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Not a drop

“But you know, the internet is an aquarium. There could be the fiercest battle – like the fish could be going at it, just tearing the crap out of each other. The castles could be knocked over. The gravel displaced. But for those of us outside the aquarium, not a drop gets on us. It’s just not real. If people want to engage in that communication, I’m not judgemental. But if it hurts you, or it’s dispiriting, then get out of the aquarium.”

Ian Mackaye

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What on earth

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”

— Alice Walker

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We were hollow

In the beginning,
we held the universe
in our mouths and
stardust dripped bloody
from our lips.

We were celestial and
we were hungry and
we were magic.

In the beginning,
we loved like monsters,
splitting our bones wide open,
setting our broken bodies on fire,
licking poison from our wrists.

We were hollow and
we were titans and
we were terrible.

In the beginning,
we reveled in our unholiness,
in the freedom of our sins.
We never asked for forgiveness and
the world burned and
burned and
burned.

We were wild and
we were wide-eyed and
we were forgotten.

We will rebuild the kingdom out of teeth.

—  Emily PalermoGenesis

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The language of love


Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.


Yuanfen (Chinese): A relationship by fate — but “fate” isn’t the same thing as “destiny.” Even if lovers are fated to find each other they may not end up together.


Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair.


Retrouvailles (French): The happiness of meeting again after a long time.


Ilunga (Bantu): A person who is willing to forgive abuse the first time; tolerate it the second time, but never a third time.


La Douleur Exquise (French): The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have.


Koi No Yokan (Japanese): The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall into love one day.


Forelsket: (Norwegian): The euphoria you experience when you’re first falling in love.


Saudade (Portuguese): The feeling of longing for someone that you love and lost. A vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist.


— from The Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren’t Translatable Into English by Pamela Haag

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