fandomsandfeminism:

thisrevolutionwillbeliterary:

fandomsandfeminism:

feminist-cardassian-greyjoy:

fandomsandfeminism:

thisrevolutionwillbeliterary:

fandomsandfeminism:

thegreatgeiszler:

Nick Carraway is queer. Good bye.

Pretty sure Nick fucks a dude from that awful party at the beginning of the book. Literally the only way that scene makes sense.

So yes. Nick Carraway is totally queer. 

I love readings of this book that reject the white hetero-ness that people think has to be canon.

Nick’s queer reading makes so much sense if you think about how he rejects the majority of West Egg (or whatever egg it is) but still holds Gatsby up on a pedestal. He calls everyone there selfish but thinks Gatsby (who I’ll argue is still rather selfish) represents this amazing sense of hope and perseverance. 

Another reading I love the TGG is that Gatsby was black. Those articles really say it all, so I won’t go into it.

The “Gatsby is Black” reading is so damn good and makes the entire book so much more interesting. Along with Queer!Nick, they make the book a far more enriching read. 

Like, the Great Gatsby is a book about classism and the unattainability of the American Dream for the marginalized and the disillusionment of the young in the years just before the great depression.

Reading all the characters as white straight people misses a huge opportunity to explore those themes within a wider and more meaningful context. 

also to add I have articles discussing the whole “Nick is queer” thing: 

http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/film/2013/05/13/was-great-gatsby-de-gayed

http://redroom.com/member/monty-heying/blog/gay-implications-in-the-great-gatsbys-nick-carraway

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/09/was_nick_carraway_gay/

Talking about Gatsby possibly being black and Nick possibly being queer and all the implications and innuendos in this book that people NEVER TALK ABOUT makes me happy because honestly all of this makes this really great book even more interesting to talk about. 

LINKS! YES! 

Like, if nothing else, Gatsby being black really makes his romance with Daisy much more interesting (And the fact that Tom, Daisy’s husband, is SUPER SUPER SUPER RACIST already.) 

And if the Green Light across the bay is Gatsby’s longing for acceptance within upper class society and the unattainable fulfillment of the American dream and being with Daisy, then think of what it all represents to Nick.

Nick who stands in the back and watches Gatsby pining, who watches Gatsby failing, Nick who is the only person to go to Gatsby’s funeral. Nick, who in the wake of Gatsby’s death, reflects that what preyed on Gatsby “temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.” Because Nick goes to West Egg to try and find himself, finds Gatsby and loses him, and then goes back out west, leaving it all behind. 

The opening line of the book is Nick’s father saying that not all people have had the same privileges as Nick has had. Now, I’m not saying this to deny his sexuality but to emphasize how much the book talks about privilege and what happens when you don’t belong to the white, straight, upper class privileged group.

So Nick losing Gatsby to a world where all this unchecked privilege exists (everyone drives drunk and crashes their cars, then acts like it’s no big deal) is disheartening for him on many accounts: that racism and classism preyed on Gatsby, that this privilege destroyed the man he loved, and that he could never articulate that because the privileged are so deeply heteronormative (and I am SURE Tom Buchanan is a raging homophobe, considering he abuses women and is a huge racist).

Well, Tom is already super racist and classist. Wouldn’t be surprising to see him be homophobic as well. 

But yes. Nick is so incredibly well aware of the own privilege that surrounds him and this lifestyle, and is disgusted by most of it. He is fundamentally unhappy most of the time, except when he’s around Gatsby. And then he sees Gatsby killed because he failed to fit into the broken society that he so desperately wanted to be a part of, and Nick gives up and the whole thing. 

Also, just saying, page 1: “I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men. Most  of the confidences were unsought-frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions.”

There is something rather smirk worthy about Nick talking about learning the “secret griefs of wild men” with “intimate revelations” “quivering” and coupled with “obvious suppressions.” Just sayin’. 

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#great gatsby 
cestpapillon:

krampuslips:

foxes are the most important animals on earth

im going to keep reblogging this until it isn’t cute anymore

cestpapillon:

krampuslips:

foxes are the most important animals on earth

im going to keep reblogging this until it isn’t cute anymore

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#fox 
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therealrobinchan33:

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shadzu:

historydepartment:

sir-hathaway:

jrunk:

kurentsee:

Imogen Heap helps invent gloves that will “change the way we make music”

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i would do anything to have these

THIS IS SO AMAZING I LOVE IMOGEN HEAP EVEN MORE

SHES SO AWESOME

These are actually in an active kickstarter right now and there’s not much time left to fund these gloves 

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this is rad ok

this is the greatest thing ever and i want these gloves and i’m so excited about them

Tywin was an absolute monster, the most horrifying character in the series so far. I don’t get how you can think his rule did any good for Westeros at all unless you conceive of Westeros as consisting solely of the Lannisters. He’s entirely motivated by profit, power and pride. Tywin had half of Westeros raped, murdered and burned for no reason other than to insure the continuing power of his own house. That’s not a leader; that’s a liability (the word is not nearly strong enough) to the realm.

