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Drywall and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus

We’ve all seen photos of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. Sandro Botticelli, circa mid -480s. What we don’t see is scale. I was remarking to a former art instructor how very different Van Gogh’s paintings look like in person compared … Continue reading

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Kitsch-man as Tourist by Ludwig Giesz. And the Rise of the Selfie.

What is kitsch? Everything in the last town I lived in which was Las Vegas. I know it when I see it. I’ll leave a better definition to dictionaries and the great book KITSCH: The World of Bad Taste by … Continue reading

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Painting With Sand After Bob Ross

Fascinating. This artist on Twitch is watching an old Bob Ross painting video and then attempting to recreate his image with colored sand. And she is wearing bunny ears. And she has a nice Russian accent. Twitch always puts on … Continue reading

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What Even Sotheby’s Doesn’t Tell You About Van Gogh

What Even Sotheby’s Doesn’t Tell You About Van Gogh His paintings are three dimensional! Vividly so. His latter works especially reach out to you as he literally caked on paint onto the canvas. The flat looking photographs you’ve seen your … Continue reading

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Hear Me My Chiefs! I Am Tired

The Surrender Speech of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce in 1877 Chief Joseph (1840 -1904) “I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed. Looking Glass is dead. Toohoolhoolzote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is … Continue reading

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Kulfi the Fat Cat

Kulfi the Fat Cat We could all use a happily ever after story. Even if it involves fat shaming a heavy gato.:-) ————– Provided to YouTube by The-Source Kulfi the Fat Cat · Ghizela Rowe · Kim Maerkl · Kim … Continue reading

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The Years by Sara Teasdale

More fine poetry from Teasdale. Another poem of hers is here. (internal link) In my youth, time seemed to begin anew when meeting someone new. The Years by Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933) Read by Ghizela Rowe The Years To-night … Continue reading

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Spenser’s Ireland by Marianne Moore

Fantastic wordplay inspired in part by a National Geographic article? “[L]ike enchanted Earl Gerald who changed himself into a stag, to a great green-eyed cat of the mountain.” Much controversy and discussion surrounds this poem, as with much of modern poetry. Here’s one … Continue reading

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Burns Day is Coming Up

The next Burns Day will be celebrated in Scotland and in much of the literate world on January 25, 2021. Burns Day, and perhaps more importantly, Burns Night, began informally in 1801. It has since become an official holiday in … Continue reading

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You Kissed Me by Josephine Slocum Hunt

You Kissed Me Josephine Slocum Hunt (? -?) Has that magic moment ever been better described? I can’t immediately find any information on Hunt. Can you help? Leave a comment or email: thomasfarley@fastmail.com Brought alive by the reading of Ghizela … Continue reading

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