“The recurring frustration with language suggests why Smith chose modernism specifically. Modernist art and literature came out of a need for new modes of expression. After the sheer quantity of carnage brought by World War I, artists and writers found traditional techniques inadequate for representing the world they then saw it. In this novel, Smith is acting out a similar struggle—a struggle to talk about the twenty-first century with integrity. Kakutani’s Times review claims that “NW avoids big issues tackled by White Teeth like the legacy of British colonialism or the weight of exile.” But Kakutani’s definition of what makes an issue “big” is different from Smith’s, and from mine.” this piece wasn’t like mindblowing or anything although it’s like more a review than an argument about nw so that’s fine but anyway it makes some solid observations including this one. i don’t know how you could read nw and think smith had turned her back on big issues! like if nothing else it’s very much a book very explicitly and specifically about class? and a lot of things show up in it that are not “tackled” as head-on as they were in white teeth but like what kind of person who reads books professionally are you if, in order for you to figure out a book in which a black man dies as a result of an interaction kicked off by a white woman assuming he was friends with another black man on the bus is a book attentive to the idea of race, you need the book to point that out to you? smh. and i mean it’s also a book about the extents to which we do or do not, can or cannot, make our own lives and the circumscriptions around that idea and, like, ok, whatever. (via isabelthespy)

things to remember

  • don’t be angry at yourself when anxiety/depression flares up. it isn’t your fault and no one blames you and if they do they’re pieces of shit.
  • don’t orbit around your perceived value so much. you’re not the sum total of what you produce.
  • don’t let yourself wonder why people love you. that’s not how it works. there are not stark, individual reasons that a person can enumerate about why they love you. it’s the entire, unique combination of what and who you are.

(Source: wittyandcharming, via tranxio)


And so to the biggest celebrity story of the week — the internet publication of naked photographs and intimate videos of 102 female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Kate Bosworth, Selena Gomez, Kirsten Dunst and Ariana Grande.

At some point in the past month, the womens’ iCloud accounts were hacked into and the images posted on the website 4Chan, from where they spread across the internet with such ferocity, the only apt simile being “as rapidly as a whole bunch of pictures of hot celebrity women, naked”.

As productivity across the world slowed markedly — due to half of every workplace gathering in the corner farthest away from their line manager and googling “naked A-list ladies hurry hurry” — an interesting phenomenon was observable: a widespread belief that it was … all OK. That nothing bad had happened. There had simply been a visit from a jovial Porn Santa, who had given the world the gift it so richly deserved — Jennifer Lawrence’s tits — and now all that was left was to give thanks before googling “naked A-list ladies any new ones hacked?” and continuing with the day.

CW finds this whole thing fascinating — this continuing belief that things somehow “don’t count” if they’re on the internet. Threatening to rape and kill women on Twitter isn’t real harassment; stealing pictures of women and posting them on the internet isn’t a real criminal sexual offence.

If there’s one thing that would do this species a heap of good it would be getting out of the house and getting some fresh air in its lungs. And if there are two things that would aid our species, it would be finally getting its head around “the internet”. The internet is something invented by humans, for humans, where humans communicate with each other. It’s exactly the same as “the meat world”.

If, in the “real world”, someone broke into Jennifer Lawrence’s garden and watched her undressing they would, rightly, be branded a pervert, arrested for trespass, treated as a bit revolting and sentenced to a spell in jail and possibly a stiff course of Just Stop Being A Freaky Mad Pervert therapy.

It’s no different to criminally trespassing into her iCloud and looking at her tits, simply because it’s “on the internet”. It’s “the internet” — not “Imaginary Norulestopia where you can do what you like”. When you treat the greatest communication tool the world has ever known like that, you basically turn it into Donkey Island in Pinocchio.

CW finds it slightly dolorous, living in an era where there is a constant, global game in play to see the naked body of every famous woman. The attitude reminds it exactly of being in the school playground, where a certain gang of boys would try, every playtime, to reveal the knickers of the girls, even though the girls were crying and traumatised and eventually grew up to be angry goths.

It’s going to leave the last words on this subject to the mighty Anne Hathaway, speaking about up-skirt shots of her that were sold to tabloids in 2012: “I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies the sexuality of unwilling participants.”

Right on, Hathaway. Because there’s a word for people who sexually commodify an unwilling participant.

Caitlin Moran absolutely fucking nails the celebrity nudes hacking disgrace in Celebrity Watch in today’s Times (via theinternethassexwithitself)

I don’t always agree with Caitlin Moran, but she does have a point.

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Park Chan Wook has finally decided on his next project: Agassi (아가씨, literally meaning “young lady”) will be an adaptation of Sarah Waters‘ Fingersmith, a period crime novel that follows young female thieves (called, you guessed it, fingersmiths). However, the location will be switched from Victorian London to Korea under Japanese rule. 

For those who didn’t know yet



if that setting shift works out as well for him as it did for jee-woon kim’s the good, the bad, the weird and yimou zhang’s a woman, a gun, and a noodle shop it’ll be a good old time at the cinema for me. adapting fingersmith makes stoker seem like less of a strange disjoint in his work history, and more like sliding to the side to slip in on the left again - he always has been self-consciously melodramatic anyway, deliberately bringing in these obvious notes of victoriana may just be another way of playing with himself.  (on that note, if he alters the plot to make it not involving lesbian women, i’m throwing food at the movie screen.)

i’m game, at least, as i always am; anything else can wait till i’ve seen it myself.

 ”a high-rolling but garish production with untranslatable regional ribald humor" (x)


Wow, this is a cool notion.



What the fuck is a tiered pie. who stacks pies on top of each other. is this some kind of bloody wedding pie what the fuck. the middle class must be stopped

just had a great idea for future wedding


Current crush: lady with the eyebrows AKA the BFF in obvious child 

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