In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.
Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)
I’m going to keep talking about this until you all buy her god damn biography. Because I don’t think you guys understand.
She was NUMBER ONE on the Gestapo’s most wanted list during the war. There was a 5 MILLION FRANC prize on her head.
They called her the White Mouse because of her skill for escaping certain death.
She was parachuting into a camp once and got tangled in a tree. A French soldier saw her flailing around and said, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year.” She answered only, “Don’t give me that French shit.”
She would smuggle messages, food, and supplies in a supply truck and when she passed German posts she’d wink at the soldiers and say, “Do you want to search me?” They never did.
She found out at one point that her men had been hiding a female German spy, protecting her. The rule was to kill them, but the men didn’t have the heart. But Nancy Wake did. And she never regretted it.
When she killed a man with her bare hands, it was an SS sentry who’d spotted her and she killed him to prevent him from raising the alarm during the raid. She would later say of it, “They’d taught us this judo-chop stuff with the flat of the hand at SOE, and I practiced away at it. But this was the only time I used it - whack - and it killed him all right. I was really surprised.”
She died in 2011, 3 weeks before her 99th birthday.
If you don’t think Nancy Wake deserves a movie and a TV show and all the damn recognition in the world, you’re wrong.
"Solo en sueños, en la poesía, en el juego —encender una vela, andar con ella por el corredor— nos asomamos a veces a lo que fuimos antes de ser esto que vaya a saber si somos."- Julio Cortázar
Can’t remember when I started to hear these voices
two naturally opposed entities on each side of my lobe
enemies out of routine
one a self-chosen victim
one a sour bum
then came that evening,
some cake and, of course, a no
then came a week day
a wonderfully creamy yes
in a rather public shop
I could still hear them fighting
one hesitant, insecure,
one very caustic, and very… very sure
You became the topic
and the argument was extremely hot
Next up I’m flying
away and for long
months kiss each other goodbye
and I’m playing fool
cause if not, i break down
And here comes the funny thing
you would think these two would keep spitting and biting each other
you would definitely expect some violence, at least a scene
one crying, incurably wounded
one scornfully spouting its “I told you so”
But you know what I’m hearing?
You know what these two are telling me know?
for once they agree
for once they both want the exact same thing
for once they ask, one pleadingly and one imperatively,
on top of their voices
for one thing only
they ask for you
So you wouldn’t believe what I have to put up with every day
Come to think about it, I guess I miss when they fought each other
and let me alone
cause now all eyes are on me
or should I say ears? I don’t know…
But the clock is ticking
And they’ve been very clear
they even gave me an ultimatum
and you know what? I don’t think I have a choice
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See, I told you I was going to keep talking about Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series! Today I’m going to discuss three ways in which the series subverts the expectations of readers familiar with Christian lore. These tropes are the Mystical Pregnancy, the Death of the Son of God, and God Dying for Our Sins. I think these departures from Christian canon are ultimately more “human”—more relatable and thus, perhaps, more believable.
Major spoilers for The Sandman series below!
And today I bury my heart deep in its grave, so that I don’t feel nauseous when I remember the repetitive silence that has always followed my tentative step.