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Apr

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Apr

When I read The Catcher in the Rye in high school I was underwhelmed at best. I can’t stand Holden Caulfield. The things he does. The things that he says.

The book was recommended by a friend who told me “something something…its just a wonderful book.” So I believed her. We had somewhat similar taste in music so why wouldn’t I believe her? It was so horrible though. My favorite book is The Poisonwood Bible. I like the Game of Thrones series and books about history and political science. I don’t know why I didn’t look into The Catcher and the Rye. I don’t know why I didn’t avoid it like the plague.

I read it. And now, years afterward I still see the occasional quote from the book. Here someone gush about it. And I want to rip my eyeballs from my skull. I don’t want to see more quotes. I don’t want to hear anyone identify with him. I don’t need anyone to wear a red cap and tug down on the wool while they claim to channel their ‘inner Holden.’

I don’t know what I”m getting at here. That book makes me irrational. I’m sure that’s the point of the whole stupid thing anyway.

  1. brandonslashbatman said: I feel you. “Classic” or not, if a book features mostly horrible and/or shallow people, it detracts from my enjoyment of it. That’s the big reason why (and I’ll probably be stoned in the streets for saying this) I could not get into The Great Gatsby.
  2.  BrittanyCoggins: I totally understand. I loved The Great Gastby only because of the 20’s theme and how Fitzgerald openly criticized their selfish wasteful lives. My favorite quote from the whole book is “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” By the end of the book the narrator is so fed up with them all. He actually feels like he’s wasted his whole summer there. Which he totally has. Sorry, I just geeked out on Gatsby. Holden doesn’t learn his lesson at all though. The book just frustrated me so much because I wanted there to be a meaning and there just wasn’t one. He was just a dumb teenage boy. Infuriating. 

When I read The Catcher in the Rye in high school I was underwhelmed at best. I can’t stand Holden Caulfield. The things he does. The things that he says.

The book was recommended by a friend who told me “something something…its just a wonderful book.” So I believed her. We had somewhat similar taste in music so why wouldn’t I believe her? It was so horrible though. My favorite book is The Poisonwood Bible. I like the Game of Thrones series and books about history and political science. I don’t know why I didn’t look into The Catcher and the Rye. I don’t know why I didn’t avoid it like the plague.

I read it. And now, years afterward I still see the occasional quote from the book. Here someone gush about it. And I want to rip my eyeballs from my skull. I don’t want to see more quotes. I don’t want to hear anyone identify with him. I don’t need anyone to wear a red cap and tug down on the wool while they claim to channel their ‘inner Holden.’

I don’t know what I”m getting at here. That book makes me irrational. I’m sure that’s the point of the whole stupid thing anyway.

19

Apr

hellyeahscarleteen:

Sometimes people have a hard time understanding what a happy relationship between two people who obvs think the other is awesome looks like.

We think this is one great (and holy bananas, so freaking hilarious) example

18

Apr

I think that I’m drawn often to shorter works, works that feel focused, and earnest in trying to communicate something. I feel pretty content where others might not, simply glimpsing just a fragment of somebody’s life. I feel okay not knowing the character’s whole story. Instead, I like the intimacy of peeking in on a particular moment when someone is standing at a window, or walking along water, or trying to puzzle out some piece of their past that maybe doesn’t make sense. I feel excited myself by reading work that does that, even if there’s a kind of challenge in that. And writing these pieces, sometimes it felt pretty personal. So as a writer, there’s motivation there. Trying to capture a person, or even the idea of a person, in an important or strange or charged moment of their thinking—or just being—was enough for me.

14

Apr

Today I covered Bobby Denton’s funeral. When I set up my gear I knew I wasn’t to go inside but I had no former information about the media zone they had set up. So basically I made a fool of myself.
They were incredibly nice and escorted me back but I was and am embarrassed. I got to chat with another reporter and get fottage of Butch Jones though, so I’ve got that going for me.

13

Apr

Today’s find: A photo of my grandparents getting married in 1955. 

Today’s find: A photo of my grandparents getting married in 1955. 

10

Apr

This weekend’s paint project. The Knoxville skyline. I didn’t use YouTube for this one so it’s decisively less professional. I think I like the end product though. Side projects make me happy.

This weekend’s paint project. The Knoxville skyline. I didn’t use YouTube for this one so it’s decisively less professional. I think I like the end product though. Side projects make me happy.

04

Apr

I painted a thing for the wall! 

I painted a thing for the wall! 

03

Apr

The worst heat of the year is that first time you really feel uncomfortable in April. When you’ve dressed in layers in order to outsmart mother nature and find that the moment you sit in your car you’re on fire. But you’re all buckled up and your air conditioner doesn’t work so you roll down all four windows for relief but then a single drop of sweat rolls down a ‘curve’ you didn’t realize you had. And the whole damned day is ruined.