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The Banquet of Cleopatra, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1743-44
Delineations of the Ox Tribe: The Natural History of Bulls, Bisons, and Buffaloes, Exhibiting All the Known Species and the More Remarkable Varieties of the Genus Bos (London: G. Biggs, 1851), by George Vasey (stable link)
Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee: A Bee Keeper's Manual (Northampton, MA: Hopkins, Bridgman and Co., 1853), by L. L. Langstroth (stable link)
Grotesque Architecture, Or, Rural Amusement: Consisting of Plans, Elevations, and Sections, for Huts, Retreats, Summer and Winter Hermitages, Terminaries, Chinese, Gothic, and Natural Grottos, Cascades, Baths, Mosques, Moresque Pavilions, Grotesque and Rustic Seats, Green-houses, The Whole Containing Twenty-eight New Designs, with Scales to Each: To Which is Added, an Explanation, with the Method of Executing Them (London: Printed for I. and J. Taylor, 1790), by William Wrighte (stable link)
Guano: A Treatise of Practical Information for Farmers, Containing Plain Directions How to Apply Peruvian Guano to the Various Crops and Soils of America, With a Brief Synopsis of Its History, Locality, Quantity, Method of Procuring, Prospect of Continued Supply, and Price; Analysis of its Composition, and Value as a Fertilizer, Over All Other Manures (New York: The author, 1853), by Solon Robinson (stable link)
On the Threshold of the Unseen: An Examination of the Phenomena of Spiritualism and of the Evidence for the Survival After Death (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1918), by William Barrett, contrib. by James H. Hyslop (stable link)
The Round Towers of Ireland: or, The History of the Tuath-De-Danaans (new edition; London: W. Thacker and Co.; Calcutta: Thacker, Spink and co, 1898), by Henry O'Brien, ed. by W. H. C. (stable link)
Two New Worlds: I. The Infra-World; II. The Supra-World (London et al.: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907), by E. E. Fournier d'Albe (stable link)
Psychical Research (New York: H. Holt; London: Williams and Norgate, ca. 1911), by William Barrett (page images at HathiTrust)
New Light on Immortality (London et al.: Longmans, Green, and co., 1908), by E. E. Fournier d'Albe (stable link)
Rudimentary Treatise on Agricultural Engineering (3 volumes; London: J. Weale, 1852-1853), by G. H. Andrews (stable link)
Mysteries of Bee-Keeping Explained: Being a Complete Analysis of the Whole Subject, Consisting of the Natural History of Bees, Directions for Obtaining the Greatest Amount of Pure Surplus Honey With the Least Possible Expense, Remedies for Losses Given, and the Science of "Luck" Fully Illustrated--the Result of More Than Twenty Years' Experience in Extensive Apiaries (New York: C. M. Saxton, 1853), by M. Quinby (stable link)
On the Threshold of a New World of Thought: An Examination of the Phenomena of Spiritualism (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, and Co., 1908), by William Barrett (stable link)
The Lost Million (New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1913), by Winthrop Alden (page images at HathiTrust)
Dark Deleuze (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016), by Andrew Culp (illustrated HTML with commentary at umn.edu)
The Celebrity Persona Pandemic (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016), by P. David Marshall (illustrated HTML with commentary at umn.edu)
Deep Mapping the Media City (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, c2015), by Shannon Christine Mattern (HTML with commentary at umn.edu)
The End of Man: A Feminist Counterapocalypse (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018), by Joanna Zylinska (HTML and video with commentary at umn.edu)
Le Monde Invisible (in French; Paris: E. Flammarion, ca. 1902), by Jules Bois, contrib. by Sully Prudhomme (stable link)
Rural Architecture: Being a Complete Description of Farm Houses, Cottages, and Out Buildings (New York: C.M. Saxton, 1852), by Lewis F. Allen, illust. by John William Orr (stable link)
An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States: 2018 Statutory Enforcement Report (2018), by United States Commission on Civil Rights (PDF at usccr.gov)
The Seasons (based on the 1847 edition, with added material from other editions), by James Thomson, ed. by Bolton Corney, contrib. by Patrick Murdoch, John Aikin, and William Collins, illust. by John Bell, Charles West Cope, Thomas Creswick, John Callcott Horsley, John Prescott Knight, Richard Redgrave, Frank Stone, Charles Stonhouse, Frederick Tayler, Henry James Townsend, Thomas Webster, William Kent, and Thomas Stothard (illustrated HTML with commentary at fiftywordsforsnow.com)
Attic black-figure krater depicting the scene in the Odyssey in which Odysseus escapes from the Cyclops Polyphemus cave beneath the belly of a ram. Artist unknown; 2nd half of 6th cent. BCE. Now in the Getty Museum, Malibu, CA.
