I love ocean storms.
Can you elaborate on Charles' role within the hinting at Richard's sexuality? I haven't seen a full explanation anywhere, unfortunately.
Well, the way I see it, poor boy Richard is crippled with a huge inferiority complex; in his urge to fit in, in his desperate need for affection, he unconsciously and quickly falls for three people.
Can you talk a little about Charles Macaulay? Everyone else is a relatively simple puzzle for me to sort out, but I can't put my finger on anything about him. How would you describe him, his purpose in the novel, motivations and thoughts?
Hah! Finally, some Charles love. Yes, yes, yes, I can talk a little about him. I’m not completely sure I figured him out either, though. His place in the book is more ambivalent than the others’, but it’s also because his personality is very subtle; and I’m very drawn to his weakness, his pain, his way of being secret, the violence he fails to tame, the beauty withering.
I think he has several roles throughout the novel.
❝ I’d attributed this to my own mental perversity, some degenerate vagary of thought, a projection of my own desire - because he was her brother, and they did look an awful lot alike, and the thought of them together brought, along with the predictable twinges of envy, scruple, surprise, another very sharper one of excitement. ❞
HEADCANON: 12-year-old Sirius Black only knows about “time of the month” in affiliation to werewolves because of Remus so when he overhears Marlene McKinnon talking to the other 2nd year girls about her “time of the month” he immediately corners Marlene after and politely asks if she’s a werewolf. This is how Sirius a) gets slapped and b) gets a lesson on the female anatomy.
when people in the media refer to bisexual women as being a lesbian ‘now' or 'she used to be a lesbian’
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❝ Clever as the devil and twice as pretty. ❞
❝ The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it. ❞
—— Michael Rivero
❝ Because the predictability in popular art, the really formulaic stuff, the stuff that makes no attempt to surprise or do anything artistic, is so profoundly soothing. And it even, even the densest or most tired viewer can see what’s coming. And it gives you a sense of order, that everything’s going to be all right, that this is a narrative that will take care of you, and won’t in any way challenge you. ❞
—— David Foster Wallace in Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
by David Lipsky (via climbthestacks
❝ Suicide is such a powerful end, it reaches back and scrambles the beginning. ❞
—— David Lipsky, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself