Thursday Things

1. Can we discuss something that’s been bothering me lately? What’s Katy Perry’s deal with the English language? Or, more specifically, her issues with pronunciation.

Un-con-dish-UH-nul? No. Wrong. The word you are looking for, Katy, is un-con-DISH-uh-nul. You are placing the emPHAsis on the wrong syLAble. I’ll cut you some slack, since at least you pronounce it correctly when you actually sing the full word “unconditionally,” but man does this just drive me bonkers.

2. Time for another Tumblr recommendation!

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My 1992 Diary. As someone who has faithfully journaled every single day of her life since September 2001 (yes, over 12 years ago), I very much appreciate this. I think the benefits of journaling are two-fold. Not only does it give you a safe way to get all your thoughts (and angst. So much angst.) out, but even more so, hanging onto those old diaries can give you a world of perspective. Things that seemed like the absolute worst experience in the moment seem a lot less life-ruining one week, one month, one year, five years, ten years later, and honestly, I think that’s really easy to forget. Every time you’re disappointed, every time you’re hurt, every time something doesn’t go your way, it’s easy to be blinded by your current emotions and think things will never get better…but, most often, they do. Having a record of the crap that happened in 8th grade helps me remember that the crap that seems like The End Of The World right now probably won’t seem that way at all in 10 years. I’ll be the first to admit I need this kind of reminder more often than not, so I’m a major proponent of journaling and keeping your journals, no matter how embarrassing they may seem later on.

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Plus, someday when I’m famous those diaries will be worth millions.

3. If anyone’s looking for my unsolicited book suggestion of the moment: Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I read a book written so excellently. Because I am apparently growing up (ew), I absolutely crave well-written books, and Remains of the Day more than came through. There were so many things I could write essays on for a British Literature class. There’s so much to unpack in the main character, Mr. Stevens, alone: his relationship with his father, his relationship with Lord Darlington (Mr. Stevens was the butler at Darlington Hall. I’ve never watched Downton Abbey, but I imagine this could possibly appeal to Downton lovers), his dedication to his profession and professionalism in general…and that’s just with Mr. Stevens! Then there’s the way Ishiguro uses dialogue for characterization (and does so masterfully if I do say so myself), the significance of Stevens narrating, the variety of symbols you can pick out in the story–GAH. I’ve never had any aspirations to be a professor, but as I was reading this I could see myself picking out quotes, coming up with questions to ask about the implications of various scenes…it was just phenomenal. Go. Read. This. Book. Everyone needs some quality literature in their lives.

Do you keep a diary?
Best book you’ve read lately? Quality, people. I am not looking for cheap writing. Cheap writing makes me ragey.

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13 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. so I really don’t like katy perry. at all. but for some reason her new song dark forces is like my jam. it comes on when I run and I am all like rapping with the guy… totally me. do you remember livejournal?? that was my first sort of bloggy type journal thing. wow I need to dig that up now that I think of it.

  2. Hahaha I just laughed out loud at the pronunciation. I could see you (or someone since I’ve never actually met you…) saying the words incorrectly pronounced in a voice with some attitude. So then I laughed harder. As for journaling, I did it on and off for years. More off than on really, since I’d start for about three days and them give up. This blog is the first time it has really stuck but I like being able to look back on memories of my life so I wish I had more journals to read, however awkward they might have been.

    • A scene very much like the one you envisioned may or may not have gone down at my house when I was home over Christmas. Just sayin. Hahaha.

      There is definitely a whole lotta awkward in my old journals (ah, middle school, you terrible beast!). But I guess it at least makes me feel better about myself now? Haha.

  3. I did love reading The Remains of the Day. It has been a while since I read it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a movie made for it too. I remember it being quite good. I don’t know if you enjoy or avoid watching films post reading, but it was rather well-done. I am also an old fart reader now and can’t stand reading poorly written books, but get extreme pleasure from discovering that an author actually has skill and artistic talent when writing.

    Journaling. I used to be much better about it, but now only write every once in a while. I did find some from when I was like 8 years old. Crayon and mostly scribbly drawings of myself with a description of how I felt at that moment. Definitely interesting to rediscover!

    • I saw that when I was Googling the book! Once again, another book I picked up on a whim at the library that was apparently turned into a movie without my knowledge. Haha. I’d love to see how a movie version of Remains of the Day was put together, so I’ll have to look into watching it!

  4. So, what does it say about me that I think of Anthony Hopkins in Remains of the Day (even though I’ve never seen it) before I think of the novel? I mean, I know it’s a novel but it’s SO not my style of things I like to read and I recall hearing more about the movie when it came out (I think it was nominated for an Oscar?).

    Anyway, as you can see, I am the last person you want to ask for a book recommendation. I like to read crap 🙂

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