Stress fractures

Just trying to get by.

Don't expect anything here.

Anonymous asked: if you don't mind my asking, which book/series do you think is the most important one for children to read?

notbecauseofvictories:

All the books and series.

You think I’m joking, but the most important thing isn’t that you read a specific series over another—for me, my childhood was Harry Potter and historical fiction and every series about unicorns I could get my hands on; for others it was the paperback Star Wars series, or Animorphs, or Golden Compass, or Percy Jackson, or Babysitters, or Narnia or Artemis Fowl, or Tortall, or or or—

I think kids should read everything. Bad books, good books, trash books, every genre, of many lengths. There’s no one series that’s guaranteed to hit every child where they live—kids have reading preferences too!—so have them read what they want. Let them tear through a hundred thousand different versions of “Teen girl discovers only she can save the world (and make out with Angsty Boy)!” or “historical boy must navigate the Revolutionary War/Old West/World War II/etc.” Encourage them to go to the library and check out whole stacks and only read three. Recommend things you loved as a kid. Recommend best sellers. Let them read those—or not. The important part is the reading.

The minute we treat reading like it’s eating vegetables or brushing your teeth, like it’s something that has to be done for vaguely moralistic reasons, you have ruined reading. That’s why so many adults have a stack of “Classic Literature” that they never get to, because reading isn’t about making your way down some list of What You Ought To Put In Your Eyeballs To Be A Person Who Reads. Only reading makes you a person who reads, and only reading what you enjoy makes you someone who loves reading.

So I think it’s important for children to read all the books, and especially ones that speak to them. Reading is about tearing through paperbacks at lunch and hiding under your covers with a flashlight (though I suppose kids these days could use their smartphone) on a school night, and reading whatever tickles your fancy, no matter how inane, no matter how wish-fulfillment, no matter how seemingly banal. It’s not the book that matters, it’s the reader.

Or, you know. Something equally cliche~

I have fond memories of walking out of the library with a stack of books almost too heavy to hold and devouring them over lazy summer afternoons or long car trips or furtively after I was supposed to be sleeping.

Goddammit.

It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon and I really was going to go eat lunch but at some point that sensation of floating and the slowdown deadening of my constantly racing thoughts kicked in and now I’m enjoying the high and I don’t want to break it by walking out into the bright hot sun and finding something to eat.

It really is like a drug. Sometimes it feels like exactly what I need even though in the end it just fucks everything up even more.

Today I am going to finish these goddamned revisions and I am going to email the thing to my advisor and then I am clearly and obviously going to crash so. fucking. hard. I don’t actually have the time for that shit but it’s not really a choice anymore it’s just going to happen.

How about instead of working today I just go back to bed and sleep for a week. And pretend these reviewer comments will answer themselves.

twilightprincess182:

i feel safe knowin members like this are workin in the FBI

My cat looked like this. She was the awesomest. We picked her at the shelter because she tried to attack my shoelaces so I’m sure she would be awesome at fighting crime.

twilightprincess182:

i feel safe knowin members like this are workin in the FBI

My cat looked like this. She was the awesomest. We picked her at the shelter because she tried to attack my shoelaces so I’m sure she would be awesome at fighting crime.

(Source: brutalscenequeen, via andromedalogic)

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

longform:

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

Hunter S. Thompson knew what was what.

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas. To relax, as it were, in the womb of the desert sun.

Hollywood to Las Vegas, Pasadena to Joshua Tree, the drive and the desert. Good for the soul.

shortformblog:

thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.
Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

Pure joy.

shortformblog:

thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.

Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

Pure joy.

aseaofquotes:

Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life

Drink some water? I usually go for something stronger. 

aseaofquotes:

Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life

Drink some water? I usually go for something stronger. 

(via retrievables)

Why is everyone I work for totally clueless?

There is a culture of acceptance around mental health issues in academia

It is not OK for PhD students to maintain the culture of working yourself to the point of illness.
It is not OK for academics to wash their hands of the situation.