Sunday, May 12, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
There was, recently, a letter in the Post-Office, which, for all address, had a photographic likeness of the person whom it was directed to. A terrible prospect for the clerks, and tempting, too, in cases of lady-addresses. Being in that department, I may also notice the fact that DR. PETTIGREW has received, here in London, a live lizard, nineteen inches in length, posted in Somersetshire. A bluebottle, confined as eventual food for the principal, to the same box, was found to be dead.
from “Affairs in England,” Special Correspondence of the New York Daily Times, October 16, 1855
I came across this fascinating tidbit while searching the NYT archives for references to Crimean war photographer Roger Fenton.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
vintage photo - chickens and cheap cigars
Sunday, May 5, 2013
(via Confederate entrenchments near McCool’s [i.e. McCoull’s] house)
1,492 Union soldiers and an unknown number of Confederates were buried on the McCoull farm in Spotsylvania county. The sign reads “On fame’s eternal camping ground, their silent tents are spread. & glory guards with solemn round the bivouac of the dead.”
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
(via CONTENTdm Collection : Item Viewer)
President Taft was inducted as an honorary member of the Arctic Brotherhood in 1909. In addition to the title “Past Grand Arctic Chief,” he was gifted the photographed “robe of office made of purple velvet and trimmed with furs” (source: 1909 New York Times article).
“The only opening in the robe was at the neck, and after it had been put over the President’s head things seemed to get lost into a tangle, and the President was lost to view for two or three minutes.”
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The first filly to win the Kentucky Derby was named Regret.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Today I watched Chungking Express. I saw this as a child and was thrilled to discover it’s just as magical as I remembered — and makes a lot more sense.
(Also Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bete, playing now. Essays to write means lots of movies.)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sunday afternoon with Kieslowski’s Blue. I have not actually watched the Three Colors trilogy in years despite nodding to it often to describe film perfection. My opinion is unchanged.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Sometimes by night I don’t know why
I awake thinking of prepositions.
Perhaps they are clues.
“Since by Man came Death.”
I am puzzled to hear that Man is the agent of Death.
Perhaps it means
Man was standing at the curb
and Death came by.
Once I had a dog
would go with anyone.
Perhaps listening for
little by little the first union.
-from Glass, Irony and God, Anne Carson
It’s something like 65 degrees of gorgeous outside today so naturally I am shunning it in favor of bed & this rather wonderful book.