larryhammer: a woman wearing a chain mail hoodie, label: "chain mail is sexy" (chain mail is sexy)
Oh yeah, reading Wednesdays. Those are a thing.

Finished since last update:

The Year's at the Spring ed. L. d'O. Walters, an anthology from 1920 that skirts around the main thrust of early Modernism as we see it today, in favor of continuing the trends of the Georgian poets. That there's an introduction by Harold Monro, whose career essentially involved trying to mediate between the Georgians and Modernists, is telling. The results are interesting, regardless. Worth a spin, especially if you don't mind bonus tasty Art Nouveau illustrations by Harry Clarke.

"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street" by Herman Melville, which is a nice example of how masterful a writer he was. And a nice example of early corporate rebellion in literature.

Draco Minimus: The World of the Little Dragons art by Patricia McCracken, words by Michael Sinatra, which is really an art book of Japanese-style paintings (though some are modeled after prints) of tiny cricket- and butterfly-dragons blending into flowers and trees. While the mythological apparatus built up to support this was amusing, the art is lovely and entirely the point.

Ongoing:

The Library of the World's Best Literature ed. by Warner et al., which gave me another "— the heck?" moment: How the hell would you know, O anonymous introduction writer, that Edwin Arnold's The Light of Asia "expresses the very spirit of the East"? And all the east? in an introduction to the life of the Buddha, written primarily from one source, versified and potted for the consumption of intellectual Protestants? painting his religion as one of pure personal enlightenment without any ritual and cultural aspects? Srsly? If that is all you know of "the east," then yes, it does express own spirit entirely, but your tautology is showing.

On the other hand, the essay on Matthew Arnold nails why I like only a little of his poetry, and his essays not much at all.

And on the third hand, I am at a loss to explain why I have not before encountered Byron's "The Dream" before. Apparently it is not anthologized much anymore? It reads like the ur-text of an entire genre of fantasies, and probably could be prosified and expanded into a pretty good fantasy story.

---L.

Subject quote from "The Dream," George Gordon, Lord Byron.
larryhammer: topless woman lying prone with Sappho painted on her back, label: "Greek poetry is sexy" (classics)
Been a while since I linked a weather timelapse: Chase, this one being thunderstorms of the Plains States. Storms! (via)

10 medieval illuminations of butt-licking cats. Why yes, monks did draw from life. (via)

Over in [community profile] poetry, I recently did a week of women poets from the Kokinshu who are not Ono no Komachi, including an empress, an imperial concubine, a lady-in-waiting, an entertainer, and an otherwise unknown aristocrat. I've posted all these translations here before, but not threaded on such a string: Ise, mother of Ono no Chifuru, Mikuni no Machi/Ki no Kaneko, Shirome, and Fujiwara no Takaiko/Nijô Empress.

---L.

Subject quote from "The Tree of Rivilin," Ebenezer Elliott.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
It is the sort of day where cicadas are already buzzing when I leave for work. We're looking at near-record high temperatures all week, too hot for me to bike with insoucience. To take my mind off this, a few links:

The balloon sculptures of Masayoshi Matsumoto. (via)

How many melodies are there? (via)

Why everything you know about wolf packs is wrong: "[S]tudies of wild wolves have found that wolves live in families: two parents along with their younger cubs ... The 'alphas' are simply what we would call in any other social group 'parents.'"

---L.

Subject quote from "Snow-flakes," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
Visions and revisions which another will reverse:

Disney princesses as Marvel heroines. SOLD. (via)

Adding selfies to Western art. (via)

Placebo's awesome cover of "Running Up That Hill." Though now I want a cover with an explicitly trans reading. (via) (link fixed)

Join Aikin speculates at length on how Jane Austen might have revised Northanger Abbey if she hadn't shelved the project because of her final illness -- starting with much insightful commentary on Austen's art and methods. (via?)

---L.

Subject quote from "Running Up That Hill," Kate Bush.
larryhammer: topless woman lying prone with Sappho painted on her back, label: "Greek poetry is sexy" (classics)
A new-to-me song variation I rather like:
Rock-a-bye baby in the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fly
And up will go baby into the sky.
Reactions to this are running about 3:1 liking versus finding scary.

Every week, Pop Sonnets posts a new translation of a pop song into an Elizabethan sonnet -- such as "Let It Go," "Don't Stop Believing," and "Baby Got Back." (via)

Deeply researched historical maps. (via)

Kitty-porn, Edo-period woodcuts edition. (via)

---L.

