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Tuesday, 09 October

02:00

Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy, Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665) The Lion of Chaeronea



Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy, Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665)

01:00

Cracked Fairy Ttales and the Holocaust The Paris Review

From the Bruno Schulz documentary Finding Pictures ( Benjamin Geissler)

I wake up early so I can get to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum, by eight oclock, when it opens. I am in Jerusalem with my family, and I have only one hour because we are scheduled to go to the Kotel, where it will be so crowded that I will never get close enough to slip my prayer into the walls ancient cracks. It is Passover. Everyone is rushing the wall as if god were impatient, or actually there, and if there then not there for long. Squeezed between too many bodies, I give up, walk back, and wait for my husband and my sons to emerge from the mens section with better luck. A week later, when I get home, I will leave my prayer inside a Hebrew copy of Bruno Schulzs The Street of Crocodiles, also a holy ruin, a temple. Like most prayers, my prayer is for health. My son Eli, who is four, tells me that since I didnt get my prayer to the wall it will never come true and so I imagine a long, imminent plague: pleurisy, and lice, and fevers and damp bedsheets, and thick rashes. But for now it is eight oclock and I have only one hour. I leave my children with my husband because my children are too young to go to a Holocaust museum. We are all too young. We are all too old. When I get to Yad Vashem Im surprised I can just walk through the door without first swimming across a river of sour milk.

What Ive come to the Holocaust museum to see are fairy tales. Specifically, the fairy tales that the Polish writer Bruno Schulz painted on the walls of a boys nursery. The boy was the son of a Gestapo officer, Felix Landau, who offered Bruno Schulz protection in exchange for his art. I wonder what it smelled like in that bedroom as he painted? Onions? Blood? Newspaper? Fresh laundry? Shortly after the mural was complete, Karl Gnther, also a Nazi, shot and killed Bruno Schulz while he was walking home with a loaf of bread. This was 1942 in Drohobycz, then part of Poland. The paintings are of Cinderella and Snow White, several shadowy figures including two dwarves, and a horse-drawn carriage. After the Holocaust the figures receded like the dead, were painted over, and then were discovered again in 2001 by the documentary filmmaker Benjamin Geissler an...

00:51

Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1) By James J. Cudney IV This Is My Truth Now

Jina,

This is a fantastic intro to my new book thank you so much for sharing. Please check out Jinas original post, and then read up all about her books, too!

J

via Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1) By James J. Cudney IV

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Monday, 08 October

10:00

Autumn, Varberg, Nils Kreuger, 1888 The Lion of Chaeronea



Autumn, Varberg, Nils Kreuger, 1888

06:00

Painted limestone stela of the steward Mentuwoser.  Artist... The Lion of Chaeronea



Painted limestone stela of the steward Mentuwoser.  Artist unknown; ca. 1944 BCE (Year 17 of the reign of Senusret I, 12th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom).  Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

05:59

Deadly Dram (A Whisky Business Mystery #3) Any Good Book

Author:  Melinda Mullet
Genre:  Mystery

Digital Book; Audio Book
ASIN #:  B079R3PW46
Alibi Publishing
272 Pages
$4.99 Amazon
September 4, 2018



It's been a year since globetrotting photojournalist Abi Logan inherited Abbey Glen, a whisky distillery in the heart of the Scottish countryside.  To her surprise, the village of Balfour already feels like home, and her new business partner, Grant MacEwan, continues to be too charming to resist.  But Abi has a history of relationship disasters, so she struggles to avoid an ill-fated romance with Grant.  Steering clear is hard enough on a day-to-day basis, but when the two head off to a whisky industry competition together, Abi panics.  Five-star resort, four glorious days of nonstop whisky tasting, and a fatally attractive Scotsman - what could possibly go wrong?

The night before the award presentations, with foreign and domestic whisky makers at one anothers' throats, two judges are found dead under mysterious circumstances.  What started with three dream-come-true nominations for Abby Glen's whisky soon turns into a nightmare for Abi.  With a killer on the loose, she must call on her investigative skills to stop another murder - before she gets taken out of the running herself.

 

Abi Logan is a photojournalist who has just returned from a month in Iceland.  After being home for a few days she's starting to rethink her career choices, especially since she's inherited a distillery that's one of the best in Scotland.  She's also attracted to her partner Grant McEwan, who hasn't hidden the fact that he's attracted to her as well.  But since she has a lousy relationship history (she, for some reason, doesn't think this has to do with her traveling all the time!) she's determined to stay away from him.

So it's that much harder when they, along with her friend Patrick, have to attend a whisky industry competition together.  Armed with a new wardrobe (with the help of the local veterinarian) she's sure everything will go swimmi...

02:00

Piet, Rogier van der Weyden, 1436-1446 The Lion of Chaeronea



Piet, Rogier van der Weyden, 1436-1446

Sunday, 07 October

10:00

Femme a la Rose, Paul Delvaux, 1936 The Lion of Chaeronea



Femme a la Rose, Paul Delvaux, 1936

06:58

Honey Bee Dance Bees

The second most complex language on the planet. Professor James Gould

We communicate with the alphabet; honey bees are the only other creatures we know of that use symbols: their dance movements. When a bee finds a patch of flowers she goes home and dances for her sister bees. The dance shows the other bees both the direction and the distance to the flowers.

Direction: told by the angle of the dance. For example, if the bee dances straight up the honeycomb it means fly straight towards the sun.
Distance: told by waggling. Each waggle of the bees body means a set distance: eg. one waggle might mean 50 metres, so 10 waggles = 500 metres to fly. A faster waggle dance means the flowers have plenty of nectar.
Remember that bees dance in the dark! The audience gets the message through touch, sound, smell, and taste.

 

 

06:00

Canopic jar of one Ruiu, topped with the head of Horus son... The Lion of Chaeronea



Canopic jar of one Ruiu, topped with the head of Horus son Imsety.  Artist unknown; ca. 1504-1447 BCE (early 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom).  From the tomb of Neferkhawet (MMA 729) at Thebes; now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

01:00

Lake in a Mountain Landscape, Adolf Heinrich Lier (1826-1882) The Lion of Chaeronea



Lake in a Mountain Landscape, Adolf Heinrich Lier (1826-1882)

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