Thank you for capturing the spirit of my city. I love Vancouver, and for people who don't live here it can be hard for them to understand. Thank you for making the spirit tangible.
I don’t often publicly respond to messages, but I really appreciated this one. Thanks for the very kind words. It’s been a blast and I’m glad to see that the thrill of living in this great place came across in my photos.
“You’re born with a ton of fucks to give, so you spend them like a kid with a credit card. You give fucks about your friends, about your grades, about your fashion sense, about strangers’ opinions. You give way too many fucks about way too many things. You have so many. Then, as you get older, you have maybe 10 fucks per month, so you learn to budget them. You allocate fucks to family and career, but there aren’t enough fucks to give to the newest fads. Oh, someone at work has something they need my help with that’s outside my job title? I’ll do my best to allocate some fucks, but this month is pretty tight. Then, as you get even older, you’re down to 1-2 fucks per month, and those fucks are pretty damn precious. You give them to your family and your hobbies and your job, and that’s kinda it. It’s not your fault – fucks expire too quickly. I would’ve liked to save my fucks from when I was younger but I can’t. Then, you hit fuck insolvency. You’re getting like 1 fuck a year, and you have to make it last. So you go without, and even previously fuck-worthy things, you just can’t give a fuck. Some people run out really quickly, Some people have a fuck trust fund that pays out a decent amount even into old age. But at some point, the fuck faucet runs completely dry and you’re out of fucks to give. It’s just basic Fuckonomics.”—Unknown English Teacher (via memewhore)
“So if you take anything away from this, can I implore you to try and…relax? Don’t worry about the movie-to-book translation ratio, if you can help it. Just appreciate the film for the film. And always, always remember that nothing is ruined, even when an excellent book is turned into a stupid movie. That book is still there, on the shelves, and that rubbish film can’t ever hurt that. It’ll fade away soon.”—from I Don’t Care About Accuracy in Book Adaptations by Peter Damien (via bookriot)
I always remember what a teacher said about books to movies—two different mediums so it’s not necessary to compare them.
“Separating your baseline personal desires from other factors, like the relationship you’re in at the moment or where your career stands, is a phenomenally difficult task. Not to mention the societal pressure. Despite the ever-increasing feminist influence on the mainstream, conventional wisdom still says that motherhood is womanity’s highest calling — just ask every CEO who refers to her kids as her greatest achievement. At the same time, young women get a loud and clear message that parenthood is tough. Really tough. Books like Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time top the best-seller list. Blunt headlines explain that women pay a major penalty at work for becoming mothers. Even the parenting-related clickbait is scary: “100 Reasons Not to Have Kids.” Throw in a few wine-drunk conversations with friends who are parents about their sleepless, sexless lives, and who wouldn’t be at least a little bit ambivalent?”—What If You Just Don’t Know If You Want Kids? - NYmag.com (via annfriedman)
I consciously made the decision some years ago not to have kids. But there were times of ambivalence. I think we can still have regrets about our decisions, the myth is once we decide we aren’t allowed to regret.
Dogs die so soon. I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. It is almost a failure of will, a failure of love, to let them grow old — or so it feels. We would do anything to keep them with us, and to keep them young. The one gift we cannot give.
"If you tell people enough times that they are unhappy, incomplete, possibly insane and definitely selfish there is bound to come a grey morning when they wake up with the beginning of a nasty cold and wonder if they are lonely rather than simply “alone.”
who the FUCK told society that depression and awkwardness is cute and adorable
john green is not the problem john green’s fans are the problem
Reblogging SO fast.
With the added caveat that no author is or will ever be perfect.
Why is it we only have these “what about the children” discussions over books labeled YA? These books should be discussed and criticized like any other literature without the added you’re screwing up the kids discussion. Plus no book or author is perfect. That’s not why I read.
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”—Hugh Laurie (via larmoyante)
Chana Joffe: Step into their world was a familiar phrase to Karen from the many nights she had spent doing improv comedy. She and her husband are actors. Step into their world is a mantra in improv. You walk on stage, another actor says something,…
This is exactly how we helped my Dad. I just didn’t realize we were using improv! Especially when he would ask where Mom was…she had died just weeks before but he would keep forgetting. The rest of the family would keep reminding him she had died which would upset him terribly—we kept trying to explain to them to just go with where he was. We didn’t lie but we also didn’t keep reminding him if the worst thing that he could imagine happening.
Corndog: AGH! Don’t Eat Me! I’m terrible for the environment and you’d be contributing to a system that will lead to the ultimate destruction of trillions of dollars in infrastructure!
Me: You’re right…OMNOMNOMNOMNOM
Look…basically every time I spend money on a…
"The idea that every one of your actions and behaviors could fit perfectly with your values system seems completely impossible to me."
The above quote pretty much sums up being an adult in my book. Doesn’t mean you don’t try—just means you need to remember there’s a lot of grey areas in living. Also priorities! And finally cut yourselves some slack.
“Don’t let yourself feel worthless: often through life you will really be at your worst when you seem to think best of yourself; and don’t worry about losing your personality, as you persist in calling it: at fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon, and when you are my age you will give out, as I do, the genial golden warmth of 4 p.m.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (via wordsnquotes)
If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers … becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It’s like eating candy for the soul.
And I sometimes have a hard time understanding how people who don’t have that in their lives make it through the day.
David Foster Wallace
“Demanding that women close our legs and calling us whores for planning our pregnancies confirms the feminist suspicion that opposition to contraception and abortion is less about “life” than it is about a sense that sexually active women are doing something wrong and should be chastened for it.”—
Unlike movies, I watched a ton of TV this year, because 1) there’s a ridiculously great amount of decent TV shows running right now, and 2) 30-45 minutes is the perfect amount of turn-off-the-brain time for new parents. Here are 10 shows I liked:
Oh so yes to Justified. Took us a couple shows to get into it but once we did. Hooked. And I have to also say I’m really having a love/hate relationship with Supernatural. I know I should be old enough to know better and the writing is a bit uneven at times. But the later seasons have some clever dialogue and storylines.