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The engines howled and whined like tired children in a supermarket.

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You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.”
“Why, what did she tell you?”
“I don’t know, I didn’t listen.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


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A learning experience is one of those things that says ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.’
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

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There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think you might learn to like in the fullness of time, and some that you simply want to push away from you with a sharp stick.
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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In the end you just lie on the ground and after a while a tree grows out of your head, and everything’s over. You become one with the earth, converge to its interior, flow in its veins and finally emerge as a big and pure stream, in which chemical waste is probably dumped immediately.
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul

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I asked all of the gay male students in the room to raise their hand if in the past week they touched a woman’s body without her consent. After a moment of hesitation, all of the hands of the gay men in the room went up. I then asked the same gay men to raise their hand if in the past week they offered a woman unsolicited advice about how to “improve” her body or her fashion. Once again, after a moment of hesitation, all of the hands in the room went up.

These questions came after a brief exploration of gay men’s relationship to American fashion and women’s bodies. That dialogue included recognizing that gay men in the United States are often hailed as the experts of women’s fashion and by proxy women’s bodies. In addition to this there is a dominant logic that suggests that because gay men have no conscious desire to be sexually intimate with women, our uninvited touching and groping (physical assault) is benign.

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I think worrying about the life and death of super heroes is pretty meaningless. The search for “importance” by the super hero comic audience is a problem, a disease. The only thing that’s important is story. If it’s a good story, it’s important and meaningful. Saying ‘I’ll bet he’ll be back within a week’ is to proudly affirm that you know Kermit is just a puppet.

Paul Cornell on death in comics in general, and Wolverine’s upcoming demise in particular.

And I cannot tell you how much I love this quote and have been saying much the same thing for years.

(via phoenix)

That’s a pretty big IF though. IF it’s a good story. And I can count on the fingers of one hand the super hero stories that contained the death character I’d describe as ‘good’.

In fact, The Death of Captain America’s probably only the only story from the last decade that had some kind of emotional impact or affected the world around the character in some way. When I say I’m sick of death in comics I’m talking about the terrible, shoddy deaths of Kurt Wagner or Stephanie Brown or Tasmanian Devil or Skin or Johnny Storm or whoever. Kurt and Johnny certainly were killed off to grab attention, not for any desire to write a good story and THAT is what people react against. You can’t attempt to color superhero deaths as meaningless on one hand and expect an emotional response with the other.

Sure, writers can say the only thing that matters is a good story, but most of the time, death is just used as a cheap gimmick to make a story seem important and actually writing a story that has depth or impact in universe when someone dies is of secondary concern.

Most super hero comics only wish they were as smart, moving and heartfelt as Kermit the Frog.


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jaclcfrost:

u may have killed my favorite character but u will never kill my spirit. or my love for them. or my ability to talk about them for an irritatingly long amount of time


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But a romantic arc in which both parties could be healed, made whole, made better by the affair? That’s a wonderful and special sort of story, and not something you see much in comics — in which, far more often, it’s about a Character With A Problem trying to persuade a Perfect Object Of Desire to accept him/her.
Si Spurrier on David and Ruth (via hattiehargrove)

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pauvremelodynelson:


formfollowsfunctionjournal:


After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to Oxfam and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.


#where he starved to death due to his own incompetence #i feel like that’s relevant

pauvremelodynelson:

formfollowsfunctionjournal:

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to Oxfam and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

#where he starved to death due to his own incompetence #i feel like that’s relevant


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Me: I ship these two women together so hard.
Person: You just want to see them kiss.
Me: No. I want to see them be friends. I want to see them slowly fall in love. I want to see them get giggly and flirt and blush and get flustered. I want them to go on an awkward first date and wait for the other's call. I want them to date. I want to see them go through hard times, but love each other enough to get through it together. I want them to fight and make up. I want them to get engaged and nervously tell their parents. I want them to argue over the wedding plans, but ultimately decide together. I want to see them get married. I want to see them have kids. I want to see them grow old together. Overall, I want to see their love story, and if they happen to kiss and I see, that's just an added bonus.

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uvsiren:

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ASTONISHING, said Death. REALLY ASTONISHING. LET ME PUT FORWARD ANOTHER SUGGESTION: THAT YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A LUCKY SPECIES OF APE THAT IS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITIES OF CREATION VIA A LANGUAGE THAT EVOLVED IN ORDER TO TELL ONE ANOTHER WHERE THE RIPE FRUIT WAS.
Death and What Comes Next - Terry Pratchett (via goldshitter)

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'And what would humans be without love?'
RARE, said Death.
Terry Pratchett: Sourcery (via whatthewindtoldus)

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