ArtDaily: World’s rarest stamp, 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, to land at National Postal Mus
“Printed in black ink on magenta paper, it bears the image of a three-masted ship and the colony’s motto in Latin: ‘we give and expect in return.’” Huh? This looks like a well-used beer coaster. I can’t, for the life of me, see a ship.
The Atlantic: The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling.
“Gilgamesh has all the trappings of a modern story: a protagonist who goes on an arduous journey, a romance with a seductive woman, a redemptive arc, and a full cast of supporting characters.” Stories don’t have to be “hero’s journey” arcs to be worthy.
Colossal: The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books.
Intricate. Never imagined crocheting holes.
ArtDaily: San Ildefonso polychrome plate may bring $20,000+ at Heritage Auctions.
“That this plate is a polychrome example, rather than the usual black-on-black, sends the value soaring.” Anything Maria Martinez commands amazing prices; anything non-black? Stratosphere.
Pacific Standard: Feelings of Entitlement Boost Creativity.
Museum of Selfies.
Funny once. Other than that, I can imagine people shoving to get near valuable paintings. No offense to those who started it, but I hope it dies as a meme soon. There is also something frightening about forcing modern smartphone narcissism on images of the past. Psychs, analyze away on that one ...
LA Times: Sherlock Holmes belongs to us all: Supreme Court declines to hear case.
“The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case brought by Doyle’s estate, which claimed that authors who wanted to publish stories about Holmes needed to pay the estate a licensing fee. This leaves intact a June decision by 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, which held that most of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are no longer protected by copyright.”
Guardian.UK: Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard.
Aeon: How it feels when writer’s block dissolves.
“Now I want to be writing every day, even as I can’t yet say what I want to be writing about. Like I might sometimes want to be walking, with no destination in mind, feeling just the movement of the arms and legs. I want the cadence, only the cadence is inward.” Nuggets of precious creativity, within.
HyperAllergic: The First Shrine of Its Kind in Iraq Is Destroyed.
When does the ‘potential Holocaust’ trigger for ethnic and cultural cleansing go off? Who is buying oil and gas from them, financing this? Turkey?! Have you learned nothing of history? Watch your borders. You’re next.
ArtDaily: Portraits of the “It” girl of her time and her mother to be offered at Bonhams.
Eyes big enough? The features seem all out of proportion, to me. Interesting synchronicity - the current fad amongst young ladies to dye their hair grey. Perhaps hair powder should return.
Italian Ways: The Piccolomini Library and the great shifts in history.
How on earth could anyone read a book here? I’d spend all my time looking at the walls, ceiling, etc.
Museum of Artifacts: Corsican vendetta knife with floral detail.
Popular Archaeology: Magnificent Ancient Roman Silver Treasure Revealed.
Scroll down for larger photos. Pretty damned impressive silversmithing.
medievalbooks: Destroying Medieval Books – And Why That’s Useful.
Nice. I haven’t seen anyone sewing paperbacks into their clothing yet, in the face of ebooks.
ArtDaily: Bullet from the first wartime aviation casualty to be auctioned in London.
ArtDaily: ‘Empire of the dead’ - Paris’ Catacombs still entice visitors.
HyperAllergic: What Do Classical Antiquities Look Like in Color?
Tacky and cartoony, with paint. Always made me question Greek ‘classical’ tastes. Must’ve been like living in Las Vegas or a Disney theme park.
ArtDaily: The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel dazzles thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
“The LEDs have a colour spectrum specifically designed with the pigmentation of the frescos in mind to ensure the light faithfully reflects the original colours, as the artists intended.” Someone will probably want to throw a stone at me, but I miss the patina. Easier to take in as a whole, before. Now, I’d have to spend a half hour or more looking at each individual tableau.
Electric Literature: Searching for the Headless Horseman.
“The Headless Horseman may have become one of America’s oldest ghosts, but his story was born in Europe and variations of him have long existed in Irish and German folklore.” Who minds? It’s so compelling.
The Atlantic: I Can Never Have Too Many Mechanical Pencils.
I find a 0.9mm is just a smidge thick, but near-impossible to break. So it’s become my go-to mechanical pencil.
Italian Ways: Tato’s dynamic aerial paintings.
Aw, these are great.
Amazon.com: Book - The Rolling Stones.
Coming December 15. An amazing list of photographers’ work in here.