Did you know that the original cover of the American novel The Great Gatsby was made by a Catalan artist?

    His name was Francis Cugat (an anglicized version of his birth name Francesc Cugat), and he was brother to the famous musician Xavier Cugat. Francesc was born in 1893 in Barcelona (Catalonia), but when he was young his family migrated to Cuba and later to the USA.

    He was a little-known illustrator who worked creating posters for American opera houses when he was found by F. Scott-Fitzgerald’s publisher while the author was still working on the book. The publisher sent Francis Cugat a summary of the novel and the working title “Among Ash Heaps and Millionaires”, and commissioned him to make a book cover. Francis Cugat made various sketches around the idea of a disembodied face of a flapper suspended over the New York cityscape. He sent this final version to the publisher, and both him and Fitzgerald loved it.

    Fitzgerald was still working on the manuscript when he received the illustration. As his letters to the editor show, he was so pleased with the image that he intentionally edited his writing to tie it into the book. The letters don’t clearly state what parts of the book were influenced by the cover, but it’s believed that the face at the cover inspired the description of the billboard of optometrist T. J. Eckleburg, and also a description of Daisy as the “girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs”.

    For the rest of his life, Francis Cugat continued painting and making illustrations for films and theatre, and later became a Technicolor colour consultant for more than 60 Hollywood films and as a set designer. He died in 1981. His work is little known, but his Celestial Eyes remain one of the most famous book covers of all times.

    “The anthropologists Natasha Myers and Carla Hustak argue that the word evolution, which literally means “rolling outward,” doesn’t capture the readiness of organisms to involve themselves in one another’s lives. Myers and Hustak suggest that the word involution—from the word involve—better describes this tendency: a “rolling, curling, turning inward.” In their view, the concept of involution better captures the entangled pushing and pulling of “organisms constantly inventing new ways to live with and alongside one another.” It was their tendency to involve themselves in the lives of others that enabled plants to borrow a root system for fifty million years while they evolved their own. Today, even with their own root systems, almost all plants still depend on mycorrhizal fungi to manage their underground lives. Their involutionary tendencies enabled fungi to borrow a photosynthesizing alga to handle their atmospheric affairs. They still do. Mycorrhizal fungi are not built into plant seeds. Plants and fungi must constantly form and re-form their relationships. Involution is ongoing and extravagant: By associating with one another, all participants wander outside and beyond their prior limits.”

    — Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

    Israeli settlers - who live illegally on Palestinian land and shouldn’t be there in the first place - regularly destroy and uproot olive trees belonging to Palestinians, often striking at night to go unnoticed.

    Olive trees are a livelihood for many families, and a key component of the Palestinian economy. That’s how they are meant to survive. 

    These attacks are by no means limited to agriculture. They alsoburn and vandalize churches, mosques, homes,carsand… cemeteries. 

    I saved the worst for last.Israeli soldiers escort Israeli settlers to attack Palestinians then stand by and watch, if not join in too. 

    According to the UN the annual rate of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians has almost quadrupled in eight years.

    GIFs from5 Broken Cameras (2011)

    iamanemotionaltimebomb

    this is actually super fucking smartass of them

    snake-lady

    Reblogging as this is so important everyone! My mum had breast cancer and that shit is not nice so please check yourself ladies and gents! 💕💕💕

    tkthegoddess

    Always a reblog. 💋

    whatevergreen

    And it's being aided and abetted by right-wing LGBT.

    The politics of greed, fear, and hate overrides any notion of reason or self-preservation.

    Any progress that has ever come about for the LGBTQ came from the Left, and that is a fact.

    Read virtually anything from the 1970s-80s and you'll realise that (mostly wealthy white male LGBT) people sought to delay, limit, or oppose every right we've ever gained, and that they and their "descendants" are now benefitting/misusing these rights to push their toxic capitalist agenda.

    contemplatingoutlander

    Hakeem Jeffries tells off Clarence and Ginni Thomas

    It is well worth watching Hakeem Jeffries tell it like it is about Clarence and Ginni Thomas. Below is a transcript.

    And if Justice Thomas really wants to deal with bullying in America or this problem of people supposedly unwilling to accept outcomes that they don’t like, I’ve got some advice for Justice Thomas: start in your own home.

    Have a conversation with Ginni Thomas. She refused to accept the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.

    Why? Because she didn’t like the outcome.

    And so instead she tried to steal the election, overthrow the United States government and install a tyrant.

    That’s bullying. That’s being unwilling to accept an outcome because you don’t like the results. Because the former twice impeached so-called President of the United States of America lost legitimately to Joe Biden. 

    How did she respond? Instead, she said the Bidens should face a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay on trumped-up charges of sedition. You’ve got to be kidding me.

    And lastly, let me ask this question of brother Thomas: Why are you such a hater?

    Hate on civil rights.
    Hate on women’s rights.
    Hate on reproductive rights.
    Hate on voting rights.
    Hate on marital rights.
    Hate on equal protection under the law.
    Hate on liberty and justice for all.
    Hate on free and fair elections

    Why are you such a hater?

    And you think you can get away with it and escape public scrutiny because you think that shamelessness is your superpower.

    Here’s a news flash

    [CROSSTALK from the house judiciary committee.]

    Truth to the ground will rise again. And the truth will be your kryptonite.

    ________________________

    Video via Twitter; transcript (before grammar/spelling edits) via YouTube

    meandmybigmouth

    TELLING IT LIKE IT IS! DAMN!

    liberalsarecool

    Hakeem Jeffries brings the hot tea for the Coup Couple.