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"This is exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution — and we get $5," he quipped.

What a nice surprise! In Your Eyes is definitely not the most amazing or groundbreaking thing Joss has ever done, but it’s still pretty awesome. It’s basically a way more generic version of Upstream Color. More rom-com than anything else, but it’s got some pretty lovely stuff to say about selfhood and identity. And, y’know, love.

The answer to “will they or won’t they?” is always “they will,” and that’s why we’re all here. Knowing that Ted did not wind up with Robin, but wound up with someone else — but still remained close enough to Robin that his kids addressed her as “Aunt Robin” — said something different. It said, “You know what? They won’t. But don’t leave yet.” It said that there is value in stories about things that don’t work out, and value in romances that end. Everyone matters, everything is important, everything fits together and makes a whole life.

…”It’s the journey and not the destination” is usually the right way to look at series finales, a disturbing number of which don’t stick the landing. The problem with this one in particular is that the relationship between the journey and the destination was the show’s animating principle. That Ted was on a journey that was not about Robin was the first interesting thing the show ever said.

That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued

In 1986, a mass balloon release in Cleveland went really, really wrong, when 1.5 million helium-filled floaters were let loose into the sky, got caught in a storm, drifted down to earth, and caused a hell of a lot of problems.

This is BANANAS.

'Mad Men' in Hooterville | Capital New York

"Joan doesn’t try to compete with Dawn over who has it worse—a single mom or a minority female—but instead itemizes what they have in common. She laces her hands together and catapults Dawn up over the wall."

Loving Starlee Kine’s Mad Men recaps. Also, this episode.

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand

that this, too, was a gift.

“I believe that we, that this planet, hasn’t seen its Golden Age. Everybody says its finished … art’s finished, rock and roll is dead, God is dead. Fuck that! This is my chance in the world. I didn’t live back there in Mesopotamia, I wasn’t there in the Garden of Eden, I wasn’t there with Emperor Han, I’m right here right now and I want now to be the Golden Age …if only each generation would realize that the time for greatness is right now when they’re alive … the time to flower is now.”
— Patti Smith

(via girlwithlandscape)

Inside Llewyn Davis

I feel like I have had so many versions of this conversation in my life. Everybody with their damn plans.

A thoughtful piece about the big book-to-show plot change in last night’s Game of Thrones, and why rape as a plot point in general really needs to be less relied upon.

“I sort of hoped when Tywin was telling Tommen all about how King Robert was strong but not wise, Tommen would pipe up with “You mean my dad?” and then there would be a quick freeze on Tywin’s anguished face, and the opening credits for a new spinoff called ‘Can’t Tywin ‘Em All’ would begin.”