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  1. Apr 2017
    1. ‘The child who most generously forgave their parents’

      This reminds me of the idea of the participation award. Should we really idealize basic human victories? I think stardom should be reserved for the abnormal, and we take their stupidity with it.

    2. The public are requested to pay attention to how well they listen to each other, to admire their mutual trust and respect and to be touched (and inspired) by the delight they take in one another’s company.

      I suppose this does... encourage good behavior. Of course one should always strive to nurture their relationships with trust and respect. However, there should not be a supreme type of love. It isn't a competition.

    3. Best Couple in Love’.

      Stupid! Love is defined slightly differently by everyone. One cannot be "loved more" than somebody else, for it is impossible to understand another's experience with affection. Love can sometimes be unhealthy, but it can feel good to that person. Also, "the best couple in love" is a deeply annoying phrase and unworthy of being a celebrity. Love is too pure to be stimulated by fame, it is personal.

    4. Recently, he has run a nationwide competition to find a new raft of celebrities.

      If you have to "find" a celebrity, I feel like whoever they may be will not be a true celebrity. It is unnatural, forced. We cannot truly make ourselves be interested in anything, especially something of heightening normality. Such as supreme milkmaid. We want to watch the abnormal, and usually, the abnormal can be stupid.

    1. At the end of the day, I'd prefer the love to the empty victory of being right and alone anyway. Wouldn't

      wooo mama preach

    2. es. We desperately need a space to lovingly address our failing self-esteem, the ways we sexualize and objec- tify ourselves, our confusion about sex and love, and the unhealthy, unlov- ing, unsisterly ways we treat each ot

      Maybe by loving the men who hurt, they won't feel the need to hurt women. We get it.

    3. For all the machismo and testosterone in the music, it's frighteningly clear that many brothers see themselves as pow- erless when it comes to facing the evils of the larger socie

      And they demean women for they feel it is the only thing they can control.

    4. t's telling that men who can only see us as bitches and hoes refer to themselves only as niggers.

      They are demeaning their women to the same, low platform that they feel about themselves.

    5. ip hop is the only forum in which young black men, no matter how surreptitiously, are allowed to express their pain at all.

      And this is done by lashing out at someone sacred- their mothers, their wives, their children. The intensity of their backlash is a direct result of the intensity of their struggles. Tupac had a lot going on..

    6. What are they going through on the daily that's got them acting so fucked up?

      A compassionate way to respond.

    7. need to know why they are so angry at

      I suppose all women could feel this way. For me, sexism in rap is distant. They are talking about some other girl, who I would probably never act like... so I can still enjoy the music... right? But who are these other girls? Why are they black girls? This article makes me believe that every woman that listens to rap music shares this disconnected mindset. If this is so, who are the girls that the rappers are talking about? Their fantasies of women and how their interactions with them will go? That's deeply twisted, deeply resentful. "I need to know why they are so angry at me"

    8. the process is painful,

      What is the reward? Are women forced to be comforted by this lifestyle?

    9. u are also the mirror in which we can see ourselves. And there's nothing like spending time in the locker room to bring sisters face to face with the ways we straight up play ourselves. Thos

      Perhaps hearing the worst, nastiest, most profane thoughts gives women some sort of power because they know what's going on in their heads. Men are less of a mystery, for they put it all out there- what they fantasize about, what they like/dislike, etc.

    10. Things were easier when your only enemies were white racism and middle- class black folk who didn't want all that jungle music reminding them they had kinky roots

      Understandable. The hate for others made these women cling closer to people close to the, i.e., the men they loved who abused them.

    11. ed their black asses-and I don't care if mama was Crackhead Annie, then there was probably a grandmother who kept them alive) masks even from my own eyes the essenc

      This is powerful. Women falling for bad boys is such a strange, repetitive trend. Usually the very qualities that attracted them are the ones that hurt them.

    12. ms. Intoxicating the crowd with beats and rhymes, they were shamans sent to provide us with temporary relief fro

      I really like this god-like admiration for hip-hop artists who are honest and"bad", who's music is so gritty. It goes to show that humans crave music about hardship, for they feel like the artist understands them. The artist is put on a pedestal for somehow being smarter or more special because they are able to connect with their fans in a way nobody else seemingly can.

    13. e were), nobody cared. At the time, there seemed to be greater sins than

      I am confused... they didn't want to be called ladies? What did they prefer?

  2. Mar 2017
    1. , “I wish you had a thousandth part of the pity for me that I have for you

      Such a gruesome favor... this is yet another faucet and layer of Dorian's charm.

    2. Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days have been your sonnets.”

      Just because he was beautiful.

    3. The only people whose opinions I listen to now with any respect are people much younger than myself

      Perhaps they are the only ones that will listen to him.

    4. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectabl

      How is Lord Henry not respectable? Upon reading this I realized that the readers really know very little about Henry's character. He is kind of like God, or maybe the Devil, in that he hold this power in the book but each reader is imagining him differently.

    5. One is by being cultured, the other is by being corrupt. Country-people have no opportunity of being either, so they stagnate.

