“When minor characters who are also ethnic minorities start talking among themselves in their native tongues, they sometimes take advantage of their invisibility to say things. Sometimes they break the Fourth Wall and start ranting about the movie director. Sometimes, they spout random obscenities or natter about their lousy lunch. It’s all in not-English, so whatever they say doesn’t matter! And the actual translations of their lines can be a secret source of hilarity in films where actors are instructed to use a Gratuitous Foreign Language (GFL) in order to make a scene sound more authentic. When some Native Americans cast in Westerns were told to speak their own language to add some authenticity, these actors took the opportunity to crudely editorialize about their director, which allegedly resulted in Native American audiences (in)explicably cracking up laughing during scenes that were meant to be dramatic.”

Minorities can be marginalized in film, but not silenced. (via salon)

Bonus “so that’s what was going on” from Snowpiercer:

Snowpiercer,” 2014. The native language of this dystopian thriller is French, as it’s based on a graphic novel, “Le Transpercerneige,” 1982, released last year as 설국열차 in South Korea. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, it features Chris Evans as its lead. Despite its French and South Korean origins, the film’s dialogue is mostly English. Writer Emily Yoon saw this film when it was first released in Korea last year, and explains there’s a terrific joke that goes untranslated on two levels: When Curtis (played by Chris Evans) first encounters Namgung Minsu (남궁민수, played by Song Kang-ho), Evans keeps calling him ‘Nam,’ to which Song responds:  “‘남궁’까지가 성이고 ‘민수’ 가 이름이다 이 무식한 새끼야.” (“‘Namgung’ is my surname and ‘Minsu’ is the name, you ignorant bastard.”) Because there are many languages being spoken in the closed universe of the train, the people riding it use an interpreter/translator device. However, the device is stumped because he has a rare two-syllable family name — he should be called either ‘Namgung’ or ‘Minsu,’ but never just ‘Nam.’ The translator machine can’t make sense of this, and so as Song rants, the machine remains silent. So the entire insult goes untranslated for the movie audience as well.

(via snowpiercer)

permissiontogoafterhim:

"It’s been fantastic, It’s gonna be tough going onto my next film, because I’m so spoiled on this. It’s just been such a wonderful collaborated experience and very satisfying as an actor." -Chris Evans on Making of Snowpiercer [x]

olympic88:

Dominique Duncan of Nigeria

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

(via animedads)

planetaryoratorio:

An excerpt from Ruth Ozeki’s 2013 novel A Tale for the Time Being. Ozeki leaves mention of a certain someone!


it is weird as hell to think that a middle-aged woman from canada probably watched anime to research characterization for a novel that was shortlisted for a prestigious literary award, what a wonderful time to be alive

planetaryoratorio:

An excerpt from Ruth Ozeki’s 2013 novel A Tale for the Time Being. Ozeki leaves mention of a certain someone!

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it is weird as hell to think that a middle-aged woman from canada probably watched anime to research characterization for a novel that was shortlisted for a prestigious literary award, what a wonderful time to be alive

vayena:

at a pool party

"hey bukowski no offense but why dont you take your shirt off in the pool"
"why do we run from the rain but soak in tubs full of water"
"aight take it easy man"

(via darndere)


A Tale for the Time Being//Ruth Ozeki//

A Tale for the Time Being
//Ruth Ozeki//

(Source: novelcovers)

“What I don’t understand is why the Americans give us food and then give bombs to Israel to kill us.”
Tamer al-Masri, from Beit Hanoun, Gaza. (via letterstomycountry)

Leigh is a working mother who has struggled with these difficult feelings for many years. "I collapse when I am out in the world. I have had a trail of relationship disasters. I have hated my sister’s goodness—and hated goodness in general. I went years without joy in my life, just pretending to smile because real smiles would not come to me. I have had a constant longing for whatever I cannot have. My longings can never become fulfilled because I now realize that I am attached to ‘the longing’ and not to any specific end result." There is a Sufi story that relates to this about an old dog that had been badly abused and was near starvation. One day, the dog found a bone, carried it to a safe spot, and started gnawing away. The dog was so hungry that it chewed on the bone for a long time and got every last bit of nourishment that it could out of it. After some time, a kind old man noticed the dog and its pathetic scrap and began quietly setting food out for it. But the poor hound was so attached to its bone that it refused to let go of it and soon starved to death.

Get to know the blogger with personality tests results, or for your own reference. (take the tests and reblog with your results bolded)

MOTIV
Materialist | Spartan | Conventional | OffbeatThinking | Emotional | Intimate | Withholding | Vital | Depressive

GLOBAL 5
social | reserved | limbic | calm | organized | unstructured | accommodating | egocentric | non-curious | inquisitive

R-DRIVE
Narcissism | Unconventionality | Empiricism | Vitality | Othercentricism | Independence | Integrity | Intellect | Stoicism | Orderliness | Hedonism | Dynamism | Activity | Romanticism

ENNEAGRAM
type 1 | type 2 | type 3 | type 4 | type 5 | type 6 | type 7 | type 8 | type 9

JUNG/MYERS-BRIGS
enfp | enfj | entp | entj | estj | esfj | estp | esfp | infp | infj | intp | intj | istj | isfj | istp | isfp

ALIGNMENT
lawful good | neutral good | chaotic good | true neutral | lawful neutral | chaotic neutral | lawful evil | neutral evil | chaotic evil

4 TEMPERAMENTS
melancholic | phlegmatic | choleric | sanguine

ROSENBERG SELF-ESTEEM SCALE
1 - 3 | 4 - 6 | 7 - 9 | 10 - 12 | 13-15 | 16 -18 | 19 -21 | 22 - 24 | 25 - 27 | 28 - 30

(Source: the-tall-awkward-girl, via janettesnakehole)

aseaofquotes:

Naguib Mahfouz, Palace of Desire

aseaofquotes:

Naguib Mahfouz, Palace of Desire

(Source: enabiah)

Unlike Mishima, Kawabata left no note, and since (again unlike Mishima) he had not discussed significantly in his writings the topic of taking his own life, his motives remain unclear. However, his Japanese biographer, Takeo Okuno, has related how he had nightmares about Mishima for two or three hundred nights in a row, and was incessantly haunted by the specter of Mishima. In a persistently depressed state of mind, he would tell friends during his last years that sometimes, when on a journey, he hoped his plane would crash.

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
James Baldwin (via observando)

murmurami:

Boyhood (2014) | Dir. Richard Linklater