these are the timesdirty beloved



The system of Philipp Otto Runge built as a virtual colour-space

they are all human beings and governed by the same impulses

“What was your most difficult feat, the most difficult escape you ever made?” was asked.

“I think my escape from the Siberian Transport was my most difficult performance. I was placed in the great vault usually assigned to political prisoners, and when the great door was shut, I had the hardest time of my life, perhaps, in releasing myself. But nevertheless, it took me 18 minutes to walk out, and face the dazed officials.

“I think that in a year I may retire. I cannot take my money with me when I die and I wish to enjoy it, with my family, while I live. I should prefer living in Germany to any other country, though I am an American, and am loyal to my country. "
Harry Houdini (Erich Weiss)

interviewed by Edna Ferber
Appleton Public Library (WI)


from The Project Gutenberg EBook of 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
by Captain Grose et al.

"...Fib the cove's quarron in the rumpad
for the lour in his bung..."

"The swell was flash, so I could not draw his fogle"

WIPER DRAWER. A pickpocket, one who steals handkerchiefs.
He drew a broad, narrow, cam, or specked wiper;
he picked a pocket of a broad, narrow, cambrick, or coloured

TO WIREDRAW. To lengthen out or extend any book, letter,
or discourse.

WISE. As wise as Waltham's calf, that ran nine miles to
suck a bull.

WISE MEN OF GOTHAM. Gotham is a village in Nottinghamshire;
its magistrates are said to have attempted to
hedge in a cuckow; a bush, called the cuckow's bush, is
still shewn in support of the tradition. A thousand other
ridiculous stories are told of the men of Gotham.

WISEACRE. A foolish conceited fellow.

WISEACRE'S HALL. Gresham college.

WIT. He has as much wit as three folks, two fools and a

link Barista Nov.28.03
who also links to the stunning Earth View by John Walker

from Imaginary Lines

... where touch obscured
a body's edge so brilliantly.
How casually the light declined. The roundest pearls
gave way to oval shadows. Mornings we found
it snowed all night. There was often a feeling of rest...

Kathleen Peirce/Poetry Daily


leylop shows a face of autumnal China many may find unexpectedly beautiful and almost universally familiar

"...for the sigh from a dream that is probably about you, some criticism about something you did or didn’t do for the baby, because you are in the baby’s face all day, catching the baby’s eyes with yours so you don’t get lost, so the baby never worries about being separated. It has to be a dream about you because what else can be inside the head of someone that new? You would kick the ass of anyone who gave your baby a bad dream."
Pia Z. Ehrhardt

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