Oh, yeah, I can how OtB would color this. The fear of going to war, and to some extent just of growing up in general when growing up means a much larger shift than it usually does (boy to soldier rather than boy to man) (BOYS BECOMING MEN. MEN BECOMING WOLVES. okay I’m done), is definitely underlaying everything. The shift from summer session to winter session is that transition in microcosm, really. (I’m only halfway through rn; I’m sure there’s more about war later, as people are just now starting to talk about enlistment).
BUT it does surprise me that you could study this and not address sexuality at all. Or idk, maybe it doesn’t: probably half the students only sparknoted it and half of the remaining trusted the teacher’s interpretations and…anyway, I’ve heard enough “THAT’S what Shakespeare was talking about???” sorts of reactions to see how it could not come up and how students wouldn’t necessarily miss its lack.
Though. It is a huge facet of the book, their friendship. Though upon reflection (and upon reading a bit more) it’s not strictly accurate to say that it’s So Gay…it’s definitely So Not Hetero, and Finny might be So Gay (hard to be sure since we don’t see his POV), but Gene is just So Questioning. Or not even that. He might be So Ace and/or Aro. He definitely has Feelings for Finny and they definitely go beyond normalsauce friendship, but if he’s in romantic or sexual love with him, then either Gene is deliberately unreliably narrating (possible) or so confused and closeted that he doesn’t know how to interpret anything (a more interesting reading imo), or…he just isn’t feeling this friendship in a way that’s explainable with the words that he has. At all. I’m not super well versed on aromanticism, though, so I’m gonna read up on that before I get much further.
This is an amazing book
I had an amazing time at San Diego Comic Con this year. I think Chris had a good time, too.
The cover of PTSD: The Soldier’s DiariesHi, guys. It’s COLN.Thanks for reblog and notes, that just let me realized I’m not the only one wants to see these lovely things happen…. and maybe I really should keep going.
i feel like bucky is the type to turn up on people’s couches at obscene hours in the a.m. wearing someone else’s (steve’s, sam’s, natasha’s) clothes after casually breaking and entering, but he’d learn to bring coffee because nothing gets you forgiveness faster than the right cup of coffee.
I was tagged (I think? I’m going to interpret that I was tagged) by gravything . Since I did one of these pretty recently, I’m just going to answer gravy’s questions and not do the whole writey taggy thing myself.
How are you doing today?
I’m tired. I’m so tired. I’ve been so tired that I don’t feel tired for—a really long time, but today I feel tired, and it’s not. going to be good.
What’s tomorrow going to be like?
Better. I hope.
Dogs, cats, both, neither, why?
Cats, always and forever. Dogs, sometimes. I usually like other people’s dogs; I’m apathetic about having one myself. I feel guilty about not being physically engaging enough for a dog.
What do you think of ginger?
It’s good? Gonna make some lemon-ginger froyo next if I decide it won’t remind me too much of sick-times tea.
What are you currently/did you most recently finish reading? (fic counts)
I’m going to answer this with a lot of things. Most recently finished: that same fic gravy said. Currently reading: Life After Life and A Separate Peace.
Share a few thoughts about it?
Fic: Goooooood. I love pieces that can pull off this sparse, structured style and leave your heart binding over these clear vignette images.
Separate Peace: this is somehow my first time reading this. And it is. so gay. So, so beautifully gay. And I know my heteronormativity goggles were shattered and pulled off a while ago now, but I have a hard time seeing how even people still blinkered by them could look at this
and think what chummy heterosexual friends they are. (Though my understanding is almost nobody thinks this.)
Life After Life: time loops and WWII and a woman author with a woman protag this book is MY ONE WEAKNESS. Unfortunately it is also long. I’ve been reading it for an embarrassing amount of time.
What was the last fan experience that you had that made you go all ‘I love everyone in this bar’?
There have been a few really good CATWS metas going around that demonstrate a frankly amazing engagement with the material. Basically every CATWS moment, if we’re being honest, makes me love everyone in the CATWS bar a little more. It’s one of the best fandoms I’ve been in. One of the best specific experiences that stands out was when Seb Stan and Anthony Mackie did Philly Con and all the fans who could go represented us exceeding well. Though. that was kind of a while ago. I’m getting old.
Which vegetable is your least favorite, and why isn’t it celery?
Hsst, celery is one of my favorites. I like how crisp and fresh-tasting it is. Least would be … yams? Those are veg, right? I’m counting them as veg.
Do you have a favorite pass-around meme? (like the ‘the object immediately to your left is your weapon for the zombie apocalypse’ or this kind of survey thing)
Boringly enough, I do not.
What’s the last piece of media you consumed that made you laugh so hard it hurt?
Probably an episode of Last Week Tonight. That show is turning out to be surprisingly terrific.
What’s the last piece of media you consumed that made you cry, and how much do you want to inflict it on your fellow humans?
I’m sure the most recent one was a CATWS fic (just gonna link my bookmarks because they mostly all made me cry) or most technically this art that made me tear up last night. But I’m going to cheat and use this as a launch pad to say EVERYONE GO READ MORTAL ENGINES. It is the piece of media that always makes me cry every single time and it doesn’t get enough recognition despite my decade-long attempts to inflict it on fellow humans.
Polygons measuring spoon
Chris Pratt worked with Marvel and Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to arrange a special screening of Guardians of the Galaxy for patients, families and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Wednesday. While the movie played, Pratt snuck out and dressed up as his character, Star-Lord. He spent more than three hours in full costume and handed out movie-themed toys. Pratt also visited patients in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, and the Pediatric ICU, as they were too sick to join the movie screening that afternoon.
Pratt spent extra time with one patient, Dylan Prunty, who is a longtime Lego fan and recognized the actor’s voice from The Lego Movie. They spent about 10 minutes reciting different scenes from the film.
YOU CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT SOMEONE BY THE TYPE OF MUSIC THEY LISTEN TO. HIT SHUFFLE ON YOUR IPOD, PHONE, ITUNES, MEDIA PLAYER ETC AND WRITE DOWN THE FIRST 20 SONGS. THEN PASS THIS ON TO 10 PEOPLE. ONE RULE: NO SKIPPING
I was tagged by gravything !
I decided not to go the iPod route; I haven’t added new content to it in years. These are all from an amalgamation of the various Spotify lists I’ve been using since about 2011. Also I wrote stuff about each of these? So it’s under a cut. Because I am verbose
All links are to YouTube, just the first relatively legit-looking hit I found.
It’s going to be a day of personal posts, guys. I got tagged in a couple of those meme things & can’t be bothered to time-delay them, and I also apparently have a lot to say about MS Office products, so. Prepare yourself to learn more about filbert than you ever wanted to know.