katherinestasaph
Her prose is simultaneously ornate and energetic to the point of recklessness, like a cathedral on roller-skates going downhill, and as sensual as fiction can be without getting your fingers sticky. Favored motifs include: virgins, snow, mirrors, blood (especially menstruation), white negligees (especially blood-stained), girls raised by wolves, female nudity, comparisons of female nudity to immolation, exposed genitals (male, female, and animal), exotic smells, less-than-exotic smells (a fish market is compared to “a brothel after a busy night”), necrotic aristocrats with unspeakable appetites, and roses (“their huge congregations of plush petals somehow obscene in their excess, their whorled, tightly budded cores outrageous in their implications”).
From an article about feminist horror author Angela Carter. (via twiststreet)
“The best horror writer of the 20th century you’ve probably never heard of was a British woman who looked like a benign but mildly dotty Hogwarts teacher” What? People have never heard of Angela Carter?
frankie-roberto
frankie-roberto:

Definitive* list of regional (i.e. long-distance) destinations which are permitted to be shown in UPPERCASE on motorway signs.
For some reason seeing ‘The NORTH’ etc has always struck me as oddly idiosyncratic and somewhat amusing.
From The Design and Use of Directional Informatory Signs (PDF)
* NORTH EAST is also allowed, but only to disambiguate when NORTH WEST is also used.

whenever we see a The NORTH sign tradition dictates we either sing The Fall’s Hit the North or list towns in the style of KLF’s it’s grim up north. This is the sort of thing which i expect our kids will find unbearably embarrassing in years to come

frankie-roberto:

Definitive* list of regional (i.e. long-distance) destinations which are permitted to be shown in UPPERCASE on motorway signs.

For some reason seeing ‘The NORTH’ etc has always struck me as oddly idiosyncratic and somewhat amusing.

From The Design and Use of Directional Informatory Signs (PDF)

* NORTH EAST is also allowed, but only to disambiguate when NORTH WEST is also used.

whenever we see a The NORTH sign tradition dictates we either sing The Fall’s Hit the North or list towns in the style of KLF’s it’s grim up north. This is the sort of thing which i expect our kids will find unbearably embarrassing in years to come

sadybusiness

sadybusiness:

foodweneedfood said: Belly and Ruby were both awesome, dammit. I will not be shamed by this!

Hey, here’s a fascinating thing that I am becoming ever more aware of: “Shoegaze” and “dream-pop,” last seen consumed by The Nerds (and me) are currently popular? AMONG THE YOUTHS? You can literally Google Lush (the band) right now and find a bunch of Youths talking about their Coachella plans and how Lush released one of the greatest best-of compilations IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC.

I mean: I was scared to listen to their albums, in 1994, because the only thing I ever heard was angry man-Youths talking about how they were a bunch of talentless pussy girls with high voices who probably couldn’t even play their instruments. (Actual reader comment I remember from Rolling Stone’s Belly coverage: “You’re covering these guys now? What’s next? LUSH?”) But now? NOTHING BUT DREAMY YOUTHS! Youths using too much gratuitous reverb! Youths cultivating a slow, spacy groove! Youths getting into vaguely mystical-romantic-fairytale lyrical tropes! Youths dropping the phrase “dream-pop” on their popular Internet rap singles — Internet rap singles targeted toward the Youths! Youths listening to Lush. Even if they be man-Youths. 

What I’m saying is: This could be Belly’s year. This could be your year. If you play it right, all the shame will rebound on me. As it so often does. 

twiststreet
I eat soylent for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. It’s perfect for that. I eat muggle food for dinner and on the weekends. You can’t beat the convenience, though, for the workday. Particularly since I sit in a cube all day, I sip throughout the day and then use my lunch break to go for a walk. For me, doing dishes, grocery shopping and cooking are terrible. This saves me the trouble of doing that for 2/3 of my meals during the week.
A comment to a review of Soylent, a Kickstarter-backed “nutritional sludge” that describes itself as an “open-sourced nutritional drink” named after a science-fiction movie about cannibalism.  (See also, “The Tech Utopia Nobody Wants: Why the World Nerds Are Creating Will be Awful”).   (via twiststreet) Who wouldn’t want to sit in an office all day suckign on flavourless sludge? Relevant to earlier posts regarding productivity.

I saw Michael Polan speaking a while back and he said a couple of things that have stuck in my head .

1. People didn’t really want to give up cooking. Of all the domestic work women undertook in the post war period most were perfectly happy to cook — I get that, I find cooking an enjoyable and generally rewarding thing to do in a way that say cleaning the toilet or hanging washing up never will be. A good way to clear my mind too. The push for the adoption of ready meals, heavily process food etc. piggy backed on notions of liberation and equality (think there’s some similar stuff to this re smoking in Century of Self (remains my favourite Adam Curtis doc I think))

2. He quoted a public health expert saying that the a pretty good simple prescription to improve the general health of the average USian is this: you can eat anything you want but you have to cook it yourself. The theory being that it’s much harder produce unhealthy stuff on a personl/ family scale e.g. chips which if you ever make them at home require a whole bunch of peeling, chopping and deep frying (with associated fire hazard, cleanup and oil disposal nightmare). That said, cookies are really easy and when you see how much butter and sugar go in them…

Cite: some stuff I heard a guy say once, you can probably find a video on you tube.

There is no kind of idleness, by which we are so easily seduced, as that which dignifies itself by the appearance of business and by making the loiterer imagine that he has something to do which must not be neglected, keeps him in perpetual agitation and hurries him rapidly from place to place … To do nothing every man is ashamed and to do much almost every man is unwilling or afraid. Innumerable expedients have therefore been invented to produce motion without labour, and employment without solicitude.
Samuel Johnson (via the below-linked New Statesman piece)