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Thomas Harris, Red Dragon
Fear comes with imagination, it’s a penalty, it’s the price of imagination.
The original NYTimes review of this book is quite on the mark:
”RED DRAGON” is an engine designed for one purpose - to make the pulses pound, the heart palpitate, the fear glands secrete. This is not immediately apparent. Things stay in first gear for a while… But you begin to sense the engine’s power, in spite of the inferior housing. The pistons surge into second gear… Without warning, as smoothly as by Mercedes automatic transmission, we are in third gear…
It’s great to read this back-to-back with The Silence of the Lambs, and see how Harris was able to really distill things down for the sequel. In so many ways, Silence is a tighter, more streamlined book: the prose is leaner and meaner, Harris doesn’t break the action to flashback and explain the villain (villains are always more interesting with mysterious backstories, hence Darth Vader), the protagonist is more interesting, with a more interesting challenge (Clarice is a woman in a man’s world, trying to save women being preyed on men), and, of course, Hannibal Lector is front-and-center. Red Dragon is also just an uglier, more menacing book, and that makes it less fun. (Not that I didn’t stay up all night to finish it.)
Oh, PS: it’s fun to look at the original Blake paintings that inspired the title — that’s the other thing I’d mention about Harris: lots of smart, literate references in his books.
Filed under: my reading year 2014
Now who’s a name dropper, Stephen?
Pam Grier in 1975 film, Sheba, Baby
it doesn’t matter how many “pretend to be dating” fics i read, i’m always fucking in it headfirst every time and i fall for that shit every time. i know the pattern i know the plot twists i know what’s gonna happen but every single fucking time i’m fucking on the edge of my seat wide-eyed whispering like “what’s gonna happen are they gonna fall in love” to myself like of course they are you fucking idiot this happens EVERY TIME but as soon as i see the description and it’s like “x person and x person pretend to do the dating” it’s eternal sunshine of the stupidest fucking mind over here
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