“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully”—
Currently listening to the silence of an empty office. Also, I should definitely reread this book.
Safe & Sound (The Hunger Games Soundtrack)- Taylor Swift f. The Civil Wars
… I don’t know how I feel about this. Jules, how do we feel about this?? There’s a weird disconnect between THG and Swifty in my brain.
I feel GREAT about this. She really shrugged off her usual pretty pretty princess/girl next door persona to fit the somber, desperate tone of the story. The song nails Katniss’s desperation to keep her loved ones safe, and the production even sounds like something you’d hear in the dusty 12th district marketplace. The thing I don’t like is the missed opportunity for a dance pop anthem about how hard it is to be torn between the tall dark hunter boy and the sweet blond baker boy. (Has Taylor ever gone on the record about being Team Peeta? She has to be Team Peeta, right??)
Also, if Taylor Swift were picked for The Hunger Games, I would not bet against her—she may play at being all sweetness and light, but you have to be pretty damn driven and tough to be so successful at age 16. I can see her shooting an arrow through a competitor’s eye backstage at an open mike night…
“Truman Capote once wrote that he saw in Elizabeth Taylor an ‘emotional extremism, a dangerously greater need to be loved than to love.’ Me, I was too cautious and inhibited and scared to give in to extremism of any kind in sobriety, emotional or otherwise. But when I drank, it happened. When I drank, the part that felt dangerous and needy grew bright and strong and real. The part that coveted love kicked into gear. The yes grew louder than the no.”—Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story