Reading other people’s writing is the single most fascinating thing I have ever had the privilege of doing.
Seeing how they reveal the world they’ve created to their readers - slowly, like unrolling an oil canvas, all at once, like playfully pushing someone into deep water, in…
So, I see this kind of thing a lot:
- Wow, I can’t believe I used to like that
- I was such a loser when I was 13
- What was WRONG with me
- I just found some of my writing from the 90s. How embarrassing.
And here’s what I always want to say when people say things like that:…
Im on mobile so I don’t know if the pic is actually of something, or if it’s legit just a stupid gray box
and the circle is complete
#I love a lot of things about the way this show turned out but maybe the very best one is how joan is a watson with limits #I don’t think I’ve ever seen an adaptation where watson doesn’t sigh in exasperation and then put up with the abuse #from day zero she’s laying down rules #and she’s patient and forgiving and remarkably low-key #(anyone who wakes me up before my alarm clock on the regular is getting a knife to the face) #but she absolutely knows the difference between eccentricity and unreasonable behavior #and is utterly able and willing to enforce boundaries #and to call holmes out #repeatedly. #now that I think of it I don’t particularly find watson interesting or likeable in… any adaptation I’ve seen? #and suddenly you have a holmes/watson dynamic that’s actually played as equal #where 2/3rds of their interaction is negotiation #(the other 1/3rd is mutual appreciation society and it’s so much better because of the negotiations) #real friends don’t just love you #they also challenge you to become a better version of yourself #that’s the show. (via smokeandsong)
The way Joan enforces limits is, for me, one of my favorite parts of her characterization.
As any book lover can tell you, there is something special about brand new books. That pristine cover, the crisp pages, the uncreased spine, and oh the smell of a new book. As you read it you know that no one else has read this story in this book before. It is your own: the book, the story, the experience. You are the one that cause the creases in the spine, wears down the pages, dog ears the corners.
There is also something special about used books. Some may say that used books are almost vulgar, crass, but these people believe in the sanctity of their ownership. Used books are not own solely by one person. Because when you buy them the pages are already worn or dog eared, the spine and cover no longer pristine.
But these books are treasures in and of themselves. That is because they were loved. Reading a used book you experience the story, but you also encounter the person who read the book before you. Sometimes it’s little gems written in the margins. Perhaps its the way the dog ears show up at really poignant points. It can even just be the name written in the inside cover.
I once heard writing described as telepathy between the writer and the reader, but in used books there is a connection with others who read the book before. The pages are softer, the cover worn, the reading experience changed by something someone else wrote. And it is different that a new book, but no less special.
Fact: Toothless is the cutest thing ever, don’t deny it.
Owl in a towel.