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You shouldn’t feel dumb. I get asked this question all the time, often by journalists. (I won’t name any names, but a pretty well-known journalist once asked me how Peter Van Houten felt about my depiction of him.)
An Imperial Affliction is not a real book, and Peter Van Houten is not a real person.
However, An Imperial Affliction is in some ways based on two books I love. The first is David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Most of the references Hazel and Augustus make to AIA are related in some way to something from Infinite Jest, and I wanted readers of IJ to be able to make those comparisons.
But Infinite Jest is not about cancer. Peter De Vries’ amazing and beautiful and hilarious novel The Blood of the Lamb IS about cancer, and most of the broad observations that Hazel makes about An Imperial Affliction—how it is a book about cancer without it being a cancer book, how is is funny and respectful and reflects the reality of experience in a way she has rarely encountered—come from my own experience reading The Blood of the Lamb.
I can’t make An Imperial Affliction real. It’s not the kind book I could write well, and on some level, the thing that we imagine will always be better than any real approximation of it that might come to exist.
But if you wish to read An Imperial Affliction, I’d encourage you to read Infinite Jest and The Blood of the Lamb and then try to blend the feeling of those two books.
im on my fucking mobile and I was typing a really long text REALLY LONG and I was about to post it and then I was seaching for the tags label and can’t found it so I saw this little sign said standard view and I clicked it and ALL MY FUCKING GODDAMN TEXT R GONE SO I BACK UP AND STILL NO AND I SECRCH HISTORY AND NO AND HA HA FUCK FUCK FUCK I END UP WITH THIS MOTHERFREAKING POST HA damn u tumblr
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Ohmygod I love you, idek what to reply im not really good at saying godam things when I dont know what to goddam say. all I can say is that im very happy that I know you and I remember one of the first things that you tweeted ‘you r perf, dont ever change’ something like that, i dont really remember tbh. I think thats really gross but then I think its kinda sweet but still gross at the same time, i think its sweet but groos at the same time bc I dont think any goddam human evr said like that to me even tho I think you didnt mean it but whatever. Idek why i tell you this shit but whatever. thank you for ur msg and happy new year and i hope you have an excellent 2014 and i am looking forward to meet you in person too my true nigga x love.