A reminder to those still reblogging and complaining about Teen Titans Go:


I think one of the markers of maturity is to look at a piece of art or pop culture and say, “Well, this isn’t my thing, but that’s OK.”

But of course that’s a lot quieter than complaining about kids these days and their awful TV shows/music/whatever, and how it’s nowhere near as good as the equivalent when *I* was that age (that I’m remembering through rose colored glasses, and of course that *shaped* my tastes), now that stuff was the pinnacle of TV/movies/sci-fi novels/etc. and everything out now is trash.

So guess which viewpoint gets noticed.

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RT @BadAstronomer: How would the media have covered Eric Garner’s death if it had happened in another country? #perspective

RT @BadAstronomer: How would the media have covered Eric Garner’s death if it had happened in another country?



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Old man yells at cloud

Marius’ grandfather is not a happy person at this time in his life, despite being the most well-off of any character in the book. He hates the early-industrial-era smog. Reading the newspaper drives him into a fury. At one point he rants at length about youngsters with their goatees, dressing sloppily and talking coarsely, and about those liberal colleges and the media. (It’s all awfully familiar.)

And, just for good measure, he complains about a play written by Victor Hugo.

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Les Mis was *always* a historical novel

It’s easy to forget that Les Miserables was already a historical novel when it was new. At one point early on, Victor Hugo makes the point that it’s difficult for modern readers to imagine a country outing from Paris “45 years ago” because so much has changed.  The modern equivalent would be a story written today that starts in 1965 and runs through 1982.

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