Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grotesquely beautiful

Harry Clarke was an illustrator and stained glass artist from Dublin.  He drew these detailed illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination published in 1919.  Another version with some color plates was published a few years later, and while I'm also amazed by his work in color for Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, I think the black and white illustrations are perfectly suited to Poe's macabre stories.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Read and feed

Pawel Piotrowski's Sandwich Book is such yummy fun.  
He's a graphic designer from Wroclaw, Poland, 
and an excellent photographer as well.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


I used to spend hours upon hours canning tomatoes--sweating over boiling pots of water, burning my fingers peeling the skins, cracking a few jars by thermal shock.  Now I rinse the tomatoes, throw them in the freezer, and the next day bag the funny sounding marbles. Painless!

Isms, schisms, on

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius
will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination
 alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always
will solve the problems [of the human race].
Calvin Coolidge