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1. buttart: animals-riding-animals: wombat riding turtle the...



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wombat riding turtle

the animal kingdom is a strange and beautiful place



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2. The Rabid Chipmunk

At a Christmas party last night, a friend’s husband was telling me about a rabid chipmunk he’d met in the woods and how he got away… by walking very quickly.

(Rabid chipmunks are mostly scary to themselves.)

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3. “This sublime age reduces everything to its quintessence; all periphrases and expletives are so much in disuse, that I suppose soon the only way of making love will be to say ‘Lie down.'”

— Favorite Horace Walpole quote from this essay I wrote about how The Castle of Otranto came to be.

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4. How To Build A Gothic Castle

"As an adult he was pale—so many people noted this, he must have been ghostly indeed. Very pale, very thin, with a bright, bright gaze. Average height. He had an effacing, gliding kind of walk that was either affectation (early life) or gout (later life). His voice was not strong but pleasant. His friends called him ‘Horry’—they gossiped about him, envied him, loved him, needled him. “He is now as much a curiousity to all foreigners as the tombs and lions,” wrote one. He was extremely charming, confident and buoyant in manner. He had one of those temperaments that sees the sadness in comedy, and the comedy in sadness, and so at the risk of tipping too far toward sadness, tips determinedly the other way. He seems to have had little appetite for food or alcohol. He never married."
— The Gothic novel turned 250 this year! I got to write about Horace Walpole—the amazing, funny, Gothic-castle-building man who wrote the first one — for Longreads.

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5. Moved - No Forwarding Address

My mom on writing her holiday cards: “With some people I’m not sure if they’re alive or dead … but I figure that if it gets returned with ‘Moved -No Forwarding Address’ on the envelope or their kid puts a note on it that they died, well, then at least I know.”

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6. Photo





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7. Lately the cat’s favorite position when I’m working....



Lately the cat’s favorite position when I’m working. It’s like typing next to an owl who doesn’t believe in personal space.



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8. Photo





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9. Bear Map

Weirdly beautiful map of bear movement around Asheville, done as part of a five-year study of the city’s bear population. According to the Mountain Xpress story I nabbed it from, “The blue outline marks the boundaries of Buncombe County. Warm colors indicate a female bear; cool colors indicate a male.”

This year we had two female bears in the yard a lot. One was collared for the study, which made her look like Amelia Earhart with her aviatrix-goggles on. She had three cubs, I think. The other female, not collared, had four. (I might be getting which had three and which had four backwards.) Then there were the two cubs who would show up without chaperonage. (That makes the cub total for the neighborhood either 7 or 9!) There is also one older male bear, good size, who has a dingy coat and matted ass fur. And another one, darker fur, also male I think but what the hell do I know I’m not Ranger Rick, who looks… like not the sharpest knife in the bear drawer, but that might just be because whenever I see him he’s stunned and stoned from eating garbage. Still, not the brightest-looking bear. A couple other bears seen but not often enough to be ID-able. This is my 2014 bear report.

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11. The cat and the house baby.



The cat and the house baby.



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12. wolf playing in the snow





wolf playing in the snow





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13. My stepdaughter is coming over with her baby in a couple hours. It’s his first voyage to...

My stepdaughter is coming over with her baby in a couple hours. It’s his first voyage to Asheville! Do babies like salmon and pinot grigio? I hope so.

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14. "It is her rage against cliché that draws me to her. A genius is in her rage. We all feel this rage..."

“It is her rage against cliché that draws me to her. A genius is in her rage. We all feel this rage at some level, at some time. The genius answer to it is catastrophe.”

- Anne Carson on Joan of Arc is everything to me tonight (via manjulamartin)

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15. Annual failed attempt to capture how pretty the woods here are...







Annual failed attempt to capture how pretty the woods here are in fall! First one in the woods, second one taken on the walk home.

Also, while people who spray-paint in national parks and wilderness settings are obvious asswipes, this “we shall perish” graffiti courtesy of the local hoodlums made me laugh. The boulder next to it has a daisy-like cartoon flower, so it goes: Trapper Keeper! Then, “we shall perish,” which seems about right for being a teenager.







