1. thehpalliance:

Esther Day is not about metaphors. It is not about gestures. Instead of mass produced greeting cards and baked goods, it calls for an uncommon honesty and bravery.
Esther Day became our favorite holiday in 2010, when John Green uploaded the first annual Esther Day video. Since then, we’ve celebrated on August 3rd with Nerdfighteria and looked forward to it in between.
This year, we’re going all out and hope you’ll do the same.
Today, we are officially launching a new campaign called the Esther Day Project.
Esther Day, at Esther Earl’s request, consists of one important action and a whole lot of heart. We are all challenged to say “I love you” to those they have trouble saying it to.
It sounds simple enough. In truth, it often comes as a challenge – being honest and unapologetic about love almost feels counterintuitive. We flee vulnerability.
This campaign - like Esther Day - is about changing that.
This is what it comes down to: love is awesome. Love is important. Love is what saved the wizarding world and, long before that, its residents. Fandoms become communities when we celebrate loving not just a book or a movie, but each other.
In only a couple of days, The Fault in Our Stars will make its box office debut. Since TFiOS was dedicated to and - in part - inspired by Esther, we can’t think of a better way to kick things off. While you wait for the movie, take a selfie or a picture with your friends - old and just-met-them-in-line alike - making the shape of a heart with your hands and tag them #EstherDay wherever you upload them.
Here are some examples:


You can read more about the campaign here.
From social media (#EstherDay) to IRL, please join us in celebrating love and celebrating each other on August 3rd.

    thehpalliance:

    Esther Day is not about metaphors. It is not about gestures. Instead of mass produced greeting cards and baked goods, it calls for an uncommon honesty and bravery.

    Esther Day became our favorite holiday in 2010, when John Green uploaded the first annual Esther Day video. Since then, we’ve celebrated on August 3rd with Nerdfighteria and looked forward to it in between.

    This year, we’re going all out and hope you’ll do the same.

    Today, we are officially launching a new campaign called the Esther Day Project.

    Esther Day, at Esther Earl’s request, consists of one important action and a whole lot of heart. We are all challenged to say “I love you” to those they have trouble saying it to.

    It sounds simple enough. In truth, it often comes as a challenge – being honest and unapologetic about love almost feels counterintuitive. We flee vulnerability.

    This campaign - like Esther Day - is about changing that.

    This is what it comes down to: love is awesome. Love is important. Love is what saved the wizarding world and, long before that, its residents. Fandoms become communities when we celebrate loving not just a book or a movie, but each other.

    In only a couple of days, The Fault in Our Stars will make its box office debut. Since TFiOS was dedicated to and - in part - inspired by Esther, we can’t think of a better way to kick things off. While you wait for the movie, take a selfie or a picture with your friends - old and just-met-them-in-line alike - making the shape of a heart with your hands and tag them #EstherDay wherever you upload them.

    Here are some examples:

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    You can read more about the campaign here.

    From social media (#EstherDay) to IRL, please join us in celebrating love and celebrating each other on August 3rd.

  2. thebooker:

    'When I finally came for Liesel, I took selfish pleasure in the knowledge that she had lived her ninety years so wisely. By then, her stories had touched many souls; some of whom I came to know in passing. Max - whose friendship lasted almost as long as Liesel.. almost. In her final thoughts, she saw the long list of lives that merged with hers - her three children, her grandchildren, her husband. Among them, lit like lanterns, were Hans and Rosa, her brother and the boy whose hair remained the colour of lemons forever. I wanted to tell the book thief she was one of the few souls that made me wonder what it was to live, but in the end there were no words - only peace. The only truth I truly know is that I am haunted by humans.’

    (Fuente: thebooker, vía booksandhotchocolate)

  3. "Novels aren’t just happy escapes; they are slivers of people’s souls, nailed to the pages, dripping ink from veins of wood pulp. Reading the right one at the right time can make all the difference."
    Brandon Sanderson (via burninggravity)

    (vía booksandhotchocolate)

  4. 
Just by the side of Amsterdam… <3

    Just by the side of Amsterdam… <3

  5. dduane:

    06/1/1854

    Happy birthday, old friend.

