Fritz Hegenbart, The Kiss, Jugend magazine, 1900

Wednesday, 30th of July with 1,101 notes

"She says it’s like a city in aspic, left over from a dinner party, and all the guests are dead and gone."

Don’t Look Now, dir. Nicolas Roeg (1973)

From a story by Daphne du Maurier


Whenever men get unreasonably angry, I like to call them “son” and tell them they “need to calm down.” men love that.

Wednesday, 30th of July with 304 notes

Gillian Anderson photographed by Squiz Hamilton, Fault (Fall 2011).

❝ Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through. ❞

Ira Glass

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Julia Child and television crew on the set of her cooking show, The French Chef, Photo by Paul Child, 1963 (via Vintage Photo LJ)

me when i'm angry: *x files theme songs plays as i enter the room*
me when i'm happy: *twin peaks theme song plays as i enter the room*

The Guardian understands that I would only have been satisfied with a score of 10.


Charon’s Obol: How ancients paid the ferryman

Charon’s obol (aka danake) is the coin placed in or on the mouth of a dead person before burial. Greek and Latin literary sources explain it as a payment or a bribe for Charon, the ferryman who conveyed souls across the River Styx, which divided the world of the living from the world of the dead.

More precious gold or silver coins were seldom buried with the deceased so a type of “ghost money” was made instead by making an impression of a real coin into thin gold foil. These types of pseudo-coins were too flimsy to use as currency. This particular gold piece (c. 5th-1st century BC) was obviously modeled from the bee drachms from Ephesos (or Arados). Actual coins were also buried with the dead as well, though they were generally small denominations.

Two more examples of Charon’s Obols can be seen here and here.

❝ I am all for putting new wine in old bottles, especially if the pressure of the new wine makes the bottles explode. ❞
—— Angela Carter, on new readings of old texts