This music video for Glare’s “Sheep, Dog, & Wolf” has an intensity that is directly proportionate to it simplicity.
I’m going to buy one of these so I can reenact the Gom Jabbar scene from Dune.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. — Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear.
Herman Melville, in a letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851 (via politeandnotgay)
I had Pollyanna (1960) on VHS and watched it all the time when I was a kid. It’s terrific for a lot of reasons, but I think my favorite thing about it is that it’s a story about women and girls. There are important male characters, of course, but at it’s heart the story is about a young, orphaned girl bonds with and is taught by two older women. It may not be a feminist masterpiece, but it’s got some great things to say about the expectations of womanhood.
I love Jane Wyman’s Aunt Polly and Agnes Moorehead’s Mrs. Snow so much. Neither are very likeable at first. Aunt Polly is severe and unemotional; Mrs. Snow is mean and cuts herself off from society. I suppose you could view the story as Pollyanna manic-pixie-dream-girl-ing her way into their lives and thawing out their stone-cold hearts.
But I don’t think that’s it, not totally. Sure, Pollyanna is adorable and helps the women open up. But these are women who have been harmed by the restrictive society they live in and have found ways to cope with that. I think they both see a bit of the girl they used to be in Pollyanna — with her naivety and sometimes annoyingly-dopey optimism. She’s an innocent that hasn’t been hardened by the world yet. Aunt Polly and Mrs. Snow understand what it means to be female in their society. Neither are following a traditional path. They both see the problems and, in the end, realize they want to make it better for young girls like Pollyanna.
They soften in the end, yes. But not too much. They’re still the same women — just a bit more willing to engage and participate.
I think this is why I have a soft spot for that general story arch of the “severe woman who turns out to actually be caring and kind-hearted” so much (See also: Marilla in Anne of Green Gables).
Here’s to tough ladies!
Future Islands - One Day
The entire new Future Islands album, Singles, is amazing. But this song isn’t actually on it, which makes me sad. Apparently it was only on the vinyl version. So I guess I’ll just keep listening to it via youtube.
"For lovely eyes, see through everyone.
For a good figure, run away from roommates and from lovers and from coworkers and live gloriously and perfectly alone in a forest.
For beautiful hair, let no one else touch it. Your hair is yours, and yours only.”
Maxence Cyrin - Where Is My Mind (The Pixies Piano Cover)
The absolutely perfect film footage is from The Mysterious Lady (1928)
Angel Olsen - Dance Slow Decades
This song is one big, dramatic swell. I love it.
Key & Peele - Pizza Order
My favorite Key & Peele sketch. I can watch it over and over and it’s still funny.