03/16/2012 06:30:00 AM
Elizabeth Mackintosh, aka Gordon Daviot,aka Josephine Tey.
Few people have heard of
03/14/2012 02:01:00 AM
Yul Brynner as King Mongkut does the polka with Debra Kerr.
Image courtesy of www.amuseum.org.
Yul Brynner made a career out of playing a Thai king who danced the polka. For many people this was, and sadly is, their knowledge and impression of Thailand. The King and I was one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's outstanding theatrical successes during the "golden age" of musical theater. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were initially reluctant to pursue the project proposed by a theatrical atto [..]
03/12/2012 02:01:00 AM
From L'Encyclopedie by Diderot et d'Alembert, Paris, 1751
The "Meister der Spielkarten", or "The Master of the Playing Cards" is known only through the 106 engravings that have been attributed to him, including the set of playing cards that he is named for. The term master is reserved for someone who has completed an apprenticeship and ran his own workshop, teaching apprentices. His presumed students are also unknown but have similar names, such as "The Master of the Nurembe [..]
03/09/2012 02:01:00 AM
John James Audubon (1785-1851)Oil on canvas by John Syme, 1826Currently hanging in the White House.
John James Audubon, a Haitian-born man raised in France, had a vision. One that resulted in a monumental and important work Birds of America.
Carolina Pigeon(now called Mourning Dove)
He had loved birds and nature as a child, and was encouraged by his father to explore and draw what he saw. He was reported to be quite charming, played the flute and violin, learned to ride and to fence, bu [..]
03/07/2012 02:01:00 AM
Los Borrachos or The Drunks, 1629, by Diego Velázquez.
Velázquez served as court painter for Philip IV of Spain.
Court painters were artists who were employed by members of a royal or noble family. Sometimes they were given a fixed salary; sometimes they were employed on an exclusive basis. In some eras and locations, this freed them from the restrictions of their local guilds. Hans Dürer, Jan van Eyck, Francisco Goya, Hans Holbein the Younger, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Veláz [..]
03/06/2012 02:01:00 AM
Initial C: Monks Singing. MS. 24, Leaf 3V.Unknown artist, Italian, circa 1420.Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment.18-5/16" x 13-5/8"
Picture a dimly lit church. The scent of incense is in the air, and you hear the sound of chanting. Choristers are clustered in a corner, performing a call and response with one of the monks. In front of them is a lectern, and on top of it is a huge book. It is big enough that they all can read it at the same time. Now swing around behind them a [..]
02/23/2012 02:01:00 AM
A portrait of Murakasi Shikibu by Tosa Mitsuoki, painted
in Yamato-e, the classical Japanese style, 12th century.
What is generally acknowledged as the world's first novel was written by a Japanese woman a thousand years ago. The Tale of Genji, by Murakasi Shikibu (known as Lady Murakasi in the West), is regarded to be an accurate description of life in the imperial court in the Heian era (794 - 1185 CE). The daughter of a scholar and an officer of the court, she was given a male's education. [..]
02/07/2012 02:01:00 AM
Dinky Bird, 1904, from Eugene Field's Poems of Childhood.
When I was 19, a friend gave me a poster of the above work by Maxfield Parrish. She said it reminded her of me. I was very pleased, as I fell in love with it upon first sight. She was about a decade older than me and had been a real hippie, so I was especially flattered. It hung in every bedroom I had until it finally got damaged in a move. But the dreamy print always made me feel peaceful, and was my first piece of art as an adult.
02/02/2012 02:01:00 AM
Image courtesy of UNESCO (see link below).
Borobudur is a temple located in central Java. It is a shrine to the Buddha, and a pilgrimage place. It was built between 750 and 842 CE. Carved into the base of the temple are 160 carved reliefs, the most complete collection of Buddhist reliefs anywhere in the world. Looking down on it, one can see a mandala - a microcosm of the universe - a pattern with spiritual and ritual significance for Buddhists and Hindus.
An aerial view of the temple fr [..]
01/31/2012 02:01:00 AM
The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, illustration from Lee, H., 1887.
The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary: a Curious Fable of the Cotton
Plant, to Which is Added a Sketch of the History of Cotton and
the Cotton Trade. S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London.
Medieval Europe subscribed to beliefs in many legendary creatures, unicorns being a prime example, although that myth began in ancient Greece. Most of these critters were born from hearsay and a lack of knowledge of foreign places. One such crea [..]
