Pic Spam of Silent, Solitary Mornings

Generally, I’m sick of the vast Self Help Industry and its recycled, cliche advice. But the one thing I still long for, still fantasize about, is having a silent, solitary morning to get my shit together. This is an impossibility right now bc my kid wakes up at 4am. I found these screen shots of beautiful early-morning sequences in an old post draft and nnnngggghhh… I’m dreading the back-to-school morning rush tomorrow…

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Ozma of Oz, with Poppies in her Hair

Ever since we watched Adele Blanc-Sec, I’ve been revisiting the Edwardian-era (1901-1910). I actually research this period for my dissertation but my topic is set in Japan (where it becomes “Late Meiji” instead!). So Western Edwardian-era fashion and history strikes me as deliciously exotic and about as “real” as The Wizard of Oz (the original series was published 1900-1920).

Speaking of The Wizard of Oz

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Snow White Week

This week, I’m going to do a series of Snow White related things. Snow White is perhaps my favorite fairy tale of all time. My love for Snow White has nothing to do with the Disney film version, although I do find the creepy 1930’s dated-ness of that adaptation to be absolutely, completely marvelous.

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It has just been SO HOT this week and the sun is SO STRONG here. You know, I live in California so I’m surrounded by this kind of drunken orangey look all the time…

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French Inspired Anime Heroines Don’t Get Fat: Utena and a Goal Update

If it cannot hatch from it’s shell, the chick will die without ever truly being born. We are the chick; the world is our egg. If we cannot break the world’s shell, we will die without ever truly being born. Smash the world’s shell, for the revolution of the world!

With this mantra repeated in every episode by the morally ambiguous Touga, the famous Shojo Kakumei Utena (Girl’s Revolution Utena) puts the message of growth, strength, and transformation at the very front of the show’s themes. (In)famous for its general weirdness and postmodern non sequiturs, the legendary show actually has a few consistent messages:

Romanticizing the past is to be trapped in the past. Push forward.

To grow is to be reborn. 

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