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Anonymous asked: "It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.

fishingboatproceeds:

Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.

Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.) 

But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.

das-uberchicken:

ineloquentformalities:

versacekardashian:

vonnegutpizza:

There needs to be more body positive songs in pop culture and I think this is a great contribution. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT THING.

this is rly cute

#SLAAAAY!!!!!

Holy shit this video is fucking adorable

THE OUTFITS!

I wanted to love this, but body positivity is not about pushing skinny people down to let plus size people rise. BOO :( The video had the potential to be really good, but the fact that they pushed a skinny girl around like that just made the lyrics that much more pronounced and negative.

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DISHONOR ON YOU. DISHONOR ON YOUR BIRD. DISHONOR ON OUR WHOLE FAMILY. — James Potter in heaven after hearing Harry name his kid Albus Severus (via jamespottersd)

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baby-fish-mouth:

yo i’m not saying “never question or challenge the things someone says if you like that person,” i’m just saying “maybe move some of this anger away from people who create and support charities to make the world a better place and over to chris brown”

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evabadon:

"when women wear makeup they’re basically lying to us" well i don’t see why i’m being blamed for a man stupid enough to really think i have red and gold eyelids

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draggedqueens:

THIS IS SO INSPIRATIONAL I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES

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twistedviper:

missmeaganlouise:

You know all those wonderful Conservative parents who proceed to abandon, kick out, or cut off their children for any reason (including, but not limited to a child’s sexuality)?
Well here we go:

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)

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two-winchesters-and-castiel:

thelaughingwholock:

thelitanyofdee:

I can’t…..Omg…I can’t.


The sarcasm is strong with this one.


Yeah, we have a gif for that.

two-winchesters-and-castiel:

thelaughingwholock:

thelitanyofdee:

I can’t…..Omg…I can’t.

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The sarcasm is strong with this one.

Yeah, we have a gif for that.

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tyleroakley:

chicagobowls:

Deafblind Brazilian “watches” World Cup with the help of his friends - Video

THESE are real friends. Absolutely amazing.

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.