01/30/2012 02:01:00 AM
Study of Tamayo's Hands; 1931; silver gelatin print.
I love black and white photography. Without the dimension of color I can really see and concentrate on the subject. I think for some photographers it is harder; you need a unique kind of eye to see something in black and white. In fact, I see black and white photography as a different genre from color photography. My favorite black and white photographer is Manuel Álvarez Bravo.
Split Nopal; circa 1970; gelatin silver print.
Bravo is [..]
01/27/2012 02:01:00 AM
A relief from ancient Egypt, circa 1,500 BCE, showing the
growing of grapes, and the production and trade of wine.
The earliest evidence of wine production (oenology) is from Georgia (Russia, not the U.S.) around 6,000 BCE. This was determined by a gene-mapping project in 2006 where 110 common cultivars were analyzed and found to originate in Georgia. Evidence has also been found in sites in Iran (5,000 BCE) and Armenia (4,000 BCE), while domestication of the grapevine seems to have occurred [..]
01/26/2012 02:01:00 AM
Guido Daniele and a model.
Guido Daniele is a celebrated Italian artist who is well-known for his hand and body art. A master at trompe l'oeil, his work can be seen in many ads. A resident of Milan, he graduated from the Brera School of Arts as a sculpture major. He continued his education in India at the Tankas school in Dharamsala.
Trompe l'oeil from the Casa Fichter in Milan, 1997.
After trying and testing different painting techniques, he has become quite proficient with the airbrush [..]
01/25/2012 02:01:00 AM
Movie poster image courtesy of John Story.
My parents never went to drive-in theaters; actually they hardly went to theaters at all. But I remember fondly going to the drive-in with neighbors and the families of friends. On a summer night in Southern California, not much could be finer. I remember getting really comfortable, often among the cushions spread in the bed of a truck, and eating food that we brought in ourselves - everything from real dinners to homemade goodies. And if the movi [..]
01/24/2012 02:01:00 AM
Big Sur is the short, anglicized name for el país grande del sur or "the big country of the south" because it was an impenetrable region south of Monterey, the capital of the Spanish colony of Alta California. It is a unique spot in the U.S. for two reasons: Cone Peak, the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous 48 states (5,155 feet above sea level); and arguably one of the most scenic driving routes in the world.
The famous "Dinosaur Rock" and Bixby Bridge.
The area basically runs al [..]
01/23/2012 02:01:00 AM
Ocean City Ferris Wheel on the boardwalk in New Jersey.
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an engineer from Pittsburgh whose firm specialized in testing and inspecting metal for use in bridges and railroads. In 1891, the directors of the World's Columbian Exposition to be held in 1893 in Chicago, issued a challenge to American engineers. They sought a monument for the expo that would surpass the structure built for the Paris International Exposition of 1889 - the Eiffel Tower. They asked [..]
01/20/2012 02:01:00 AM
Fasti Antiates Maiores, part of a fresco found at Nero's villa at Antium, shows
a pre-Julian calendar with the months Quintilis (QVI) and Sextilius (SEX).
Before the Julian calendar was introduced in 46 BCE, the Roman calendar was in use. One of the versions of the Roman calendar was supposedly invented by Romulus, legendary founder of Rome, and had ten months with 30 or 31 days in each month, for a total of 304 days: Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Iunius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, N [..]
07/05/2011 02:01:00 AM
Alfred Russel Wallace at age 24 in 1848.
The late 1700s and early 1800s saw a huge explosion of discovery in the study of flora and fauna, perhaps thanks to botanist Joseph Banks (who was with Captain James Cook from 1768 to 1771 when Cook wen
07/04/2011 02:01:00 AM
Fireworks display at the Washington Monument on July 4, 1986.
Photo by Sgt. Lono Kollars, courtesy of the DOD.
Today we celebrate Independence Day in the United States. This commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July
07/01/2011 02:01:00 AM
The Merry Macs - Mary Lou Cook and Ted, Joe, and Judd McMichael.
When I was little my parents seemed to watch a lot of television shows with band leaders on them - Lawrence Welk, Skitch Henderson, and once in a while Norman Tabernacle and his choir
06/30/2011 02:01:00 AM
The ludicrousness of the immigration debate has a long history. Based on racism, it proves that there is nothing new under the sun...
