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—The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot


The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot | Brand New

And if it makes you less sad, we’ll start talking again. 
And you can tell me how vile I already know that I am. 

Iron & Wine

—The Trapeze Swinger


3/100 Songs That Will Change Your Life 

The Trapeze Swinger by Iron & Wine

But please remember me, fondly
I heard from someone you’re still pretty
And then they went on to say that the Pearly Gates had some eloquent graffiti
Like ‘We’ll meet again’ and ‘Fuck the man’ and ‘Tell my mother not to worry’ 


Do you know the locations of these Pittsburgh steps?

Pittsburgh and its steps are not unlike Pittsburgh and its bridges.

Because of geography, they’re inseparable features of the city’s character. Pittsburghers know bridges and steps well, and some view them as a unique aspect of living here.

Or they might tell you they’re generally annoyed at having to bother with all those steps and getting stuck in traffic on any number of bridges.

The Post-Gazette’s photo archive has but one small folder labeled “City steps.” Inside are seven photos of staircases from around the city.

Each has a history.

In the top photo, for example, two girls eluded attacks in April 1952 while walking to work — separately. It’s not known from the photo nor the clips if the attacker was caught. 

Photo No. 2: In the winter of 1960, the Post-Gazette took city officials to task for failing to clear rutted snow and ice coverings from its myriad steps, despite the fact they were fining property owners $5 for not cleaning sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall.

And just as in the fourth photo, the city still deals with expensive maintenance on its hundreds of staircases. Rarely is there enough money to cover all the needed repairs, as Diana Nelson Jones wrote this summer.

You might likewise have a story about one or two sets of stairs you’ve come to know.

But this is what we want to know in the comments below: can you name the Pittsburgh neighborhood to which these steps belong?

We’ll post the answers on Friday, Sept. 19.

—Ethan Magoc



the amount of kanye heads that I just cut out for stickers is sickening and disgusting

imagei will slowly make this pile grow 

(via mint-cab)

Bon Iver

—I Can't Make You Love Me

I’ll close my eyes
And I won’t see

The love you don’t feel
When you’re holding me

Morning will come
And I’ll do what’s right
Just give me ‘till then
To give up this fight

I will give up this fight

Cause I can’t make you love me
if you don’t.

(Source: thequeensayshi, via gayweeb)

#justin vernon


Scotland’s Big Decision | Via

Tomorrow, legal residents of Scotland, ages 16 and older, will be voting in a referendum to decide their country’s independence from the United Kingdom. While ending a centuries-old union is a complex and emotional issue, the wording on the ballot could not be more simple — “Should Scotland be an independent country?” — with only two choices, yes or no. Interest in tomorrow’s vote is extremely high, and more than 97 percent of Scotland’s eligible voters are registered to vote. “No” voters had the edge in polls for most of the past year, but “Yes” voters surged ahead to take a brief lead just weeks ago. At the moment, polls favor a “No” vote, but the slim margin makes the outcome too close to call. As Scotland prepares to decide its future, here is a collection of images of the campaign, the voters, and the country.

(via queeringthefightingirish)