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Dishonesty hurts just as much as the hard, often painful, truth. However, with time, honesty delivers respect from others and a clear view of the self. Dishonesty keeps you, and everyone else, wondering who you really are. #read #greatbook

Dishonesty hurts just as much as the hard, often painful, truth. However, with time, honesty delivers respect from others and a clear view of the self. Dishonesty keeps you, and everyone else, wondering who you really are. #read #greatbook

11:00 am, BY heartichoke[1 note]
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Wow. Fox’s poignant view of each character, along with evoking a brash sadness of landscape, may seem daunting until you realize just how damn entertaining it all is. The simplicity of the story’s main driving point, a cat bite, is brilliant. A symbol to how easily a situation can push and pull our lives without our consent. Amazing read all around. #munro #moore #kundera #books

Wow. Fox’s poignant view of each character, along with evoking a brash sadness of landscape, may seem daunting until you realize just how damn entertaining it all is. The simplicity of the story’s main driving point, a cat bite, is brilliant. A symbol to how easily a situation can push and pull our lives without our consent. Amazing read all around. #munro #moore #kundera #books

11:11 am, BY heartichoke
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Should it worry me that I agreed quite often with the story’s protagonist, a demon spirit who writes to his nephew lessons on how to prepare a human soul for eternal damnation? No, because the parallel viewpoints come with Screwtape’s observations on the human condition and how easy we can be persuaded. Whether these letters guide the reader for better or worse, the philosophy of evil versus that of “The Enemy” is enlightening, to say the least.

Should it worry me that I agreed quite often with the story’s protagonist, a demon spirit who writes to his nephew lessons on how to prepare a human soul for eternal damnation? No, because the parallel viewpoints come with Screwtape’s observations on the human condition and how easy we can be persuaded. Whether these letters guide the reader for better or worse, the philosophy of evil versus that of “The Enemy” is enlightening, to say the least.

12:03 pm, BY heartichoke

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play the hand dealt

play the hand dealt

11:46 pm, BY heartichoke[1 note]

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Upon Seeing a Decaying Rat Carcass on the Street

During my work day, I walk from one warehouse to another. Sometimes I work several jobs in one day, sometimes it’s just one job. Either way, I find myself outside on the street many times. The last few days, as I strolled through an industrial street with moving trucks and vans lined along the curb and workers bustling from random garages and storage facilities, I happened to notice, on the brick-laid street, a decaying rat carcass. The wet hair of the animal had turned yellow, its body bloated, eyes gone, and tiny tongue splayed out its mouth. I noted all of this with complete apathy. I noted the apathy as well. Shouldn’t I care for this animal? Or, feel shock and disgust toward its broken body? Shouldn’t I feel something? Common culture has led me to believe that, yes, I should. Perhaps I should see it and note the beauty even in death. Or I should feel sick to my stomach from its grotesque imagery. 

In all honesty, I understand that common culture should expect me to feel, but I don’t. And guess what, I am not a robot. I do have feelings, but I have decided that my feelings should not be wasted on every object and situation I put myself into. I believe that many aspects of life are completely meaningless, with almost no reason to acknowledge their existence. Unfortunately, the expectations from common culture has made us over-feelers, making everyone strongly consider every moment in life as a meaningful experience. 

To further examine the reason why we over-feel, I suggest considering modern, pop entertainment: movies, music, and television especially. The stories are based on very simple ideas because, one, we don’t want to overload a viewer with complicated story lines, and two, we want the viewer to be entertained. A man meets a woman, they have a small misunderstandings even though they secretly like each other, commercial break, one makes some kind of gesture, they kiss, and all of a sudden, they’re in love forever. The End. That’s not how it works though. Things are always much more complicated. However, the more we watch these imitations of life, the more we apply the same meaning to say, a kiss, or a small gesture and expect it to mean so much more, somehow making it more complicated. I say, a kiss is not unlike a decaying rat carcass. Often, two people can kiss with little more than an indifference to each other. 

Furthermore, when we continue to perpetuate the ideas of drama, the more we expect and push ourselves to unnecessarily feel. Horror films, while entertaining to some, can seriously scare others. The next time they hear a door creak, feel a wind on the back of their neck, or see an animal carcass, they feel the need to overreact. “Something strange is afoot!” I guarantee you, it is not. 

The need to over-feel is hurting society. We are becoming more involved in the meaningfulness of an action more than just experiencing the action. This, I believe, slows down progress of an individual. Rather than continuing on straight path, we take long routes to a conclusion that is very simple. “Why did she kiss me? What does it mean? Should I do something? Has she called? What does she feel?” One can become easily worked up. In reality, I believe this person should say, “We kissed, and now I must move onto my focused work  If an opportunity presents itself in the future, I will address it and rationally decide what to do.” How romantic, right? However, just as we over-feel, I believe we romanticize too many meaningless occurrences. I see a dead rat, it is nothing but a dead rat, move on. 

