The Worst of the Worst

Dear P,

You go to MIT. You are therefore constantly surrounded by the best of the best- the best, the brightest, and the most organized. While I think this is generally a positive thing, sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of the people who were not always the best at what they did- and persevered. They even ended up making a profit out of their infamy.

Amanda McKittrick Ros

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Amanda McKittrick Ros is widely regarded as the single worst novelist of all time. She was even mentioned in this documentary on thought catalog:

http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/what-is-bad-writing-2/

Did you catch that? She was a star in a documentary called “What is Bad Writing?”.

Mrs. Ros was the master of over-done alliteration. She called out her many critics with zingers like “auctioneering agents of satan” and “clay crabs of corruption”. She also wrote poetry:

“Holy Moses! Take a look!

Flesh decayed in every nook!

Some rare bits of brain lie here,

Mortal loads of beef and beer.”

Amanda McKittrick Ros published three novels and two books of poetry in all, and even had a publisher, eventually (she published her first novel, Irene Iddesleigh, on her own dime). She supported herself through the infamy of her writing and helped to bring about the end of the Elizabethan novel. She’s exactly what writers like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald were fighting against.

Florence Foster Jenkins

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Okay, I stole this one from another Internet hero:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Txmy4IGOCI

Thank you, John Green. Your explanation of Florence Foster Jenkins is perfect; I have nothing to add.

Rebecca Black
In an age of auto-tuned voices, none can rival the great Rebecca Black for sheer, cringing badness.

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May she ever make music videos we can all make fun of.

I could, of course, write an entirely new article about artists who were considered failures in their own time but are now widely acknowledged geniuses. Van Gogh died a poor man, and couldn’t sell his paintings for enough to live on. Henry Ford was broke from his entrepreneurial efforts five times before he founded Ford motor company. Robert Goddard, famous for his research on liquid-fueled rockets, was ridiculed for his “outrageous” ideas.

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(image source-sheilapic76)

“Use what talents you posses:

the woods would be very silent

if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

– Henry Van Dyke

Keep on keeping on,

E

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Flashin’ Fashion

 

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I’ve been wearing the crap out of these khakis! I love them and they go with like EVERYTHING. I may have to invest in a nicer pair at some point. I went for a gold and orange look on this one.

On another note, OH EM FREAKING GEE HOW CUTE ARE THESE LITTLE BOYS!?!?!?! The one to the left of me is Grant, a spunky, full of life, little daredevil and the one to the right of me is Zachary, a precocious little cutie that E and I decided is probably smarter than me. Lets just say he showed my up multiple times while I was trying to put together a lego airplane. (Grant was busy smashing things.)

Pants: Gap

Boots: Aldo

Shirt: Gap

Raincoat: Eddie Bauer

Necklace: F21

Bracelet: Tory Burch

Watch: Michael Kors

Pride and Prejudice and the Halo Effect

Dear P,

Jane Austen was way ahead of her time.

 

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Not only is she credited with the creation of the modern novel, she recognized the psychological phenomenon known as the halo effect. The halo effect is a cognitive bias in which our general (and probably first) impression of someone influences characteristics that these impressions have no bearing on. For example, if someone is attractive and charming, we will probably believe that they are intelligent and capable, even though these traits are not necessarily correlated.

The plot of “Pride and Prejudice” revolves around the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, overcoming the the “halos” of two different men. Wickham, though he has excellent social skills, is a liar and a misuser of funds. Darcy, despite his awkwardness, is kind, generous, and willing to explore personal growth through a relationship with Elizabeth.

 

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(Wickham in the Joe Wright version of P&P)

 

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(Wickham in Hank Green’s “Lizzie Bennet Diaries” on Youtube)

 

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(George Wickham in “Lost in Austen”)

 

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(Mr. Darcy in the Hank Green LBD series)

 

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(Mr. Darcy in Lost in Austen)

And, most spectacularly

 

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Matthew MacFayden, the paragon of Darcy-ness for our generation.

Who, by the way, is also excellent as Athos in the recent version of “The Three Musketeers”:

 

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But this post is not just an excuse to gaze upon beautiful men. If we can recognize that the halo effect plays a part in our relationships, we can more easily overcome our natural biases. On the other hand, it is important to acknowledge that first impressions are of the utmost importance. If you groom yourself and learn conversation skills, you can get away with a lot more in life.

Hugs and kisses,

E

Our Favorite Ten New Year’s Resolutions

 

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E’s Top 5 Resolutions (picked by P)

1. Read at least thirty books.

2. Write love letters.

3. Be curious about everything.

4. No half-hugs.

5. Work on my writings for at least an hour every single night.

 

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P’s Top 5 Resolutions (picked by E)

1. Make a video every day documenting your highs and lows.

2. Do as many things on the bucket list as possible. (Try to get AT LEAST 15 this year)

3. Say yes more than no.

4. Create a jar of happy moments

5. Be infinite.

Flashin’ Fashion

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This year for New Years I threw a kick ass party at my house! My best friends E and C helped me prepare. We baked SO MANY delicious things. Like cake balls and sopapilla cheesecake and chocolate chip cookie oreo brownies. YEA. And we had a chocolate fountain. And pretty much enough food to feed an army. On top of that we dressed up to the NINES. Like, boys wearing suits and girls wearing gowns. This is what I ended up wearing. I couldn’t resist the high low hem or the cutouts all the way around the dress. I stuck to the green theme and accessorized with green pumps from Nine West and a green velvet bow from American Apparel. I’m wearing silver jewelry. Needless to say it was an AWESOME night. I used up all of my film for my polaroid camera, kissed a ton of people (not as many as E hahaha) and danced my butt off. Couldn’t have started the New Year Off any better (: Stay tuned for pictures of E’s dress and C’s dress as well as more pics from the party :]