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Monday, 21 May


The Rest on the Flight to Egypt with St. Francis, Correggio,... The Lion of Chaeronea

The Rest on the Flight to Egypt with St. Francis, Correggio, 1517

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Lied in der Dmmerung (Song in the Twilight), Franz Sedlacek,... The Lion of Chaeronea

Lied in der Dmmerung (Song in the Twilight), Franz Sedlacek, 1931


underwaterfacts: Shape-Shifting Octopus? The Mimic Octopus captures the hearts of sea... The Lion of Chaeronea


Shape-Shifting Octopus?

The Mimic Octopus captures the hearts of sea enthusiasts as it has earned the award of one of the best animal actors in the world!

The Mimic Octopus gets its name from its ability to mimic almost any other animal sharing its habitat. Not only do they act the part by copying the behavior of the other animals, but they can change their shape to appear the same way as well!

They have developed this ability as a survival tactic, for the cephalopods live in murky regions of the Indo-Pacific that lack coral and other hiding spots most octopuses would usually use. Therefore, the mimic octopus hides in plain sight.

They are even intelligent enough to determine which animal to disguise as in order to ward off specific predators!


Buried in a Book (A Novel Idea Mystery #1) Any Good Book

Author:  Lucy Arlington
Genre: Mystery

Hardcover (LP); Mass Market Paperback; Digital Book
ISBN #:  9780425246191
Berkley Publishing
304 Pages
(Various) $7.19; $7.99
February 7, 2012

After receiving her first pink slip at the age of forty-five, former newspaper journalist Lila Wilkins is desperate for work, even it means taking a pay cut.  After combing through the classifieds, Lila accepts an internship at A Novel Idea, a thriving literary agency in the utopian town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina.

Lila can't imagine anything better than being paid to read, but with a crew of quirky coworkers and a sky-high stack of query letters, she doesn't exactly have time to discover the next great bestseller - especially when a penniless aspiring author drops dead in the agency's waiting room.

No one else seems too concerned about the man's demise, but when Lila uncovers a series of threatening letters, she's determined to uncover who killed the man's dreams of literary stardom...

Lila Wilkins has lost her job at a newspaper and needs to find a new one fast.  Shes in luck when theres an opening for an intern at a literary agency named A Novel Idea.  Shes going to need all the luck she can get when vagrant comes into the office and shes told that he comes in daily, and has been doing so for awhile.  But when he comes in and doesnt leave...because hes changes the story.  Especially when it soon becomes apparent that hes been murdered, but none of her coworkers seem to care.

On top of that, her seventeen-year-old son Trey has taken her car without permission and totaled it, along with ruining part of his colleges football field.  Now she has to figure out a way to get to work, and unfortunately, that way will be if she and Trey move in with her mother until she can sell her home and buy one in the town where shell be working.  At least it will be cheaper than taking the train every day.

But Lila is bothered by her co-workers coldness toward the death of Marlette and since the police have...


Charity Ends at Home (The Flaxborough Chronicles Book 5) Any Good Book

Author:  Colin Watson
Genre:  Mystery

Hardcover; Paperback: Digital Book
ISBN # 9780413443502; 9780571252879
[Faber & Faber]; Farrago Publishing
192 Pages
[Various Prices]; $3.99 Amazon
[1968] April 19, 2018

"I am in great danger...I know that murder is going to be the reward for my uncomplaining loyalty."

This letter containing heartfelt urgent pleas for help is received by three very eminent citizens of Flaxborough, including the Chief Constable himself.  So when one of the town's most tireless charity workers, Mrs. Henrietta Palgrove, is found the wrong way up in her garden pond, a connection seems likely.

Yet Detective Inspector Purbright finds the case does not quite add up and it takes the acute wits of his old friend, the ever-charming Miss Lucilla Teatime, as well as the more unwitting help of Mortimer Hive, indifferent private investigator and accomplished ladies' man, to tease out the real murderer.

When Detective Inspector Purbright visits his superior, Chubb, the man is in possession of a a letter that seems, for all intents and purposes, to foretell of a murder not yet committed.  But it was addressed only My Dear Friend and unsigned.  While it purported to have a picture of the would-be victim, there is no picture attached.  Stranger yet, it seems that Coroner Amblesby and the editor of the local newspaper have also received copies of the same letter.  While at first it appears to be only a crank, when a prominent woman is murdered - in one of the ways mentioned in the letter - it is up to Purbright and his sergeant, Sid Love, to find out who wanted the woman dead.

At the same time, a private detective named Mortimer Hive is on the trail of a pair of illicit lovers, but is having a problem - his camera has been stolen and his car has been disabled - yet the intrepid detective isnt going to let either stop him, and proceeds on foot to the little love cottage where he finds one lover but not the other.

What these two incidents have in common seem nothing at all; yet eventually it becomes clear to Purbright that they are indeed connected, and with the help of Mr....


