No Great Illusion

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theparisreview:

“I wonder if one day I’ll be reduced to telling my grandchildren, ‘I had options, you know. I had choices. There was one man who proposed to me on the subway! I’ve always wondered what might have happened if I’d taken a chance and said yes …’”
Sadie Stein on marriage at first sight.

theparisreview:

“I wonder if one day I’ll be reduced to telling my grandchildren, ‘I had options, you know. I had choices. There was one man who proposed to me on the subway! I’ve always wondered what might have happened if I’d taken a chance and said yes …’”

Sadie Stein on marriage at first sight.

“What I want is to open up. I want to know what’s inside me. I want everybody to open up. I’m like an imbecile with a can opener in his hand, wondering where to begin— to open up the earth. I know that underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I’m sure of it.”

—   Henry Miller (via emergentpattern)

(Source: notesondistractions, via lunemoelleux)

Don’t mind me… Just over here tossing money directly out the window on this Art Deco outfit.

“Just because you fell in love with the river
doesn’t mean you must feed it your bones.”

—   Jeanann Verlee, “Polyamory, with Knives,” published in Nailed Magazine (via bostonpoetryslam)

The Power of Pastels: A London House Reimagined by Christine Chang Hanway

“I was a new writer and I was supposed to write all the time, wasn’t I? I had not yet discovered that there are times when one can’t write, one shouldn’t write, times for thought, for deepening, or just reading, or simply living.”

—   Stanley Crawford in a letter to Noy Holland (The Believer, Feburary 2010)

(Source: leopoldgursky, via fatgirlinohio)

what-id-wear:

What I’d Wear : The Outfit Database
(source : Stockholm Streetstyle )

In the Ideal to Real TODAY/AOL Body Image survey, teenage girls revealed something unexpected: 65 percent said seeing their selfies on social media actually boosts their confidence…

The TODAY/AOL findings findings echo emerging social science on the impact of social media on self-presentation and self-image. Selfies seem inconsequential or goofy, but they can actually be incredibly important to teenagers, because they give teens a way to control the image of themselves that they’re showing to the world, experts say.

'It’s the first time you get to be the photographer and the subject of the photograph,' says Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, who has written extensively about this subject, particularly as it applies to teenagers and/or Millennials. 'Even though that seems very simple, that’s an extraordinary shift, historically. And control makes people believe in themselves.'

—   TODAY’s post on the Ideal to Real TODAY/AOL Body Image survey (via thatgirlgwen)

(via quintessentiallyquirky)

newyorker:

The photographer George Steinmetz has shot his iconic aerial photographs from the skies over more than seventy countries. View a portfolio of his work exploring New York City from above: http://nyr.kr/UqCKMO

newyorker:

The photographer George Steinmetz has shot his iconic aerial photographs from the skies over more than seventy countries. View a portfolio of his work exploring New York City from above: http://nyr.kr/UqCKMO

(Source: projects.newyorker.com)

“If you live off a man’s compliments, you’ll die from his criticism.”

—   Cornelius Lindsey (via phoe-bs)

(Source: afrochronicles, via luxuriousvulgarity)

etsy:

The perfect swingy earrings. 

etsy:

The perfect swingy earrings. 

More nightmares.

They are obvious, easily interpretable nightmares about all of my insecurities - failing at my job, being betrayed and abandoned by friends, the idea of starting over, the simultaneous dread and loyalty to my choices, a fear of missing out, of being left behind, an inability to control my emotions, a discomfort with being seen, a horror of confrontation, of arguments, of loud noises, of saying things without thinking, a jealousy that manifests in anger that manifests in tears.

I wake up hot and only a little relieved.

“I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.”

—   Albert Camus, from The Stranger (via violentwavesofemotion)
Regina Spektor - Eet

Eet | Regina Spektor

It’s like forgetting the words to your favorite song
You can’t believe it, you were always singing along
It was so easy, and the words so sweet
You can’t remember, you try to feel the beat

(Source: bottleofink, via echolikebells)