Thursday, July 28, 2011

Joe Hargan (1952- )

Jenny (N.d.) More information here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

All the Better...

Blue-Ringed Octopus

More information here.

Caroline Blackwood (1931-1996)

Portraits by Walker Evans, roundabout 1958. More information here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lucian Freud (1922-2011)

Girl with a White Dog (1952). More information here.

George Chinnery (1774-1852)

Mr and Mrs Richmond Thackeray and their Son, William Makepeace Thackeray (1814). More information about Chinnery here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


A Flat Earth map of the world, a birthday present from my friend Daniil Aleksandrov.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Current Favourite Sentence

The title of Pijade's novel, first published in 1921, and republished in 2001, is Strast (Passion), and it is the romantic, tragic, and rather gothic tale of unfortunate love between two nuns.

Konstantin Balmont (1867-1942)

Portrait By Valentin Serov, 1905. More information here.

Constantin Noica (1909-1987)

More information here.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933- )

Born 18 July 1933. Happy Birthday! More information here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Nabil Shaban (1953- )

I think this must be a picture from when he was playing Volpone in Fleshfly (1996). More information here.

Current Favourite Sentences

Thank you for taking the time to go through this FAQ. It was created in light of the realization that for someone with a "round-Earth" (RE) background, the FE theory would appear at first glance to have some glaring holes.

In fact the whole website of the Flat Earth Society is lovely; maybe this is my favourite bit instead:

Q: "Why do you believe the Earth is flat?"
A: It looks that way up close.

Ruth Harriet Louise (1903-1940)

Buster Keaton (1929). More, slight and general, information here.

Alberto Giacometti, Woman With Her Throat Cut (1932)

Monday, July 11, 2011

William Frederick Yeames (1835-1918)

And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1878). More information here.

Eduardo Rosales (1836 -1873)

Juan de Austria se presenta a Carlos V (1870). More information here.

Leonardo Alenza (1807-1845)

Sátira del suicidio romántico (1839). More information, although some of the dates are a bit iffy, here.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A little island...

Get Thee Behind Me, (Mrs.) Satan! (1872)

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927)

More information here.

Current Favourite Sentence

In 1872 she published the first English translation of the Communist Manifesto and tried to persuade Karl Marx that the goals of Spiritualism were the same as those of the International Workingman's Association.

Current Favourite Sentences

In fact, Bergman was a voracious film watcher. Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander novels and married to one of Bergman's daughters, was also in Fårö, and he told me about the screenings his father-in-law would host every day at 3pm in the state-of-the-art cinema he had built in a converted farmhouse (I saw a movie there later: Bergman's front-row chair, complete with cushion and foot stool, is left reverentially unoccupied). Mankell remembers the director's special fondness for the remake of Ocean's 11 – "Jesus!" said Bergman as the credits rolled, "we need to see this again next week."

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Cy Twombly, Jr. (1928-2011)

The Bay of Naples (1961). More info here. A good example of nominative determinism: could this picture be any more twombly?

Paintings on Glass

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Raoul Follereau (1903-1977)

Raoul Follereau, on the other hand, is an 'interesting' figure. More information (in French) here.

Meet the Neighbours

We live at number 16. This is number 20. It's a good neighbourhood.

Museo del Romanticismo

The Museo del Romanticismo is hidden away down a backstreet, and is a reconstructed nineteenth-century house. It's beautiful, and full of creepy dolls, two things that are usually incompatible.