      That is true.. goes along with the whole "ignorance is bliss" thing

    6. . He, too, felt that we were destined to know each othe

      I have felt drawn to people inexplicably before, and I'm curious to where this attraction derives from. It's not necessarily sexual- sometimes it is- but it is more intense interest in one another. "Destined to know each other". I don't know

    7. scarlet threads of lif

      I like how he depicts bravery as a scarlet color. Naturally.

    8. I will work so hard, and try to improv

      It is ruined. Being effortless is perfect, trying is sometimes repulsive.

    9. You had brought me something higher, something of which all art is but a reflection

      This implies that the truest art form is people, which is why they are so infinitely fascinating and easy to fall in love with.

    10. “but I am always ready for a new emotion. I am afraid that there is no such thing, for me at any rat

      This is why Lord Henry is Oscar. Smart, sharp, but kind of cooked to a crisp from living so fully.

    11. Her trust makes me faithful, her belief makes me goo

      Dorian is vastly defined by others' perception and hopes for him in this book. Lord Henry's "influence", Sibyl's passion, Basil's talents.

    12. e. I hope that Dorian Gray will make this girl his wife, passionately adore her for six months, and then suddenly become fascinated by some one else

      I thought he was passive towards Dorian's actions? Contradictory saying #10,000 by Lord Henry.

    13. Imogen is waiting for m

      He doesn't love Sibyl, he loves the idea of her and what she makes him feel. A rather selfish way of "loving someone". He separates her identity as a person and actress (he only wants the actress) by referring to her as her character.

    14. The few words that Basil’s friend had said to him—words spoken by chance, no doubt, and with wilful paradox in them—had yet touched some secret chord, that had never been touched before, but that he felt was now vibrating and throbbing to curious pulses.

      Wilde wants to feel this way, perhaps this is why he wants to be Dorian. Or something.

    15. “It is your best work, Basil, the best thing you have ever done,”

      I wonder if that is subtly in reference to Dorian, who himself is a work of art. The creation of Dorian's intellect and self awareness is brought to light in this chapter, but it is stimulated by Basil's depiction of him. Dorian creates himself through Basil's eyes.

    16. chill our intelligence.

      Interesting but I disagree-- It seems that beauty would stimulate it?

    17. Because to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions.

      Henry is all influence, completely wound up inside because of it. That is why he is Wilde. Dorian is clean and ready to be influenced. Maybe that is why Wilde wants to be this way.

    18. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures.

      Dorian lives poetically- he is living, breathing freak of nature and work of art. But he is useless and can't do anything but be admired.

    19. She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individua

      She fulfills many different fantasies for Dorian, and that is why he is so smitten. She cures his boredom.

    20. People like you—the wilful sunbeams of life—don’t commit crimes, Dorian

      That's right...maybe. They become scandals, they are romanticized for it. That is why we love reading about beautiful celebrities getting DUI's or arrested for drugs or at trials for domestic violence. It makes sin easier to watch, for it is done in style.

    21. . The sense of his own beauty came on him like a revelation. He had never felt it before.

      No... I believe this is the moment he goes bad, for he becomes vain! Vanity spoils enchanting people.

    22. a wonderful work of art, and a wonderful likeness as well.

      I wonder if the painting would have been good if Dorian was not he subject. Was Dorian wonderful, or Basil's ability?

    23. The heavy scent of the roses seemed to brood over everything

      Perhaps this is a metaphor for Dorian's power. Deriving from something lovely, but rather over-bearing.

    24. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we did not dare to yield to

      Henry is talking about himself.

    25. . There was so much about you that charmed me that I felt I must tell you something about yourself

      This is selfish- he went exactly against what he was praising him for in the previous sentence.

    1. . “The Importance of BeingEarnest,” brilliant as it is, threatens to become a greatest-hits compilation. Wilde later blamedthe dissipations of Alfred Douglas for the slowing of his productivity after 1892; their affairbegan that year, after Wilde paid off a blackmailer on Douglas’s beha

      This is interesting, I always wondered why the style of this play was so different from all his other works.

  3. Feb 2017
    1. e. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you!

      So contradictory, he is ruining what is lovely!

    2. Realize your youth while you have it

      This is the moment Dorian goes bad, because intellect and beauty overlap.

    3. esist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.

      Henry talks the talk, but doesn't do all of these grand, brave things he talks about. He is sick inside, that is why Dorian ends up resenting him. He lives through everyone else.

    4. I don’t know what Harry has been saying to you, but he has certainly made you have the most wonderful expression. I suppose he has been paying you compliments. You mustn’t believe a word that he says.”

      This is a powerful quote, for it is saying that corruption is bringing out Dorian's beauty, at the same time ruining it.

    5. But the bravest man among us is afraid of himself.

      I think this could be talking about Basil. He is brave in painting Dorian, for in his way, it is a declaration of homosexual love. He is afraid of the painting, afraid of Dorian, sort of afraid of Henry for taking away Dorian. So since he is full of fear- he is brave? Just because he feels it?

