Are You Manning Enough?

July 31, 2017

Are You Manning Enough?

By Mr. Fish at Truthdig.


Fine Lines Between Pop Fantasy and Photographic “Realism”

October 28, 2012

Hovering somewhere between M. C. Escher’s confabulations of line and reality and whimsical cartoon satire of emerging world popular culture, Ben Heine’s hybrid of photographs and pencil drawings are a fascinating and illuminating stare . . .


And here.

The 9

June 12, 2012

Illuminati? No.

A Is for Atheist

9 Great Freethinkers and Religious Dissenters in History” is a piece by Adam Lee at AlterNet. It includes some interesting angles on famous people who’ve been not so thrilled by the whole God trip, including Einstein (who famously stated that “God does not play dice with the universe” when faced with some of the wilder implications of quantum theory, but otherwise didn’t give much credence to religious doctrine and belief), suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the religiously-named but nonetheless irreligious Emma Lazarus, Robert Frost (who’d have thought?), and the United States’ greatest songwriter, Yip Harburg.

(The nifty symbol up there is a recombinated hybrid type thingy developed in the labs of Canadian artiste Marc Poulin–as a design for a possible tattoo, of all things–which utilizes the symbols of  the American Atheist Society with its spinning atom representation and a more recent–and decidedly more svelte–original design by “Diane 531.”)

Good Advice Perhaps . . .

June 7, 2012

Don't Smoke Weed

From Married to the Sea.

Dreamers Passing

June 7, 2012

So Ray Bradbury is gone now too. Another dreamer gone to the Big Sleep. Along with Leo Dillon only a few days earlier, and Maurice Sendak not long before.

The Halloween Tree illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

By now news of Bradbury’s passing has saturated the internet, and I doubt that I have much to add but the personal note that The Halloween Tree was a roadmark of my childhood, as I am sure it has been for many others, and hearing it read aloud (along with Lewis and Tolkien) by my fourth grade teacher unlocked new, undiscovered rooms in my imagination–as did Sendak’s Wild Things even earlier in my childhood–and who is going to illuminate the night with forbidden hopes and cherished fears and uncharted stars as they did?

Sendak's Wild Things

Zen and the Art of Reading . . . ?

May 27, 2012

Maybe. Sort of. Beyond ordinary description, surely–artist Guy Laramee has made peculiar, fascinating and beautiful use of old books:


The Great Wall

Found at Christopher Jobson’s Colossal Art & Design blog.

A Starry Night, Long Before van Gogh . . .

April 23, 2012

Nebra Sky Disk

No. It isn’t a piece of neo-retro jewelry based on the ubiquitous Smiley icon that festoons e-mail and internet message-boards like an incurable outbreak of digital herpes. It’s the Nebra Sky Disk, fashioned from bronze and gold, from Cornwall, in England, and it’s 4,500 years old, making it the oldest known representation of the cosmos made by humans. (As opposed to those made by, er, non-humans? Hmm.) Anyway, it’s pretty nifty, huh?