50 Shades of Week: Jan. 15-21, 2017

‘Nostalgia is the memory of a place you’ve never before been—except maybe snuggled into your mother’s warm skin, fresh-fed full, sleepily safe more than happy.’

  1. 12 The Submissive will make herself available to the Dominant from Friday evenings to Sunday afternoons each week during the Term at times to be specified by the Dominant (‘the Allotted Times’).
  2. ‘I’m profoundly grateful and touched by the great compliment accorded to me by the authorities of WSU today.’
  3. ‘Got your attention now, haven’t I?’
  4. I flush at the memory.
  5. ‘My mom is wonderful.’
  6. ‘You like him!’
  7. Christian opens the passenger-side door to the black Audi SUV, and I clamber in.

It’s easy to overthink the toy commercials of your childhood

While nostalgia is generally not a good or advisable force to have influencing your opinion of the actual past, its relationship with creative works is more complicated.

The other day, I re-watched the pilot episode of ThunderCats with someone who had never seen it before. Being with an adult watching the show for the first time, the flaws in it were more obvious than I’d anticipated and much of the re-watch involved incredulous exclamations at each new plot progression.

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The reason why Bill & Ted’s adventure was excellent

I’ve heard it said that the essence of music is to make people enjoy patterns without realizing it. As far as I can tell, this is true. I can’t grasp music, whether I hear it, see a sheet of notes or play Guitar Hero. It’s beyond me, but I like to listen.

As fans of ’80s sci-fi/comedies know, music can do something else: let you time travel. Not literally, I mean, but the effect can be just as real as if it were.

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