

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26 9 / 2014

itsstuckyinmyhead:

American Tumblr Posts Photoset #1

Want to see more country photosets?

British Photoset #2

Canadian Photoset #3

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26 9 / 2014

Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra Openings
requested by nightsam

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