No Great Illusion

Caroline is a twenty-something former film student, frequent subway-crier and headboard enthusiast. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Bang Bang (Nancy Sinatra Cover) | Sky Ferreira

“Postcards are a nice way to send a message to someone. However, they are a fragile form. Why anyone would ever trust paper is an answer we will never know. But if you must send a postcard send a postcard in a bottle. And really there is only one message you should ever write on a postcard. The card should read I love you but I am stuck in a jungle and it is going to eat me. Never specify who you are, this way anyone who receives the postcard will think they are loved by someone who was eaten by a jungle. This is a good way to be remembered. This is a good way to have candles lit in your honor.”

—   Chad Redden, from his dream guides podcast The Rocket Dream (via kdecember)

Had no idea I wanted this car until now. If I have to have a car, let it be this one.

(Source: haberdashmen, via macedonianmess)

“Or we are made of model spaceships,
lightbulb filaments, first stars.
The living room table
is part lead bullets and left shoes.
The house is a series
of impossibly perfect seashells.
The microwave is all bees.”


(via my scandinavian home: A very cool Swedish home with a twist.)

“For me, it’s what I want from The New York Times on a weekend,” said Singer, 45, her voice picking up. “I want a good, sexy, neurotic story about New York literary life in the Seventies. I want the New York Review of Book parties. I want a little Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. You have that literary dream of New York. It’s got it all.”

—   Sally Singer 

(Source:, via theepitomeofquiet)


Alice of lingered upon

“But I think our childhood is more decisive than people generally are willing to admit. And what happens to us later can either cast a shadow or shine a light on what’s already been created — or ruined — within us.”

—   Ingmar Bergman, from an interview (via violentwavesofemotion)


common places | Roebling - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(via agentlewoman)

“She looked strangely young, yet worn, exhausted. Her eyes were a peculiar glassy green, rather small, shrinking. She was no beauty, with eyebrows and lashes so pale a red as to be nearly colorless, and a translucent skin showing a tracery of small blue veins at her temples. Yet there was something fierce and implacable in her. A stubborness, almost a radiance. Like she had been wounded, real deep. Humiliated. But she was going to see it through, every drop of it.”

—   Joyce Carol Oates, from The Falls (via violentwavesofemotion)


DESIGN: Inside Kate Moss & Johnny Depp’s 90s NYC Apartment

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“In Southern Gothic, the most important concept is the grotesque. With the grotesque, reality is distorted into ugly and absurd shapes. “I use the grotesque the way I do because people are deaf and dumb and need help to see and hear,” Flannery O’Connor once said. By exaggerating reality, we are able to actually see it. The grotesque is a balance of contradictions. It creeps and crawls between repulsion and attraction, the real and the unreal, and humor and horror. The sublime floats in the mind, but the grotesque is experienced in the body—in turning stomachs, goose bumps, and sweat.”

avolation asked: Hello, Caroline! I'm in the mood to read (aka I write for Her Campus BC and my next article is a book review) but haven't read anything that wasn't assigned in far too long. Any recommendations that will be enthralling, but also manageable for the rusty reader? You always have great ones!

Hello! I hope I’m not too late on this! I always recommend this one, but Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing is short and lovely and perfect for warmer weather that’s on its way here. I couldn’t put down The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Enjoy whatever you choose!

aparigraha asked: I want to start reading poetry? any recommendations on where to start?

I think you should start with whatever calls your name. Don’t force yourself to read anything you don’t like. I fell in love with poetry by reading the collected works of Anne Sexton, but there are so many other amazing poets out there. Browsing your local bookstore for the ones that speak to you is half the fun.

Other suggestions for new poetry fans?


THE BED AND BATH BOOK | Terence Conran ©1978


THE BED AND BATH BOOK | Terence Conran ©1978

(via lilah)