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!
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.
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.