Life Out/In the Valley

exoticwild:

I have a ‘to-read’ pile as massive as my existential crisis.

While Anne Frank may be the face of the Holocaust of European Jewry, the memory of the experiential reality of the Holocaust is male. The way we conceptualize and remember the concentration camp experience is constructed by male narratives. More Jewish men survived the Holocaust than Jewish women. Due to attitudes towards education in the interwar period, more male Jewish survivors had the education and literary capital needed to craft enduring narratives of their experiences than did female Jewish survivors. There are three foundational male Holocaust survival narratives: Night by Elie Wiesel, Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi, and Maus by Art Spiegelman about his father’s Holocaust experience. Never have I seen those three men and their narratives used as a joke, or a meme, or a cheap narrative device, or as self-promotion by an American pop star.

These men are revered, and their narratives taken extremely seriously. And none of them, none of them have been used in a prop in a story about terminally ill gentile American teenagers. They survived, in perhaps the type of heroic arc a John Green protagonist would yearn for. Yet Augustus doesn’t look to them. He doesn’t share a kiss with his girlfriend at Auschwitz. He shared a kiss with her in the Anne Frank House.

Anne Frank is not a prop. She is not a symbol, she is not a teenager who happened to die of an illness, and she is not one of the canonical Jewish male survivors. She is one of many millions of Jewish women and girls who were industrially murdered like livestock, incinerated, and left in an unmarked grave.

Great quote from a great blog, historicity-was-already-taken. I excerpted it because I wanted to highlight her analysis of the female experience of the Holocaust without too much John Green involved. [x] (via bride-of-bucky)

Once again, Caucasian does not mean white, and using it to mean white is actually racist.

There are real Caucasian people who live in the Caucasus region, and they are not white.

theletteraesc:

whiskyandoldspice:

plenilune:

reading-angel:

claudiagray:

This is really the main thing you need to know about a house before you buy.
(Forgive me a moment of former-lawyer nerdity - there is in fact a famous NY court case, Stambovsky v. Ackley, in which the plaintiff bought a house and only later found out it was supposedly haunted. He then sued the former owner, wanting to undo the sale. You’d think the former owner could just go, “pffft, no, there’s no such things as ghosts,” right? But no! They’d previously given newspaper interviews saying they believed in the ghost, which meant they were estopped from denying the ghost now, which meant — the judges declared, settling in for a long deliberation — the house was haunted as a matter of law. They let the plaintiff out of the sale. This is all 100% true.) 

JO!
I’ve reblogged this picture before but not with the story of the legally-haunted house attached to it…

okay, so not only is this way legit, but the court’s majority opinion was FULL OF GHOST PUNS, thus elevating this to the Greatest Thing Ever To Happen.

first of all can we deal with the greatest sentence ever written by any judge since the beginning of time:
"as a matter of law, the house is haunted"
and that is not even touching the puns
"no divination is required to conclude that it is defendant’s promotional efforts…which fostered the home’s reputation"
"plaintiff hasn’t a ghost of a chance"
"i am moved by the spirit of equity"
"applying caveat emptor to a contract involving a house…conjures up visions"
"lest the subject of the transaction come back to haunt him and his client"
"the notion…is a hobgoblin which should be exorcised from the body of legal precedent and laid quietly to rest"
and then this motherfucker quotes hamlet
"pity me not but lend thy serious hearing to what i shall unfold (william shakespeare, hamlet, act i, scene v [ghost])"
and ghostbusters
"a very practical problem arises with respect to the discovery of a paranormal phenomenon: ‘who you gonna call?’"
god bless that judge
god bless

"As a matter of law, the house is haunted": one of the great sentences in American jurisprudence.

theletteraesc:

whiskyandoldspice:

plenilune:

reading-angel:

claudiagray:

This is really the main thing you need to know about a house before you buy.

(Forgive me a moment of former-lawyer nerdity - there is in fact a famous NY court case, Stambovsky v. Ackley, in which the plaintiff bought a house and only later found out it was supposedly haunted. He then sued the former owner, wanting to undo the sale. You’d think the former owner could just go, “pffft, no, there’s no such things as ghosts,” right? But no! They’d previously given newspaper interviews saying they believed in the ghost, which meant they were estopped from denying the ghost now, which meant — the judges declared, settling in for a long deliberation — the house was haunted as a matter of law. They let the plaintiff out of the sale. This is all 100% true.) 

JO!

I’ve reblogged this picture before but not with the story of the legally-haunted house attached to it…

okay, so not only is this way legit, but the court’s majority opinion was FULL OF GHOST PUNS, thus elevating this to the Greatest Thing Ever To Happen.

first of all can we deal with the greatest sentence ever written by any judge since the beginning of time:

"as a matter of law, the house is haunted"

and that is not even touching the puns

"no divination is required to conclude that it is defendant’s promotional efforts…which fostered the home’s reputation"

"plaintiff hasn’t a ghost of a chance"

"i am moved by the spirit of equity"

"applying caveat emptor to a contract involving a house…conjures up visions"

"lest the subject of the transaction come back to haunt him and his client"

"the notion…is a hobgoblin which should be exorcised from the body of legal precedent and laid quietly to rest"

and then this motherfucker quotes hamlet

"pity me not but lend thy serious hearing to what i shall unfold (william shakespeare, hamlet, act i, scene v [ghost])"

and ghostbusters

"a very practical problem arises with respect to the discovery of a paranormal phenomenon: ‘who you gonna call?’"

god bless that judge

god bless

"As a matter of law, the house is haunted": one of the great sentences in American jurisprudence.

trixalla:

2ndhalfoflife:

phillypu:

Sometimes you just have to recharge.image

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It’s not that I don’t want to be with friends and chill. I love doing that! But sometimes I just need to have some alone time too!

an Introvert Infographic

One of the best explanations, hands down.

charleia:

asphyxion:

some of the people on my dash i just assume are their icons bc i’ve never seen their pics so it’s like “oh look gandalf is up late bloggin again” 

a wizard is never late blogging

nor is he early blogging

he blogs precisely when he means too

m7madsmiry:

A channel that manipulates the truth and seems to support the oppressive is not a channel, it’s garbage. Even garbage is more useful, at least the sh*t it contains is real !!!!!

readmore-worryless:

"Too many books?" I believe the phrase you’re looking for is "not enough bookshelves".

bookishboi:

Lol I might need this shirt

bookishboi:

Lol I might need this shirt