1/3 So I've been seeing this guy since the end of my freshman year o' college, and now we're second semester seniors. We've had our ups and downs and junk but I was pretty sure we would be fine parting ways amicably after college, but then I found out over the summer he's planning on moving in with my current roommate, who's been our good friend since freshman year. My current roommate who hooked up with my bf before we went out. I've always been a little uncomfortable with their friendship, my
shut the door, have a seat // open balcony door
season 7 episode 1
no fandoms allowed in the house tho
i’m gonna read lots of stuff to my kids so they end up like a big nerd like i was. they will ask me, years later, mom, why did you make us weird little people, you made it so hard for us to fit in at school. well, it built character didn’t it, i’ll say. and i’ll sit back really proud because i’ll be retired and they can’t lecture me about shit anymore
omg we would have been way good friends at age 12, when i did a history presentation on dorothea dix and the 19th century moral healthcare movement, and read lots of gogol and goethe
omg dorth. peas in a pod
here’s an excerpt from the emma goldman speech that i did in a district-wide oratory contest when i was 12:
Anarchism is not a cut-and-dried theory. It is a vital spirit embracing all of life. Therefore I do not address myself only to some particular elements in society: I do not address myself only to the workers. I address myself to the upper classes as well, for indeed they need enlightenment even more than the workers. Life itself teaches the masses, and it is a strict, effective teacher. Unfortunately life does not teach those who consider themselves the socially select, the better educated, the superior. I have always held that every form of information and instruction that helps to widen the mental horizon of men and women is most useful and should be employed. For in the last analysis, the grand adventure—which is liberty, the true inspiration of all idealists, poets and artists—is the only human adventure worth striving and living for.
I do not know how many of you have read Gorki’s marvellous prose-poem called “The Snake and the Falcon.” The snake cannot understand the falcon. “Why don’t you rest here in the dark, in the good slimy moisture?” the snake demands. “Why soar to the heavens? Don’t you know the dangers lurking there, the stress and storm awaiting you there, and the hunter’s gun which will bring you down and destroy your life?” But the falcon paid no heed. It spread its wings and soared through space, its triumphant song resounding through the heavens. One day the falcon was brought down, blood streaming from its heart, and the snake said: “You fool, I warned you, I told you to stay where I am, in the dark, in the good warm moisture, where no one could find you and harm you.” But with its last breath the falcon replied: “I have soared through space, I have scaled dazzling heights, I have beheld the light, I have lived, I have lived!”
i got second place :)
my baby cousin is in 7th grade now and she’s doing an oratory contest. she called me for advice! she wanted to know what to do. she said that they could do poems or speeches or anything else that they’d like to read in front of the school
i thought for a bit and told her that i did an oratory contest at her exact age, actually. i went hm hm hm, because a lot of the stuff that popped into my head wasn’t exactly age-appropriate (like sylvia plath’s morbidity and queer poets), but she is very bright, so i knew i didn’t have to baby her.
i told her to look up gloria anzadula, frank o’hara (i suggested “having a coke with you”) and rainer maria rilke’s “god speaks to each of us.” gloria anzadula reminded me of sandra cisneros, so i asked “have you read the house on mango street yet?” and she said “no, i haven’t!” so i told her to go look up that book.
i called her today to see how it went, and she said she adored them all, especially “having a coke with you,” but she’s going to read a chapter or two from “the house on mango street” after all! she said she only got to skim it today, but she really liked “four skinny trees.” (she’s a very petite latina girl, like i was/am, but she’s also very flaca.)
that was a good phone call!