I realize this makes me sound like a simple-minded killjoy, but I get bothered by people laughing their asses off at non-comedy movies. This seems especially common in New York. It’s the worst when it’s actually a film you like, but even if I don’t like it, I kinda feel like I have to give the movie space to breathe, if that makes any sense.
“Lord save the little children! Because with every child ever born of woman’s womb there is a time of running through a shadowed place, an alley with no doors, and a hunter whose footsteps ring brightly along the bricks behind him. With every child - rich or poor - however favored, however warn and safe the nursery, there is this time of echoing and vast aloneness, when there is no one to come nor to hear, and the dry leaves scurrying past along a street become the rustle of dread and the ticking of the old house is the cocking of the hunter’s gun. … Lord save the little children. For each of them has his Preacher to hound him down the dark river of fear and tonguelessness and never-a-door. Each one is mute and alone because there is no word for a child’s fear and no ear to heed it if there were a word and no one to understand it if it heard. Lord save the little children. They abide and they endure.”—Davis Grubb, The Night of the Hunter (‘53)
“Prior to 1849, there was no such thing as a “normal chess set.” At least not like we think of it today. Over the centuries that chess had been played, innumerable varieties of sets of pieces were created, with regional differences in designation and appearance. As the game proliferated throughout southern Europe in the early 11th century, the rules began to evolve, the movement of the pieces were formalized, and the pieces themselves were drastically transformed from their origins in 6th century India. Originally conceived of as a field of battle, the symbolic meaning of the game changed as it gained popularity in Europe, and the pieces became stand-ins for a royal court instead of an army. Thus, the original chessmen, known as counselor, infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots, became the queen, pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively.”—The Architectural Origins of the Chess Set | Design Decoded (via slartibartfastibast)