with up so floating many bells down: cool things on October 14

So today is Columbus Day in the US, but seriously, screw that guy. Let’s talk about some better things!

Like that fact that October 14 is the birthday of both E. E. Cummings and Ben Whishaw, brought heartbreakingly together in this clip from The Hour:

That’s one of my favorite Cummings poems (I have a lot of favorite Cummings poems):

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

I hate you so goddamn much you goddamn life-ruiner please call me so we can drink coffee and talk about Shakespeare

If you want more E. E. Cummings performed by British actors who will never love me, here’s “may i feel said he” read by Tom Hiddleston. Goddammit. I would say he does it just to frustrate people who like guys but he’s just so fricking charming and genuine I can’t believe it. He just does it because he likes poetry a lot! God. Asshole.

On this day in 1926 A.A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh! And the first Gay Rights March on Washington DC occurred on this day in 1979. In 1912 Teddy Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt and delivered his scheduled campaign speech in Milwaukee with a bullet lodged in his chest, because Teddy Roosevelt, that’s why. In 1962 the Cuban Missile Crisis began. And last year, Felix Baumgartner jumped from the statosphere.

It’s the feast day of St. Angadrisma, a 7th century Frenchwoman who was saved from an arranged marriage when God gave her leprosy (which was conveniently cured when she became a nun); she also saved her monastery from a fire with the power of prayer, so she’s the patron saint against fire, and drought, and slander for some reason? It’s also the feast of St. Donatian of Rheims, patron saint of Bruges!

I tried really hard to find gifs that didn’t have profanity, violence, or offensive language in them, that still referenced Bruges, but it’s a Martin McDonagh film so that is literally impossible. (Full, gorgeous gif set here.)

And in 2013 on this day, I turned 25!

Pretty cool. I’m glad to share a birthday with so many other cool people and things. So a happy birthday in particular to Ben Whishaw and E. E. Cummings, and a happy Monday to everyone else.

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