Glendalough, Ireland | April 9, 2013

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50 films [5/50]: beginners

I’ve always wanted to have a phone call with somebody who doesn’t talk. 

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"J.R.R.Tolkien has confessed that about a third of the way through The Fellowship of the Ring, some ruffian named Strider confronted the hobbits in an inn, and Tolkien was in despair. He didn’t know who Strider was, where the book was going, or what to write next. Strider turns out to be no lesser person than Aragorn, the unrecognized and uncrowned king of all the forces of good, whose restoration to rule is, along with the destruction of the evil ring, the engine that moves the plot of the whole massive trilogy."

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“After signing the contract that is the first step to any worthwhile erotic relationship, Charlie Hunnam has pulled out of Fifty Shades Of Grey, removing himself in a sudden, abrupt way that left the movie throbbing with desire, only wanting him more. “Holy crap,” Universal Pictures said, its inner goddess reflexively clenching around the aching void that Hunnam had filled just moments ago, now left empty and quivering. Had Universal displeased Hunnam? The sense that it had disappointed him somehow made Universal tingle with dirty shame—shame that burned deliciously hot and low, deep inside the studio. But Hunnam wickedly refused to say anything, clearly getting off on being emotionally withholding in the way of all the world’s most desirable men, so long as they are also exceedingly wealthy, handsome, and a sketchy masturbatory construct loosely based on Twilight.”

the best article you’ll read this week  (via coveredinsnow-)

Balance restored, I guess.

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Luke Evans for The Style Report

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the lord of the rings: the return of the king (2003)  | 365 films |

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Tom’s Loki’s excitement about the Cap costume x

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rebel rebel [LISTEN]

'I rebel, therefore I am.' (Camus)

let no one dictate you, let no one break you.

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“toska [tohs-kah]”

(noun) A Russian word – “Vladmir Nabokov describes it best: ‘No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.’” (via ancient-serpent)


Mt Fuji rising over Lake Ashi and Hakone village.  From an old 1880s photograph by Kimbei Kusakabe, taken from the hillside slope behind Hakone village.  Text and image via Okinawa Soba on Flickr

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King Minos’s Labyrinth

"In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (Greek λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at the palace Knossos.

Its function was to hold Minos’s son, Minotaur, a mythical creature that was half man and half bull.

Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it.

Every nine years, Minos made King Aegeus pick seven young boys and seven young girls to be sent to Daedalus’s creation, the Labyrinth, to be eaten by the Minotaur.

After his death, Minos became a judge of the dead in the underworld. The Minoan civilization of Crete has been named after him by the archaeologist Arthur Evans.

In colloquial English, labyrinth is generally synonymous with maze, but many contemporary scholars observe a distinction between the two: maze refers to a complex branching (multicursal) puzzle with choices of path and direction; while a single-path (unicursal) labyrinth has only a single, non-branching path, which leads to the center. A labyrinth in this sense has an unambiguous route to the center and back and is not designed to be difficult to navigate.”

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Because I love saraharant, and I want a break from the tumultuous reality for a quick minute, I’ll do this. And because I know met-by-moonlight will do much better at this than I.

Five things about me.

5. I keep a running list of things that will prove I’m maturing. This includes when I stop getting a rush from flirting with my former music professor, when I can hear someone’s getting married without feeling personally abandoned and when I can open up my bank account without wincing.

4. Kurt Cobain was my first celebrity crush.

3. In a completely unrelated topic, my first boyfriend and I broke up because of his heroin addiction.

2. When someone asks me where “home” is now, my answer is “wherever my backpack is”.

1. The first time I read Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne Elliott at the end of Austen’s Persuasion, I wept. I then wrote the letter in its entirety on the door frame of my room and memorized it.