brooms: without being lost (true mind)
- military academy for kids in russia - links straight to blinged up bear jacket girl w/ riffle. i love this picture. i think those gold things are wings. sparkly bear with wings!

- a place to die - Indian Hindus and Jains flock to the city of Varanasi, or Banaras, to die on the banks of the holy Ganges River. Doing so, they believe, releases their soul from the damnation of reincarnation.

so a cheat out of Saṃsāra! i always thought the point of it was that it was cheat-proof. i thought you could only get out of it when your soul understood that, well, getting out doesn't matter.

i'm glad it exists for the pious. i wonder if there are more cheats.
brooms: sound like a capital crime (u were gr8)
- lemme take back what i said about scoop because it gets HILARIOUS once they actually hit ishmaelia. the best kind of insightful stand-up routine hilarious. a lot of it reads like it was written sometime in the past 2 decades, it's kinda eerie. 

- shattered glass is the sort of movie that i could see david fincher watching and redirecting in his head.

- for my own reference: Stephen Glass Should Be a Lawyer, slate article written jan '14 by hanna rossin's husband. ("His “turpitude” required him to show overwhelming evidence of rehabilitation, but the court found his apologies self-interested, his confessions incomplete, and his pro bono work insufficient. Lawyers must be utterly devoted to “honesty,” the justices assert—a claim that only lawyers could make about law with a straight face" lmao)

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i couldn't find versions of gershwin's sleepeless night (which i love so much) longer than 3 minutes on youtube, so i uploaded this one from '85 by michael tilson thomas.

already 2 books behind on my book challenge. flopsville flopsylvania. i shouldn't have pledged 30. last year made me believe i was close to hitting a good stride, reading wise, it got me so optimistic! but nah, i'm still the laziest.

i'm trudging through evelyn waugh's scoop right now and like... i actually wish the "right" mr. boot had been sent to ishmaelia, which i understand is something i should feel embarrassed about. but for real tho, the 2 pages scene at the very beginning between john boot and an 8 year old girl who'd just learned how to properly use the word 'banal' has been my favorite part of this book so far.
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George W. Bush's Putin Painting Because

“On the issue of Ukraine, my hero, Teddy Roosevelt, used to say talk softly, but carry a big stick. What you’re doing is talking strongly and carrying a very small stick, in fact, a twig.” (McCain ♥ Teddy)


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