There are several things I miss about living in Louisiana, one of them being its proximity to Mississippi and the strange wonder of the Ohr-OKeefe Museum of Art, the Frank Gehrydesigned pottery museum across the street from the Gulf in the south of the state. There resides a permanent collection of George Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi, an artist who did strange and amazing things with form (some critics say he anticipated abstraction), wonderful and wonky things with color (see the shimmering multicolor glazes), and generally elevated mud into fine art. Lucky for melucky for all of us within spitting distance of West ChelseaKathy Butterlys ceramics are on display at James Cohan Gallery through October 20 (with an artist talk this Saturday). Citing Ohr as an influence, Butterly takes familiar formsshe starts by pouring clay into casts made from store-bought vesselsthen she smashes and smooshes them, layering on more clay, adding arms and antennae and other bits until shes crafted a different sort of delight. Note the nooks and crannies of her pieces, the piping and edging and little leaflike appendages that dress her human-scale ceramics. And the colors: I held my nose close to a piece that was bubble gum and seafoam and moss, with these little rivulets of Gatorade orangea swirl of glazes achieved by firing her creations again and again (sometimes upwards of thirty times). Pro tip: dont miss the nail polishits another way into the head of a master colorist. Emily Nemens
Inflatable pools, plastic flamingos, tea leaves, and trains: all these objects (and wait, theres more!) are packed into David Orrs debut poetry collection, Dangerous Household Items. With his trademark drollery and endlessly perceptive wit, Orr explores the more sinister aspects of suburban life. Abandoned tools are imbued with nefa...
In 1905, the Swedish female artist Hilma af Klint began cleansing herself, in preparation for a series of artworks that would be executed at the directives of someone named Amaliel. More than a century later, those paintings would force a rewriting of the history of abstraction. According to the notebooks the artist left behind, Amaliel was one of several guiding spirits who spoke to her from above (and within), instructing her and even leading her hand. During her lifetime, at the behest of the spirits, af Klint produced more than one thousand works, but they remained largely within the confines of her studio. Even though she toiled as a commercial artist, painting portraits and landscapes, she exhibited only a few of the abstract paintings and drawings she created. She worried that the world wasnt ready to see them, and when she died in a tram accident, in 1944, at the age of eighty-one, her will ordained that they not be shown for at least another twenty years.
Af Klint got her wishand then some. She remained unknown until 1986, when she was included in the show The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I first encountered her art at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2013 as a traveling retrospective, which began at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. A number of her furtively made paintings were shown there for the first time, almost seventy years after her death. Now, finally, five years later, an American institution is holding the first major exhibition of af Klints work in the U.S. In Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, opening October 12, the Guggenheim is presenting a hundred and seventy-five of her paintings and drawings, and seven of her notebooks.
Wassily Kandinsky has long been widely regarded as the forefather of abstraction, but a...
Still Life with Figs and Apples, Johann Matthias Wurzer, ca. 1810
It has been said of Anthony Trollope that as soon as he finished a novel, he turned to a fresh page and started on the next, and its tempting to think that Javier Maras enjoys a similarly unstoppable flow of invention. The Spanish author has published more than a dozen novelsone of which, Your Face Tomorrow, comprises three volumesplus a book of stories, countless translations, a work of literary biography, and a weekly column for El Pas. Because his digressive, intellectual, and liquid style is among the most consistent in contemporary literature, and because his fiction shares characters and thematic concerns, it sometimes seems as if Maras has been writing one very long book for his entire career. But in fact, as he told me in our recent conversation, his process of writing is far from preordained. I always feel as insecure as if it were the first book Id written, he said.