Map of the United States of Mexico at the time of the Treaty
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
06/29/2011 02:01:00 AM
A fortune cookie is a perhaps a strange thing to write a graduate thesis on, but that's what Yasuko Nakamachi did. The folklore and history graduate of Kanagawa University spend over six years researching the origin of the fortune cookie.
06/28/2011 02:01:00 AM
2008's 2nd place supercomputer, Cray's Jaguar. Image courtesy of Wired.
Supercomputers are ones that are used for extremely complex processing jobs such as problems in quantum physics, weather forecasting, climate research, molecular modeling,
06/27/2011 02:01:00 AM
"My art is inspired by the death of the printed word. Books andnewspapers are becoming artifacts of the 21st century. As a societywe're shifting away from print consumption and heading straighttowards full digital lives." Nick Georg
06/24/2011 02:01:00 AM
Books on Wheels from Richmond providing free books and bike repair at the
Our Community Place Lawn Jam in Harrisonburg, Va. Photo by Artzcerxes/Wikipedia.
Bookmobile and mobile libraries are designed to service areas that have no access to boo
06/23/2011 02:01:00 AM
Image courtesy triptourism.com.
On July 7, 2007, Brazil's internationally known icon - the statue of Christ the Redeemer - was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by the New Open World Corporation. Two years later it was declar
06/22/2011 02:01:00 AM
18th century engraving of Pfeffel, artist unknown.
Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Gottlieb Konrad Pfeffel, aka Amédee or Théophile (French translations of the German name "Gottlieb" or "God love"), was a French-German writer and
06/21/2011 02:01:00 AM
The Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Photo courtesy of the site.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will open in Bentonville, Arkansas on November 11, 2011. (11/11/11 - get it?) The 201,000 square foot museum will
06/20/2011 02:01:00 AM
Dr. Demento, photo by Mark Takeuchi/Rhino Records.
A year ago last June one of the most unique syndicated radio shows in history ended, at least for radio. The cult radio institution Dr. Demento took his show online. Dr. Demento speciali
06/17/2011 02:01:00 AM
Image courtesy of Amazon.com.
If you're going to San Francisco,be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.If you're going to San Francisco,You're gonna meet some gentle people there.
If we went back in time forty-four years ago, to 1967, we could be
06/16/2011 02:01:00 AM
Photograph of Jane Webb Loudon taken before her
death in 1858. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
"In the year 2126, England enjoyed peace and tranquilityunder the absolute dominion of a female sovereign."
Thus begins the novel The Mummy!: Or
06/15/2011 02:01:00 AM
Image courtesy of Putumayo.com
The bossa nova, samba, lambada, these are just a few of the styles of music that came from Brazil. Influenced by European, African, and Amerindian music, Brazil has been a great cooking pot creating a wide variet
06/14/2011 02:01:00 AM
Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovid. Image courtesy of www.thefamouspeople.com.
The Roman poet Ovid not only had his book, Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love) banned, but he himself was banished from Rome for writing it in the year 8 CE. All o
06/13/2011 02:01:00 AM
A coin from ancient Sicily circa 400 BCE. This decadrachm features the
signature of Euainetos on the reverse. The woman is Arethusa, a nymph
and a Nereid (daughter of Nereus). To protect her from unwanted attention,
06/10/2011 02:01:00 AM
Christ Leading the Patriarchs to Paradise, circa 1480
by Bartolomé Bermejo. Image courtesy of The Web Gallery of Art.
No, not the biblical patriarch who lived to be 969 years old. We know he has passed. Besides, he's a piker compa
06/09/2011 02:01:00 AM
Image courtesy of Muffet/Wikipedia.
The Germans have a word for it - "königliche Gemüse" - which means "royal vegetable". It is rumored that there is a 3,000 year old Egyptian frieze with asparagus, but hours of searching for an image have b
06/08/2011 02:01:00 AM
Brian Dettmer has a thing for books...and other media that he feels is going by the wayside. His mind works in mysterious ways, and like a book archaeologist, he digs and carves his way through a book's physical body searching for treasure.
06/07/2011 02:01:00 AM
That's what Susan Rossi-Wilcox, curatorial associate at the Harvard Museum of National History, calls The Glass Flowers, a collection of botanical models used for teaching. These highly realistic glass botanical models are more formally known a
06/06/2011 02:01:00 AM
Elias Ashmole's coat of arms, 1925, in a window of the
Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.
