Saw a commercial for a horror movie where Idris Elba breaks into a woman’s house, but I’m pretty sure that’d be a dream come true???

Idris Elba

"Books say: she did this because. Life says: she did this. Books are where things are explained to you, life where things aren’t."
- Julian Barnes (via writingquotes)

I'm Doing Fine

DAD: What do you mean?

ME: I haven't had a day off since July 31st. Okay? I want to take my college diploma and shove it up the ass of every US Congressman, then light it on fire, then litter the ashes across the world, saying, "AMERICA IS A LIE!"

Life Text

Boyhood

I saw Richard Linklater’s Boyhood at a local art cinema last week. You might remember the trailer I posted awhile back. The movie is long, about 2 hours and 44 minutes, but it’s completely worth it. In fact, I wasn’t ready for it to be over!

There’s not really a traditional plot description to share. Sure, some things happen, but the gist of the story is how a family of four changes over twelve years. For me, watching the same actors portray the characters over a decade of real time made the experience completely different than if done in the traditional way. That is, using different children to play the same characters at different ages. I didn’t have to extend my imagination in that way we’ve all grown accustomed to, so it made the film feel all the more real.

That experiment aside, Boyhood is a masterclass in subtlely. The trend as of late, in both TV and film, is to be bold and gritty. That approach has its place, but I enjoyed Linklater’s focus on the little things. It allowed me to reflect on the main point of the film - life. There were no flashy distractions. In fact, I kept waiting for something big to happen. It made me very aware of how accustomed we’ve all become to that style.

When the credits rolled, my friend commented that she felt like she’d just watched her own childhood. Being in our early 20s, it was easy to relate to the cultural milestones brought up during the main character’s adolescence. But I think there’s something for everyone. The kids, the parents, the periphery characters, they all have a journey over those twelve years covered in Boyhood. It’s worth it to take 2 hours and 44 minutes out of yours to see this film. 

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Boyhood Movies Richard Linklater

"There is a time in every man’s education
when he arrives at the conviction that,
envy is ignorance;
that, imitation is suicide;
that, he must take himself
for better,
for worse,
as his portion."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Text Quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance

23/F/Tennessee

I sat on my bed in my new room in my new apartment in my new home state of Tennessee where I moved one week ago. All the usual things -notebooks, pens, scraps of paper, and a laptop - piled in front of me while I searched for jobs. Something in the yard of the apartment building caught my eye and I peered through a large double window for a moment.

My vision focused on a handsome, shirtless young man dashing toward the greenway like a beautiful gazelle. “Uh, am I really seeing this?” I thought. “Surely that’s a bloated dead raccoon and I’m confused.” For a moment, I was convinced I’d gone nuts. But mostly I felt like God was smiling on me. 

Welcome to Tennessee, He said. You’re not crazy after all.

Moving Tennessee Text

Great Expectations

I finished reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens a few days ago, and it only took me THREE YEARS to do so. Some people might look down on me for that, but obviously I didn’t read it for three consecutive years. I started it junior year of college, took a long break, put a dent in it again at some other point, then wrapped it up over the last month. You know, SORRY I was a little busy getting a COLLEGE DEGREE and trying to UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF LIFE. There are 59 chapters. My version is 466 pages long. I might as well have been reading The Lord of the Rings! Okay? That’ll teach you for judging me!

It turns out classics are classics for a reason. This shit was goooooood. Anyway, I have like ten BBC adaptations of it to watch now. Bye.

Reading Great Expectations Charles Dickens Text Books