    6. He has a very bad influence over all his friends, with the exception of myself.”

      Maybe the world thinks of Wilde as a bad influence to his fans- but too intellectual and right on to be ignored.

    7. Dorian’s whims are laws to everybody, except himself.”

      another piece of evidence supporting Dorian's power

    8. There was something in his face that made one trust him at once. All the candor of youth was there, as well as all youth’s passionate purity. One felt that he had kept himself unspotted from the world.22 No wonder Basil Hallward worshipped him. He was made to be worshipped.

      I believe that Oscar ideally would like to be seen this way, immediately trusted and worshipped without giving anything of his intelligence or soul away. Dorian is effortless and already powerful.

    9. But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself an exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.

      It is almost as if he is implying intelligence is dirty. That everything beautiful should have absolute clarity of understanding and delivery.

    10. What odd chaps you painters are! You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

      Gosh, this is such a great series of ideas. Artists crave the chase of fame and don't know what to do with it once they have it- perhaps that goes for all of the lucky ones, the ones who are special enough to get a shot at fame. It is their fatal flaw. And I suppose being talked about it better than being invisible.

    1. This occurs when a fan 'lives his or her life in terms bound up with the favoured star' to the point where the 'real world becomes constituted in terms derived from the "star world"'

      I feel like this is the informal thesis of the essay. When a star lives for recognition and for their brief moment in the limelight, they cannot help but become depressed, upon realization that even the most dedicated fans are selfish, and do not care that much. One must live for themselves, not for the adoration of others. If the celebrity cannot separate the two, will always be disappointed.

    2. alienation

      Alienation is a key reason why Byron was incurably melancholy. He couldn't really relate to anyone, therefore skipped around his relationships. He was searching for something, and digging himself further into lonliness when he wouldn't find it. I don't even know if Byron knew what he was looking for, what would make him feel less alienated.

    3. The Corsair: 'His heart was formed for softness -warp'd to wrong; I Betray'd too early, and beguiled too long' (662-63). Byron's correspondents address the quotation to him -'your heart' -as if it were about the author rather than the fictional Conrad, with one woman adding 'I cannot help believing the truth of the following lines as applied to yourself (MA 2.7).

      This is a valuable source Thorsby uses in this essay to explain Byron's early stained innocence and melancholy.

    4. he flirtatious 'uncertainty'13 of the Byronic hero is a primary characteristic of Byron's poetic style: the poet at once reveals and conceals biographical details about himself in a way which invites the reader to feel they have access to Byron's seemingly true self.

      This is well said. Fans feel like that have this sort of personal handle or understanding about artists. No wonder everybody falls in love with them- it is exposing and romanticizing the personal, lonely sides of people.

    5. Although star theory is chiefly concerned with actors, an actor is deemed a 'star' when their 'off-screen lifestyles and personalities equal or surpass acting ability in importance'. 8

      I wonder what behavior qualifies someone as a "star". What differentiates this quality from just being pretentious? I think art is necessary for weeding out phony celebrities.

  4. Jan 2017
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      so a brand?

    2. die poeis &wd aarradve

      This is why Byron was famous! He lived the aesthetic and tragedy that he wrote about. He was just as famous for being a compelling conversationalist and playboy as was for his work. He was the poet and the poem combined.

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      Perhaps they only allow us mortals to see the glamorous bits, or the parts that fit their image, and that is why they are so idealized.

    4. may have to think of cdlelbrilty in an mdrdy new way--not as a satos that is conferred by pulb6aty, but as a oarative form, written in the medium of tie.., .

      So celebrities are famous for the way they live, not what they create?

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      So for lack of a better phrase- Byron was "pimped out", in a sense. His persona was a money making machine.

      It reminds me of the modern rockstar, Mathew Healy, from the 1975. He is aware that his bad-boy, chain-smoking, english bred image sells records and makes money. He has openly said that the character he is when on stage, in his music videos, photoshoots, etc- is not him. But people still buy the records and and want to believe in their image.

    1. a violent, though pure, loveand passion”

      I agree with @Albany in that Byron saw sex as a source of power, as appose to something normal shared between two people. I don't think there was any real partnership through his life, because even when he interacted and relied on people (like his half-sister Augusta), it was tainted with his desire to push the limits of british society. He desired unconventional women and boys, both of which where outside the box of respectable romance at the time. I think maybe he did this to distract from his inherent sadness.

    2. their protagonists reflect aspects of Byron’s own personality

      of course they do..

    3. Lord Byron’s writings are more patently autobiographic than even those of his fellow self-revealing Romantics

      Byron described himself and his tendencies through romanticizing other people. I think this is a reoccurring part of artistry: poets coming to understand themselves by writing about their reaction of other people.

    4. The Greeks’ free and open frankness contrastedstrongly with English reserve and hypocrisy and served to broaden his views of men and manners.He delighted in the sunshine and the moral tolerance of the people.

      This is well worded. Helps fill the gaps of when his epiphanies sort of began.