St. Sebastian (detail)
Tree of Life
Tree of Vices
Isaiah and The Tree of Jesse
bees, the perindens tree, a serpent and a dragon
a knight killing a griffin
Gawain and the beheaded Green Knight at Arthur's court
a giant knight
still here 21:58
Philip Pullman interview at Third Way
PP: And this, incidentally, is one of my quarrels with Lewis: the children in the Narnia books who have gone through all these experiences aren't allowed to stay in the world and make it better for other people - they're whisked off to heaven. That's not a Christian attitude.
I: They spent quite a long time in Narnia, didn't they, as kings and queens, bringing peace and justice?
PP: Not in this world. They're still children. They're off on holiday with their parents and they're all killed in a train crash. That's grotesque.
I: Maybe it's an artistic flaw?
PP: It's a bloody great big one.
I: It seems to satisfy a lot of people.
PP: It disgusted me when I read it.
Lewis is a contradictory sort of character for me. I loathe the Narnia books, and I loathe the so-called space trilogy, because they contain an ugly vision. But when he was talking about writing for children, and about literature in general, Lewis was very, very acute and said some very perceptive and wise things.
still here 20:46
Pages from the Illuminated Manuscripts collection
at the British Library
(images with magnifier/+ cursor will expand on left click)
The creation of animals, by God
King Laomedon of Troy confonts the Argonauts
The green lion devours the sun
King David harping (Beatus detail)
St. Jerome (what's in those bottles?)
David in Penitence
Angel calling birds; beast and false prophet cast into the pit
Blinding of Tobit, and Tobias entering the house with Raphael
St Francis preaches to the birds
Solomon and Rehoboam, and the Judgement of Solomon
Dedication of Samuel
Samson carrying away the gates of Gaza
God creates a soul
Opening marking the beginning of the Gradual Psalms from the Book of Hours of Laudomia de' Medici
Virgin and Child
Execution of Amerigot Marcel
detail 1, detail 2, detail 3
Charles VI and the Emperor Wenceslas
Knights and Ladies riding to London tournament 1472-3
The creation of the animals
still here 15:55
Instant Time Machine!
A mess is comprised of useful things which have not found their time. They make me feel uncomfortable because they literally tie time in knots, the only time I've got, subjective time. Objectively, or so I grasp, there can be no such thing as a mess, only degrees of chaos relative to my trained or instinctive expectations of order. Trash is comprised of non-useful things which can be disposed of without regret. In ordering a messy room, it is first essential to dispose of trash. A new order will appear which is less of a mess. The nest step is to put a few items where they belong. Some, not all: that is too much to bite off and is demotivating. Enter psychology. I can at least put all my flatpicks and fingerpicks in a box. Then put more things where they belong until you reach a point where you discover the things that don't have a place they belong. Things that don't belong but are useful are called Junk. Heap them together. Put them in a box or trunk and store it in back of the closet, basement or attic. Shake out the rugs and curtains. Sweep, dust and mop. Leave one item glaringly out of place as a convenient focal point for the next mess. Messes are the leading cause of fire, other than insurance.
Robert Hunter, troubador, lyric hero, scribe, bard, ecstatic conspirator
still here 23:02
Reliquary of Saint Martina
Old Man With A Beard
La Belle Limonadiere
Wilhelm Martin Busch
Spendenaufruf & Plakat
Marten de Vos
Farmer On The Way To Town To See A Lawyer 1613
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