*sudden realization that next year is like 3 weeks away*
there are some days where i forget to eat the entire day, and then there are other days where i have first breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, third breakfast, tea, dinner, soupsies, supper, night lunch, midnight snack and one-in-the-morning snack
James Joyce, “The Dead” (Dubliners)
Friday Final Lines | Every Friday, we offer the closing lines of a Penguin Classic to finish up the workweek.
Never forget that you are the protagonist of your own story
and the antagonist of someone else’s!
And a possible love interest in some other peoples! 0u0
This might just be the single most inspiration thing I have ever seen on the internet.
You are also a supporting character to a lots of people’s stories. You might even be the kind stranger who unintentionally turns someone’s life around for the better.
These are so cool. Absolute classics reprinted pulp-style. See the rest at www.pulptheclassics.com. (Thanks to ShortList).
We’ll stick with our black spines, but A+ for spicing up the classics. Wouldn’t it be a cool thought-experiment to mix these in with a bunch of romance novels at an airport book store and see what happens?
What are your feelings about The Hunger Games?
I like it a lot, unfortunately it’s a pretty typical white savior plot which is a shame and could’ve been avoided but didn’t. Movie-wise, I wish the Capitol flag was red white and blue and I wish the Capitol’s aesthetic was more neoclassical and less obviously a dig at “Communist Dictatorship” or whatever (I did notice that in Catching Fire the president’s house was basically the white house and the buildings were more flashy and glassy in the cities). I did like the left-populism of it, workers versus decadent exploiters, I just wish it was more explicit.
I generally don’t like dystopia narratives at all, I think they’re inappropriate and misguided because they tend to gloss over the fact that we live in a dystopia right now, like as we speak. 19,000,000 people starved to death last year and will probably starve to death again this year while Amazon.com sends drones to deliver things to rich people in half an hour. Stem cell research is illegal for some reason and abortion is still a debate and there are single human beings with billions of dollars while homelessness still exists. This is a dystopia. The world we live in right now is unbelievably horrifying and must at all costs be destroyed from the ground up. We’re hurtling towards climate disasters that are going to be apocalyptic in scale and are at this point unavoidable. The president of our country makes televised jokes about how he kills children with robots and the youth love him and wear t-shirts of him.
Dystopia narratives are like, “yeah, but what if Big Government goes Out of Control?” like wow, horrifying idea there.
[this guy said a bunch of dumb stuff for like 5 paragraphs it was too long so it’s redacted]
you’re unbelievably wrong and you know nothing about communism, social division of labor, Marshall law, what the word “autonomy” means, you’re just posturing and using vocabulary poorly, shut up, get off my post