Asked by Anonymous
Well, if you heaven’t read them, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Brave New World” are two of my favorites. I’m assuming you found me through the Hunger Games series, so I won’t bother recommending that (although you should totally read it if you haven’t).
If you’re looking for something heavy, “Watchmen” is something everyone should read. I’d also recommend the Scott Pilgrim series if you’re looking for something fun.
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is also a better book than most people give it credit for (people who have actually read it generally rave about it), it’s a book that legitimately makes it so that even with awesome vampire parts, the actual parts to do with the real historical Lincoln are the best parts.
"World War Z" is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s fiction literature that reads like really interesting non-fiction.
I’ve been reading Leonard Nimoy’s “I am Spock” and enjoying it wholeheartedly. He’s an amazing man.
If you want something easy to read and just a little twisted, don’t count out the Dexter books. Some of them aren’t as good as the show based on them, but they’re legitimately fun to read.
If you want something really heavy that will take you a while to read but will be worth it, check out “Dune.” You will have a whole new way to make references none of your friends will get!
Oh, and the best story ever constructed is “Y: The Last Man.” Seriously, check it out. The premise speaks for itself. I am a better person for having read it, and it’s only a 60 issue limited series.
Asked by alwaysmadnusuallydrunk
Nope, all those sites are shutting down for 24 hours. The internet has collectively decided to shut down for the day in protest of these bills. I’m in favor of it, honestly, I don’t mind losing most of the internet for one day, because I know those in favor of the bill will lose it to.
This is Muad’dib threatening to destroy the spice cycle. This is us burning and them burning with us. Mutually assured destruction, I love it.
I’ve extracted all my facebook statuses since 2009 (there’s an app) and am reading through them now. A lot of them come from before I had tumblr, but they’re stuff I would have put on tumblr if I did have it. I’m presenting these mostly without context:
Asked by Anonymous
My favorite book changes on almost an hourly basis, but I can give you a couple books and series that have had profound impacts on my life!
The box on the left is full of papers. The box on the right is full of a bag of sheets and a copy of the Onion. I don’t know what’s in the middle box.
From there, we move slightly to the right, where we have a banana-shaped chair that has a stack of books and DVDs on it. I have “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Dexter: Season 1,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” “Final Crisis,” “Brave New World,” and “World War Z.”
From there, we pan up to my bookshelf. I can’t list all the books on it, but Eagle-eyed readers will enjoy my literary choices:
And now, a series of close-ups. This one reveals Giorgio the Tiny Spider-Man and Preston the Tiny Batman standing in front of my Lord of the Rings and Dune books.
Slightly to the left, we have Abe Lincoln, Buddha, King Tut, a Crystal Skull, and Master Chief.
Panning up, we see Zaphod Beeblebrox next to a Dalek and a Pokéball. They are standing by the Satanic Verses.
To the left are two decorative, but empty, Coca-Cola bottles. We also see the plastic cone glimpsed in the last photo. It is autographed by Tim Meadows. He was not pleased that I recognized him.
Move to the right. This is my bed. The armchair pillow rests beneath the Inception Poster, between the Jayne Hat crocheted by my actual mother and the stacks of books and movies:
Pan up and to the left. Here is my Hunger Games wall, made out of the only two copies of Entertainment Weekly I have ever purchased:
Let’s move down. You’ve got your basic stack of DVDs and books that accumulated around my bed. As per usual, I would recommend most of these books.
So there’s Anno Dracula, Heroes, Sherlock Holmes, Psych, Inception, Firefly, Mockingjay, some Doctor Who, some Batman, my Dune DVDs, and Mean Girls. This room is a lot less depressing than the closet.
So I did a little bit of research on the subject.
Yes, he was probably a monster. He had many people executed without benefit of charge or trial. The blood of thousands is on his hands.
However, Nelson Mandela (who knows more about what it means to fight for freedom than anyone else alive today) said ”Che’s life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom. We will always honor his memory.” If a reference from NELSON MANDELA isn’t enough to make me not hate someone, I don’t know what would.
And this got me thinking: When I read V for Vendetta, I was able to take the good with the bad for V. I knew that he was a psychopath and a murderer, but I also knew that he was a hero.
Same goes for Dune. Paul Atreides overthrew the Corrino empire and put the universe on track for the Golden Path (for his son to complete), but in doing so killed billions of people.
There is no reason a hero cannot be a monster, and no reason a monster cannot be a hero. Jesus Christ revolutionized the ideals of the planet, yet more people have died in his name than any other person in history, including Hitler. Yes, Che Guevara was a horrible person and a murderer. However, he is also an example of someone who fought and died for a revolution that would overthrow a regime he found oppressive. Despite the ramifications of his beliefs, I can respect that.
So, to sum it all up, here’s my official opinion of Che Guevara: He is a terrible human being, but a hell of a good symbol.