Combine acquisitiveness with perseverance, ambition, and wealth, and you have Elias Ashmole. This son of a saddler lived a life of varied experien
06/03/2011 02:01:00 AM
Image of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Peace Fountain
courtesy of Gesalbte/Wikipedia.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is the largest cathedral in the world. (St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is not a cathedral,
06/02/2011 02:01:00 AM
A panther chameleon. Image courtesy of this site.
Chameleons are very special and specialized members of the lizard family. While the majority, about half of all species, come from Madagascar, they also hail from Africa, Asia, Portugal,
06/01/2011 02:01:00 AM
Statue of Girolamo Savonarola in his birthplace of Ferrare, Italy.
Photo courtesy of ho visto nina volare/Wikipedia.
Yes, Tom Wolfe wrote a book of that title in 1987 about ambition, greed, politics, racism, and social class in 1980s New York.
05/31/2011 02:01:00 AM
Who's buried in Pizarro's tomb? Unlike the one about Grant's tomb, this riddle is tricky. Or was. No one knows definitively who WAS buried there, but Pizarro is in there at last.
It's hard to think that someone who was as cruel an
05/30/2011 02:01:00 AM
Entropa exhibit. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Two years ago a controversial art piece was unveiled that still has tongues wagging. Entropa: Stereotypes are barriers to be demolished was created by artist David ?erný for a commissi
05/27/2011 02:01:00 AM
The Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo.
Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
A genizah (plural genizot) is a storeroom or depository in a Jewish synagogue or cemetery specifically meant to hold worn-out books and documents in Hebrew before they are properly bu
05/26/2011 02:01:00 AM
Inside shots of the Shell Grotto, courtesy of Colin Bowling.
Mr. James Newlove was digging on his property to make a duck pond in Margate, England in 1835. When a hole appeared, he lowered his young son into it. His son described tunnels
05/25/2011 02:01:00 AM
Caged Memories art installation by Luzinterruptus.
When I was an art history student at UCLA, the art department shared the same building. Installations seemed to be the ticket for art students in those days, and we art history students n
05/24/2011 02:01:00 AM
The Basket of Wildflowers egg, 1901.
"Fabergé" - the name connotes high standards of art, quality, and craftsmanship. As a brand, the name has great marketing power. So much so that the name has been sold many times since the 1917 Russian Rev
05/23/2011 02:01:00 AM
"...and when eight days were accomplished for the circumcisingof the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named ofthe angel before he was conceived in the womb."Luke 2:21 (KJV)
The Circumcision of Christ, Preobrazhenski Monaste
05/20/2011 02:01:00 AM
Raven and First Immigrant, 2009.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Leidenfrost/Vancouver Sun.
Nicholas Galanin is most recently famous for the art work he did this past March for Boekenweek, the annual Dutch literature event. But the artist is well-kno
05/19/2011 02:01:00 AM
An Oncorhynchus Mykiss, or Rainbow Trout
Image courtesy of Jonathunder/Wikipedia.
The ancient Greeks did it; there is reference to it in the Halieutica, considered the greatest work from antiquity on angling. Aelina, another Greek from 230 C.E
05/18/2011 02:01:00 AM
Hürrem aka Roxolana and the Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent
by Anton Hickel, 1780, courtesy of the Landesmuseum Mainz.
When my mother was a girl growing up in Athens, Greece, in the 1930s/early 1940s she and her friends were often warned to be ver
05/17/2011 02:01:00 AM
Quernado Mountain in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Image courtesy Anaroza/Wikipedia.
The Huichol peoples of western Mexico are well-known for their folk art. When the Spanish conquistadores came across them they adopted one of their crafts, which t
05/16/2011 02:01:00 AM
Dey House, home of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop.
Photo courtesy of tjilafave, 2008.
What do Flannery O'Connor, John Irving, Jane Smiley, and W.P. Kinsella have in common? They are all graduates of the University of Iowa Writers'
05/13/2011 12:02:00 PM
Giuliano Mauri was a unique artist. An advocate of natural architecture, he constructed large-scale outdoor works of environmental art. Because he used organic materials, these structures were temporary. He loved outdoor spaces, whe
05/11/2011 16:55:00 PM
Spring, 1894, depicts the servants of the Temple of Flora
celebrating the Roman festival of Cerealia. This
painting took four years to complete, and features
members of his family, friends, and fellow artists.
05/11/2011 02:01:00 AM
Mary Wollstonecraft, circa 1797 by John Opie.
