Earlier this year, I read an amazing story by thefourthvine called Fastening One Heart to Every Falling Thing. And I read it again. And again. And… you get the idea.
It’s the story of a Sidney Crosby who’s not only incredibly gifted in hockey, but also in his ability to connect to other people’s minds. Unfortunately, he never gets the training he needs to manage his psychic ability because hockey. And it’s the story of Evgeni Malkin, who’s also incredibly gifted in hockey, but was born without the psychic ability to connect to others.
My contributions to this fandom are never going to be via writing or art, but sometimes, when a story really gets to me the way Fastening One Heart did (so many feels!), I start hearing the story in some of the music I listen to. And then I start rummaging through my music library for more music that does the same. It takes a while and a lot of iterations/drafts, but sometimes I end up with a respectable playlist that captures part of how I felt whilst reading the story.
I finally got brave enough to share the playlist with thefourthvine and to my immense delight and gratitude, she liked it and completely got what I was trying to capture about her story, which I think is, at its most basic, about the journey through painful self-discovery to hope and maybe even joy and love.
Allow me to present the Fastening One Heart playlist, which isn’t available via 8tracks or such because it would violate their licensing restrictions (hmph, five Cloud Cult songs isn’t too many songs by a single artist/band - there can never be too much Cloud Cult!):
Papercuts - The Thin Ice (Pink Floyd) (scroll down)
Andy Swan - The Sound of Snowflakes Falling
Shearwater - My Only Boy
Gary Jules - Falling Awake
Cloud Cult - Robot Lights Inside My Head
Cloud Cult - Turn Out the Lights
Bonnie “Prince” Billy& The Phantom Family Halo - The Mindeater
Nada Surf - Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)
Built to Spill - Goin’ Against Your Mind
Cloud Cult - Brain Gateway
Shearwater - Breaking the Yearlings
Josh Woodward - House in My Head
Cloud Cult - Room Full of People in Your Head
Calexico - Ocean of Noise (Arcade Fire)
The Oh Hello’s - Hello My Old Heart
Cloud Cult - You’re the Only Thing in Your Way
Woodpigeon - You’re My Only Home (The Magnetic Fields) (scroll down)
Shearwater - An Insular Life
Blue October - A Quiet Mind
Hennepin Avenue bridge going towards downtown Minneapolis.
Allie Brosh, the creator of the beloved blog “Hyperbole and a Half" speaks to Terry Gross today about her struggle with depression:
I think there’s a common misconception that depression is about something or depression is sadness or some form of negativity. It can represent a sadness or a self-loathing, as the first half of my depression did. It sort of circled back on itself and made me dislike myself more because I was so sad and I didn’t know why and I felt like I needed a reason. … It took me a long time to figure out that something was broken on a fundamental level. There was no reason behind it; it was just the way things were.
Read more interview highlights or an excerpt from her book via the link above.
Image from “Depression Part Two" courtesy of Hyperbole and a Half
FULL INTERVIEW HERE
Hello :) Tiny Claws by Josh Norem
stumblingoverchaos: the last gif in this set.
Tyler’s had a lot of sex, okay? He knows what people like to say about him, on some of the shadier websites—how he’ll go to his knees for anyone, man or woman. And okay, Tyler will be the first to admit that in the beginning, he wasn’t really picky about who he fooled around with. As long as they were pretty and willing, Tyler was in. He’s chilled out some—a lot, since the trade from Boston—but he’s definitely hopped, skipped, and jumped his way up and down the Kinsey scale in his lifetime.
So, he doesn’t have anything left, really, to tick off his sexual to-do list when he starts dating Jamie. Tyler’s honest about that from the beginning—it’s an awkward conversation full of stops and starts and earnest attempts to soothe him from Jamie, but Tyler’s proud of himself for actually HAVING the conversation, instead of running to the nearest half-empty bar, which is what he would have done in the past. Jamie’s cool with it, even asks some questions about what Tyler’s done, what he likes, and Tyler’s definitely a little pink by the end—stupid, stupid—but Jamie just laughs really hard when Tyler tells him about the time with the married couple and the horse mask and it feels like everything’s going to be okay.
