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the victorian blood book


A page from the gorgeously morbid and mysterious Victorian Blood Book circa 1854 – discovered on BibliOdyssey. The handmade book consists of a series of decoupage made from etchings by William Blake and the drops of blood are Indian ink. More about the intriguing Blood Book here and here.

Posted at 10pm on 11/5/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, books & writing | read on


the wild things


The Wild Things by Dave Eggers — “based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze.”

How come I’m just hearing about this now? This sounds fantastic (sort of a YA version of Where The Wild Things Are) and the reviews (that I could find) are great. It was just released Oct. 1.

Also, the design for these books are gorgeous. See here for the slip cover version and the furry version (!)

Posted at 9pm on 10/7/09 | 3 comments | Filed Under: books & writing | read on


wind in the willows


*Inga Moore’s illustration from Wind in the Willows.

Posted at 10am on 5/18/09 | 3 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, books & writing | read on


the peace of wild things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

— Wendell Berry

Oh, so true! (Thanks, Kate.)

Posted at 10am on 5/18/09 | 3 comments | Filed Under: books & writing | read on


paris delights

Pia’s book, Paris: Made By Hand, is in stores now! Can’t wait to sit down with a cup of tea and tour Paris’ artisans and boutiques through her eyes. (She wrote it and took all the photos.) Congrats to Pia!

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

As a stylist, I am always on the lookout for objects that are distinctive and alluring— which is why I adore all things handmade. And Paris just happens to be a rather wonderful place to find the things I adore…Paris: Made by Hand is an insider’s look at the city’s artisans, createurs, and crafts boutiques. You’ll discover some ateliers that have been around for hundreds of years (many of which are tucked into the oldest of passages or hidden courtyards), and others that have just surfaced. Between the pages of this guide you can expect to find papermakers, shoemakers, jewelry designers, milliners, umbrella makers, dressmakers, ceramicists, and more: all of them from my private little black book, and all of them right in the heart of the city. Among them you’ll discover an exquisite, century-old haberdashery that I go to when I need ribbon and silk from a bygone era, and a boutique, in the hub of Le Marais, that is the place for finding new handcrafted designer housewares.

Posted at 11pm on 4/29/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, photography | read on



I got a jolt of inspiration this morning from Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk: A different way to think about creative genius, where she speaks about returning to a more ancient understanding of the relationship between humans and the creative mystery. Those who’ve done Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way will be very familiar with her idea that the *creative spark* and the artistic process cannot be controlled by us mere mortals, but rather we open ourselves up as channels through which something mysterious and ineffable flows. Elizabeth has such a wonderful way with words. Highly recommended listening. (Thanks to Margie for sending to me!)

Posted at 1pm on 2/19/09 | 4 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, books & writing | read on


{photographer} tim flach

I just got the most marvelous belated Christmas present from my friend Kate – Equus, a book of horse photographs taken by Tim Flach. The book is beyond. Some of my absolute favorites are the photos taken against a black background (or maybe they are manipulated?) See here for another stunning photo. And here and here (have u ever seen a horse fetus??)

Flach also takes some spectacular photographs of other animals, scroll down for the bats. Love the bats.

(Thanks, Kate! xox)

Posted at 7pm on 1/23/09 | 8 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, photography | read on


romancing the novel

Friends, readers, anybody out there, I’m in the middle of a reading glut and I need suggestions! There are 20 newish books sitting on my shelf, all of which I want to read at some point, but none of which are calling for me to crack their little spines. Autumn always puts me in a romantic mood and I need a novel to match. I’d love to find something all-consuming, a total escape. Here are a few of my favorite romances to get the wheels turning:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (the entire series)
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Thornbirds by Colleen Mccullough
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

If any of you have suggestions, I’d be much obliged to hear them. If you don’t have any book suggestions, I’ll take movie and TV series suggestions too. Even if you think I’ve already read/seen/watched, put it in the comments anyway! Maybe other people will get some good ideas. What lady doesn’t need some romance in their life once in awhile? (OK, all the time.) I’m open to fantasy, sci-fi, young adult, chic lit, classics, even a really well-written ‘romance’ with Fabio on the cover, whatever, as long as you thought it was pretty good! Tell me your faves…

(First photo from Marie Antoinette and the second by Sarachmet, via.)

Posted at 11pm on 10/2/08 | 17 comments | Filed Under: books & writing | read on


this is water, this is water

David Foster Wallace’s death made me so incredibly sad. Today, I finally had the time to read the WSJ piece that’s making the rounds (adapted from his commencement speech at Kenyon in 2005). I’m glad I did. If you haven’t already, you might like to read it too. It’s somber, but poignant.

Posted at 5pm on 9/25/08 | 2 comments | Filed Under: books & writing | read on



Brew a hot cup of tea, get cumfy and watch this Charlie Rose interview with Thomas Friedman who talks about his new book: Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America. Friedman is able to synthesize a lot of IMPORTANT and complex information in such a palatable, engaging way! Not only was this one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve seen all year, but it gave me a tremendous hope for the future (what a novelty.) This is a must see.

And pass it along…

Posted at 12am on 9/15/08 | 2 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, the shift (of ages) | read on

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