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Anonymous Asked:
"It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.

My answer:

fishingboatproceeds:

Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.

Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.) 

But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.




"…Big summer blowout."Oaken from Frozen

"…Big summer blowout."

Oaken from Frozen

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sarcasticbunnyqueen:

oh god 2007 why

Pretty sure I covered my school diary in these things in roughly ‘07.

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  1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

    2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

    3. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

    4. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

    5. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

    6. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

    7. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

    8. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

    9. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

    10. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

    11. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

    13. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

    14. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

    15. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
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Fifteen Small Steps to Happiness  (via sweetsafehavenofmine)

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deviantart:

Naolito never fails to see jest hidden within daily life! 

Art feature

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instagram:

Evolving the Art of Calligraphy with @seblester

To see more photos and videos of Seb’s daily calligraphy creations, follow @seblester on Instagram.

"I suppose there is a ‘letterform evangelist’ aspect to my Instagram account," says illustrator and calligrapher Seb Lester (@seblester), “but calligraphy has an immediacy, and most people seem to appreciate it on some level.”

"Learning calligraphy is a wonderful journey through history for me," Seb explains. "My work blends my knowledge of the ancient art of calligraphy with my knowledge of modern design and technology." Sharing through Instagram, Seb says, mirrors this blending of the old and new. "I think it’s an excellent example of how well this ancient art form can translate to the Internet."


learningtoflyonemissatatime:

ale-love-rubelangel:

unamericaneagle:

Miniature Crochet Animals on Etsy

Awwwwwwwww :3333

New project hexokinase? Cause I’ll take a million


science-gifs:

Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip [video]

h/t hilker

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humansofnewyork:

"I’m new at all this.""What’s been the toughest part?""When she’s crying, and I don’t know why and I don’t know how to fix it.""What’s been the most satisfying part?""When she looks at me and smiles, as if saying: ‘Thank you Mom.’"

humansofnewyork:

"I’m new at all this."
"What’s been the toughest part?"
"When she’s crying, and I don’t know why and I don’t know how to fix it."
"What’s been the most satisfying part?"
"When she looks at me and smiles, as if saying: ‘Thank you Mom.’"


maroon-moon:

stonefoxie:

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
— Vincent van Gogh


:( :(

maroon-moon:

stonefoxie:

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

— Vincent van Gogh

:( :(

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"I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being."

Maya Angelou (via jrrrrlgrkjrrrr)

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benevolentsliceart:

T-Shirt design 2 of ???

benevolentsliceart:

T-Shirt design 2 of ???

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science-junkie:

discere-et-docere:

A cell undergoing mitosis! 
Journey of Mitosis (Cell Reproduction): 
1. Interphase: Period of growth and replication of DNA. (90% of cell’s life). 

G1 Phase: Period of regular growth; mitochondria and chloroplasts multiply.  
Synthesis: DNA is replicated (semi-conservative replication).
G2 Phase: Another period of growth in preparation of dividing. 

2. Prophase: Nuclear membrane breaks down, DNA condenses, spindle fibers appear. 
3. Metaphase: Chromosomes align and attached to spindle fibers. 
4. Anaphase: Sister chromatids (DNA) are split apart to either pole of the cell by the pulling of spindle fibers. 
5. Telophase: Nuclear membrane forms around DNA, chromosomes decondense, spindle fibers break down. 
6. Cytokineses: Cytoplasm divides. 
And the new cells start the cell cycle once more! 

A quick and nifty brush up on mitosis.
Video: [x]

science-junkie:

discere-et-docere:

A cell undergoing mitosis! 

Journey of Mitosis (Cell Reproduction): 

1. Interphase: Period of growth and replication of DNA. (90% of cell’s life). 

G1 Phase: Period of regular growth; mitochondria and chloroplasts multiply.  

Synthesis: DNA is replicated (semi-conservative replication).

G2 Phase: Another period of growth in preparation of dividing. 

2. Prophase: Nuclear membrane breaks down, DNA condenses, spindle fibers appear. 

3. Metaphase: Chromosomes align and attached to spindle fibers. 

4. Anaphase: Sister chromatids (DNA) are split apart to either pole of the cell by the pulling of spindle fibers. 

5. Telophase: Nuclear membrane forms around DNA, chromosomes decondense, spindle fibers break down. 

6. Cytokineses: Cytoplasm divides. 

And the new cells start the cell cycle once more! 

A quick and nifty brush up on mitosis.

Video: [x]

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