His most recent novel is Berta Isla, which will be published in an English translation by his longtime collaborator, Margaret Jull Costa, in the UK this fall and in the U.S. next spring. Partly narrated by its eponymous heroine, Berta Isla returns to the milieu of espionage from Your Face Tomorrow. Maras has a persistent fascination with those who renounce their lives in order to work in the shadowy wings. As in several of his recent novelsThe Infatuations and Thus Bad BeginsBerta Isla probes the nature of historical memory, asking what should be remembered, and what forgotten. Those questions are ultimately unanswerable, but as in the best of Marass fiction, its captivating to watch the minds of Berta Islas characters work them over.
I reached Maras by phone at home in Madrid on the eve of his sixty-seventh birthday. His characters can speak at length on virtually any topic, and while this is a literary effect he achieves painstakingly, its true that I had no difficulty in prompting him. Our conversation wandered from Brexit to Balzac, from his apartments balconies to the distant kingdom of Redonda, a barren island off the coast of Antigua that through a series of bizarre events (catalogued in his ...
Based on last months poll, you voted to combine two of the options into a single approach for our November 2018 Readathon. The winner is: Cozy Mystery Series. Many thanks to all the voters and promoters for the readathon. Im very excited to choose a series with 4 or 5 books that we can read all throughout November and post our reviews. Some of the suggestions may have more than 5, but we will only read the first 5. A few have less than 5, so we will just read 3 or 4 depending on what wins. Ive also chosen authors Ive never read before but have on my TBR.
You can choose your top 3 series to read. The poll is open today through 10/12 (one full week). On 10/13, Ill announce the book series with the most votes. Well have three weeks to buy or borrow the books and se...
Earlier this year, I had the privilege to read two fantastic books by Didi Oviatt. Im going to be reading a third sometime in the next three months, too, once its ready to launch. While this prolific and creative writer works on that next book, shes also signed on with a new publisher and has re-issued her earlier books its makeover time! And what gorgeous covers theyve come up with.
In todays post, Im sharing the new covers, new blurbs, some updated special scenes, and the links to get everything when its re-published this month. If youve missed out in the past, nows your time to jump on the bandwagon because once it gets rolling, you might not catch up! Heres a link to her dedicated author page on my blog very few have earned this spot but shes definitely one of them!
The Seasons (based on the 1847 second edition, with additions from other editions), by James Thomson, ed. by Bolton Corney, contrib. by Patrick Murdoch, John Aikin, and William Collins (illustrated HTML with commentary at fiftywordsforsnow.com)
Constitutions and Laws of the Royal Arcanum, Governing the Supreme, Grand and Subordinate councils, As Amended at the Third Annual Session of the Supreme Council, in Detroit, Mich., April 27th to May 3d, 1880 (Royal Arcanum) New Online Books
Constitutions and Laws of the Royal Arcanum, Governing the Supreme, Grand and Subordinate councils, As Amended at the Third Annual Session of the Supreme Council, in Detroit, Mich., April 27th to May 3d, 1880 (1880), by Royal Arcanum (page images at HathiTrust)
A Survey of LGBT Americans: Attitudes, Experiences and Values in Changing Times (Washington: Pew Research Center, 2013), ed. by Paul Taylor (illustrated HTML and PDF with commenntary at pewsocialtrends.org)
The Ancestry and Posterity of John Lea, of Christian Malford, Wiltshire, England, and of Pennsylvania in America, 1503-1906 (Philadelphia and New York: Lea Bros. and Co., 1906), by J. Henry Lea and George Henry Lea (stable link)
The Boke of the Tales of Canterburie (title taken from text on the first page; London: R. Pynson, 1491), by Geoffrey Chaucer (multiple formats at archive.org)
Patterns of Change in 18th-Century English: A Sociolinguistic Approach (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. Co., c2018), ed. by Terttu Nevalainen, Minna Palander-Collin, and Tanja Sily (PDF and Epub with commentary at John Benjamins e-Platform)
The Habsburg Monarchy's Many-Languaged Soul: Translating and Interpreting, 1848-1918 (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. Co., c2015), by Michaela Wolf, trans. by Kate Sturge (PDF with commentary at John Benjamins e-Platform)
Tales from the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea: Psycholinguistic and Anthropological Linguistic Analyses of Tales Told by Trobriand Children and Adults (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. Co., c2015), by Gunter Senft (PDF with commentary at John Benjamins e-Platform)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When it comes to reading cozy mysteries, I enjoy interesting settings and sometimes even a little magic. Theres something fun about the lighthearted mystery combined with witchcraft or the occult. One of the first series I began reading years ago was the Ophelia & Abby mystery series by Shirley Damsgaard. I read two back in 2015/16 but then got pulled into a different direction. Im on a quest to catch up on all series Ive started so that I am current, then Ill take on a few new ones. This month, I went back to it with the third installment, The Trouble With Witches. It was a good, solid mystery with a likable cast and setting, but I remember it being a bit better in the earlier two.
