Wednesday, January 26, 2011
According to French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650), the universe operated as a continuously running machine which God had set in motion. Since he rejected Newton's theory of gravity and idea of a vacuum in space, Descartes argued that instead the universe was composed of a 'subtle matter' he named 'plenum,' which swirled in vortices like whirlpools and actually moved the planets by contact. Here, these vortices carry the planets around the Sun.via World Treasures of the Library Congress
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
La Canne de Jaspe, Pierre Legrain, 1925
Carmen, Rose Adler, 1928
Trois Contes Cruels, Rose Adler, 1928
Quelques fables de la Fontaine, Pierre Legrain, 1928
Lediadé me de Flore, Pierre Legrain, 1925
Book bindings from the Art Deco period via Grabink
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
My favorite scene of Tilda Swinton as Emma Recchi in I Am Love.
The way the bracelet curves and ends around her wrist and how it is partially obscured by her sheer sleeve is aesthetic perfection and also a very telling analogy for the character.
It also made me realize that I've stopped wearing my silver bracelets. So I wore some today and wow, how I've missed the way they sound when they clatter against each other. I'm definitely no Emma Recchi.