Music of the day.

I'm listening to a lot of Andrew Bird these days.

Bonus: hilarious blog post on Mr. Bird from Mister Pretation.

Quote of the day

"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." Bernard-Paul Heroux (via The School of Life on twitter)

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Random things from here, there, and everywhere.

Jascha Heifetz playing the violin (via Chemin faisant)

And this is just so weird but I love it:

This is Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Éboli (1540-1592). She lost an eye in a mock fencing duel when she was 14, and she spent her last 13 years in prison after (allegedly) revealing state secrets.

I want this dress (but you can't always get what you want):

Same goes for this bag:
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I'm making these this weekend:
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And we're watching this:
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I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning.

Murdochs vow to launch a full investigation:

“Someone has been running News Corp. and as God is my witness I am going to find out who,” thundered the senior Mr. Murdoch.  “I will use Seal Team Six if need be.”
“Right now, we’re trying to figure out who is running the company by process of elimination,” he added.  “So far, the only two people we’ve eliminated are my son James and myself.”
Mr. Murdoch’s son James seemed equally in the dark about some basic matters, including his own place of birth as well as his first and last name.
At one point, when a Member of Parliament asked him to identify his father sitting to his left, the younger Mr. Murdoch said, “I’ve never seen this elderly gentleman in my life.”
via The Borowitz Report.


Random stuff.

A few visuals for your Monday.

I want to be here. Right now.

Cute, no?

God, I love this. Jacket design for the U.S. first edition of Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita”. Illustrator Mercer Mayer (1967).

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Vintage magic posters.

"Portrait of Madame X" by John Singer Sargent, 1884.

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pippi longstocking by astrid lindgren, first edition.


Quote of the day

When you start working everybody is in your studio - the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas - all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.
— John Cage (via Chemin faisant)



Have spent the better part of the week up on the roof of the house, pulling off moss and scraping out clogged gutters; cleaning screens and windows; sweeping off steps. Things that have been neglected the past couple of years. Lots more to do. Enjoying this on my iPod while I work:



Turtles cause runway closing at JFK airport, start twitter account.

The loudest animal on earth is loud because of its singing penis. No further comment needed.

An especially clever Asian elephant named Neua Un figures out how to make her partner do all the work./Joshua Plotnik, University of Cambridge:

Just because I like this:

My man:
Serling’s life story is certainly an interesting one, with his mordant point of view being shaped early on by his experiences as a paratrooper and in a death-prone demolition squad in World War II, a setting that is always a bonus for biopics. The horrible things Serling witnessed there went on to shape his storytelling in various formats but most notably on The Twilight Zone, where he would orchestrate twisty morality plays that often ended horribly for their protagonists, all while Serling just stood there, chain-smoking and immutable, because it’s about time you learned that life is horrible.
Biopic in the works. (story here)