These, for me, are the two most depressing paintings in western history. They were painted by post-impressionist Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec, a man who, due to inbreeding, was born with a genetic disorder that prevented his legs from growing after they were broken. After being so thoroughly mocked for is appearance, he became an alcoholic, which is what eventually caused his institutionalization and death. His only known romantic relations were with prostitutes.
And then he paints something like this which is so beautiful and tender and sentimental. It seems like the couple in bed really loves each other—cares about each other. Wakes up happy to look at each other. And I see that love and passion and I wonder how lonely he must have been. I wonder how he could paint something like this without it breaking his heart.
Maybe they say artists should create what they know, not because its unbelievable when they extend themselves beyond their experiences, but because when they pull it off with such elegance, it’s so damn unbearable to look at. I hate thinking of Lautrec, wondering about the lovers he created and knowing it was beyond his experience. Creating something that he knows is beautiful and knows he’ll never really understand.
whenever i have those brutal searing being-dissolved-from-inside period cramps during school or work i pretend i am a viking warlord who has been stabbed in the abdomen but i killed the assailant so i’m the only one who knows im injured and i have to carry on normally til the end of the battle to keep up my mens morale
this is good
(Source: synapolitan, via hiddlestonedandconfused)
Tomorrow, November 23, is the Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who! In honor of everyone’s favorite Time Lord, we present our favorite YA books on time travel and parallel time lines.
Because hey: It’s not rocket science. It’s quantum physics.
Look what we found in our archives! One of our older booklists: all about time travel in young adult fiction. (Which, in a way, fits!)
Enjoy some of our favorite timely reads. =)
- Tempest, Julie Cross
- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
- Time Between Us, Tamara Stone
- Juliet Immortal, Stacey Jay
- Through to You, Emily Hainsworth
- All Our Yesterdays, Cristin Terrill
- Every Day, David Levithan
- Are You Experienced? Jordan Sonnenblick
- Timekeeper, Alexandra Monir
- Hourglass, Myra McEntire
- The Future of Us, Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
- Just Like Fate, Cat Patrick