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Celia Thaxter’s Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine - Childe Hassam
Anonymous said: What do u think about the statement "books belong to their readers"?I feel it's true to a certain extent but i also see it passed around a lot by shitstains like john green, who then in the same breath say that accusing them of misogyny/racism/ableism/etc is sooo unfair...
i think that its the kind of statement that if not really clearly defined and qualified becomes a sort of sliding scale, like you said, a sleight of hands for authors and creators to make their readers seem they’re the ones with the problem if they happen to see anything they dislike within the text
the trouble with that formulation is that it’s infinitely simplistic, texts always constitute more than their respective creators and readers, they’re formed from specific social and cultural relations that the author simultaneously rejects and accepts whenever they put the pen to paper. a text is a multilateral arrangement, composed both of what the author wants, what we as readers want, what we see as acceptable and unacceptable, and what is deemed acceptable within our greater context of societal ideas and beliefs. certainly if an author composes a character that is wholly offensive, that demeans us as readers, that ultimately belittles and does nothing positive, then the author opens themselves up to criticism, but criticism of the author is not ever only criticism of the person, it is a criticism of all the ideas that the authorial text arise from, a critique that is far more complex than what the author might have thought at the time and what we think in relation to that thought. books don’t really belong to their readers so much as they belong to their moment, which is the accumulation of the author’s, reader’s, and contextual understandings of narrative and meaning that exist both at the time of publication and at any time that criticism comes into play. its so much more complex than whether authors were bad people when they wrote something or whether we as readers are culpable because we perceive those things as bad.
on the basis of day to day author/reader interactions, i think that critique is important but its also important to recognize that the figure of the author itself, the figure that is the subject of critique as an origin point to the text, is not synonymous to the author as a human being, the one with a legal first and last name and a blog we may or may not like. for authors and creators earning the ire of fans, especially online, can be a terrifying and demeaning exercise in damage control, and fans are all to willing to move unilaterally from idolizing their authors to loathing and saying whatever they please the moment something they dislike enters the periphery. that’s always been the problem with using “problematic” as a litmus test for one’s ability to consume media; most if not all human beings, existing in a zeitgeist where many of us are constantly demeaned and told we are worth less, tend to absorb the ideas and then reiterate them, often without even doing so volitionally. making the continued circulation of bad ideas out to be the sole fault of a single author or person is never going to work as a method of evaluation, because almost all of us are guilty of their circulation no matter how much we try to “unlearn” them. we live in a problematic world, and we deserve better, but there is no arch-villain we can just slay to make the world a better place. we have to work with the cards we’re dealt and form narratives that undo the damage done to us, represent and validate our struggles, and make us more human in the eyes of the world.
sorry cleanin out my inbox a lil bit, i cant guarantee i will answer everything but if you ever need advice/wanna talk about shit hmu!
Anonymous said: more looking for ways to talk about physicality without explicitly invoking gender, but id be interested in reading either! i just need to be pointed in the right direction is all (and thank you very much!!)
Simone de Beauvoir’s work is a bit outdated but its a good introduction for looking at the “construction” of gender within language, and how western gender arises from an imposed metaphysical binary of activity/passivity. Within Marxism, this division is connected to economics and the material circumstances of women vis a vis men by the theory of gendered labor, which states that specific practices of labor relegated to women and subsequently devalued constitute gender itself, and thus women are always already alienated subjects insofar as they remain bound to gendered labor. both these theories get more complex when gender variance and economic and linguistic conditions that didn’t arise from 19th century europe and the united states are considered but they’re starting points
As for gender’s constitution within science, Evelyn Fox Keller talks a lot about the etymology of gender in scientific discourses, particularly the anthropomorphizing of specific biological and cellular reproductive acts as having gendered active and passive participants, and that would connect to your interest on the gendering of physical human characteristics at-large. I’m not sure if I can give you a checklist of “how not to refer to physicality and materiality without gender” because i don’t know if such a thing is even possible in english, but i’m happy to point you in the direction of resources you can use to “undo” the logical underpinning of gender within various philosophies and structures of knowledge.
leafoscillot said: [Part 1] Hey. I just started college last week and I don't think I'm into it as much I thought I would be. I don't really have any real goals in mind and there's nothing I wanna learn that I don't think I can study independently.
[Part 2] I don’t have a lot of motivation. My tuition is almost entirely paid for by grants so money’s not a huge issue, but I’m worried I’m wasting my time and going thru unnecessary stress.Part 3] Part of me says I should attend cuz I can, but I’m not sure what good a degree will do me or ultimately what I wanna study. Do you have any advice? Do you think it’s worth going through with? Should I at least get an associates degree?
Anonymous said: I'm watching my little sister for the week while my mom and dad are in the middle of a court case and she told me some kids are bullying because they think she's "retarded". Both she and I are Autistic and I have no idea what to tell a five year old.
god, that’s such an awful situation. especially for such a small kid, to believe that she’s worse than others because she’s different. i had it drilled into my from the age of six or so that i was broken like that, that the way i interacted with the world was the wrong way, that for as long as i lived i was going to have to contort to the expectations of others if i ever wanted to survive. that being autistic was wrong. that i was wrong. its still a self hating impulse i fight every day. but its not true. and you gotta let her know that.
tell her she isn’t retarded, she’s different. she feels things differently, she grows differently, she sees the world in a different way. ask her about her heroes, and how they’re different from the people around them. is princess elsa worse than the people around her because she’s different? are you worse than the people around you because you’re different? does she love you any less because of it? if not, why should she think she’s any worse because she isn’t like the rest of the world?
teach her to love. to not just look past other people being tormented, to not just keep her head down, to not just “ignore” bullies when they’re hurting her or anyone else. tell her she isn’t alone, that she has you, and her friends, and everyone she looks up to and admires, and that all those people will always love and cherish her. tell her that as long as there are people in her corner, people that care about her and love her because she’s different, that nobody can destroy her. they can try all they want, but love can’t be destroyed by mean words or disapproving looks, it can’t be extinguished at the slightest flicker or smothered with a single finger. it survives, it endures, it grows and it thrives.
you can’t protect her from everything, anon, and i know that hurts more than anything. but you can teach her how to protect herself, not by shutting down or becoming emotionally calloused, but by giving her the knowledge that being different is special, and good, and worth loving. teach her that. teach her to love herself the way she loves you and everyone else and she’ll be alright.
Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.
The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
David Bowie photographed by Helmut Newton for US Vogue November 1983
Anonymous said: Please please please explain the man door story!
ok so man & girl go out to drive under moonlight. they stop at on at a side of the road. he turn to his girl and say
"baby, i love you very much"
"what is it honey?"
"our car is broken down. i think the engine is broken. ill walk and get some more fuel."
"ok. ill stay here and look after our stereo. there have been news report of steres being stolen"
"good idea. keep the doors locked no matter what. i love you sweaty"
so the guy left to get full for the car. after two hours the girl say “where is my baby, he was supposed to be back by now”. then the girl here a scratching sound and a voice say “LET ME IN”
the girl doesnt do it and then after a while she goes to sleep. the next morning she wakes up and find her boyfriend still not there. she gets out to check and man door hand hook car door
she gets out to check and man door hand hook car door