Brothers Grimms’ Homeland Kilian Schönberger
and here’s a dress from 1928 designed by the boué sisters aka an actual fairy dress for an actual fairy
*jon snow travels to outer space*
aliens: ah, you must be ned stark’s bastard
This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways
A few months ago, we showed you a dos-à-dos book—one with a hard back that forms the front of another book. This rare book owned by the National Library of Sweden is even more complex. Erik Kwakkel, a medieval book historian at Leiden University, says that this book is actually six books that are each opened differently. Each book opens and closes with a little clasp.
All of the books are devotional texts printed in Germany in the 1550s through 1570s, including a copy of Martin Luther’s widely-read The Shorter Catechism.The book is currently owned by the National Swedish Library and resides in Stockholm, among the Royal Library’s archives. Only for advanced readers, advanced readers with low attentions spans.
There’s something quite charming about fairy tale illustrations done well. Kate Baylay finds the right balance between whimsical, symbolic, and serious. Her work is “at once both dark yet almost deceptively decorative. It springs instantly from the page, with accurate inspiration from the ‘Golden Age’ illustrators immediately impressing the viewer." (from her website). Her illustrations feel just right for the subject matter, blending tradition and innovation to create her unique voice.
but it was NOT YOUR FAULT BUT MINE
and it was YOUR HEART ON THE LINE
i really FUCKED IT UP THIS TIME
didn’t I MY DEAR
didn’t I my -
The point [of the Bechdel Test], for me, is not a checklist; this isn’t like taking my car in for the 32 point inspection, where the mechanic runs through a series of boxes to confirm that my car is in good working order. You can finish a car inspection and still not address a major problem with the vehicle, and my mechanic knows that. The goal here to to create a starting point, a framework, an opening for discussion that will create an opportunity for advancing the analysis of whatever media I’m consuming. It’s a tool, but it’s not a definitive tool, or the only one, that you can apply to the thoughtful exploration of media and pop culture.
I often feel as though I’m living in a very binary world; things are either good or bad in the eyes of the general public. And life is just not that simple. The Bechdel Test isn’t the end-all solution to analysing media, nor is it a hopelessly flawed and pointless gimmick that should be thrown out. It’s just a tool, one that can be powerful in the right hands and useless in the wrong ones, and one that can be used in many different ways.
Rubrics Like the Bechdel Test are a Start, Not an End | this ain’t livin’ (via brutereason)
I find the Bechdel Test is most often invoked in one of two ways, both of which totally miss the point:
1. My favorite movie passes the test, so it can’t possibly be problematic.
2. My favorite movie doesn’t pass the test, but a bunch of sexist movies do/a bunch of totally feminist movies don’t, so the test is worthless.
The second reaction was incredibly common on tumblr after Pacific Rim. I saw so many people bristling at the slightest suggestion that, hey, even though this movie is cool wouldn’t it be nice if there were at least two speaking women in it. And then there were people trying to suggest an “alternate” Bechdel Test, because even when people think the test itself sucks they’re apparently still stuck in the mindframe of “I need my favorite movies to pass an objective test so I can deflect any criticism.”
The idea that we can praise Mako Mori as a good example of a female character and still say Pacific Rim is hella problematic in terms of female representation, and more importantly that it plays into a broader trend, is apparently way too advanced. (via steinpratt)
Various flower paintings by Henri Fantin Latour (1836 - 1904).