My name is Ally. In addition to reading, writing, geocaching, and speaking Spanish, I am a coffee fiend. DFTBA, pura vida, and enjoy my blog.

 

Friday, April 18—Flan!  Homemade flan! There’s no better way to end a week-long intensive course than with flan casera!

Friday, April 18—Flan!  Homemade flan! There’s no better way to end a week-long intensive course than with flan casera!

Thursday, April 17—I found a geocache today!

Thursday, April 17—I found a geocache today!

you-wish-you-had-this-url asked
I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?

fishingboatproceeds:

I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.

Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.

And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.

Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.

Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.

(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)

Lunes, el 14 de abril—el primer día de clase.  Encontré en Dalton una mezcla de la cultura ‘southern’ y cultura latina.

Sunday, April 13—Day 1 in Georgia.

Friday, April 11—A friend from Western Sahara gave me two short Spanish poetry anthologies!  One of them is translated resistance poetry!

Friday, April 11—A friend from Western Sahara gave me two short Spanish poetry anthologies!  One of them is translated resistance poetry!

Tuesday, April 8—I have read so many more books this semester than I imagined I would.

Tuesday, April 8—I have read so many more books this semester than I imagined I would.