Postcards From Purgatory

Seattle native/ news junkie/ freak-out dancer/ aspiring screenwriter/ passive aggressive/ manic depressive/ adorer of the arts/ feminism fan/ avid shower & car singer/ literature hoarder/ tentative Deist/ dog devotee/ ebullient midnight breakfast goer/ Exclusively North campus UCLA sophomore/ frequent major-changer/ compulsive nail-biter/ fierce film critic/ passionate essay writer.

all at once and not necessarily in that order.

My other project:

"Though I’ve never been taught to believe in purgatory, it must be a place like this, where we hold our breath while the stories converge. A land where we linger, mourning our nature like obstinate children whose parents warned them about the crack in the sidewalk, the fissure in the glass, the lethal fork in the trail."
-Dori Ostermiller, 'Outside the Ordinary World'
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Things I should be doing: Writing

Things I am doing: Imagining random shit from the story I want to write without actually thinking them through and then forgets about them.

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u know how sometimes if u eat too much of a certain food you get sick of it

like my mom used to make spaghetti several times a week for YEARS bc it was quick and easy so now im kinda “meh” about spaghetti

you know that feeling??

that’s how i feel about white cis male protagonists

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So this girl walks up to another girl and says “Hey, have you heard of the Bechdel Test?”

And the other girl says, “Yeah, my boyfriend was telling me about it the other day!”


(via queerliteraphile)

"Johansson’s Lucy is what people wrongheadedly applaud as a Strong Female Character. The Strong Female Character is a patronizing red herring that mistakes triceps for depth."

THIS. This is so important. “Strong Female Character” is absolutely turning into a cop-out, a way to make your movie “feminist” while really only exploiting a one-dimensional belief that women can only be “strong” if their physicality is on par with men. It’s laziness. It’s saying “because this woman can fight, she is a good, well-written character, a way to appease a female audience” when in fact what you’re really doing is saying “I’m still working out that women are also people.”

I adore Scarlett Johansson, I think she has a lot of talent, but she is WASTED when she hunts for a female role in an action film because she is always given the Strong Female Character. At the moment, even Black Widow is a mere Strong Female Character. Maybe if we were given the privilege of seeing her own stand-alone film, or if we even got an expanded version of her backstory, this would not be the case.

I think male characters have proven time and time again, in their million different films and incarnations, that there are a billion different ways of being a Strong Character.

I am 8497032% done with the lack of representation in cinema and television, whether it be by gender, race, income, sexual orientation, etc. and etc.



Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli reviews two new creepy sci-fi shows premiering this week, Extant and The Strain:

"Extant has a premise that could go places, but based on the pilot, many of those places are awfully, unimpressively familiar. The moment when Halle Berry, as female astronaut Molly Watts, encounters an anomaly in space, it’s while talking to her family back home, and to her onboard computer, when she loses the video signal. The computer isn’t named HAL, as in 2001: A Space Odyssey – it’s named Ben. But still…

Much better, even though it treads on similarly familiar ground, is FX’s The Strain. This one stars Corey Stoll, who’s more than up to the demands of a leading role – in supporting parts, he played the out-of-control young congressman in Netflix’s House of Cards, and a memorably magnetic Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. In The Strain, he plays a scientist named Ephraim Goodweather, who heads the Centers for Disease Control team called in to investigate a very bizarre airline disaster. The plane has landed safely in New York – but neither the crew nor the passengers have made a move, or a sound, since, and may not even be alive.”

this is such a strange read.

1. Sci-Fi having a female lead, and that female lead being a woman of color, is extremely uncommon, if not totally unheard of. So right off the bat, this is not familiar.

2. Writing “This one stars Corey Stoll, who’s more than up to the demands of a leading role” after just casually noting that Academy Award Winner Halle Berry (Actress in a Lead Role) plays the lead on Extant suggests that Stoll is up for it while she is not. This was [probably] not the author’s intent, but the positioning is poor.

3. The whole plane landing mysteriously, with a completely silent crew and passengers? Pilot episode of Fringe, which was created by J.J. Abrams, who created Lost, a show that Carlton Cuse [showrunner of The Strain] helped run and wrote several episodes for. Fringe's Pilot episode was critically acclaimed as well. So, I mean, that's familiar.

4. It’s odd to argue that Extant is familar versus The Strain, which is based on previous published works by the show’s creators. Sure, Extant borrows from past material, but it wasn’t plucked up from a bookstore.

It’s just kind of a confusing opinion.




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Florence and the Machine - Stay With Me (Sam Smith cover)
[live @ Orange Warsaw Festival 06.14.2014] xx

This is out of this world. 

This is super important and super beautiful.

(via itsddoreos)

The entrance to the zoo looks
a lot like your mouth opening.
Inside, every nightmare.
Inside, every soft thing.

A sign next to one of the displays
“Do Not Tap the Glass. Anger is sleeping.”
The one next door says:
“Do Not Feed the Loneliness.”

Baby, they want to know
if there is anything inside of you
that can be touched? Anything
that can be held, even for a second?

Baby, they want you to be a
walk in the park.
A place where they can ignore the cages
but still look inside of them.
They want good weather and
a hand to hold. They want the
tiger of your spite
to be awake, but they don’t
want it to touch them.

They want the jungle in you, but
they want a glass case around it.
Baby, you untamed, beautiful thing.

Your sadness has no teeth but
it could still swallow them whole.
Your happiness could deafen every
last one of them.
Baby, you uncharted home.

You were never a zoo.
You were never their place to
get lost in.

"Otters have a skin flap that forms a pocket so they can keep their favorite rock with them. They use this rock to break open mollusks when eating. Some otters go their entire lives carrying the same rock!” source

(via thebungalowmystery)


Black Excellence▶◀  Michaela DePrince 

"It means the world to me to be a role model"

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