Katie Moest

"I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult." -- E.B. White
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James Cauty - Riot in a jam jar

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smell the goddamn flower you piece of shit baby chicken

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First I know nothing about Marvel comics: all my context I got from the films Thor (delightful) and Avengers Assemble (remember very little except it had good jokes and the final action scene was too long), and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night because of this which I saw a few people reblog:




(okay and also all the gifsets of Sebastian Stan crying. I WAS MIS-SOLD ON THIS FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CRYING AND ALSO HIS HAIR IS AWFUL.)

If Kavalier and Clay taught me anything it’s threesomes are the best solutions to love triangles Jewish-American cartoonists in the 1930s and early ’40s were all over inventing subversively American heroes to fight Hitler, and I was very unsurprised when I got home and looked it up to learn that Captain America was created by two Jewish guys too. (I know this is really basic comics history stuff and I’m sure fifty people have written dissertations on “He’s A Mensch: The Jewish Identities of Captain America and Superman” or whatever.) What really slotted everything into place was realising that Captain America was created and entered on a cover punching Hitler in the face before America had entered the war.

Basically (right?) Captain America was created by two Jewish-Americans to shame the US into properly fighting Hitler.

Like, I am Captain America, the America you say you want to be, and I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is and actually do something about it. And yes he’s over-the-top and tacky but that’s where the challenge is, right? The chest-thumping American patriotism says “We are good and spread liberty! And also freedom!” and Captain America is like “great! I am that, and I have to point out you are not actually doing that”.

AND I think this is Jewishly on purpose, and here’s why:

Judaism has this important phrase/concept/slogan/life motto from the third-century-ish text Pirkei Avot, which goes: Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor (it’s not to you to complete the work of repairing the world) v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena (but neither may you desist from it). You won’t be able to fix the world by yourself, or in your lifetime, but that doesn’t absolve you of responsibility to work towards it.

I feel like grimdark/anti-heroes are a response to the fact that the world is neither good nor moral, like “well if the world isn’t like that, I won’t be either”. But they’re also excuses for not working towards fixing the world: I won’t bother because it’s all fucked anyway. Lo alecha and Captain America say, yes, it is fucked, but you still have to work towards fixing it. And yes, it’s hard, that’s why it’s called work.

Which is why I think saying “Oh, if Captain America represents the US he should be a dick, because the US is a dick” or “Captain America is an imperialist symbol of US superiority and is therefore bad” are both off base and a dodge of having to do that hard work.  

"If Cap = America then Cap = dick because America = dick" is basically just throwing hands up and going "right but guys have you noticed that actually America is imperialist and horrible? DO YOU SEE?!” and implying “so what can you do about that, right?”. Captain America says, “Try to make it better! is what you can do!”

And about saying he’s a symbol of US imperial superiority, I mean, he is a symbol of America but aimed as a criticism at real America.  He’s the American ideal cranked up to five million - for the purpose of shaming America for not living up to what it says it wants to be. And he is aimed at Americans, so I can see a criticism for him being US-centric in that metanarrative sense, but he’s yelling at America to sort their shit out and I think him yelling at non-USAmericans to sort their shit out would be much worse? But I definitely don’t think Cap is supposed to be about how great America is, he’s about pointing out exactly in what ways and how much America is failing to be great. And then saying “but, that doesn’t mean you get out of trying harder!”

Also, how great is it that his ‘weapon’ is a shield.

so um that’s what I thought about when I saw The Winter Solder last night. that and biceps.

This is amazing on so many levels and also makes me want to have a special fandom-centric Shvi’i shel Pesach/seventh night of Passover virtual seder table on Tumblr to talk about the intersections of Judaism and popular culture with food and media crit and discussions of the diaspora.  ALSO everyone should read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

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*aggressively grabs you by the shirt collar* 

*breaks down in tears on your chest*

This applies to every show ever

Except for all the shows where season one is kind of meh and you have to convince people to power through it because after that it gets REALLY REALLY GOOD.

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I am looking for someone who finds me most attractive when I am my most intensely me.

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Does anyone know what convention in London this is from?  My cousin Josh was in London last week and stumbled upon a group of women (as he described it) “dressed in kind of steampunk looking frilly pink dresses all in line for something.”  Is it an anime convention?  Any clue?

Does anyone know what convention in London this is from?  My cousin Josh was in London last week and stumbled upon a group of women (as he described it) “dressed in kind of steampunk looking frilly pink dresses all in line for something.”  Is it an anime convention?  Any clue?

do you see any of yourself in steve or in cap?

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I have this headcanon where Steve’s son is born with his original health maladies and wants to grow up to be just like his dad - and Steve is confronted with all these feelings of inadequacy as a father because he realizes his son can’t grow up to be like him. But no kid will probably ever be better protected from bullies, considering who all his uncles are. It’s probably just a matter of time before Uncle Tony builds him some really sweet replacement braces (“Should they have spinning rims? I feel like they should have spinning rims.”)



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Asker samoho Asks:
Your Chris Evans tag is actually the best thing. The. Best. Thing.
orangepenguino orangepenguino Said:

Aww.  Thanks.  I mean, Chris Evans may just be my celebrity crush of the moment.  He’s just such an affable goofball and I love it.  Also eyes, beard and arms.

I secretly reblog a lot more random guys I find attractive at rebloggedforlater, though it’s Benedict Cumberbatch heavy at the moment because 1) I find him frustratingly good looking and 2) I feel the most embarrassed about the number of posts featuring him I’d reblog otherwise.  But there’s a lot of good quality eye candy there.  And my Chris Evans tag there ain’t too shabby.

  • My mom: Oh! They have a massage bar.
  • Me: REAAAALLY? How much do the massages --
  • My mom: No. It's a bar of soap. With bumps. It's called a massage bar.
  • Me: Oh. That's mean. I was really hopeful. I wanted a massage and a bar. I...oh.

It seemed festive.

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this is a disney interview

Forget about RDJ and Stark, Jeremy Renner IS Hawkeye

Jeremey Renner is more like Hawkeye than Hawkeye was Hakweye

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