He had entire harvests burned in Autumn leaving the people, at least the ones he left alive, to starve without stores for a long Winter. Good for Westeros? He unleashed rapers, torturers and murderers, knowing full well what they were, on the people of the Kingdom he was supposed to lead and protect. He conspired with the Freys and the Boltons, who are shits. He is bar none the worst father in the series, having raised incestuous twins, and having turned Tyrion, who was predisposed to be a nice guy, into someone bitter and hateful enough for kinslaying (a damn satisfying scene, and necessary!). He remained blind to his children’s obvious flaws (and strengths in the case of Tyrion) and refused to see Joffrey’s blatant psychopathy even when Tyrion pointed it out. He had an innocent girl gang raped because she damaged his prestige. And Kevan is a slavering little dog who went along with all this; someone’s already quoted his high opinion of Gregor and his boys and what they did in the Riverlands. And this is all off the top of my head. The current zeitgeist seems to hold a lot of unwarranted respect for “tough” leaders who are willing to do the “hard thing.” It also seems to be oblivious to the fact that the “hard thing” is always bad for the people and always for personal profit and power. Tywin’s a perfect fictional example.

Westeros.org messageboard user The Doubtful Guest on Tywin Lannister.

Just about the worst lesson we could draw from the way Ned’s decency made him a failure in King’s Landing is to equate indecency with success. But that’s precisely the lesson lots of readers have drawn: Tywin’s a great leader, Victarion could be Azor Ahai reborn, Dany needs to let Meereen fall to the slavers because what she really should be doing is slaughtering her way westward.

The nice thing about being a reader of these books rather than a character in them is that there’s no consequence for holding the people we’re reading about to a higher (or really, to ANY) moral standard. So why don’t we do that?

(via boiledleather)

fictograph:

The Young Wolf. He was always his father’s son.
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fictograph:

The Young Wolf. He was always his father’s son.

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#pokemon #charmander 
24,333 plays | by Bastille/20 piece string orchestra

Pompeii (Cinematic Version) l Bastille (accompanied with a 20 piece string orchestra (x)

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#music #bastille #pompeii 

conceptartthings:

Concept Art from Prince of Egypt (1998)

sonofaladiesman:

DID YOU GUYS HEAR THAT BASICALLY THE HIGH-UP DUDES IN JSA (JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA, A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN OUR GOVERNMENT; WE HAVE DEBATES AND CONVENTIONS AND STUFF IT’S CHILL AND ALSO HIGH UP PEOPLE IN JSA USUALLY GET INTO IVY LEAGUE COLLEGES AND END UP EITHER HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL OR IN OUR GOVERNMENT) STARTED A SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP CALLED ‘GUARDIANS OF DEMOCRACY’ IN WHICH THEY DISCUSSED THE SEXUAL HISTORIES OF GIRLS IN JSA, AND THE CURRENT JSA PRESIDENT OF MY REGION CALLED EXTREMELY STRONG, WELL-SPOKEN WOMEN SLUTS, AND THEY’VE BEEN RIGGING ELECTIONS SO GIRLS CAN’T WIN

A SUPER BRAVE AND AMAZING AND EDUCATED GIRL IN JSA FOUND OUT ABOUT IT AND GOT SCREENSHOTS OF THE FACEBOOK GROUP AND MADE A POST ON FACEBOOK TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT IT BECAUSE THE POST ABOUT IT SHE MADE ON THE JSA FACEBOOK GROUP GOT DELETED

MY ENTIRE JSA CHAPTER IS LIVID

I HAVE NEVER SEEN OUR CLUB LEADER SO PISSED OFF

I AM VERY VERY PISSED OFF

IF THIS GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR OUR NATION’S FUTURE LEADERS IS FULL OF BOY-MEN WHO SEEM TO THINK THAT IT’S ACCEPTABLE TO RIG ELECTIONS IN THEIR FAVOR, WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT? WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION ITSELF THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO FLOURISH AND SUCCEED AND ATTAIN SUCH HIGH LEVELS IN THE ORGANIZATION?