    Your creator was the first person I consciously took as a tutor in the art of structuring fiction. I didn’t do it because I loved him. I did it because I loved you… and because the way he handled you made you more real than a lot of the (allegedly) real things in my world.

    You were the first fictional person to really change my life, and I’ve never forgotten it. Your incisive-yet-benevolent presence has been hanging over my work for a long, long time. I have repeatedly taken your name “in vain” both covertly and in the clear while writing for some of the world’s larger fictional franchises, and (because there’s no way I can keep you out of other things I love) in worlds of my own. And I doubt this is likely to stop.

    I think it was Jorge Luis Borges who said some years back that there are only three fictional characters who’re universally known. Of the three he cites, Tarzan has slipped a lot of late, and even Superman has been struggling a bit. But you just keep going from strength to strength, adding dimension with every new iteration. That’s a tough row to hoe, with fiction being the essentially ephemeral art form it is. So few stories, regardless of the passion poured into their creation, will last more than a few handfuls of generations. An Iliad here, a Nibelungenlied there, and precious few more, survive to be retold repeatedly in every century after they manifest themselves. But your story, though young yet as such things go, is showing signs of real staying power. It’ll be interesting to see where you are in a few centuries more.

    Meanwhile, I raise a glass to you today, old friend — and inevitably also to the companion who’s always by your side, without whom you wouldn’t be who you are — and think of the streets of the great Metropolis where the two of you can always be found walking together: unstoppable Reason and unshakeable Fidelity, inseparable in search of Truth and (if sometimes only secondarily) in defense of the Right. This is a better world with the two of you in it, even if only in the realms of the imagination — for they inevitably spill over into what passes for the Real, to all our benefit.

    So… many happy returns of the day, my dear Holmes. Many.

    Happy Birthday, magnificent character!

    (vía cassandraclare)

  6. *The Doctor and Rose are inviting Katniss to travel with them*
- We cannot promise you it won&#8217;t be dangerous. But it&#8217;ll worthy it. It&#8217;ll be fun.- It&#8217;ll be fantastic!- And you&#8217;re brilliant!- Yes, you are! Come with us, Girl on fire.Come along, Catnip!***So, it&#8217;s November&#8230;And I was just thinking: &#8220;What is so special about this month?&#8221;And I found nothing.Nooope! ;) I&#8217;m kidding! Because November brings amazing things: Catching Fire and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary!!!And we&#8217;ll have a cinema screening of the Day of the Doctor in Colombia! :&#8217;)Make the odds be ever in your favor and&#8230; Allons-y!

*The picture contains the memories sent to Prim*

    *The Doctor and Rose are inviting Katniss to travel with them*


    - We cannot promise you it won’t be dangerous. But it’ll worthy it. It’ll be fun.
    - It’ll be fantastic!
    - And you’re brilliant!
    - Yes, you are! Come with us, Girl on fire.

    Come along, Catnip!

    ***

    So, it’s November…
    And I was just thinking: “What is so special about this month?”
    And I found nothing.

    Nooope! ;) I’m kidding! 

    Because November brings amazing things: Catching Fire and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary!!!

    And we’ll have a cinema screening of the Day of the Doctor in Colombia! :’)

    Make the odds be ever in your favor and… Allons-y!

    *The picture contains the memories sent to Prim*

  7. Knstrct: Libraries, ah!

    1. Stockholm Public Library | Olivier Charles (Concept)
    2. Stuttgart City Library| Yi Architects
    3. Selexyz Dominicanen |In Maastricht
    4. The Law Library of Munich

    So, so, sooooo beautiful <3333333

    I could spend everyday of my life in there… :’)

    (vía booksandhotchocolate)

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