J.R.R TOLKIEN ON FAIRY STORIES

The following excerpts are from J.R.R Tolkien’s essay collection: On Fairy Stories. 

His wisdom is always pertinent, especially during these times of vulnerability:

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Featured Image: Spirit of the Night, 1879, by John Atkinson Grimshaw

“You’re gonna make it after all”

There’s nothing quite as cheerful as the opening theme to The Mary Tyler Moore Show:

Watching this and listening to the music makes me so nostalgic for a time when we were more innocent. However that refrain, “you’re gonna make it after all,” reassures us, after all these years, that there are still brighter days ahead.

How not to wear pants

“Je n’aime pas le pantalon lorsqu’il est porté de façon revendicatrice. C’est à dire ‘je suis l’égal de l’homme,’ le côté George Sand, suffragette. Je n’aime pas ça du tout. Je pense qu’en portant un pantalon, une femme peut développer son maximum de féminité pour lutter contre lui. C’est un handicap qu’il faut surmonter par sa féminité.” 

YVES SAINT LAURENT

In other words; wear pants as proof that you’re a woman. Don’t wear them to prove that women can also wear pants.

YvES!