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the secret history has chemically altered my brain chemistry
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bazberkker · 2 days
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My biggest red flag is that I think I’m better than Richard Papen despite being just like him (I hate myself, I was the last person to know I was bisexual, I 100% think I could bag Camilla, I’m low-key attracted to Francis, I believe in murdering annoying people, etc.)
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queenmoriarty · 3 months
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A poet is a nightingale
Who sits in darkness
And sings to cheer its own solitude
With sweet sounds
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readsbydes · 5 months
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Some penguin classic covers I made of some of my favorite books.
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donna tartt: literally writes an entire 600 page book about how it can be dangerous to do things just for the aesthetic
us, already making pinterest boards: oh to be a classics student in vermont in the 80s drinking whiskey from a teacup and occasionally murdering people 
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mercutio-of-escalus · 3 months
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reading books like the secret history is always such a wild ride, because i'm fully aware that it's a criticism of aesthetic hedonism and the elitism of academia, and then i'll read a line like " if we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look at that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. then spit us out reborn" and i go absolutely fucking feral.
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thaliasthunder · 3 months
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wdym the secret history is not relatable what about henry not being able to do math and francis laughing at the most inadequate moments
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skelecasper · 2 months
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henry convincing richard to help them kill bunny
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papenathys · 3 months
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I think it's great that people are appreciating deconstructions of the dark academia trope through books like Babel (R.F. Kuang), but it's quite strange to me that somehow The Secret History always comes up in conversations criticising the elitism of dark academia, alongside mediocre books like If We Were Villains and Grimrose Girls. TSH is a deconstruction too! Babel is a post-colonial response to DA, TSH is a satirical response. The book was written by Donna Tartt as a sort of revenge tragedy fantasy based on her lived experience at Bennington College in the 1980s, and the way- like Richard- she was considered an outsider by the haughty academics of her campus. Just because the book has beautiful prose and a somewhat insufferable fandom doesn't mean that it is a love letter to celebrating ivory tower elitism in academia! You're meant to read the story as a statutory warning! Donna Tartt is not writing to market her book as "dark academia aesthetic" That was an unfortunate byproduct of social media. TSH is a satire and it makes fun of self righteous academics who are distanced from their privilege. Please stop comparing this book to its hundred ripoffs by YA authors.
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macaulaytwins · 10 months
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“fuck you my child is completely fine!”meanwhile the child changes their personality to be based on the last book they read
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starry-eyed-menace · 1 year
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i just wanna read but noooo i have to “be a productive member of society” and fucking “work” what the fuck man
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you want me to make friends in college? the thing that killed bunny corcoran?
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welivetodream · 17 days
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Richard's unhinged energy is the most entertaining part for me beside the murders. Like the guy is an inspiration for chaotic people. He lies about his family life, pretends his rich father has business in oil (who irl has a petrol pump), lies to his part time employer to get money, goes on a 90s teen movie shopping spree, takes any free item from Judy, lies about going to a prep school, lives on a diet of wine and more wine, takes any pill anyone gives him, joins a cultish greek gang, lets Bunny die an aesthetically pleasing death and not to forget.....does cocaine in the parking lot of Burger King.
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queenmoriarty · 3 months
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"Side by side, they were very much alike, in similarity less of lineament than of manner and bearing,
a correspondence of gesture which bounced and echoed between them so that a blink seemed to reverberate, moments later, in a twitch of the other's eyelid.
Their eyes were the same color of gray, intelligent and calm. She, I thought, was very beautiful, in an unsettling, almost medieval way which would not be apparent to the casual observer.“
~ Donna Tartt, The Secret History
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readsbydes · 5 months
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it's always "I love you" and never "cubitum eamus?"
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littlebaby-bonnet · 1 month
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The Secret History would fuck so hard as a tv show in terms of visual aesthetics
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