Also if they aren’t punished VERY SEVERELY and possibly have their college acceptances RESCINDED so that they NEVER EVER CAN BE IN A POSITION OF POWER then I AM MOVING TO SWEDEN BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD AT EUROVISION AND I LIKE THEIR GOVERNMENT AND I SPEAK FRENCH WELL AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA.

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#feminism 

ASoIaF has always had to walk a tightrope in its subversion of the high-fantasy genre in that it portrays people and events closer to the way they really work in real life, but in doing so risks coming across as an endorsement of the way things really work in real life.

Martin has always been clear, for example, that good men (eg. Ned) don’t always make good rulers. But to me the second part of that statement has always been an implicit but clear “and that really sucks.”

I’m not sure everyone sees it that way, though. Time and time again, we see fan backlash against some of the main characters when their attempts to behave decently backfire or fail in some way — Ned giving Cersei the chance to flee rather than die; Dany using her dragons and burgeoning following to liberate slaves and attempt to create a just peace in Meereen rather than leveling everything between her and King’s Landing; Jon’s increasingly status-quo-threatening attempts to get the wildlings south of the Wall and on the side of the rest of the realm. You end up with arguments that life would be better under a despot like Tywin Lannister than under a liberator like Daenerys.

In other words, many readers seem to take Martin’s realpolitik approach to how the world works in his writing as a reprimand against those with a more idealistic outlook. I don’t think that’s the case at all, in large part because of the issues of war and peace that provoked this thread.

Martin has unfailingly portrayed war as a grotesque folly, a crime against our common humanity. He does this by setting up a supernatural antagonist of whom most of the warring parties are unaware but who we know (to the extent that we can know anything of GRRM’s longterm plans with this series) is the enemy of all humanity, such that every time people raise their swords against one another, or burn each other’s towns and crops, or sack each other’s strongholds and rape and torture and murder their families, they are doing the enemy’s work.

Obviously, war against the Others and their wights will be necessary — but it’s striking that the only necessary war Martin allows for is one that can’t possibly have a counterpart in real life. We have no white walkers to worry about. We only have each other.

[ADwD Spoilers] On War and Peace - A Song of Ice and Fire - Page 2

The above quote is my contribution to a provocative thread on how Martin’s characters “wage peace,” started by Westeros.org’s Elio García in response to the Curt Purcell post I talked about earlier.

I would also add that part and parcel of how Martin has humanized epic fantasy by fleshing out heroes and villains into characters less easy to identify as either is similarly fleshing out the humanity of the people who die in the wars waged between the two. That’s why it’s so weird to me to see people endorsing Tywin Lannister or, god help me, Roose Bolton as a superior ruler to Daenerys Targaryen or Eddard Stark — or to see people arguing that Victarion Greyjoy — wifebeater, gaybasher, rapist, war criminal, mass murderer — is the Prince Who Was Promised or Azor Ahai reborn. These men dehumanize others, and humanizing others is the project of the entire series.

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englishsnow:

devildoe

19 hours ago · 1,597 notes · Reblog
#can i go here #forest 

wolveswolves:

Easter egg hunt in Wolf Park, Indiana 

Picture by a lonewolf

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#wolf 
plays

beringandwellscrew:

rmlfvr:

These classical musicians play their instruments in a way you’ve never seen before.

A rather compelling visual experience, on top of being a flawless musical demonstration, performed by Salut Salon, a charming German quartet from Hamburg. 

WOW!!!!
Just WOW!!!

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plomrose:

thatdarnguythere:

For Harry Potter people, a photo of the first day the trio met.

can’t not

plomrose:

thatdarnguythere:

For Harry Potter people, a photo of the first day the trio met.

can’t not

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#hp 

Natasha is incredibly perceptive, and no doubt understands that Steve’s problems are less to do with his fish-out-of-water situation of being in the 21st century, and more to do with his crushing loneliness. Steve gives every impression of genuinely liking people, but he’s lost everyone he ever knew and grew up with, and is surrounded by people that he doesn’t really trust. He’s so lonely that he’s literally at the point of having intensely emotional conversations with a guy he met while jogging at the park, so Natasha is making the effort to help him improve his social life.

All of those girlfriend recommendations also come with a subtextual hint that she doesn’t want to date him, to discourage off the possibility of him getting too attached because she’s his only friend. She’s purposefully putting herself in the role of “bantery team member” rather than potential love interest, and as a result they seem to have a pretty close relationship already — or as close as you can ever get to Black Widow, anyway.

Black Widow and Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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