"There are two steps to becoming an adult: 1. Recognize your responsibilities toward yourself. 2. Recognize your responsibilities toward others. Poof, you are no longer a mouth that wants. Everything else is just decoration."
Crazy Monster takes a break for lunch, and talks to his sandwich.
NSFW because naked ladies, but this is pretty cool.
This is just a quick public service announcement: if you’ve never read Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle—and why haven’t you, by the way? I guess you just hate yourself and joy?—you should take this upcoming summer as an opportunity to experience its dizzying charms. Savor it slowly and carefully in the sun, on a beach or in the grass, drinking lemonade; be transported back as if by magic to that time when you were a teenager falling in love for the first time in the 1930s English countryside. You won’t regret it, until the moment you finish and realize you can never read it for the first time ever again.
Right now I’m feeling the existential sadness of having already read this wonderful book. I just took another of Smith’s novels, The New Moon with the Old, out of the library, but the internet tells me it won’t be the same.
This is all true.
“I think a lot about what makes a strong female character. You know, movies and TV shows, these things have influence, my own website. So I think the question of “What makes a strong female character?”, often goes misinterpreted. And instead we get these two-dimensional superwomen, who maybe have one quality that’s played up a lot. Like, you know, a Catwoman type, or she plays her sexuality up a lot and it’s seen as power. But they’re not strong characters who happen to be female, they’re completely flat and they’re basically cardboard characters.
The problem with this is that then people expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple. When in actuality, women are complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy. And women happen to be people!”
-Tavi Gevinson for TEDTalks [x]
(Source: dohertypeter, via katiecoyle)