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Terrariums Have a Hopeful Message For Life on Earth

I like small things. I am an honorary member of the family corvidae. I hoard shiny stones, interesting sticks and dried plants. I am a part-time goblin. I keep small bones, stones and dead insects. I was in the local newspaper once for making terrain for wargames. I don’t care about model trains at all, but boy do I love their accountrements. Flocking. Mosses. Lichens. Foam hills and clay rocks and and plastic trees along a lazy stream of clear resin. I’ve had an obsession with imitating natural landscapes at miniature scale for a long time. It was a relaxing and satisfying hobby; if it had been a few years…

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Get Radicalized By The Peaceful Escape of Cottagecore

As the world is sliding into a capitalist hellscape, people are looking for a sense of comfort and familiarity. For millions responsibly isolating during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch came at the perfect time. Even if Tom Nook is a wildly unethical lender and landlord, the pastoral game offers not real familiarity, but the fantasy of comfort and familiarity, which might be even more powerful. That familiar fantasy is the mossy log foundation of cottagecore, an aesthetic trend born on Tumblr and reinvigorated years later during a health crisis that left everyone at home, uncertain, and looking for comforting…

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Satan’s School for Ghouls: Luciferian Dark Academia

“There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty – unless she is wed to something more meaningful – is always superficial.” ― Donna Tartt, The Secret History Satanists search for beauty in far-flung corners, looking from church to dungeon to nature and back for what pleases the eye and heart- and from the Tumblr-verse emerges an intriguing new style that might pique our interest: Dark Academia. Blogger The Ancients and the Moderns describes the Dark Academic as wearing: “simple gold or silver jewellery, blouses or turtle necks, midi or maxi skirts (tweed is perfect), and always has several books on their person, with ideally one in a…

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