PRETTIEST MONSTERS

A lot of people said things like "That's not art" when whatever they were talking about could clearly not have been anything else, except art.

“Of course, Carrie’s taste in art, like her definition of money, is “popular,” and thus profoundly at odds with the realism demanded by Howells in The Rise of Silas Lapham and so often in later years by Dreiser himself. The plays she attends and then performs in are theatrical equivalents of the sentimental novel Tears, Idle Tears, frivolously ignoring the realist responsibility to “paint life as it is.” What Howells deplored in such productions, however, was not simply their frivolity but their danger as models, a danger which takes two forms. The first, and most obvious, is that the models are bad ones. The second, and more serious, is the very notion of art as model; where realism imitates life, painting it “as it is,” the sentimental novel, presenting itself as model, seduces its readers into lives lived in imitation of art. Realism, defined by its fidelity to things as they are, can never in principle serve as a model, good or bad, since only when art is not like life can life attempt to become like art. The true scandal of sentimentality is thus its inversion of the proper relation of life to art, an inversion made possible only by the introduction of a discrepancy between the two terms.”

—   Walter Benn Michaels, “Sister Carrie’s Popular Economy” (via layfloordoomall)
quirkbooks:

In honor of Wawa’s 50th birthday, here’s Stopping by Wawa on a Snowy Evening by Brian McGackin. You can also enter to win a copy of Broetry on the Quirk blog, here! 
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Stopping by Wawa on a Snowy Evening
Is Wawa open? Yes or no?We need to stop if it’s not closedTo stock up for the party. Shit!But Wawa doesn’t sell beer, though.I’m such an ass. I must admitI’d completely forgotten it:Convenience stores don’t sell booze here.Now how the hell will we get lit?We’ve only got two racks of beerAnd one bottle of Everclear;That’s just enough for maybe threeOr four of us. It would appearThat some of us will have to beSpending the night alcohol-free.I guess I’ll drink lemonade tea,I guess I’ll drink lemonade tea.

quirkbooks:

In honor of Wawa’s 50th birthday, here’s Stopping by Wawa on a Snowy Evening by Brian McGackin. You can also enter to win a copy of Broetry on the Quirk blog, here

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Stopping by Wawa on a Snowy Evening

Is Wawa open? Yes or no?
We need to stop if it’s not closed
To stock up for the party. Shit!
But Wawa doesn’t sell beer, though.

I’m such an ass. I must admit
I’d completely forgotten it:
Convenience stores don’t sell booze here.
Now how the hell will we get lit?

We’ve only got two racks of beer
And one bottle of Everclear;
That’s just enough for maybe three
Or four of us. It would appear

That some of us will have to be
Spending the night alcohol-free.
I guess I’ll drink lemonade tea,
I guess I’ll drink lemonade tea.

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bouncyflolacey:

Alla Nazimova in Salome 1923.

bouncyflolacey:

Alla Nazimova in Salome 1923.

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thomdunn:

Jesus Christ Superstar as performed by the Muppets. Beautiful.

try not to get worried / try not to turn on to / troubles that upset you / oh don’t you know / everything’s all right now / everything’s fine

archiemcphee:

Ukrainian nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko shows us that snails are so much more than incredibly slow-moving mollusks who leave slimy trails and sometimes end up on people’s dinner plates. By looking at his photos we learn that snails appear to be curious, playful and even affectionate.

Shot in the woodland area near his home town in Berdichev, located in the Zhytomyr Oblast of northern Ukraine, Mishchenko’s beautiful photos are apparently unstaged. Instead he relies on an extraordinarily keen eye for spotting wildlife:

'As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures,' he said. 'As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.'

Visit Vyacheslav Mishchenkos’ website to check out many more of his remarkable nature photos. The only thing missing from them is narration by Sir David Attenborough.

[via 22 Words and Dailymail.co.uk]

When I was a kid, a snail used to come out every night and make a circuit around the dining room table, eating crumbs. We knew this because there were always new silvery trails around the carpet under the table. One night my parents’ bed broke (and no, I’ve never thought about why until right this moment) and they realized that they should come down and see if they could catch the snail in the act. They did. They put it out on the lawn. (Or was it a slug? Can’t remember.)

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Hayao Miyazaki - Self Portrait.


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weirdvintage:

Italian three-way spurs for self defense in style, 1956 (via)

weirdvintage:

Italian three-way spurs for self defense in style, 1956 (via)

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solituderecifetoile:

Leonardo da Vinci ‘Study sheet with cats dragon and other animals’

solituderecifetoile:

Leonardo da Vinci ‘Study sheet with cats dragon and other animals’

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