# tfios
Anonymous asked:
"It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.


Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.

Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.) 

But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.

# poetry


Sylvia Plath, Mad Girl’s Love Song



# Yep
# me
❝ I guess ❞
—— I disagree with you but ill let you have this one because I don’t feel like debating anymore with your simple ass (via monitormylife)

# yep


*says i dont care* *actually does tho*


"Mom & dad’s friend @halfadams said I was so cute he could just eat me. Then he tried.” (x)

# ;A;
# suits


so i’m randomly rewatching old episodes and what kills me about this scene is first of all harvey just barges in and then he casually stands there and tells mike to get dressed knowing they’re in a tiny studio apartment and like where was mike gonna go?? the bathroom i guess. but then harvey was pretty damn sure mike didn’t even have a tux anyway which is why he conveniently brought one along. but he left it in the car so??? did he go down and get it?? did mike just change into his tux in the backseat?? why did they deny us thE scene where harvey fixES HIS BOWTIE I NEEDED THAT SCENE. anyway harvey obviously wanted to see mike get undressed so he manipulated the entire situation so that he could regardless of whether mike had a tux or not. creepy but also very clever. bravo. 4 for you harvey specter.




Nacho Grilled Cheese Sandwich


I have heart burn just looking at this. But still…I would.

chanyeol and N hugging each other.

# reblog









oh wow

oh my god



this is beautiful.

highest of all compliments omg

MC: Jejung-san has been named ‘Sexiest Man In The World’ by a Spanish magazine.