je ne sais pas
Caitlin. 24. Occupation: figuring it out. Currently writing a novel. Owns a cat and three dogs.


the clouds are above
but i am below.
how the fuck do i get up there.

i am also a dystopia junkie. can you recommend anything, apart from the classics like Brave New World, 1984, etc.?


Absolutely. These books contain different degrees of dystopia, and span from early 20th century to present day. The nightmares multiply greatly after the mid-1980s for reasons I won’t get into here (neoliberalism); and we seem to have hit saturation point. There’s a definite shift from novels about fascism & communism toward the spectres of consumerism, genetic engineering, media addiction, and environmental disaster. 

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There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


Literature Meme Five Poets Robert Frost (2/5)

Like the nineteenth-century Romantics, [Frost] maintained that a poem is “never a put-up job…. It begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a loneliness. It is never a thought to begin with. It is at its best when it is a tantalizing vagueness.” Yet, “working out his own version of the ‘impersonal’ view of art,” as Hyatt H. Waggoner observed, Frost also upheld T. S. Eliot’s idea that the man who suffers and the artist who creates are totally separate. [x]


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë by letters to Oscar Wilde on Flickr.

vintage paperbacks | paul lehr

Fake book covers, celebrating 19th century women writers.

"Whoever made humanity,
Will find no humanity here."
- The Road


LITERATURE MEME | 4 tropes/archetypes - (1) deus ex machina

“God from the machine” in Latin, deus ex machina is a plot device that involves an unsolved problem in a story being miraculously resolved by the introduction of some new character or event. It can be used to easily bring about a happy ending, or as a comedic device. It was invented in the writing and staging of ancient Greek plays, where the events and conflicts became so complicated, that to put an end to the play a literal “god figure” would be lowered onto the stage to sort out and resolve the conflicts.

There are numerous examples of deus ex machina endings in literature. For example Moliere’s play Tartuffe, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and Nabokov’s Lolita.

mythology meme  ─  [2/10] books based on mythology

Le Morte d’Arthur (originally spelled Le Morte Darthur, Middle French for “the death of Arthur”) is a compilation by Sir Thomas Malory of Romance tales about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. The book interprets existing French and English stories about these figures, with some of Malory’s own original material. First published in 1485 by William Caxton, Le Morte d’Arthur is perhaps the best-known work of English-language Arthurian literature today. Many modern Arthurian writers have used Malory as their principal source, including T. H. White for his popular The Once and Future King and Tennyson for The Idylls of the King.