"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"

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Meta: Snowpiercer


My [scattered] thoughts on Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. This was originally just a defence of the film’s ending—which I’ve seen widely criticised—because I think it’s brilliant and necessary and worth defending. But… then there’s everything else.

[major spoilers, of course]

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So Anaïs and our housemate and I watched Snowpiercer last night. We all liked it a lot; I haven’t watched a ton of movies this year, but this one is definitely my favourite so far. The analysis under the link is really good; as they say “This film is not remotely fucking around.”



how have so many academics basically become “how do you expect to survive in the real world” internet trolls re: trigger warnings

how many op ed pieces do you need to write in order to exhaust your need to whine about being asked to say smth like “this book has ____ in it jsyk”

the fact that several radical~ academics have expressed support for internet troll level of hostility towards trigger warning just goes to show that a) making their work accessible was never one of their main concerns (since tws are an accessibility issue), b) they’re very invested in maintaining classroom dynamics in which they have all the power and students can’t make any kind of decisions about how they learn (by asking your teacher to teach you in a different, more effective way, you’re threatening their “academic freedom”) and c) they never cared about disabled students specifically and probably said no to students asking for other kinds of reasonable accommodations in the past


Emily Vancamp as Sharon Carter in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Here’s an example of what we call a “soft no”. Sharon turns down Steve’s offer in a way that’s meant not to insult him but never actually uses the word “no”.

Steve clearly gets the message, though, and importantly offers to leave her alone. Sharon’s comment afterwards gives him an opportunity to try again later, but he doesn’t press and respects her rejection of his company even though it’s probably hurt his feelings a bit.

Just in case you ever wonder “What would Captain America do?”; there you go.

Dear guys complaining about the friendzone: a dude who was frozen in ice since the 40s is officially better at reading social cues than you are (and respecting other people, but we already knew that).

(Source: reservoir-of-blood)