Pottery ushabti wrapped in linen grave clothes.  Artist unknown;... The Lion of Chaeronea

Pottery ushabti wrapped in linen grave clothes.  Artist unknown; 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom.  Found at Heracleopolis Magna; now in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London.  Photo credit: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin/Wikimedia Commons.


Lonelyheart 4122 (The Flaxborough Chronicles Book 4) Any Good Book

Author:  Colin Watson
Genrre:  Mystery

[Hardcover; Paperback; Audio Cassette;] Digital Book
ISBN #:  9789997409119; 9780571252015; 9780745164359
[Faber & Faber]; Farrago Publishing
160 Pages
[Various Prices] $3.99 Amazon
[1967] April 5, 2018

Whatever happened to Lil?

Flaxborough butcher Arthur Spain is worried that his sister-in-law hasn't been in touch lately, so he pays her a visit.  But Lil's not at home, and by her porch door are a dozen bottles of curdling milk...Alarmed, he calls the local police, D.I. Purbright and his ever-reliable Sergeant Sid Love.

It transpires Lillian Bannister is the second middle-aged woman in the town to mysteriously vanish, and the link is traced to a local lonely hearts agency called Handclasp House.  So when a vulnerable-seeming lady with the charming title of Lucy Teatime signs up for a romantic rendezvous, the two detectives try extra hard to look out for her.  But Miss Teatime has a few surprises of her own up her dainty sleeve!

When a local butcher visits Detective Inspector Purbright with the tale of his missing sister-in-law Lillian, Purbright remembers that recently another woman about the same age had gone missing.  After searching Lillians home, he finds three letters from a suitor and a checkbook with a check made out to a local matrimonial agency, and he recalls the previous mission woman had also done the same.

After visiting the agency, Handclasp House, he acquires the name of a new client, Lucy Teatime.  He sets his sergeant, Sid Love, to keep an eye on the lady in question while he searches for answers.  Upon further investigation, he learns that there was a break-in at the the agency, and that the amiable Miss Teatime has been able to elude not only Sergeant Love, but another officer as well.  

Convinced that the man who is courting Miss Teatime - for he is sure there is a man - is the same one who had courted the other two ladies who have still not been found, he is more than ever sure that there is a con artist at work who is not only fleecing these women of whatever means they have, but that he has somet...


View of Shubra, Lon Belly, 1862 The Lion of Chaeronea

View of Shubra, Lon Belly, 1862

Saturday, 19 May


Keep Looking michaelwrites

the dream is what I really was thinking about
even as I kept working and thoroughly enjoyed
another anniversary dinner each one unique we
have so much to draw on you had lamb I rabbit

walking down the mountain I was barefoot and
wondered how they got the food up for dinners
it all seems so impractical why anyone bothers
but we do keep looking for the very best views


The Arena (Flower) New Online Books

The Arena, ed. by B. O. Flower (full serial archives)

New Occasions New Online Books

New Occasions (partial serial archives)

The New Time (Flower) New Online Books

The New Time, ed. by B. O. Flower and Frederick Upham Adams (partial serial archives)

Christian Epigraphy (Marucchi) New Online Books

Christian Epigraphy: An Elementary Treatise, with a Collection of Ancient Christian Inscriptions, Mainly of Roman Origin (Cambridge, UK: At the University press, 1912), by Orazio Marucchi, trans. by J. Armine Willis (stable link)

Crichton (Ainsworth) New Online Books

Crichton (3 volumes; London: R. Bentley, 1837), by William Harrison Ainsworth (stable link)

Canadian Law Library Review / Revue Canadienne des Bibliothques de Droit New Online Books

Canadian Law Library Review / Revue Canadienne des Bibliothques de Droit (issues online 2013-) (partial serial archives)


Madame Hessel in a Red Robe Reading, douard Vuillard, 1905 The Lion of Chaeronea

Madame Hessel in a Red Robe Reading, douard Vuillard, 1905


Art History Questions The Lion of Chaeronea


Frida Kahlo: Name something special that makes you unique. 
Rebecca Louise Law: What is your favorite flower? 
Leonora Carrington: Did you have any imaginary friends as a child? 
James Turrell: What is your favorite color?
Henri Mattise: Describe your aesthetic?
Odilon Redon: Do you believe in the afterlife?
Miranda July: Are you an introvert or an extravert? 
Joseph Cornell: Do you collect anything?
Henry Fuseli: Do you have any reoccurring nightmares? 
Barbara Kruger: What is your unpopular opinion?
Mike Kelley: What was your favorite toy when you were a child?
Frances Stark: What book have you re-read so many times that the cover is completely worn?
Alphonse Mucha: What is your favorite season? 
Vilhelm Hammershi: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Rirkrit Tiravanija: Do you enjoy cooking? What is your favorite thing to make?
Whitfield Lovell: Do you have any interesting stories about your ancestors? 
Amy Sherald: Who do you most admire? 
Cindy Sherman: What is your MBTI personality?
Remedios Varo: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Do Ho Suh: Describe your ideal apartment or house.
Lena Nyadbi: Describe your strongest memory as a child.
Nam June Paik: What is your favorite TV show?
Robert Rauschenberg: What is your favorite thrift/antique shop find? 
Gian Lorenzo Bernini: What is your favorite skincare product?
John William Waterhouse: Do you have a favorite fairy tale?
Mary Cassat: Do you want or have children? 
Marina Abramovi: Do you have trust issues when it comes to relationships?
Yaoi Kusama: What is your travel bucket list?  
Jeff Koons: If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would buy (after do all the responsible things like hire a lawyer, invest, pay your loans, etc.)?
Ai Weiwei: Have you ever participated in a protest or march? 
Myoung Ho Lee: What is the most incredible place in nature youve visited?
Anicka Yi: What is your favorite smell, what memories does it evoke?
Merce Cunningham: Do you like to dance?
The Guerrilla Girls: Who are your top five favorite women artists?
Tara Donovan: What are your views on environmental protection and climate change?
Artemisia Gentileschi: What is your greatest achievement? 


