damelola

Read poetry every day of your life. Poetry is good because it flexes muscles you don’t use often enough. Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand. And, above all, poetry is compacted metaphor or simile. Such metaphors, like Japanese paper flowers, may expand outward into gigantic shapes. Ideas lie everywhere through the poetry books, yet how rarely have I heard short story teachers recommending them for browsing.

What poetry? Any poetry that makes your hair stand up along your arms. Don’t force yourself too hard. Take it easy. Over the years you may catch up to, move even with, and pass T. S. Eliot on your way to other pastures. You say you don’t understand Dylan Thomas? Yes, but your ganglion does, and your secret wits, and all your unborn children. Read him, as you can read a horse with your eyes, set free and charging over an endless green meadow on a windy day.

Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing  (via paradoxicalsentiments)

ingridbergmankiss asked:

Eleanor Bramwell, of course :)

;) I knew I could rely on you!

  • Why I like them

She’s my template for a perfect character - passionate and principled but sometimes those principles are so fucked up or lead her to making terrible mistakes. She’s 100% in control until she’s not and then it’s all ‘fuck it, set fire to everything and run away from the mess wait what do you mean that doesn’t work I hate feelings’.

  • Why I don’t

Oh my god, take five minutes and breathe before you make decisions sometimes. ‘I’ve just been dumped - fuck it, I’m closing The Thrift.’ ‘Hey, dude who’s loved me forever but I just see as a friend, let’s get married!’ Oh, and telling an entire roomful of people that she banged O’Neill multiple times. Have fun getting funding from any of them in the future, sweetheart.

Also, her in-character and entirely era-appropriate using of sex workers to make A Political Point.

  • Favorite episode (scene if movie)

The one where she goes to St Jude’s - less for the O’Neill stuff and more because she basically kicks arse. And it was the first episode I ever watched and I basically fell in love right there and then.

  • Favorite season/movie

All of them? Except maybe Season 4 because of the depressingness, but really they’re all note perfect. I love them for different reasons, though.

  • Favorite line

"They can laugh at me all they like - I really don’t care." Oh, Season One!Eleanor and your optimisim. Enjoy it whilst it lasts. Also, basically any line she delivers to O’Neill during the episode with his wife and her Mystery Fever OMG.

  • Favorite outfit

The one she seduces Major Quarrie in - especially the cute suede shawl that, on bingewatching the entire show, has belonged to at least two other characters on the show (Canadian Self-Harming Girl and Mrs Costigan)

  • OTP

Eleanor/The Thrift 5eva.

  • Brotp

Eleanor & Marsham. When they’re good, they’re very very good. When they’re engaged, they’re horrid. With a full fourth season, I’d have loved to have seen her and Alice gang up on Robert a bit because I think they’d end up as very good, if frequently combative, friends and Eleanor needs a female friend who isn’t afraid to call her on her bullshit.

  • Headcanon

She wasn’t in love with Finn O’Neill. She thought she was, she wanted to be, but I think she loved the idea of him more than the man himself. If he’d stayed in England instead of going to America, I doubt they’d have made it to the altar. Of course, the emotionally unavailable men are a perfect match because if she never actually goes through with it then she never has to risk giving up her practice. I don’t think she and Major Quarrie would have made it five years, I think he’d have ended up wandering off and she’d be a single mother to a little girl who is fascinated by Mama’s stethoscope but grows up to become a suffragette instead of a doctor.

  • Unpopular opinion

I love the finale. Yes, it’s fucked up and sad as hell, but it’s entirely believable. Eleanor has always had shitty judgement when it comes to men, and it’s not the first time she’s neglected her day to day work for her Cause of the Week. I think Marsham would have come to his senses, called Robert sort things out and brought Eleanor back once she’d had her baby.

  • A wish

That we’d gotten more seasons? That there was more of a fandom? That I could give post-O’Neill Eleanor a cuddle and some icecream and a lot of wine and a copy of It’s Called a Break Up Because It’s Broken And Also He Married Someone Else And Is A Total Douchecanoe Who Loves His Career More Than He Could Ever Love You?

  • An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen

I mean….the way the Mrs Bruce & the Thrift plotline ended stabs me in the heart. I would rather her have ended up with O’Neill than that happen, but it’s bloody good writing.

  • 5 words to best describe them

Passionate, impulsive, privileged, judgemental, stubborn

  • My nickname for them

I don’t have one, but I do find myself saying ‘Oh bb, no don’t do that’ at least once an episode.

piratemoggy

Give me a character and I will answer:

brokenbravery:

  • Why I like them
  • Why I don’t
  • Favorite episode (scene if movie)
  • Favorite season/movie
  • Favorite line
  • Favorite outfit
  • OTP
  • Brotp
  • Headcanon
  • Unpopular opinion
  • A wish
  • An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen
  • 5 words to best describe them
  • My nickname for them

Oh my god, THIS.

I-if anyone wanted to give me Eleanor Bramwell I would be 100% OK with this, but other characters are cool too. Although if Cathryn doesn’t prompt me with Dr Mike, I will be super-shocked.

skulls-and-tea
I am a gay man who loves James Bond films and snooker — all kinds of working-class pursuits. I didn’t set out to deliberately respond to the masculinity [in the spy genre].

I’m fascinated that so many spies were or are gay, but I also like the idea—which John le Carré showed—that the real job is much more prosaic.

[…] Also back in the day, the natural people to approach [to recruit as spies] were people who were already lying about themselves. When homosexuality was illegal, these people already had a different identity.

What’s interesting is that simultaneously to recruiting known homosexuals, they were also perceived as a security risk, precisely because of the blackmail thing. The recruiters must have known and actually relied on it, but it was always a worry.

Mark Gatiss

(From a 2008 interview about the release of his bisexual spy Lucifer Box Trilogy novel, ‘Black Butterfly’ [x])



Thinking a lot about what blackmail material Magnussen might have had on the head of the Secret Service, and why Mycroft doesn’t have a goldfish. 

(via skulls-and-tea)

sangfroidwoolf
You know, in my twenties, I hoped we were all doomed. It seemed more glamorous. And in my thirties I definitely thought we were all doomed. In my forties I panicked that only I was doomed. And now I really have turned. Lately, I’ve been in an incredibly positive frame of mind. And that’s the only frame of mind worth having, because we are all doomed.
Fiona Shaw, in a 2009 interview with The New Statesman. (via sangfroidwoolf)