a point has been made
Hocus Pocus. / Costumes: Castle Corsetry / Models: Birds of Play as Winifred and Sarah Sanderson, Chrissy Lynn as Mary Sanderson & Strange Like That Cosplay as Billy Butcherson / Photographer: Joits Photography
You thought I was that type:
That you could forget me,
And that I’d plead and weep
And throw myself under the hooves of a bay mare,
Or that I’d ask the sorcerers
For some magic potion made from roots and send you a terrible gift:
My precious perfumed handkerchief.
Damn you! I will not grant your cursed soul
Vicarious tears or a single glance.
And I swear to you by the garden of the angels,
I swear by the miracle-working icon,
And by the fire and smoke of our nights:
I will never come back to you.
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Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) is one of Russia’s best known poets. She was persecuted by Stalin’s regime and her work was barred from publication for much of her lifetime.
Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign.
Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.
Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.
One thing I haven’t really seen discussed much yet about CATWS is the role of the Smithsonian exhibit and how it informs the theme of identity in the movie. As lots of you probably know by now, I find the presence of history (as a discipline) really cool when it appears in pop culture, so I kinda want to talk about what putting this exhibit in the movie does on a narrative level. Because museums tell stories through cultural artifacts, right? Only, cultural artifacts don’t always tell the whole story, or at least don’t tell a single story. The story they tell very much depends on how they’re curated: how they’re displayed, what they’re displayed with, how they are contextualized and commented on by the curator(s).
So while the exhibit is about Captain America, at least one of the stories that it’s telling is actually about Bucky.
#I’M HAVING A LOT OF FEELINGS #I wanted more about the actual exhibit tho #and how important it was that steve broke into the smithsonian and got his old uniform #literally reaching into the static past and making it evolutionary future #steve as a character is so grounded in the past while being absolutely progressive and that is a good mirror of his characterization #he uses the tools he got/things he learned in the 30s and wwii to shape the way he approaches the future #he’s in a unique position to literally make history while resurrecting it at the same time (blueshoesandbluemountains)
OH MAN THIS THOUGH
I think the way Steve interacts with the exhibit is so interesting. The fact that he goes to see it at all is heartbreaking, because why bother looking at an exhibit about something you already know more intimately than a collection of display cases could convey? Partly because he wants the comfort of something familiar, I’d argue, but also partly because he wants to see how it is that he’s remembered. He has so many doubts about the world that he’s been left in that he wants to see how his reality matches up with the story composed ex post facto, to see how much he can trust about the mythology created in his name. That’s Steve trying to figure out if this America is one he wants to serve, and he’s doing it by comparing his memories (which he trusts) with the story he’s now being fed about himself (which he’s not sure about yet).
(DO NOT THINK ABOUT HOW THIS COMPARES TO BUCKY’S SITUATION, OKAY, BECAUSE THEN YOU’LL HAVE FEELINGS AND DIE. BUT YES, THAT IS WHAT I’M GESTURING AT.)
The second time he visits the exhibit is to steal his old uniform. I didn’t think much of it at the time because I was too busy laughing at Stan Lee’s cameo, but the implications of this are kind of agonizing. He takes his old uniform specifically because he knows he’s going to have to face Bucky, and he wants to do it in something familiar to Bucky. Remember that that’s what he was wearing the last time Bucky saw him in 1944/5. He knows that Bucky doesn’t remember him, but he wants so desperately for Bucky to recognise something that he takes one of the few pieces of their shared history left in this world specifically in the hope that it triggers something for Bucky.
In both these cases, he’s not interacting with the exhibit out of nostalgia, but because it can do something for him in the here and now. Even while history tells us about the past, the way that it’s told tells us about the present. And while he could have left his old uniform as an artifact, testament to his relationship with WWII-era America, instead he takes it and wears it in an effort to change the course of American history as it unfolds today.
Gentleman Bastard themed playing cards (or, a Carousel Hazard deck ambiguously appropriated into an illustrated poker deck). Done as part of the GB chat’s Secret Sanza.
Mister of Chalices: Locke Lamora
Mistress of Chalices: Jean Tannen
Sigil of Chalices: Bug
Mister of Sabres: Grey King
Mistress of Sabres: Zamira Drakasha
Sigil of Sabres: Ezri Delmastro
Mister of Flowers: Patience
Mistress of Flowers: Sabetha Belacoros
Sigil of Flowers: Falconer
Mister of Spires: Capa Barsavi
Mistress of Spires: Requin
Sigil of Spires: Father Chains
Jokers: Calo and Galdo Sanza
(Trivia: The big symbol on the backside is something of a personal headcanon shorthand for the twelve plus one gods.
Also, the drop shapes on Two of Chalices symbolise the tears of readers everywhere.)I’m just gonna sit back and let Miles make all the Gentleman Bastard stuff from now on.
I’d put the odds at a good 40%, with most of the other 60% birding related.
loki laufeysonor bucky barnes?
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