Word Porn, Courtesy of Gustave Flaubert

“Love, she believed, should arrive all at once with thunder and lightning–a whirlwind from the skies that affects life, turns it every which way, wrests resolutions away like leaves, and plunged the entire heart into an abyss.

 She did not know that rain forms lakes on house terraces when the gutters are stopped up, and she remained secure in her ignorance until she suddenly discovered a crack in the wall.”

                      – Flaubert, Madame Bovary

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic and a great enthusiast of word porn. I didn’t get much reading done this summer, as I was busy being an intern in D.C., but I did make it through Madame Bovary (though it took a couple months). If you know anything about Madame Bovary, you know that it is most certainly not a happy love story of any sorts, which is fine by me. Although I do consider myself a hopeless romantic, I also realize that neither real life, nor the stories that often reflect real life, are romantic fairy tales (that’s also not to say that Madame Bovary in particular reflects real life, I’m just trying to get across that stories don’t always have happy endings either, and in fact, are sometimes more meaningful when they don’t). However, there were a few spots throughout the book that took my breath away, and this was one of them. I just can’t get over how beautiful this statement is (I must, in part, give major props to the translator of the edition I own, as the original text is in French). I probably reread it about ten times after first reading it because, not only do I find it to be exceptionally beautiful, but also deeply rooted in truth. 

Gustave Flaubert may have been a major misogynist, which the character of Emma Bovary is a clear testimony to, but goodness could he write. 

May you enjoy this bit of Bovary as much as I do. 

Preparing for College, Round Four (a.k.a. Senior Year)

Today marks the last day of summer before my senior year of college.

Tomorrow I begin the end of my journey as a student at the University of Minnesota-Morris. It doesn’t seem real. I know I have a whole year ahead of me and I shouldn’t be feeling sad yet, but I also know this year is going to go by incredibly fast.

I really cannot believe that I’m already a senior. Where did the time go? I feel like I just got here as the over excited and anxious freshman that I was. I was so excited for college; I spent my last quarter of high school complaining about how I just did not want to be there anymore and how I just could not wait to be at Morris and now my time here is almost over. I am most definitely not the same person I was when I arrived here freshman year. I have grown and learned so much about myself since arriving here in the fall of 2011. I have met amazing people and I have made lasting friendships. It hasn’t always been easy–I went through some of my darkest days while here at Morris–but I wouldn’t change it for the world. The dark times have shaped me into the person I am today, a much stronger and confidant individual than I was when I started here. Furthermore, all the laughs and crazy moments, as well as the support I’ve received from my friends here shine so bright Continue reading “Preparing for College, Round Four (a.k.a. Senior Year)”

So, What’s with This New Blog, Britta?

You may be asking this question right now. Or maybe I’m just way too self-centered and you’re actually not. Regardless, I’m going to tell you anyways.

As many of you know, I already have two blogs. One blog that I used specifically for my Washington D.C. internship, and the other, a more generalized blog that I started a little under a year ago (Letting the World Fall Into Place). While the Washington D.C. blog was all fine and dandy, it really doesn’t have a place to continue now that  I’m not longer interning in The District. “Letting the World Fall Into Place,” however, could keep going forever if I wanted it too. Like my goal for this blog, it concentrates more on sharing little tidbits of my life as a means of self-discovery. However, I’ve decided to say goodbye to this blog for a couple of different reasons (though I haven’t officially made the announcement Continue reading “So, What’s with This New Blog, Britta?”

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