Portrait head of the Roman emperor Lucius Verus (r. 161-169 CE,... The Lion of Chaeronea

Portrait head of the Roman emperor Lucius Verus (r. 161-169 CE, jointly with Marcus Aurelius), sculpted from Pentelic marble.  Found in Athens; now in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens.  Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis/Wikimedia Commons.


Staff Picks: Garbage Gods, Bachelors, and Doinks The Paris Review

Rammellzee: Racing for Thunder, 2018. Installation view. Photo: Lance Brewer, courtesy of Red Bull Arts New York. The Rammellzee Estate 2018.


I first learned about the artist Rammellzee from Dave Tompkinss book, How to Wreck a Nice Beach, and I saw his Letter Racer sculptures in an exhibition a few years ago (which Tompkins wrote about for the Daily). Rammellzee is easily one of the most unique and most overlooked artists of the past fifty years, but until seeing the survey Racing for Thunder this week at Red Bull Arts New York, I hadnt realized the extent of his genius. Its impossible to sum up the breadth and depth of his Ikonoklast Panzerism (in which language is armored for protection) and the prophetic Gothic Futurist project in a few sentencesoverlapping modes of music, graffiti, collage, performance, sculpture, writing. He worked according to faith and intellect and intense creativity. Included in this show are his Garbage Gods, intricate costumes constructed from material found on the streets of New York. (His loft-studio, the Battle Station, was on Laight Street in Tribeca.) Each figure is composed of and encrusted with myriad small objectsbelt buckles, calculators, radio antennae, jewelry, lots of random plastic stuffbut the individual items disappear into the form of the structure; the whole is the sum of its parts. In these costumes, the fluidity of Rammellzees vision is most apparent: in a bit of discarded nothingness, he saw not just a larger creation but a world, a system, and a future. Nicole Rudick 

It is difficult to pinpoint exactly...


Predella Panel Representing the Legend of St. Stephen: The... The Lion of Chaeronea

Predella Panel Representing the Legend of St. Stephen: The Stoning of St. Stephen/The Burial of St. Stephen, Mariotto di Nardo, 1408


Arshile Gorkys Muse Recalls Their First Date The Paris Review

Gorky and Fielding at an early stage of their relationship, taken by her brother on a beach near Norfolk, Virginia, in 1941. Image courtesy the Arshile Gorky Foundation.


Like most troubled romances, that between the famed Abstract Expressionist painter Arshile Gorky and Agnes Magruder (who later became Agnes Gorky Fielding) began with a misunderstanding. In February 1941, Willem de Kooning and Elaine Fried, themselves soon to be wed, encouraged the pair to attend a party so that they might meet. Gorky was expecting a blond, Agnes an extrovert, and though their expectations were initially disappointed, they quickly fell in love. He called her Mougouch (little mighty one), which she took as her name, and she moved into his apartment within the month. She became his muse, and together they had two children. Her life, in the years that followed, became consumed with housework, an occupation she resented with increasing disdain. Soon, things took a dark turn: the barn that housed Gorkys paintings burned down; he was diagnosed with rectal cancer and underwent a colostomy; she had an affair with a Surrealist; he had a car accident in which he broke his neck and temporarily paralyzed his painting arm; she tried to soothe him; he pushed her down the stairs. When she and their children fled for her mothers in Virginia, he hanged himself in a shed. She continued to shepherd his legacy, arranging exhibitions and sales of his work. Below, she recounts her initial meetings with him. 


Her First Evening with Gorky

On our first night out, Gorky gave me supper at an Armenian restaurant on Thirty-Eighth Street. Afterward, we went for a walk uptown. It was snowing. We eventually arrived at Central Park and went right on walking. We got to the reservoir on Eighty-Sixth Street and went round it. Then back down the park, down Fifth Avenue as far as Fifty-Eighth Street, where I announced, Im hungry. It was about two in the morning. Gorky had to feed me all over again.

It was a strang...

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