coffee and strange

In which ‘strange’ means ‘everything’ because everything is strange. This blog is mostly concerned with books, films, history, and general badassery, and is run by someone who may or may not be a raving lunatic.


RIP: Robin Williams (1951-2014)

“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”

—   Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519)

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Favorite Costumes: Scarlett O’Hara`s outfits (Gone with the Wind)

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Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice (1988)

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wild-was-wonderful said: So I ran out of space in my pretentious attempt to sound smart but I was really just trying to ask for suggestions of cool and interesting things. I've read your story faking it (fantastic, by the way) and there are so many allusions and mentions of a lot of awesome things such as a clockwork orange, hitchickers guide (anything in 42 really), moulin rouge(i'm assuming the green fairy was a reference to that, I could be wrong), etc. So I guess i'm asking what are some things I should check out?

I’m going to completely cop out on this one and just refer you to this other post where I answered more or less the same question. I get asked for recommendations a lot, so I’m considering doing a sort of Misha’s Favourite Things post (it’s like Oprah’s Favourite Things except you don’t get anything).

I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but holy shit that’s gonna be a lot of work. I remember when I tried to put all my favorite books on my facebook profile (back when people actually cared about facebook) and it turned into this hellish all-night thing that almost ended in tears.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m a procrastinating pussy who might sometime in the future get around to making a thing that properly answers your question, but in the meantime I suppose just take note whenever I reference something a lot in Faking It or Lightning Girl or here on Tumblr, ‘cause I probably like that thing and think it’s worth checking out. 

Also, thanks for your insanely complimentary previous message. It was lovely and you didn’t sound pretentious at all. (I wanted to acknowledge it ‘cause you mention it in the beginning of your question and other people might be like ‘huh?’ when they read it, but I’m not posting that one because I follow some people who post endless texts of themselves getting complimented and being all “Who? Me? Little ol’ me?” about it and I don’t wanna turn into one of those people. Seriously guys. Nobody wants to hear how awesome other people think you are.)

majestial said: Hello! I was wondering who you would choose to be in your last supper list! That's a rundown of people in history you'd like to have at your last meal :)

This is a loaded question. In the interest of not boring everyone to death with the endless list of historical personalities I would walk over hot coals to talk to, I’m gonna limit myself to 12 people, all of whom must currently be dead (thus ‘from history’ and not ‘from right now’).

So, without further ado, here’s my Last Historical Blowout Guest List (with explanations because I feel the constant need to validate my decisions):

1. Socrates

Does this need an explanation? I don’t think it does. If you know me, you probably already know about my weird thing for this man. Just thinking about him gives me a brain boner.

2. Leonardo Da Vinci

The best. At everything. Everyone else can shut the fuck up.

3. Douglas Adams

What kind of writer would I be if I didn’t include my favourite author?

4. Dorothy Parker

Yeah, she’s a bitch, but she’s the kind of bitch I like. Also, I had to have a representative of the Algonquin Round Table here somewhere.

5.  Cleopatra

I have slight obsessions with Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, and she was connected with both. She also seems like one of those people who are just super impressive to the point of being scary when you meet them in person.

6. Kurt Cobain

I was so into him for most of my formative years that it’d be a crime not to have him here.

7. George Carlin

It was a toss-up between him and Bill Hicks, but Carlin came out on top because of Religion is Bullshit and Airline Announcements. Also because of the Seven Dirty Words – one small step for George Carlin, one giant leap for the anti-censorship movement.  

8. Lenny Bruce

Total rockstar. Guts of steel. Balls the size of a small country.  

9. Amelia Aerheart

After she tells me what really happened when she disappeared (she probably faked her death and worked as a spy or something) I have a feeling she’d be able to drink everyone under the table.

10. Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin)

I need at least one person from vintage cinema here, and everything I’ve read about him makes him seem even more fucking awesome. If he can’t make it (maybe he has other engagements – I imagine he’s on a lot of Last Supper guest lists) Clark Gable will do just fine.

11. Ingrid Jonker

Infamously tragic South African poetess, for those of you who don’t know. Kind of like a social resistance version of Sylvia Plath. I just think she’s really impressive and sad and I would like to meet her.

12. Rasputin

Because he can clearly tell me the secret to eternal life, which will then allow me to circumvent the ‘last’ part of my Last Supper so I can live a longer, fuller life telling everyone about the awesome time-travel party I had once.

P.S.  Bonus reading! If you’re into poetry, this is the first poem of Ingrid Jonker’s that I was really impressed by. I was studying for an English exam and I remember that I teared up a bit, but that might be because I get over-emotional when I haven’t slept in a while. Notes for non-South Africans: Langa and Nyanga and all those places are the settings for infamously violent events during Apartheid. A ‘pass’ was a sort of identity document that ‘non-whites’ were forced to carry at all times. The poem was written in Afrikaans, but the translation is equally impressive. Also, Nelson Mandela read this during his first speech in parliament as president, so there’s that.