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16. chels: The U.S. Polar Rock Repository. All collected rocks from...



chels:

The U.S. Polar Rock Repository. All collected rocks from the poles are catalogued here.



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17. chels: Arctic rocks at the U.S. Polar Rock Repository



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Arctic rocks at the U.S. Polar Rock Repository



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18. chels: This is the what greets visitors at the Byrd Polar...



chels:

This is the what greets visitors at the Byrd Polar Research Center.



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19. "Surprisingly enough, the novel is entertaining, although the plot consists just of one fantastical...

"Surprisingly enough, the novel is entertaining, although the plot consists just of one fantastical and bizarre incident after another, without any of the suspense or character development normally considered necessary for a good novel. The tone, which is slyly humorous and ironic, rescues the book from the boredom brought on by a mere catalog of incidents. My favorite part is when dwarfs are pinched to death."

The last sentence. I really love Gothic novel synopsis.

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20. There was a photograph in my parents’ copy of National...



There was a photograph in my parents’ copy of National Geographic’s Our Amazing World of Nature that scared the bejesus out of me when I was a little kid. If I was paging through the book, I’d flip past the spread with that photo, and then of course circle back and stare at it for a long, long time. Ocean creature similar to these guys. Grimacing face, lots of sharp little teeth. It was the reason I avoided touching bottom in any body of water—ocean, sea, Lake Michigan… little lake by my best friend’s family’s cabin up north.

All of which is to say: These guys look so friendly. And dorky! They’re really doing great work rehabbing the whole Ocean Floor Creature With Teeth brand.



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21. My grandfather with two of my uncles at a wedding rehearsal in...



My grandfather with two of my uncles at a wedding rehearsal in the ’70s. One of my cousins visited last weekend, and he told me how on our grandfather’s side we’re descended from a Hessian mercenary who switched sides to fight for the Americans during the Revolution. After the war, he was awarded land on what’s now the Ohio-Indiana border, where a lot of my mother’s family, the Wienerschnitzels, remain multitudinous on the ground. (I’ve gotten a lot more interested in family history b/c of Maud’s The Begats book.)

So Hessian mercenary? Huh, I don’t see it.



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22. gradientlair: classicladiesofcolor: Singer Ella Fitzgerald...



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Singer Ella Fitzgerald performing at Mr. Kelly’s nightclub, 1958.

[Christine on Flickr]

I am enthralled by this photograph. Perfection.



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23. homolampkin: jeeperscreeepers: baturday: Right this way, sir,...













homolampkin:

jeeperscreeepers:

baturday:

Right this way, sir, your room is ready.

The second GIF, “RAAAHHH UNHAND ME, I AM THE NIGHT!”

I know I’ve rebageled this before but like I liTERALLY CAN’T HANDLE HOW FUCKING ADORABLE THIS IS

SOBS GROSSLY BECAUSE BATS













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24. The Boyfriend

Last night, Lowell and I were at the pub for dinner—cheeseburgers at the bar!—and in the Ladies a woman I’d never spoken to before stopped me as I was going into a stall and said, “Oh my god, that’s my high-school boyfriend out there talking to my husband.”

She was maybe early 30s, very congenial, and not the type to usually snag a female-friend facsimile in the Ladies (read: not drunk!). It was just that he was *THE BOYFRIEND*—I think she even said this, with quotes around it for emphasis—and she hadn’t seen him in a long time. So we chatted, then she took a deep breath and went back out. And then I went back out, and she and I didn’t make eye contact while I put on my coat, and I tried to not steal any looks at The Boyfriend. Which was extremely hard not to do. (I hope he was wearing a leather jacket and smoking a Camel, though.)

And scene! I don’t know why I love this so much except that I hope someday we are all very old and still having drama in the Ladies bathroom.

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25. theladymisskier: #ThrowbackT….Om ni ma ray mugler…Paris...



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#ThrowbackT….Om ni ma ray muglerParis burned…Narcissis chanting ala absolutely fagulous…1990…warm memories keep me warm.



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