Subject slightly quoted from "Childe Harold's Pilgramage" iii.93.8-9, Byron.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba runs)
The Lord of the Rings iconified, being illustrations from a classic Russian edition. (via?)

"Circle the shopping carts!" (via, where it is an incidental detail to a post about an infinite quine)

Latin-funk band Brownout covers Black Sabbath: Brown Sabbath (streaming from NPR). Give the first track a minute to warm up. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Vespertine Autumn," Pamela Wyn Shannon.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (curlicues)
Scans of Maurice Sendak's limited-edition illustrations of Poems from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence. Yes, that's right: Sendak illustrating Blake. Excellent stuff. (via)

Six-word science fiction stories. (via GP)

"The Bass Rock" by David Macbeth Moir -- not great poetry, but vivid enough description I can see the landscape.

---L.

Subject quote from "The Sea-Cliffs of Kilkee," Aubrey de Vere.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba chomps)
Why there were so many Dutch still-life paintings of food. (via)

22,000 dominoes, heading for a fall. (via)

"The Flight of the Geese" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts. I've seen more than one 5-line waka covering the exact same ground.

---L.

Subject quote from "My Love Will Follow You," Miller & Miller.
larryhammer: a woman wearing a chain mail hoodie, label: "chain mail is sexy" (fantasy)
I sometimes think I fail at projecting a sufficiently arty personality, or at least sufficiently artsy.

Some anamorphic art installations. (via)

Smoking genderbent animated-character fanarts -- I think I like Howl & Sophie best, but Ariel also comes off pretty well. Compare also these Disney princesses drawn a la Alphonse Mucha. (via & via)

Drone-shot aerial footage of New York. Not a timelapse but in some ways just as good. (via)

I sometimes also wonder, Sufficient for what?

---L.

Subject quote from "Nothing Gold Can Stay," Robert Frost.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (completed)
Arts, arts -- who's got the arts?

A photographer took pairs of grandparent/grandchild (or sometimes parent/child) and had them swap clothing. The results are fabulous. (If pics don't come up, click Spring-autumn.) (via)

Portraits rendered using a white board, many small nails, and a single black sewing thread. (via)

Children's drawings realistically rendered. (via coworker)

---L.

Subject quote from "Eden-gate," Sydney Dobell.
larryhammer: pen-and-ink drawing of an annoyed woman dressed as a Heian-era male courtier saying "......" (annoyed)
Bah -- I've caught the cold [livejournal.com profile] janni brought back from New York. Another day of resting on the couch, adding to the pile of dead tissues. Which means it's time for some really fun links:

The 600-year-old butt song from hell. Followup, plus a recording in actual chant-style to the words of lorem ipsum. (via & via)

From the Festival of Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses, "a celebration of well-researched, logically explained, and clearly wrong evolutionary theory," a lecture on the adaptive advantages of low intelligence in fish. (via)

Portraits of rats with their teddy-bears. (via?)

---L.

Subject quote from "Glacier," John Grant.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba & clover)
Sometimes the YouTube random-walk takes you from koto to taiko: a kids' troupe sends off a cruise ship in Nagasaki part 1, part 2. Bonus link: a high school troupe winning a national competition despite being afflicted with bad camerawork. (Hello, intensity. If anyone admitted to crushing on the young woman in the front center, I wouldn't judge.)

Gustave Doré's illustrations for Poe's famous bird poem. (via)

"Because" because reasons. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "To Marguerite: Continued," Matthew Arnold.
larryhammer: Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
A review of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition as a satirical dystopian novel. "This vision of humanity’s predicament has echoes of Samuel Beckett at some of his more nihilistic moments – except that Beckett allows his tramps to speak for themselves, and when they do they’re often quite cheerful. The sufferers of DSM-5, meanwhile, have no voice; they’re only interrogated by a pitiless system of categorizations with no ability to speak back." (via)

A late link is better than none: Commander Chris Hadfield records "Space Oddity" aboard the ISS. Well, just the vocals, guitar, and video were recorded in space -- the rest of the tracks were groundside. Still -- "SPACE ODDITY" IN SPACE. (via)

Instant better Thomas Kinkade paintings: just add Star Wars. The guy is better at vehicles than figures, though. See also added Cthulhu. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Auguries of Innocence," William Blake.

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