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Friday, November 30, 2012

John Bellairs: Author Of The Imaginary

During Patrick Dunne's undergraduate years at Notre Dame - from which he graduated in 1960 - he was a fellow classmate of John Bellairs. Dunne shared some of his memories in the Autumn 2012 edition of the Notre Dame Magazine:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

List, List, O, List!

This is the first time we've ever seen this sort of thing, so...yeah.

looking for a girl to read me a story. the spell of the sorcerer’s skull maybe or some of the one thousand and one nights. serious inquiries only (Craigslist; November 26, 2012).

 Go easy, Scheherazade.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Where’s There: Hellespont

Standing in Leander’s Tower in 1453, Professor Childermass says that the tower “stands on a tiny spit of land in the Hellespont, the narrow body of water that runs between the Black Sea, which north of here, and the Sea of Marmara, which is below us [The Trolley to Yesterday; 28].

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Edward Gorey: Artist of Contradictions

A post at Gathered Nettles celebrates Edward Gorey:
If Gorey’s philosophy of art was defined by ambiguity and contradiction, it certainly makes sense when seen in the context of his work. Not only is he frequently working in the in-between genre of the illustrated book (what is more important here? Words? Images?), the content of his books always hovered somewhere between sinister and humorous, at times deeply macabre while remaining childishly delightful. His style it is at once extremely minimalist and spare but also fastidiously detailed and specific.