the fact that there have no leaked nudes in my dashboard proves that i’m following the right people
September 1st, 2014
Raoul Week QOTD (from “The Enchanted Violin”):
One day, a young boy from the town was out with his governess and made her take a long walk, for he could not bring himself to leave the little girl whose voice, so sweet and pure, seemed to have enslaved him. In this way, they came to the shore of an inlet that is still called Trestraou. In those days, there was nothing there but the sky and the sea and the golden sand. And above all, there was a strong wind, which carried away Christine’s scarf into the sea. Christine let out a cry and reached out her arms, but the headscarf* was already far away upon the waves. Christine heard a voice which said to her:
"Don’t trouble yourself**, mademoiselle, I shall go collect your scarf from the sea."
And she saw a little boy running, running, despite the cries and indignant protestations of a respectable lady dressed all in black. The little boy went into the sea fully clothed and brought her scarf back to her. The little boy and the scarf were both in a fine state! The lady in black was unable to regain her composure, but Christine laughed heartily, and she gave the little boy a kiss. It was the Vicomte Raoul de Chagny.
* In this sentence, Leroux refers to Christine’s scarf not as “echarpe” (scarf), but as “voile” (veil, or headscarf), indicating that Christine’s scarf was used as a head covering instead of as a neck scarf as in the ALW musical. A headscarf or kerchief was often worn by Swedish girls and women in the 1800s and even into the 1900s, as in the artwork above by Anders Leonard Zorn.
** redeaths, Raoul uses the formal “vous” form to address Christine. Such a polite young man! :D
Fun coincidence: In some areas of Sweden, it was costum for a man to give his bride such a headscarf on their wedding day!
How interesting! I wonder if Leroux knew of this? Even if he didn’t, Raoul returning Christine’s headscarf still bears significance.
Though I support this interpretation, I can’t help but thinking “voile” might be just as much a reference to the material used? That the “voile” was some sort of drape made of a sheer fabric?
I know Daddy Daaé and Christine played Swedish peasants in Bretagne, traveling around and performing for people like they had done in Sweden. But at the same time, it sounds strangely old fashioned that Christine would wear a head scarf in Swedish manner. Even in Sweden it would be considered fairly rural and something you’d be more likely to see on elder (married) women than on young girls. Christine, being unmarried and having lived in Paris for some time, doesn’t seem like a likely headscarf wearing candidate.
I will not Lerouxify the 2004 movie, but this came to mind:
I’ve ripped audio off of a lot of videos of live performances of a cappella groups on YouTube. I thought I would upload the higher quality ones and share them in case anyone else also likes to listen to these things. (Of course, you should buy these groups’ albums too.) The song name links to the MP3 download, the (x) afterward links to the video the audio is taken from.
It’s mostly all-male college groups and Pentatonix. I recommend all of these, obviously, or I wouldn’t have taken the time to rip them.
I added a handful of new songs to the post (source links etc are there):
THIS VIDEO WAS SO SATISFYING
This gives me life
How music changed from 2000-2013.
i feel so fucking old right now…
Anyone else notice how more songs were in a minor key at the beginning of the video?
I feel like I will know at least half of these songs better as a cover, and half of them more than one.
A couple thoughts:
- For my generation’s children, these songs will be like what songs from the 70s and 80s are for me
- These songs encompass my middle, high school, and college years. There are only a handful I didn’t know—and they were mostly in the last few years of the video. I’m already beginning to lose touch with some of what’s popular in pop music (for a variety of reasons). A montage like this in another 15 years or so I might not really be able to relate to at all.
time. how does it work.
August 31st, 2014
While depressing, it’s sadly unsurprising to see some people arguing that Jennifer Lawrence, et al., brought this on themselves. Part of living in a rape culture is the ongoing expectation that women are responsible for protecting themselves from abuse, and that means avoiding behaviour which might be later ‘exploited’ by the people who are conveniently never held to account for their actions. But women are entitled to consensually engage in their sexuality any way they see fit. If that involves taking nude self portraits for the enjoyment of themselves or consciously selected others, that’s their prerogative.
Victims of crime do not have an obligation to accept dual responsibility for that crime. Women who take nude photographs of themselves are not committing a criminal act, and they shouldn’t ‘expect’ to become victims to one, as actress Mary E. Winstead pointed out on Twitter.
Sending a photograph of your breasts to one person isn’t consenting to having the whole world see those breasts, just as consenting to sex with one person isn’t the same as giving permission for everyone else to fuck you. Victim blaming isn’t okay, even if it does give you a private thrill to humiliate the female victims of sexual exploitation.
Now that I have two more Ben Folds Five CDs, I am finally hearing a few more of the original songs that the songs on Ben Folds Presents: University a Cappella are covering. oops. I’m surprised that the original “Selfless, Cold, and Composed” is already pretty jazzy (the cover is by a jazz group) and more impressed with the epic sound of the a cappella cover of “Magic.”
I was sitting across from my friend S. after dinner when she leaned in close over our cramped restaurant table and inhaled dramatically, as though she were about to confess to murder. “This is not something I advertise about myself,” she said, “but I’ve never really dated anyone.” I looked at her, relieved I could still consider my friend a non-killer. “Like, ever,” she said, as though maybe I hadn’t understood her the first time. But I had. I just wasn’t all that surprised.
"if you’re straight and white tumblr will lynch you~"
fun fact!! there are actual places in the real irl world today (2014!) where if you are anything other than straight and white you will actually get lynched! literally! they will literally kill you!! isn’t that wild??
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