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Jozef Van Wissem / SQÜRL – ”Spooky Action at a Distance”

Have mercy.

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the five things tumblr is most interested in, in my experience:

  1. the Jung quote that will never die
  2. John Darnielle/the Mountain Goats
  3. Tolkien really loving the idea of elves
  4. David Foster Wallace/Infinite Jest
  5. quotes from various literary works from the POV of someone experiencing ennui/despair/existential dread
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The Boo Radleys – I Hang Suspended

"Way to bury the lede, you guys" – my capsule review, written at 1:04

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Seems like Tumblr no longer indicates when someone reblogs a post and adds something, as distinct from reblogging with only the original content. Anyone else noticed this?

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"Another characteristic shared by the authors of Great Weird Boy Books is that their novels, with their silly names, their silly self-contained systems, their silly self-regarding theories, hover on the edge of kitsch. Poor Tolkien wouldn’t know how to hover if you told him. He simply sits there, stoic to the end, in the middle of his very own snowdome, surrounded by the dwindling elf-dust."

— Jenny Turner, 'Reasons for Liking Tolkien'

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"The lore is self-referential, centripetal, an occult system. As astrology is to physics or conspiracy theory to history, so Middle Earth is to literature and learning. It’s a closed space, finite and self-supporting, fixated on its own nostalgia, quietly running down."

— Jenny Turner, 'Reasons for Liking Tolkien'

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"It is not that Tolkien seems to have ‘believed in’ elves exactly, in the sense that Peter Pan means when he asks us to clap our hands. It is more that he seems to have loved the idea of them so much that he wanted to talk about them all the time, as if by talking about them, he could almost bring them into existence. Like a teenager with a crush on someone, like a sentimentalist with a grand ideal."

— Jenny Turner, 'Reasons for Liking Tolkien'

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"Mrs Meriel Thurston wrote in 1972, requesting permission to use the name ‘Rivendell’ as a herd-prefix for her cattle. It was granted, though Tolkien chastised her for wanting to call her bulls Elrond and Glorfindel: ‘Personally I am rather against giving strictly human and noble names to animals; and in any case … names which meant 1) “The vault of stars” and 2) “golden hair” seem inapt.’ The letter goes on to make suggestions that are more etymologically fitting: ‘Aramund (“;Kingly bull”), Tarmund (“;Chief of bulls”) etc. I wonder what you think of these?’"

Jenny Turner, 'Reasons for Liking Tolkien'

Tolkien

you NERD

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"I think part of the alt-process attraction may be rooted in the end game. It’s exciting to work with a finite supply. The hammer might come down at any time. You might look for more and find that it’s out of stock forever. So you’d better make it count."

Blake Andrews on shooting film in the 21st century.

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POETRY >:(

I was thinking about shifting all of this poem into the present tense (instead of switching into it for the last couple of stanzas) and then someone with trustworthy opinions suggested it unprompted so I’m giving it a go

BUT

a couple of words now have more syllables or not as many and it’s changing everything. help.

I need a one-syllable, present-tense verb that may or may not exist in the English language.

(UPDATE: I found the verb, yessss)