19 10 / 2014
almualimbeatbox said: Your post about Helen was one of the realist, sickest, things I have ever read in my life.
oh, i didn’t even begin
because helen of troy doesn’t have one face; she has a thousand. to the men of troy her face is a divine epiphany, αἰνῶς ἀθανάτῃσι θεῇς εἰς ὦπα ἔοικεν. helen, who is dreamed up again and again—all these fair shapes where desire and fear and love and womanhood and godhood meet. whatever form helen takes—even when she is reviled—she is powerful.
there’s helen, daughter of nemesis, the goddess of vengeance who was raped by zeus and gave birth to a clutch of fatal children. on a spartan riverbank they hatch wet and blinking from their eggs. clytaemnestra will be famed in blood: the queen who slaughters her husband agamemnon after he returns, polluted and pride-swollen, from troy. but helen’s ambition is unbounded. she is divine wrath: old-eyed, implacable, scourging men for their unfettered desire and hubris. this is a helen who chooses to love paris and run away with him—helen, the fair and harrowing arm of fate. according to pausanias, nemesis’ bloodline belongs to the sea; and from ilium’s tall towers helen watches the red waves of men’s bodies breaking upon a shore of swords in glinting rank-and-file. greece, as one, bends its neck on her altar of war. helen lifts the knife.
and there’s helen, the radiance of women, the half-goddess who contains vestiges of a more ancient nature deity, worshipped all over ancient greece. she is a divinity of erotic love and life in its trembling fullness, earth and flesh and fruit; often flanked by her brothers, twin stars, the dioscuri: castor & pollux. her abduction by paris becomes summer’s abduction by winter. this helen is honoured in shrines and rites; she is present when young spartan girls are left alone together on the banks of the river eurotas, to dance and sing and feast through the suspiring night-hours, ready to become women with the dawn.
and there’s helen, princess and queen of sparta. the late bronze age is a violent era, when the earth thunders and seizes and ruptures; cities are buried in lava like hot sudden blood, staved in by tidal-waves. lives are short; power belongs to the young. in this country of clans and great walled citadels, perhaps there is a helen: a queen of such uncanny power and beauty that rumour and lyre-song made her mythic. she treads the palace floors in skirts of linen and wild-silk, layer over layer, saffron and red and tyrian purple, sewn all over with gold sequins. her clothes and skin are rubbed with olive oil to make them gleam; she coils her hair and paints her face white and her lips dark fruit-red and limns her eyes with kohl pestled from soot and burnt almond-shells and frankincense. in this time women are at the heart of religion—holy places are full of woman-icons, particularly goddesses—and if she is a mycenaean queen, perhaps she is also a high priestess, a bridge between mortality and divinity. you can think of her pouring out libations in a spartan temple open to the sky: helen who is beautiful and powerful, reaching out arms to her gods.
17 10 / 2014
Ok but what if mermaids didn’t just live in liquid bodies of water.
What if there were mermaids who lived in thunder clouds and lured air plane pilots to their doom
What if Amelia Earhart was just seduced by a tropical storm mermaid and they’re living happily together in some seasonal monsoon system somewhere above the Bermuda Triangle
I ship it.
16 10 / 2014
one of the defining character moments of elementary’s version of holmes comes pretty early in the show, imo
he’s at an expensive restaurant with watson on the company dime of a wall street firm, which he hates on principle
he notices a young couple nearby, and deduces that (A) the man is about to propose to the woman and (B) they can’t normally afford to eat at a place like this
cumberbatch-sherlock would just be a dick and rattle off a bunch of deductions about them to impress watson
downey-sherlock would be an even bigger dick, march up to the couple, and tell them everything about each other that might destroy their relationship
but miller-sherlock goes and buys them the most expensive wine on the list, and charges it to the wall street firm because man, fuck wall street
16 10 / 2014
- *character shows signs of possible attraction to more than one gender*
- 1: omg what if they're bi??
- 2: what if they're GAY?
- 2: what if they're STRAIGHT with an EXCEPTION?
- 2: what if they are a COLLECTIVE of SIXTEEN FISH imitating HUMAN ATTRACTION PATTERNS as a part of their DEVIOUS DISGUISE?