AO Art Observed: Met’s Full Collection of Van Gogh Paintings on View.
If you’re a Van Gogh fan, get thee hence.
You may also be interested in how to pronounce his name properly.
The Airship: Behind the Lit - All of Europe Initially Loathes Paradise Lost.
Interesting. It remained popular enough, that when Princeton University built their Chapel in the early part of the 20th Century, many stained glass windows depict scenes from the text. ‘Course, all I knew is that it was a cool, big dark place to adventure in as a child. The brightly lit stained glass just gave it a LoTR feel (long before I knew what LoTR even was). Numinous, even for a child with no religious upbringing.
ArtDaily: Winterthur’s Director of Horticulture wins trade association award.
Most tourists go to Longwood Gardens, which is the largest of DuPont estate gardens. But Winterthur has a particularly interesting take on a formal garden - created in sections on a circle, each section is designed to bloom at a different time of year. So you can not only never miss flowering plants, but you also get to see a progression from dormant-to-vivacious any time of year. Well, except winter, of course. Do check out the other DuPont estates though. And Winterthur is an antique-lovers wet dream. The entire main building is chock full of amazing pieces.
Hyperallergic: Marfa’s Art World Gentrification Is Pushing Out Long-Time Residents.
“Move to Marfa today and you can purchase a five-bedroom home that Judd once owned for $735,000; though cheaper than a New York brownstone, it’s astronomical by West Texas standards. Several homes in Marfa are priced above $350,000, and many more are in the $200,000 range, according to the newspaper. That’s significantly higher than the $22,000 that Hughes paid for her house 14 years ago; it’s now worth $120,290.” Time for the residents to get together, move and take over a town nearby, and name it “Old Marfa” just to mess with some heads. If they do it right, they might even cause another gentrification, and make double the cash on their homesteads.
Paris Review: The Professor and the Siren.
“... Lampedusa gives his immortal heroine the body of a fish from the waist down; in this he is following the more familiar northern folklore tradition of fish-tailed mermaids; of Mélusine, seal women or selkies; and of water spirits, called undines by the alchemist and philosopher Paracelsus. But both species share the special charm of an irresistible voice.” Reminds me, if you’ve not seen Ondine (with Colin Farrell et al), you should.
Cool. Notice how it just wouldn’t be the same without the music.
Tangential: I’ve been running across a lot of folks posting ‘how-to’ videos, using completely inappropriate music to intro their vids. Dynamic music, lots of aural ‘movement’ — to be followed by a person talking in a monotone against a blank background. The word ‘appropriateness’ comes to mind.
Medium: What Kind of Logo Do You Get for $5?
You get what you pay for. Print design is still taking it on the chin.
Colossal: Imaginative Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag.
Slate: 250 years of English grammar usage advice.
“For the past two and a half years, I’ve been working on a database of more than 75 usage guides and 123 usage problems in the English language, spanning a period of nearly 250 years. My two assistants and I call this project the Hyper Usage Guide of English or HUGE database and it’s based out of Leiden University in the Netherlands.” Aw, fantastic.
The Airship: A Graveyard Tour of Literature.
Graveyard visits render a surprising amount of information about a person.
Return of the Cafe Racers: Under the influence pre-unit Triumph Tiger.
Sprung seat and passenger pad. These folks are thinkin’. WANT.
Behance Blog: Adobe Sketch - Natural drawing tools, seamlessly integrated with Behance.
Don’t know if I’d necessarily want to insta-post drawings. Nice to have the feature, though, I’m sure.
Guardian.UK: The five worst book covers ever.
I remember that ‘Princess Bride’ cover; right when Boris Vallejo art was the ‘thing’ for fantasy books.
The Airship: Roald Dahl - Certified Bad Ass.
“It’s usually macho men like Ernest Hemingway or Jack London whom people think of when someone mentions intrepid 20th century writers, but Roald Dahl proves that one can entertain generations of children and still go down in history as a certifiable bad ass.”
PS Mag: Fictional Stories Are More Moving Than We Predict.
“New research finds people mistakenly believe real-life stories will be more emotionally gripping than those that are the products of an author’s imagination.” There are some who eschew all fiction, because biographies ‘tell how real people solved real issues.’ Then they find out how biographers and autobiographers engage fictional thinking and revisionism ...
Independent.UK: John Myatt - The artist and convicted forger on life and art in and out of prison.
“The art industry has been nodding through paintings with extremely dubious histories.” As I’ve suspected. Way too many ‘miracle’ discoveries lately.
Italian Ways: In awe of hard work - De Cagna light installations.
Wow. Scroll down to get the full effect.
The Millions: The Art of Close Writing
“So-called omniscience is almost impossible. As soon as someone tells a story about a character, narrative seems to want to bend itself around that character, to take on his or her way of thinking and speaking. A novelist’s omniscience soon enough becomes a kind of secret sharing.” Fun read.
The Rumpus: Murder By Danielle Collobert.
“Collobert left behind a handful of books, all produced in only twenty years. Like many writers who have chosen to end their own lives, her voice occasionally takes on a gravity that is, if nothing else, alarming, urgent.”
WaPo: Crimes of Passion.
“Writing an opera about adultery, in this context, involves a great bait-and-switch, because while adultery was once a crime, love is not. Love, in fact, is supreme in Western culture: we are told that it is synonymous with God, that it conquers all, that it has its own laws, and that in its pure form it is one of the greatest things to which man can aspire. So a story about two adulterers can at once titillate and uplift: the passion outweighs the crime.”
Writer’s Digest: List of 50 Poetic Forms for Poets.
They’re all fun. My advice ... try something new when you’re really creatively stuck. And be sure to write ‘em down and save ‘em. What you hate today, you may find you love tomorrow. They’re all worthy.
LA Times: Marina Abramovic Institute responds to critics of unpaid positions.
“But the come-work-for-free ad — I mean, ‘volunteer’ — strikes a dissonant note when the foundation’s namesake has her multimillion-dollar real estate transactions regularly covered on Curbed. And when the organization seeking the unpaid work is fund-raising for a $20-million headquarters in New York’s Hudson Valley designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas. Not to mention that the skills the institute is demanding for these positions is quite specialized.”
Hyperallergic: Marina Abramović Institute Seeks So Much Unpaid Work.
Longform: The Longform Guide to Miraculous Survivals.
Marked for later reading.
The Hairpin: Go Read Alice - The History of the Diary Novel.
“The diary novel canon is composed first of diary novels which have received significant (male) literary praise. But within this genre, the diary novel for women is an important and under-recognized sub-genre. These novels are usually evaluated on their historical merits because aesthetically, they are terrible: written by religious conservatives and/or befuddled men, often intended (in the Victorian era) to instruct.” Ugh.