The question, I do wonder, is how much popular culture influences our over-feeling compared to our over-feeling influencing pop culture? If we resist the urge to acknowledge meaninglessness, will our idea of a story, our idea of romance change? If we see a dead rat and walk passed it unaffected, if we see a rainbow without the urge to take a photo, if we take a compliment as a compliment and not as a sign of flirting with secret meaning, can we help move society toward a better path? Personally, I believe the smallest things can create the biggest changes. 

As the days passed, the rat slowly melted into the sidewalk. I continued to think about its meaningless, and, in a way, gave it a meaning by considering how little acknowledgement it deserved. However, the next day, the rat had disappeared, probably picked up by another animal or kicked away by some bored worker. Either way, it was gone and I moved on. The End. 

02:32 pm, BY heartichoke

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red leather clock.

red leather clock.

10:31 pm, BY heartichoke

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Read through this today. For any designer that wants to create objects just as much art as they are functional. #design #20thCentury

Read through this today. For any designer that wants to create objects just as much art as they are functional. #design #20thCentury

04:15 pm, BY heartichoke
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Read Moore.

Read Moore.

10:52 am, BY heartichoke

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Goodbye Sweet Pluot

Goodbye, sweet pluot
until next year
and your season comes again.

When icicles thaw off the nose
and skin milk chocolate brown
and the grass in McCarren
prickles bare feet,
a hundred varieties bloom
I will love you more.
I will love you more.

When cardigans fall from shoulders
canary yellow dresses
droplets on the neck
summer reds and crying Gods.
The blistering in your palm.
the gritty in your ear.
The supple juice
dripping off your chin.

When doors open, windows wide
slam shut.
Pluots are melting in
walnut.

Just one more day, please,
and, if we’re granting wishes,
let it be the first day they arrive.

After a year of waiting
cold drought and dismal mornings
translucent fingers
blind tired binding
winter blues and and falling cotton.
The burning on your cheeks
The soggy on your toes.
Your purple yellow greens
calling me from the stands.

But no, here we go again
So I sing,
Goodbye, sweet pluot,
next season
I will love you more.
I will love you more.

10:00 pm, BY heartichoke
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In 100 years the leaders of today will either be seen as heroes of environmental change, similar to the founding fathers or the men and women of the civil rights movement, or we’ll all be dead. @rollingstone #positivethoughts

In 100 years the leaders of today will either be seen as heroes of environmental change, similar to the founding fathers or the men and women of the civil rights movement, or we’ll all be dead. @rollingstone #positivethoughts

11:34 am, BY heartichoke
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Munro’s ability to encapsulate such depth, spanning lifetimes, in short story form is mesmerizing. I dropped the book a few times in anger from how intricate the plots became. Yet, through it all, the narration is calm and nostalgic, like a grandmother remembering the house she grew up in. Even in the most gruesome and saddening moments the voice of each story seemed to secretly be telling you, “Calm down, it’s okay, it’s just a short story.” It’s one of those books you hate for how good it is until you feel guilty for thinking you could hate something so beautiful.  #moore #kundera #bookreview #nobelprize

Munro’s ability to encapsulate such depth, spanning lifetimes, in short story form is mesmerizing. I dropped the book a few times in anger from how intricate the plots became. Yet, through it all, the narration is calm and nostalgic, like a grandmother remembering the house she grew up in. Even in the most gruesome and saddening moments the voice of each story seemed to secretly be telling you, “Calm down, it’s okay, it’s just a short story.” It’s one of those books you hate for how good it is until you feel guilty for thinking you could hate something so beautiful. #moore #kundera #bookreview #nobelprize

09:56 am, BY heartichoke

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Slightly less interesting than I thought it would be.

Slightly less interesting than I thought it would be.

07:09 pm, BY heartichoke

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For any New Yorker who believes in history repeating itself, a view of the city through the Gilded and Jazz Age. Enjoy the accents.

For any New Yorker who believes in history repeating itself, a view of the city through the Gilded and Jazz Age. Enjoy the accents.

11:08 pm, BY heartichoke

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It’s said that every writer has one story to tell, and their job is to tell that story as many ways possible. No more is that true than with Lorrie Moore’s short story work. However, while every piece has similar attributes such as past tragedies, loneliness, and yearning for love that does not exist (or impossible to acknowledge), you cannot help but want more. You’ll finish every story wishing for one more page, but, fear not, you can find what you’re looking for at the beginning of the next story. #highlyrecommended #updike #fosterwallace #franzen

It’s said that every writer has one story to tell, and their job is to tell that story as many ways possible. No more is that true than with Lorrie Moore’s short story work. However, while every piece has similar attributes such as past tragedies, loneliness, and yearning for love that does not exist (or impossible to acknowledge), you cannot help but want more. You’ll finish every story wishing for one more page, but, fear not, you can find what you’re looking for at the beginning of the next story. #highlyrecommended #updike #fosterwallace #franzen

09:05 am, BY heartichoke

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weekend errands

weekend errands

01:16 pm, BY heartichoke