Sometimes I’m sad, but then I remember my heart beats iambic pentameter.
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1. The Eagle and Child (Oxford, England).
Notable Patrons: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis
Photograph by Irene Tong.
2. Vesuvio Cafe (San Francisco, US).
Notable Patrons: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady.
Photograph by Nicholas Kaeser.
3. White Horse Tavern (New York City, US).
Notable Patrons: Dylan Thomas, James Baldwin, Anais Nin, Norman Mailer.
Photograph by Katie Killary.
4. El Floridita (Havana, Cuba).
Notable Patron: Ernest Hemingway.
Photograph by Amy Goodman.
5. Cervecería Alemana (Madrid, Spain).
Notable Patron: Ernest Hemingway (you can’t be surprised by this, right?).
Photograph by Juan Antonio Flores Segal.
6. Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone (New Orleans, US).
Notable Patrons: Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, Truman Capote.
Photograph by WeeklyDig.
7. Kennedy’s (Dublin, Ireland).
Notable Patrons: Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde.
8. Old Town Bar (New York City, US).
Notable Patrons: Frank McCourt, Seamus Heaney, Nick Hornby, Billy Collins, Pete Hamill.
Photograph by Joseph A.
9. Les Deux Magots (Paris, France).
Notable Patrons: Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway.
Photograph by Robyn Lee.
10. Red Key Tavern (Indianapolis, US).
Notable Patron: Kurt Vonnegut.
Photograph by Clark Maxwell.
11. Antico Caffe Greco (Rome, Italy).
Notable Patrons: John Keats, Charles Dickens, Henrik Ibsen, Hans Christian Andersen, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Maria Zambrano.
Photograph by Richard.
12. La Rotonde (Paris, France).
Notable Patrons: Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Photograph by David Harmantas.
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I was thinking yesterday about fandom gatekeepers and straight white fanboys with chips on their shoulders and how much they suck, and while as female fans it’s immensely satisfying to lay the smack down with proof of our nerd cred, I think it’s important to also emphasise that it’s okay to be a ‘casual fan.’
It’s okay to have only seen the Marvel movies and not read the comics. It’s okay to have not seen every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s okay to not have memorised entire scenes worth of dialogue from Star Wars. It’s okay to not know every single detail from 50+ years worth of Captain America continuity.
It’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to ask questions, and it’s okay to walk into a comics store after having seen a cool superhero movie and not know where to start (and by the way, older fans, screaming ‘just google it!’ at a new fan when a new fan asks a basic question is a) rude, b) not actually helpful considering the state of a lot of wikipedia entries).
Everyone was a new fan once. Just because someone is newer to a fandom than you are doesn’t mean they’re less worthy of being treated with respect and courtesy. It’s a fucking fandom, not the Free Masons.
And even if I could, my answer would change within one minute.
"Stuff Being Thrown at My Head," a photo series by Latvian photographer Kaija Straumanis