Coolist: 1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine.
“Most Beautiful”? Looks like a car out of a vintage cartoon, IMHO.
The Fully Intended: The Writer’s Dream.
For one so young, Mollie writes like the best of the old-school. With modern sensibility.
Standpoint: Saving Greece [Sell Britain the Parthenon].
ArtDaily: ‘Nightscape’ - A light & sound experience by Klip collective opens at Longwood Gardens.
FastCoDesign: Want To Be More Creative? Your Personality May Hold The Key.
Bookseller: Publishers Association ‘busts myths’ on copyright.
“It is time to debunk the long-pedalled myth that copyright is an obstacle to growth in the digital economy. When you look at the success of publishing and other creative industries in developing online products and services it is palpably untrue – copyright is the means by which the digital economy functions, allowing works to be made available to consumers and rewarding creators and the companies which invest in them.”
Luminous Landscape: The Art Of The Photograph, Essential Habits For Stronger Compositions.
Aeon: The allure of ISIS resembles that of Tolkien.
“... many readers, it seems, thrill to the notion of finding a king to whom they can pledge their swords without scruple or hesitation. Indeed, it is sometimes claimed that the patently adolescent politics of Tolkien’s Middle Earth represent a true and valid model for real-world humans.” Bound to ruffle some feathers.
OpenCulture: New Archive Offers Access to 22k Literary Docs From British & American Writers.
If you’re a writer yourself, you’ll find it makes you feel better.
ArtDaily: Assassin who sparked WWI gets statue in Belgrade.
He survived until after the war. Barely. Wracked with TB, I wonder what he thought of his actions? Millions of people dead, as the result of a couple of pistol-shots.
Telegraph.UK: The hunt for the million-dollar Faberge eggs.
I have a feeling these are not sitting in thrift stores, but carefully squirrelled away, to be found by executors and family members.
Colossal: The Tedious 10-Month Restoration of a 355-Year-Old Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of
Hey, they were able to remove that Instagram filter ... (joking, just joking) ...
PRI: Two psychologists say they’ve identified a long-lost (and misattributed) work of Shakespeare’s.
I’ll wait for other corroboration.
FiveThirtyEight: We Tried — And Failed — To Identify The Most Banned Book In America.
DesignYouTrust: Dashi Namdakov Is Turning Heads With His Fantastic Bronze Sculpture.
Wild, man. If I were a little kid, I’d never visit the park in which that first sculpture resides. One view would serve for a lifetime.
ArtDaily: Previously uncast Rodin sculpture fetches $1.1 million at Christie’s London sale.
Lordy, that’s wonderful. [Caveat: I do love Rodin’s works.]
NY Review of Books: Shakespeare’s Unfilmable Dream.
It allows endless opportunity, IMHO. The first time I saw it performed, the cast had but a platform and costumes. And it was wonderful. I suppose one has to have an imagination, something that may be endangered in the days of Pixar and CGI ...
Luminous Landscape: A New Perspective On Landscape Photography.
“So why would any photographer in their right mind choose to place Rufus the homeless rock below a background of inspirational light and land? The answer is simple: that photographer is addicted to a wide-angle lens.” Rufus the homeless rock! I love it. So very true. And Percy, the artful dead plant. Wally, the meaningless puddle of water. And so many others.
MeFi: Titty, Cock, Intercourse and Ejaculation.
Electric Lit: Sunset and Sunrise on Bleak Horizons - The State of the Revisionist Western
EL calls this “evocative and deeply aware”: “Bleak horizon under a glazed sky, flat desert, clumps of sage, scrub, distant butte, lone rider. This is a land of sand, dry rocks, and dead things. Buzzard country. And he is migrating through it.”
Compare and contrast, Zane Grey, Wildfire: “Hers always then the mutable and immutable desert, the leagues and leagues of slope and sage and rolling ridge, the great canyons and the giant cliffs, the dark river with its mystic thunder of waters, the pine-fringed plateaus, the endless stretch of horizon, with its lofty, isolated, noble monuments, and the bold ramparts with their beckoning beyond! Hers always the desert seasons: the shrill, icy blast, the intense cold, the steely skies, the fading snows; the gray old sage and the bleached grass under the pall of the spring sand-storms; the hot furnace breath of summer, with its magnificent cloud pageants in the sky, with the black tempests hanging here and there over the peaks, dark veils floating down and rainbows everywhere, and the lacy waterfalls upon the glistening cliffs and the thunder of the red floods; and the glorious golden autumn when it was always afternoon and time stood still! Hers always the rides in the open, with the sun at her back and the wind in her face! And hers surely, sooner or later, the nameless adventure which had its inception in the strange yearning of her heart and presaged its fulfilment somewhere down that trailless sage-slope she loved so well!”
I live in Zane’s landscape. Sorry, but you lose, revisionists.
Hyperallergic: Another Treasure Lost in Iraq - The Story of Mar Behnam Monastery
“The demolition of the mausoleum of Imam Yahya ibn al-Qasim and the tomb of Imam Ibn Hassan Aoun al-Din wiped out two of Mosul’s prominent medieval landmarks. When another explosion obliterated the Imam Dur mausoleum in Samarra, it wiped out the earliest example of a muqarnas dome in the world.” Not just the well-known landmarks are being destroyed. They’re blowing up *everything*.
Guernica: The Arts and Humanities Aren’t Worth a Dime.
“A liberal arts education teaches you how to think, not what to think; it produces informed, skeptical citizens capable of absorbing, weighing, and creating all sorts of knowledge. It may not teach you how to change your oil or program a website, but it prepares you to learn any skill, and most importantly, to question how any task is performed, challenge conventional wisdom, and introduce new processes.”
Now, that’s a proper Southwestern skull.
Yessirree. I’ll take one of those for over my fireplace.
BBC: Saint-Donatien in Nantes in ruins.
Italian Ways: The art of cycling in Italy.
Scroll to the last few. Centaur with busy factory in the background? Angel wings being tied to the pedals? Recommendations to the proletariat.