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Tuesday, 17 July

01:00

The Triumph of Wisdom, Filippo Gherardi, 1671 The Lion of Chaeronea



The Triumph of Wisdom, Filippo Gherardi, 1671

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Monday, 16 July

23:03

dolcceza: Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John... The Lion of Chaeronea

dolcceza:

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.

Maya Angelou (via mesogeios)

23:00

Robin Williamss Best Role The Paris Review

Original art by Ellis Rosen.

 

Last summer, the documentarian Marina Zenovich joined some friends for a beachside lunch in Saint Tropez. She was on holiday from editing her biopic doc Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, which airs on HBO July 16. The crudit basket arrived, and Isun- and ros-braveblurted Marina! Williams best animated container was Batty, not Genie. Zenovich dragged endive through vinaigrette. Whos Batty? she asked. And then, with the flawless patience of a master interviewer, she said, Okay. Tell me.

This story takes place over a span of eight months in 1992. Robin Williams appeared in theaters for two animated feature films. First, he lent his voice to a lab-addled fruit bat in the indie environmental flick FernGully, about a tribe of fairies living in endangered nature; then, he voiced a high-octane jinn on retainer for three wishes in the Disney blockbuster Aladdin. The characters shared traits, namely a deep-seated distrust of people. People had experimented on him until his sonar failed in the one case, and enslaved him on a wish-fulfillment circuit in the other. Where Batty Kodas head sprouted wires, Genie had passed ten thousand years in a common oil lamp because humans, it seemed, were real jerks. Theyre numb from the brain down, Batty claims. 

That was always a part of Robins comedy repertoirehow stupid and fucked up humans beings are, Wayne Young, the producer of both Crocodile Dundee and FernGully, told me. FernGullys Zak, a teenage logger, and the titular Aladdin, a teenage sneak thief, were supposed to be exceptional mensches. They held little charm for us kids. What we did noticeas did the adults who reviewed the movieswas that Williams deuteragonists had stolen both shows.

The bat is by far the pictures most memorable creation, chiefly because, well, hes Robin Williams in bat drag, Hal Hinson wrote at the Washington...

21:10

Childrens Books Readathon WINNING Books & Schedule (August 2018) This Is My Truth Now

Thank you to all the voters and authors for the Childrens Readathon were holding next month. There were a few ties and a couple of last minute additions before the final round of voting, so I broke the vote for any open items to land at a total of 10  books for August. Congratulations to our participating bloggers. Below is our schedule for the winning books. You can join in and read any or all of the books with us options from 1, 2, 3 or all 4 weeks!

  • Picture Books Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
    • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    • Oh the Places Youll Go by Dr. Seuss
    • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Award Winners Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
    • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
    • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    • Dont Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams
  • Young Adult Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
    • Charlottes Web by E.B. White
    • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Authors Who Blog Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
    • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)*
    • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)*

*Additionally, we will have guest posts from some bloggers all about being an author, childrens literacy, and other fun topics. Books by our Authors Who Blog will be chosen next week; more on this when I confirm the posts with the bloggers as well as Giveaways. Example: Kenna McKinnon is offering a special giveaway contest for Benjamin & Rumblechum, Laurie Woodward will share about her books and Battle of the Books.

Throw out any ideas or suggestions if youd like to blog one day in August, too, and Ill re-blog and share with everyone, too. Read earlier and hold your reviews until the final date if thats easier, too. If youve read the book already, you can re-share your review and other content on the scheduled date. This should be fun, interactive, and helpful to spread the news. Thank you!

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09:00

Stoke Poges Church, John Constable, 1834 The Lion of Chaeronea



Stoke Poges Church, John Constable, 1834

05:00

Scarab finger ring (gold and glazed steatite) inscribed with the... The Lion of Chaeronea



Scarab finger ring (gold and glazed steatite) inscribed with the name of the deity Amun-Re.  Artist unknown; ca. 1000-945 BCE (late 21st Dynasty, Third Intermediate Period).  From the Tomb of Henattawy F at Deir el-Bahari, Thebes; now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

03:00

The Abduction of Europa, Rembrandt, 1632Happy birthday to... The Lion of Chaeronea



The Abduction of Europa, Rembrandt, 1632

Happy birthday to Rembrandt van Rijn, born on this date in 1606.

01:00

Miracle of the Stigmata (St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata),... The Lion of Chaeronea



Miracle of the Stigmata (St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata), Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1482-85

Sunday, 15 July

23:00

Blog Tour: Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups This Is My Truth Now

Im very excited to be the first post on a two-week blog tour managed by Jina S. Bazzar for the amazing Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups. I read the book last month and thought it was a phenomenal story. You must check out my 5-STAR review after reading through todays post. Weve got all the links below to get to know the author and the book as well as a special Q&A section where I was lucky enough to ask Billups twelve (12) fun and frisky questions. If youre a fan of thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and romance fiction, this is definitely one you cant afford to miss! Lets learn a little more about this novel and then click on the YouTube link to watch the awesome trailer, but be ready to bite your nails or grab something to hold while your mind begins to worry whats going on!

Book Blurb

There something Allie cant remember, hidden memories bordering consciousness that refuse to surface until one day someone, something, ignites horrifying images of a forgotten night.

A year after graduating from Emsworth University, a mysterious email appears asking Allie one single question. What happened at 1414 Kalorama Road? Allie has no memory of that night and has tried to recapture what happened when a classmate went missing at an off-campus party. Someone wants her to remember, and theyre getting closer and more insistent. Forgotten memories gradually start to surface with gruesome images and a revelation that could ruin the reputation of her esteemed alma mater, Emsworth University.

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09:00

The Soothsayers Recompense, Giorgio de Chirico, 1913 The Lion of Chaeronea



The Soothsayers Recompense, Giorgio de Chirico, 1913

05:00

Bronze plaque with hieroglyphics inscribed by a High Priest of... The Lion of Chaeronea



Bronze plaque with hieroglyphics inscribed by a High Priest of Amun.   Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty (1055 - 931 BCE) or later.  Now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Photo credit: LACMA.

01:00

The Sweeper, Pieter Janssens Elinga, ca. 1670 The Lion of Chaeronea



The Sweeper, Pieter Janssens Elinga, ca. 1670

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