Tyler’s had a lot of sex. But he’s never laughed so much while having sex, until he started dating Jamie. He supposes he must have laughed during sex, before, but Tyler can’t really remember, and the little he can, was always one-sided—they were laughing at Tyler or Tyler was laughing at himself. It was nothing like this, this shared-giddy-stupid laughter with Jamie, the two of the wrestling around in bed like idiots, the curtains pushed haphazardly aside so the warm Dallas morning light cuts across the mattress.
What The Twin Cities Can Teach Us About Living Well via Huffington Post
Minneapolitans are not ones to brag, so those who haven’t spent time in the area would be surprised to know that Minneapolis and its twin city, St. Paul, are perennial winners on nationwide surveys of health, happiness, fitness and well-being.
How do they do it?
The Twin Cities are the most active metropolitan area in the country
Minneapolitans are an active bunch. Nearly 83 percent of residents were active every single day — and more than half of city residents got at least the government-recommended 30 minutes of moderate activity per day, according to a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine. The organization anointed the Minneapolis-St Paul area as the fittest city in the U.S. in 2012, thanks to the sportiness and overall good health of its residents.
Minneapolis boasts the best parks in the country
In June 2013, the Trust for Public Land ranked Minneapolis’ parks as the very best in the country, beating out New York, Chicago and San Francisco for acreage, access and, let’s face it, sheer beauty.
All those parks contribute to the public health, fostering relationships between citizens and nature and improving physical fitness by providing a free and pleasurable place to exercise. Parks can also help mitigate urban pollution, according to the American Planning Association, and help reenforce community ties — all important factors for citizen wellness.
"Technically the slogan is ‘land of 10,000 lakes,’ but everyone from Minnesota knows it’s closer to 12,000," says HuffPost editor and native Minnesotan, Jordan Turgeon. We’re not just taking her word for it — an official government survey put the number of lakes at 11,842 statewide.
And while that staggering number refers to the entire state, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area boasts 22 distinct lakes and the Chain of Lakes park that covers 13.3 miles of water. Minneapolis is actually referred to as the “city of lakes.”
But why would lakes make you happier and healthier? While the health benefits of green space get more attention, there’s evidence that blue space — lakes, rivers, streams and oceans — can also have a positive influence over health and wellbeing, reported The Guardian.
High wages, low rent
"A reader asked me the other day for a Rent Is Too Damn High perspective on what city he should live in," wrote Slate columnist Matthew Yglesias. "On one level, it’s a complicated question. On another level, the answer is that you should move to Minneapolis."
Twin Cities residents earn about 23 percent above the average national household income, but their rent prices remain below the average of America’s major metropolitan areas. In an index of housing affordability, Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked as cheaper than comparable cities like Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, both Portlands (Maine and Oregon) and Austin, according to the Center for Housing Policy and the National Housing Conference.
They’ve been smoke-free since way back
Minnesota enacted a state-wide ban of smoking in all workplaces in 2007, but the phase-out began several decades earlier when the state passed the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act in 1975, making it the first to ban smoking in most public places and require designated non-smoking sections in restaurants, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
Unemployment is low — and that means better mental health
Minneapolis now has the lowest unemployment of any major metropolitan area, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.As if the stress of looking for a job weren’t enough, unemployment is actually linked to a overall increased risk of poor health and even mortality.
Minneapolitans are bookworms
Minneapolis ranks in the top three most literate cities, thanks to a high density of bookstores, high newspaper circulation and a well-read populace. And, as we’ve recently explored, reading can contribute to better sleep, better cognitive function and improved stress release.
It doesn’t hurt that Minneapolis is friendly to writers, according to a Ploughshares report, with great libraries, cafes and citywide WiFi plans that allow you to get connected from anywhere.
happy birthday, http://stumblingoverchaos.tumblr.com/ !
it seemed appropriate somehow. :)
(via Timeline Photos)
Aw, thank you! :)