Oil on canvas, image courtesy the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) is one of those women whose personal life vastly overshadowed, in fact practically buried, her work, a
05/10/2011 02:01:00 AM
"People have no idea of the sources for my work. I didn't invent anything; it's all there in the culture; it's not a big mystery. I just combine my personalexperience with classic cartoon stereotypes." &nb
05/09/2011 02:01:00 AM
An adult male Baltimore oriole. Image courtesy Wikipedia.
Mornings usually find me in the hot tub, unkinking and preparing to carry on with life. The other day I was soaking and heard an oriole sing. It was a trill of many notes, a
05/06/2011 02:01:00 AM
One of the history of religion courses I took at UCLA was on early Christianity. When my professor was going over the syllabus on the first day, he called attention to the fact that we would need to bring bibles to class each session. Recently I had
05/05/2011 02:01:00 AM
United State Post Office issue in 1998.
My Mexican friends have always reacted angrily when the fifth of May is referred to as Mexican Independence Day (which is actually September 16th). For good reason - Cinco de Mayo is an American Civil Wa
05/04/2011 02:01:00 AM
A common purple lilac expresses the "first
emotions of love" in the language of flowers.
In the Victorian era, when social interactions were closely watched and regulated, flowers and floral arrangements were cleverly used to communicate. &nb
05/03/2011 02:01:00 AM
Junior Fritz Jacquet creates sculptures of paper. The Haitian-born Parisian works in all kinds of paper creating abstract sculptures and human figures, including masks. His interest began at age 14 when he first learned about origami. &nb
05/02/2011 02:01:00 AM
Modern-day children reading Dr. Seuss.
Image courtesy of scbailey/Wikipedia.
A picture book combines a narrative with pictures. In the late Victorian era, a number of illustrators became famous for their work in children's picture books.
04/29/2011 02:01:00 AM
The King and Queen of Tunis, by Václav Hollar aka Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677),
a Bohemian etcher, of unknown date. Image courtesy of University of Toronto
"Cariacatures and deformities after Leonardo".
Much of history is written with
04/28/2011 02:01:00 AM
Centerpiece of a book by Thomas Chamberlayne,
1656, Compleat Midwifes Practice, with image of Boursier.
Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Wash. D.C.
Perhaps you have read the book Diverse Observations on Sterility; Loss of the Ovum a
04/27/2011 02:01:00 AM
"Wherever ya are, and whatever ya doin', I wancha ta lay
ya hands on da raydeeooo, lay back wid me, and squeeze ma knobs. We gonna feeel it ta-night!"
Wolfman Jack, image courtesy of Britannica.com.
I don't know what got me s
04/26/2011 02:01:00 AM
Green bottle by Martin Demaine.
Martin Demaine is an artist and mathematician who is currently an artist in residence at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). After graduating from high school in Massachusetts, he went to England to stud
04/25/2011 02:01:00 AM
A poster of Joan of Arc turned into a tshirt for the Tea Party, the Hezbollah-like
faction of the Republican Party who resents government involvement in
economics but seeks it to impose their social and lifestyle choices. Even their
04/22/2011 02:01:00 AM
Pace eggs, image courtesy of Wikipedia.
The world "pace" comes from the old English word "pasch" for Easter. In the north of England people make pace eggs, boiling them with onion skins, sometimes tying colored wool yarn around them. The
04/21/2011 02:01:00 AM
Pope Gregory I by Francisco de Zurbarán, 1626-1627.
Oil on canvas, courtesy of the Museo Provincial
de Bellas Artes, Seville, Spain.
Pope Gregory I (circa 540 - 604 CE) is famous for, among other things, sending out a mission - the Gregorian missio
04/20/2011 02:01:00 AM
Decorated eggs from the U.S.
Colored eggs have been associated with Vernal festivals since ancient times. Ancient Greeks and Romans used eggs as symbols of fertility, rebirth, and abundance. This pagan symbol of the rebirth of the earth in cel
04/19/2011 02:01:00 AM
"A Young Hare" by Albrecht Dürer, 1502. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
First of all, why a rabbit? Most likely the animal selected to represent Easter was a hare, not a rabbit. Hares are generally larger than rabbits, have longer ea
04/18/2011 02:01:00 AM
"It's hard to enjoy a party when you're being chased by wacky waiters, dizzy drinkers, and crazy dancers! Now you have to find Gatsby, the mysterious man you saw disappear on the hillside...or did he?"