Abby and Ophelia are grandmother and granddaughter who are also modern day witches. They solve crimes and butt heads with the local police in an Iowa town. In this caper, theyre pulled to Minnesota to investigate a possible disappearance when a news reporter whom Ophelia has a little crush on asks for their help. A girl has gone missing and might be in a cult of witches. Rick, the news reporter, knows Abby and Ophelias secret, but hes careful not to tell anyone else. The ladies take a road trip and discover a nice family, a mean family, Native American on a walkabout of sorts, and a poor almost-orphaned girl. How does it all come together? Someone ends up murdered. A past magicians secrets are revealed. But whos connected to whom in this scheme?
Overall, it was a good read and took about 3 hours to finish today. I like the magical aspects of it as theyre mostly about spells and mental connections. It challenges readers to think outside the box, but it also offers an opportunity to see a different approach to solving a puzzle. I was a little thrown off that they went to a different state, and there werent any normal characters from their town in this one other than the policeman and the news reporter on a couple of occasions. In the end, it was a good read, but I preferred the earlier ones. I will pick up another one next month to see if Im ready to finish the series or say Im done for now. Ive given this one 3.5 stars and will round up or down on various sites to balance it out.
Palanquin in the Night (Two Palanquin Bearers and a Man Holding a Torch by a River), Ohara Koson, ca. 1910
Author: Nancy Cole Silverman
Hardcover; Trade Paperback: Digital Book
ISBN: 9781635114256; 9781635114225
Henery Press Publishing
$29/46; $$14.90; $4.99 Amazon
November 6, 2018
Everybodys a critic, but in the past hundred years, few have reached the heights of Lionel Trilling. When he died in 1975, his obituary ran on the front page of the New York Timesa rarity for those in the thankless field of criticism. Through his essays for the Partisan Review and his booksincluding The Liberal ImaginationTrilling shaped and prodded the currents of American thought in a time of great social change. As Trilling himself once put it, his writing lies at the bloody crossroads of literature and politics, and this devotion to grounding literary criticism in real-world concerns made him one of the premier intellectuals of the twentieth century. Trilling was also a prolific writer of letters. By his own estimation, he wrote at least six hundred every year. In September, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published Life in Culture: Selected Letters of Lionel Trilling, edited by Adam Kirsch. Below, we present a selection of Trillings choicest opinions, which show that even in his correspondence, the critic was always at work.
On Allen Ginsbergs Howl and Other Poems
Im afraid I have to tell you that I dont like the poems at all. I hesitate before saying that they seem to me quite dull, for to say of a work which undertakes to be violent and shocking that it is dull is, I am aware, a well-known and all too-easy device. But perhaps you will believe that I am being sincere when I say they are dull. They are not like Whitmanthey are all prose, all rhetoric, without any music. What I used to like in your poems, whether I thought they were good or bad, was the voice I heard in them, true and natural and interesting. There is no real voice here. As for the doctrinal element of the poems, apart from the fact that I of course reject it, it seems to me that I heard it very long ago and that you give it to me in all its orthodoxy, with nothing new added.
On Eugene ONeill
I never can feel that ONeill is writing about menjust about the abstracted damp souls of undergraduates. It is not that he cannot thinkit is that he cannot touch: for all that fine experience of his young manhoodsea and saloons and sanitariumsthe immediacy of life has never reached him. You can see this in his language, that dreadful, dreadful soggy language, which sounds like and has in it the slang of two decades ago. The loss of the sense of touch: it marks more and more of our thought and literature. Even our language to describe it is out of touch: we say...
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