"I could resurrect the dead, but I choose to resurrect the living."

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“Urban spaces have spirits, and cities have souls. Some are dangerous, menacing, but also seductive; others are marked by beauty and excess; others again by their dreariness or spookiness. These are contagious qualities that are said to seep into the character of the people living in such cities. […] Some urban spirits are global in reach, others mainly local or regional. They are reproduced in everyday stereotypes and mythologies. None of these are of course true in any sociological sense but the proliferating fantasmic and mythical qualities of cities and urban spaces are effective realities that shape the behaviour, cosmologies and desires of people in cities, or of those who visit them, imagine them, or describe them in narrative or imagery.”

– Thomas Blom Hansen and Oskar Verkaaik, in Urban Charisma (via textbookmaneuver)

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Neil Gaiman, Coraline (via wordsnquotes)


I feel like Gaiman is the Wilde of our time - EVERYTHING gets misattributed to him. In fact, Gaiman was paraphrasing from G.K. Chesterton - he acknowledges this in his notes on Coraline. The Chesterton quote is:

Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

Yes, the quotes are different but if Gaiman thought he needed to attribute it then you do, too. Also it’s important to the one-woman Structuralist revival that I’m championing that we remember the period in which people were writing stuff like this, because it was part of a larger early 20th century academic movement and it was IMPORTANT goddamn it.

“More and more I think there’s an element of fiction writing that’s performative. If you want your stories to carry a particular charge of feeling, you have to experience that feeling while you’re working. I don’t know that you can fake it, or at least I don’t know that I’ve ever been able to fake it, because the choices you make when you’re writing—the rhythms you adopt, the phrases you construct, the effect one word has when it’s nestled alongside another—are so highly nuanced, and have so much to do with the ultimate emotional effect of a story, so that if you aren’t feeling along with your sentences, your instincts will gradually lead you astray.”

The Rumpus Interview With Kevin Brockmeier

This is, no surprise, really really great.

(via therumpus)

This is really interesting! Do you guys feel this way when you write? I think I only do sometimes, and I would categorize those times as when I feel “inspired” or when “the muses speak to me”, etc. But it’s definitely not how I feel when I’m slogging away at something.

(via fixyourwritinghabits)

“My mother once told me that trauma is like Lord of the Rings. You go through this crazy, life-altering thing that almost kills you (like say having to drop the one ring into Mount Doom), and that thing by definition cannot possibly be understood by someone who hasn’t gone through it. They can sympathize sure, but they’ll never really know, and more than likely they’ll expect you to move on from the thing fairly quickly. And they can’t be blamed, people are just like that, but that’s not how it works.

Some lucky people are like Sam. They can go straight home, get married, have a whole bunch of curly headed Hobbit babies and pick up their gardening right where they left off, content to forget the whole thing and live out their days in peace. Lots of people however, are like Frodo, and they don’t come home the same person they were when they left, and everything is more horrible and more hard then it ever was before. The old wounds sting and the ghost of the weight of the one ring still weighs heavy on their minds, and they don’t fit in at home anymore, so they get on boats go sailing away to the Undying West to look for the sort of peace that can only come from within. Frodos can’t cope, and most of us are Frodos when we start out.

But if we move past the urge to hide or lash out, my mother always told me, we can become Pippin and Merry. They never ignored what had happened to them, but they were malleable and receptive to change. They became civic leaders and great storytellers; they we able to turn all that fear and anger and grief into narratives that others could delight in and learn from, and they used the skills they had learned in battle to protect their homeland. They were fortified by what had happened to them, they wore it like armor and used it to their advantage.

It is our trauma that turns us into guardians, my mother told me, it is suffering that strengthens our skin and softens our hearts, and if we learn to live with the ghosts of what had been done to us, we just may be able to save others from the same fate.”

S.T.Gibson (via sarahtaylorgibson)

This is very nice, but it’s quite the other way around. Lord of the Rings is like trauma. It was written as a metaphor for trauma. That’s….that’s the way books work.

I Don’t Think Chuck Shurley is God and Eric Kripke Isn’t Allowed To Tell Me I’m Wrong


Now this post, unlike my other analysis posts, is indeed “meta”, because it’s a discussion of authorial intent about a story about authorial intent. Amazing.

So here’s the deal. I’m not in the Supernatural fandom per se, but I do think it’s pretty fun, that the Kim Manners era stuff was incredible, and that the season 1-5 arc was some pretty great long-form epic fantasy. Obviously, I’m super late to the game, writing analysis of the five season arc when we’re going into s10, but I just have to get this out there. I’ve noticed that the fans overall have, for the past four years, accepted the “Chuck is God” theory, even doing that cutesy thing of saying things like, “Thank Chuck” and “Chuck damnit”. And the reason this theory is so prevalent is that, well, Eric Kripke said it was true.

Well, fuck that.

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what if instead of a same gender detective partnership who keep getting mistaken for a romantic couple, you had a same gender romantic couple who keep getting mistaken for detectives
‘hello, I’m sam darling, and this is my partner gregory hitch’ ‘AH YES THE PRIVATE DETECTIVES’ ‘what??? no we just came for some ice cream why is there police tape everywhere’