We thought we’d keep it nice and simple this week, so without further adieu, this week in review:
This week we posted:
- Whatever Happened to Booth Tarkington?
- A Pairing: Leonardo Da Vinci + Ross Gay
- The Pulitzer Project: The Magnificent Ambersons
- Manhattan Beach, California
This weekend, I am going on a class field trip to the Neue, a friend’s spacewarming at her new office, and watching Alabama Football. I hope you stomp in some leaves and drink some apple cider. It finally feels like Autumn in New York!
- As I’m reading The Magnificent Ambersons, I’ve been absolutely befuddled as to how Booth Tarkington could win two Pulitzers and then basically disappear from history. The Atlantic does a great piece on this.
One finds no mention of Tarkington in The Oxford Book of American Literary Anecdotes, let alone in the diaries and letters of his fellow Princetonian Edmund Wilson. Another alumnus, F. Scott Fitzgerald, had Tarkington in mind when he expressed his fear of lapsing into a condition that would render him uninterested in anything but “colored people, children, and dogs.”
- And finally, a few of my favorite new songs to tide you over this weekend:
This week, we posted:
- A Pairing: Francis Bacon + Sharon Olds
- Books I Read in October
- Book Review: The Time Garden, Daria Song
- The Magnificent Ambersons – Vocabulary
I hope you have a marvelously warm and cozy weekend!
Hi Boys & Girls, can you believe it’s almost November? Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this Sunday! In honor of National Cat Day, here are a few of my favorite cat-related art works.
Carl Kahler, My Wife’s Lovers (1891)
In 1891 Mrs Kate Johnson, possibly America’s greatest cat enthusiast, commissioned artist Carl Kahler to paint a portrait of some of her 350 cats who all lived in great luxury in her California home. (from Sotheby’s)
If you’re not sure what to do this weekend in New York, check out the Museum of the Moving Image’s exhibit How Cats Took Over the Internet.
Cat with Kittens, maybe from Egypt, circa 664-30 BCE
Or there is always the Brooklyn Museum’s Divine Felines: Cats from Ancient Egypt exhibit.
Susan Herbert, Baroness Rothschild (2001)
Susan Herbert may be one of my new favorite artists. I’ll have to learn more about her and share it with you soon!
Jeff Koons, Cat on a Clothesline (1994–2001).
And no cat painting collection would be complete without a nod to Jeff Koons!
What are some other cat paintings that I should know about? Hope you have a spooky Halloween!
“When I first uncrated these birds, in my frenzy I said ‘I want so many of them that every time I go out the door, I’ll run into one,’” O’Connor wrote in her essay “The King of Birds.” It was not long before she got her wish. Andalusia, then a working dairy farm crowded by cattle and farmhands, was soon dotted by dozens of peacocks.
This week, we posted:
This weekend, I’ll be re-reading The Magicians, watching a lot of television and working on a paper for class. Wherever you are, I hope you have lots of candy, warm socks, and a comfortable couch!
Hi Everyone, I’ll be going to Los Angeles to hang out with Kimberly for almost a whole week! We will be taking in some sights, living out our Masterchef dreams, and watching some questionable movies.
I haven’t really talked about anything beyond books and the occasional movie on this blog, but I think I might try sharing more about my daily activities, what do you think?
Since I will be on a plane tomorrow, I thought I’d share some links today to tide you over until the next This Week in Review.
That’s all for now, I’m excited to share my adventures with you when I get back! I hope you stay warm, drink a lot of coffee, and snuggle up with a good book or television show this weekend.
“Les Belles Danses” (The beautiful dances) by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel
“In the United States we throw away around 40% of what we produce; and globally, 28% of the land under cultivation grows food that ends up in landfills.”
This week, we posted:
- Book Review: Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
- Book Review: Room, Emma Donoghue
- A Pairing: Edward Hopper + Dorianne Laux
- Books I Read in September
What did you discover this week? I hope those of you on the East Coast stay warm and dry this weekend!
Today is an inauspicious day in America, and so I thought I would share a serious list today about current events: politics, the refugee crisis, and other important things that I am trying to learn more about in the process of becoming a better global citizen.
The Medal “honors those who have widened the public’s engagement with literature and ‘deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience’.”
I don’t know what to make of the term “immigrant fiction.” Writers have always tended to write about the worlds they come from. And it just so happens that many writers originate from different parts of the world than the ones they end up living in, either by choice or by necessity or by circumstance, and therefore, write about those experiences. If certain books are to be termed immigrant fiction, what do we call the rest? Native fiction? Puritan fiction? This distinction doesn’t agree with me. Given the history of the United States, all American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction. Hawthorne writes about immigrants. So does Willa Cather. From the beginnings of literature, poets and writers have based their narratives on crossing borders, on wandering, on exile, on encounters beyond the familiar. The stranger is an archetype in epic poetry, in novels. The tension between alienation and assimilation has always been a basic theme.
Wherever you are today, I hope you are surrounded by friends, puppies, or pizza! I will be in the library reading for school, so please eat a slice of pizza for me!
Can you believe it’s already September? It’s Labor Day weekend for us in the US, which means that it’s the last hoo-rah for Summer. I hope you all wear sunscreen and eat watermelon and spend time playing in the sun with your family, friends, cats, or books!
We have a hodgepodge of links to share this week – have fun clicking!
- This is so fascinating to me – have you ever really thought about hair streams?
There are questions of such vast, cosmic import that most of us never think to ask them. I’ve wondered why there’s something rather than nothing; I have pondered the nature of objectivity; I’ve questioned the existence of free will. But I’ve never asked why some hairs on my body grow in one direction, and other hairs an entirely different direction.
That’s where Walter Aubrey Kidd comes in. He was not like you or me; his was a mind so restive, so thick with a passion for inquiry, that no mystery, however impregnable, was safe from its advances. And so it was that in 1903 he bequeathed to us The Direction of Hair in Animals and Man, taking a fine-tooth comb to a subject most of us had hardly seen fit to tousle.
This week, we posted:
- Kimberly discussed the Japanese Art of Ikebana
- She also explored the history behind Tsukumogami
- Jessica reminisced on the books she read in August
As always, please feel free to comment with any links you would like to share for next week!
I can’t believe this is our last weekend in August! This year has really flown by. Things have been a little insane for both of us this week, so we’ll leave you with two jokes to start the weekend on the right foot.
What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo?
One’s really heavy and the other is a little lighter!
Two scientists walk into a bar. The first one says “I’ll have some H2O.” The second one says, “I’ll have some H2O too.” Then he dies.
We hope your weekend is full of sunshine and laughter! What are some of your favorite goofy jokes?
Happy Friday, everyone! Here are the things we’ve been looking at this week:
- We are obsessed with Katarina Pridavkova‘s sculpture project called Grow Up. I would watch a movie that takes place in this little town – wouldn’t you?
Learning the alphabet gave you night terrors, and even now you have a deep seated fear of being mauled by a bear.
1. To realize the pattern of ruin plaguing your life is not a result of chronic bad luck, but poor foresight and compulsive self-destruction.
2. There’s a bat in your hair! Get it out!
This Week We Posted:
And finally, we hope your weekend is as lovely as this bear family playing in a pool!