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Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
Why I love A Series of Unfortunate Events — Reason #02:
He doesn’t sugar coat anything for the children who read the series. I remember when I first started to re-read the books and he kept explaining that things don’t always work out the way you want them to. I was legitimately surprised sometimes with the things he said, because a lot of what he said was just true. There was a quote about how bullies DO win sometimes, and how you just had to learn to fend for yourself… It does not tell children to be falsely optimistic, but to be fiercely logical and accept the truth as it is. Snicket reminds us all that being delusional is not healthy nor does it change things that you want it to change. Ignoring the problem makes problems bigger and bigger, and denial is the enemy of understanding.(via tippingteapots)
(Today is Mother’s Day. If your mother has gone missing, this might be a good day to look for her.)
"As you probably know, chilled cucumber soup is a delicacy that is best enjoyed on a very hot day. I myself once enjoyed it in Egypt while visiting a friend of mine who works as a snake charmer. When it is well prepared, chilled cucumber soup has a delicious, minty taste, cool and refreshing as if you are drinking something as well as eating it."
—Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window
Recipe for Aunt Josephine’s Cold Cucumber Soup
- 5 cucumbers
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 6 scallions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 1 pint yogurt
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Peel cucumbers and cut them in half, scraping out seeds. Sprinkle the cucumbers with salt and let them stand 30 minutes. Drain excess water.
Chop the cucumbers coarsely (a dull knife will do) and put the pieces in the blender along with scallions, dill, lemon juice, buttermilk, and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill well before serving.
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Art by Brett Helquist
remember in the series of unfortunate events books where he would be like “…a word which here means [insert overly specific example that’s only relevant to one part of the plot at this specific time here]”?
shout out to lemony snicket for NEVER giving us the dictionary definition for words but somehow managing to teach us vocab anyway
Since Harry Potter got a theme park, I think A Series of Unfortunate Events should get one, too. All the rides would be broken, and the clowns would go around popping people’s balloons.