“I’m a very private person. You don’t ask, I don’t tell.”
— Unknown (via mrsfscottfitzgerald)
Reblogged from Cold heart.
June 19, 2014, 6:13am
“I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”
— Kiersten White, The Chaos of Stars (via mrsfscottfitzgerald)
June 06, 2014, 7:36pm
My personal favorite language-police fact: people used to get really mad about the WORD “television” (instead of the programming, how novel) because it combines the Greek “tele” and the Latin “vision” — Manchester Guardian editor C.P. Scott famously harrumphed, “Television? The word is half Latin and half Greek. No good can come of it.”
June 04, 2014, 5:54pm
Reblogged from Casa de Ricardo.
June 04, 2014, 10:46am
In Karl Ove Knausgaard’s native Norway, around one in nine people have purchased copies of his six-volume autobiographical novel, and some employers have had to impose Knausgaard-free days in the workplace. What makes the books so mesmerizing? http://nyr.kr/1kFNqfY
Photograph by Gunter Gluecklich/laif/Redux.
June 04, 2014, 9:53am
It seems like the title of an onion article, but it’s actually very serious. A study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that hurricanes with feminine names killed significantly more people than hurricanes with masculine names. The authors looked at several decades of hurricane deaths (excluding extreme outliers like Katrina and Audrey) and posed a question:
Do people judge hurricane risks in the context of gender-based expectations?
According to their study, the answer is a big yes.
Laboratory experiments indicate that this is because hurricane names lead to gender-based expectations about severity and this, in turn, guides respondents’ preparedness to take protective action.
In other words, because of some deep-seated perceptions of gender, people are less afraid of hurricanes with feminine names. And that means they are less likely to evacuate.
June 03, 2014, 9:41am