1. I’m about to leave to visit my sister, so I’ll be away from tumblr until next Monday. Have fun without me and make sure to let me know if I miss some big Tom Hiddleston news.

  2. Tom Hiddleston is wearing a dragonfly jacket to match the cover of the book he is reading. Photo of Tom by Jason Hetherington [x].

  3. In his twitter Q&A one year ago, when someone asked him the last thing he read for pleasure and not for role research, Tom Hiddleston answered he was re-reading Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels. I also saw that Benedict Cumberbatch mentioned Patrick Melrose in his reddit AMA. At that point I hadn’t heard of St. Aubyn before. Contemporary British literature is not my area of expertise.

    Now, I’ve read the entire Patrick Melrose cycle (there are five novels) as well as his most recent book, Lost for Words, which is not part of the series. I will describe each of them briefly in their own posts. I read the recent long New Yorker profile of St. Aubyn after I had read all the novels. It was a bit strange reading it in that order. Because so many of the situations in the novels are based on real things that happened  in St. Aubyn’s life, there were places where I felt as if I was reading a summary of the novels with all of the names changed.

    Tom is not kidding when he describes the novels as “very painful.” Never Mind is the first in the series and the most painful to read. In it, the main character Patrick Melrose is five years old. In one scene, his father, David Melrose, rapes his son. Patrick suffers systematic abuse throughout his childhood, but that is the only time it is directly described.

    The entire novel takes place in one day, at his mother’s house in the south of France where the Melroses are hosting a dinner party. The book is written in the third person, but the point of view switches between listening in on the thoughts of all of the characters in turn. The point of view of Patrick is done well. And David Melrose is a monster, but he is nonetheless drawn as a complex character. I’m impressed that Edward St. Aubyn managed to achieve that.

    However, the secondary characters besides the Melrose family all seem to blend together. They aren’t monsters like David, but none of them are very likeable. Ann Eisen (one of the dinner guests) is the least terrible, because she shows some sympathy for Patrick, even though she isn’t effective in helping him. She senses something is wrong, but doesn’t understand the full extent of what has happened to Patrick.

    I highly recommend these novels, but with the obvious caveat of a content warning. They are darkly funny, with a lot of sometimes heavy irony, beautifully written, and expressive of psychological truth.

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  4. If I don't care if Tom sounds pretentious...

    insanely-smart:

    tomhiddlestonslibrary:

    sherekahnsgirl:

    balance0fprobability:

    …does that make me pretentious?

    Read More

    Of course not! Neither of you is! Besides, he doesn’t sound pretentious, he sounds educated and intelligent, Heaven forbid! When he speaks, every other word isn’t “like” or “ya’ know”. He has an…

    I’d like to weigh in on this too. Tom isn’t pretentious because he doesn’t talk down to anyone or pretend to know something that he doesn’t.

    It’s like being a teacher. It takes more than intelligence to be a good teacher, it means taking care to communicate effectively. Tom makes an effort to make sure the person he is speaking to understands what he is saying, he doesn’t just want to “sound smart” or use his intellect to put others down. That’s what pretension is, isn’t it?

    Part of the point of my blog is to make all Tom’s “intellectual stuff” accessible to everyone.

    Thank you!! This is exactly what I was trying to post yesterday, but Tumblr kept eating my replies. Pretension implies that you’re pretending to be smarter than you are. He actually is that smart, and I love him even more for it. And you were looking for recommendations for fellow admirers of said intelligence: try
    catedevalois larouau12 balance0fprobability i-wish-i-was-the-moon ophelia-tagloff smittentomkitten
    amongst others. And all of the sapiosexuals who love Tom for his mind should be following
    tomhiddlestonslibrary
    .

    Thanks for recommending my blog, insanely-smart! <3 Followed everybody you told me to. :)

    Reblogged from: insanely-smart
  5. If I don't care if Tom sounds pretentious...

    sherekahnsgirl:

    balance0fprobability:

    …does that make me pretentious?

    Read More

    Of course not! Neither of you is! Besides, he doesn’t sound pretentious, he sounds educated and intelligent, Heaven forbid! When he speaks, every other word isn’t “like” or “ya’ know”. He has an…

    I’d like to weigh in on this too. Tom isn’t pretentious because he doesn’t talk down to anyone or pretend to know something that he doesn’t.

    It’s like being a teacher. It takes more than intelligence to be a good teacher, it means taking care to communicate effectively. Tom makes an effort to make sure the person he is speaking to understands what he is saying, he doesn’t just want to “sound smart” or use his intellect to put others down. That’s what pretension is, isn’t it?

    Part of the point of my blog is to make all Tom’s “intellectual stuff” accessible to everyone.

    Reblogged from: balance0fprobability
  6. enchantedbyhiddles:




Justin Kroll @krolljvar :·Just to be very clear, Hiddleston passed on the part three months ago, he will not be BEN-HUR




I&#8217;m very happy about this, and I&#8217;m also happy he won&#8217;t be doing Me Before You either. The only thing is I was half way through reading Me Before You and one eighth through reading Ben-Hur in a misguided attempt to make this blog more topical.
Next time I want to be topical I&#8217;ll just read Hank Williams: the Biography and Chinaberry Sidewalks. Maybe I can post about them sometime before Tom finishes filming I Saw the Light.

    enchantedbyhiddles:

    I’m very happy about this, and I’m also happy he won’t be doing Me Before You either. The only thing is I was half way through reading Me Before You and one eighth through reading Ben-Hur in a misguided attempt to make this blog more topical.

    Next time I want to be topical I’ll just read Hank Williams: the Biography and Chinaberry Sidewalks. Maybe I can post about them sometime before Tom finishes filming I Saw the Light.

    Reblogged from: enchantedbyhiddles
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    Hydra Missions complete. You can still get in on the action and join me in the #ShieldvsHydra fight for a chance to win weekly prizes, plus the Grand Prize - a trip to the #Avengers #AgeOfUltron premiere. http://goo.gl/iLSulS

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    Hydra Mission 4 complete. You can still get in on the action and join me in the #ShieldvsHydra fight for a chance to win weekly prizes, plus the Grand Prize - a trip to the #Avengers #AgeOfUltron premiere. http://goo.gl/iLSulS

  9. I have collected links to all of Tom Hiddleston’s published written work and added them to a page on my blog. He has written a surprising number of articles that have been published online and in print. Tell me if you know of anything I’ve missed. This is the list:

  10. torrilla:

Luke Windsor: For those wondering, Tom isn’t on Pinterest.

Well, that answers that, then.

    torrilla:

    : For those wondering, Tom isn’t on Pinterest.

    Well, that answers that, then.

    Reblogged from: morelikehiddlestunning
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