i actually made a mix after i saw CATWS for the first time! although it’s more bucky than bucky/steve. but i have been thinking about this a lot. so here are 5, with the caveat that my tastes are embarrassingly twee:
i am purpose and regret / you’re a feeling i’ll forget / what will i do then?
how did i sleep at night / with you far from my side?
i understand your dating bar ways / and i could bleed in sympathy with you / on those days
and i could drink up everything you have / don’t let it go to waste
and i wanna be with you / but i don’t know who you are
and heaven is / heaven is the closest thing to hell
saintseneca - only the young die good (i recommend the rest of this album too, especially ‘fed up with hunger’)
if only the young ones die good / i’d pray your corruption would / slip like a slit in the wrist
hack the hands / redeem the rest
those nights you say you say you want yr old life back
well let’s go get it.
glitched inside the machinery / the chance to see behind the scenes / the bleed between the choices that we make
by FRANK O’HARA
So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping
our mouths shut? as if we’d been pierced by a glance!
The song of an old cow is not more full of judgment
than the vapors which escape one’s soul when one is sick;
so I pull the shadows around me like a puff
and crinkle my eyes as if at the most exquisite moment
of a very long opera, and then we are off!
without reproach and without hope that our delicate feet
will touch the earth again, let alone “very soon.”
It is the law of my own voice I shall investigate.
I start like ice, my finger to my ear, my ear
to my heart, that proud cur at the garbage can
in the rain. It’s wonderful to admire oneself
with complete candor, tallying up the merits of each
of the latrines. 14th Street is drunken and credulous,
53 rd tries to tremble but is too at rest. The good
love a park and the inept a railway station,
and there are the divine ones who drag themselves up
and down the lengthening shadow of an Abyssinian head
in the dust, trailing their long elegant heels of hot air
crying to confuse the brave “It’s a summer day,
and I want to be wanted more than anything else in the world.”
Chester the Winter Soldier
i have been trying to organise my thoughts about the winter soldier (as a figure), and i have finally got them down. this is a long post. i’m not sure which warnings this needs - basically, any warnings that you’d give to anyone before they see the winter soldier for the first time.
“Your work has been a gift to mankind. You shaped the century. And I need you to do it one more time.”
Before Captain America: TWS came out, we heard this line in the trailer, framed as if Alexander Pierce was addressing it to Steve Rogers. But in the film, it’s used in an address to The Winter Soldier. Which makes sense.
When Pierce says he “shaped the century”, we know he doesn’t mean the 21st. The Winter Soldier, as far as we can piece together, was a key tool of HYDRA’s post-WWII on. He carried out a handful of well-chosen assassinations that helped to move history in the direction HYDRA wanted. He probably killed Tony Stark’s parents (who helped to found SHIELD). He killed diplomats, politicians. Relatively small scale, precise actions that were primed to have the most influence. So, what? If he “shaped the century” then we know what he’s supposed to have helped along through these actions. Unrest. Rebellion. States splintering. Countries gaining independence. Governments selling weapons to other governments. Wars won, but mostly wars lost. “Regimes fall every day,” Natasha says in the Avengers. “I tend not to weep over that. I’m Russian. Or I was.”
i know we all focused mostly on the stephen strange namedrop in cap 2 but sitwell also mentioned a “mercenary in cairo” and there’s literally only one guy that could be and his name starts with “m” and ends with “oon knight”
end “not all comics readers” rhetoric
there are structural/systemic problems with the comics industry! and they foster misogyny!! it is not just some angry men on the internet!!