“Listen, boys, I’ve had a rather emotional day.” — Colin Firth to a gang of street thugs in a bar, in the movie “Kingsman.” Self saw it almost a year ago, in Fort Bragg of all places.

Firth’s character again: “Manners. Maketh. The. Man. You know what that means. No? Then let me teach you a lesson.”

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Self found out yesterday that mop-headed cutie Ben Whishaw, who plays Q in the Daniel Craig Bond movies, and who is currently in “In the Heart of the Sea” (along with Cillian Murphy and — oh yes, Chris Hemsworth) is 35.

Holy smokes!

What is with these British actors looking like babies well into their 30s? Hollywood should try and guess their secret.

Stay tuned.

Think You Know Angst? THIS is Angst! (From Self’s Capitol Peeta Fan Fic)

It’s early. Katniss perches carefully on a branch. She smiles gleefully, almost like a child. The stubbed branch of the tall, scraggly oak gives her a good view of the meadow.

Red-tailed hawks wing soundlessly from tree to tree. She watches them for a while and then she hears it: the heavy tread of Peeta.

Her hands finger her braid. She smiles, thinking of how Peeta likes to take his time unraveling it. She usually giggles while he does it, loving the feel of his patient fingers combing through her hair.

She hears the footsteps right below her and calls out, Peeta!

But it isn’t Peeta, it’s Gale.


Stay tuned.

Gatskill Sentence of the Day (Story # 8, BAD BEHAVIOR)

“Connie, yo!” Franklin appeared with his hair in his eyes and his pores flowing magnanimously.

— “Other Factors” (Story #8 in Bad Behavior)


What if Self Had a BFF Who Said Things Like

“You have a way, you know, of shoving your vulnerability right into people’s faces. Or something that you call vulnerability, anyway. You sometimes do it immediately upon meeting them. You force people to deal with it.”


“No, listen to me. You don’t do it as much as you did. But you used to do it a lot, and it’s kind of strange to be confronted so aggressively with somebody else’s frailty. Some people will want to protect you, as I did, but some people will want to hurt you.”

— “Other Factors,” Story # 8 in Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior


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