04/15/2011 02:01:00 AM
Artist Nancy Diessner is a dog lover. She has worked at the Save a Dog Shelter and learned there "that the bond that grew between often-abandoned or abused dogs and the people who adopted them was direct but not simple". She got to know b
04/14/2011 02:01:00 AM
Photo courtesy of Zé Eduardo.
Piñatas are popular the world over, especially as part of children's birthday celebrations. But they have a long history, and in Mexico and Spain they are associated with religious celebrations - Lent and Ch
04/13/2011 02:01:00 AM
A diacritical mark is a glyph added to a letter or a basic glyph. It comes from a Greek word for "distinguishing". The tilde is a diacritical mark most often seen over the "n" in Spanish, to signify a palatal nasal sound like an "ny". &nb
04/12/2011 02:01:00 AM
Orange blossoms and fruit. Image courtesy of Ellen Levy Finch/Wikipedia.
When I was three my parents bought their first house. We moved to the new city of Granada Hills in the northern San Fernando Valley. Right across from us was
04/11/2011 02:01:00 AM
Contemporary Chinese example (for Year of the Dog) in a style that is
like the 6th century form. Image courtesy of Fanghong/Wikipedia.
Papercutting is the art of cutting out paper designs. Cultures all over the world have their own
04/08/2011 02:01:00 AM
The most common meaning of the word "ring" is a circular band worn as ornamental jewelry around a finger. A ring can be made out of almost any material, and is worn by both men and women. The custom of giving a ring has been around for al
04/07/2011 02:01:00 AM
Image courtesy of arcspace.com.
It was the Viipuri Library. Then it was the Nadezhda Krupskaya Municipal Library. Now it is the Central City Alvar Aalto Library. Whichever name you prefer, its architecture is unique and its design
04/06/2011 02:01:00 AM
He had tried a number of jobs without success but, unlike Dubya, these jobs were undistinguished so failure only hurt himself. His last job was clerking in his brother's dry goods store. But the call of the hunt was too much for him. &nbs
04/05/2011 02:01:00 AM
Bonvicini's London installation. Image courtesy of Jennifer Carlile/MSNBC.com
Eight years ago one of the most influential artists in recent years displayed an installation that is still causing waves. It is going viral AGAIN in emails, a
04/04/2011 02:01:00 AM
Image courtesy of Señor Codo/Wikipedia.
Mariachi is music native to Mexico, mainly associated with Jalisco, but also the western states of Nayarit, Zacatecas, Aguacalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacán, and Colima. Its exact birthplace is
04/01/2011 02:01:00 AM
Dans le train
Anastassia Elias is an artist and illustrator who lives in Paris. Her preferred medium is paper collages and paintings. She has illustrated two children's books, and has exhibited her paintings. She is self-taught, an
03/31/2011 02:01:00 AM
The Kuthodaw Pagoda viewed from the southeast.
Last November I wrote about the worlds largest book Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom which holds the Guinness World Record. However, there is an older
03/30/2011 02:01:00 AM
Photo courtesy of Ji-Elle/Wikipedia.
The Chêne chapelle, or chapel oak in English, is a unique oak tree in Allouville-Bellefosse. This is the oldest known tree in France. Allouville-Bellefosse is a small farming village. Accordin
03/29/2011 02:01:00 AM
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia. Image courtesy of Ezequiel Cabrere/Wikipedia.
Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. Gold, silver, tin, gas and oil have all been exported from the country, but those exports made others rich, not Boliv
03/28/2011 02:01:00 AM
"Some people, when they think of Southern California, think of nuts. Not the kind that grow in trees, but the kind that swing in treesthe bearded, mop-haired, half-naked vegetarians who wander around in the hills and occasionally ro
03/25/2011 02:01:00 AM
"The subjects are bit players who, for a brief time, found fameprinted on the glassy surface of dime novels. My mitts and an a xacto knife work together to persuade skirts and skinflintsto return to the stage for one
03/24/2011 02:01:00 AM
Poster by Kees Kelfkens, 1958, for CPNB.
Each year the CPNB or Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek (the Collective Promotion for the Dutch Book) organizes a book week to promote Dutch literature. The CPNB was founded by profess
03/23/2011 02:01:00 AM
A worker at a carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas, 1942.
Photo by John Vachon.
Part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal in the United States was to create the Resettlement Administration (RA) in 1935 to deal with rural poverty. Two years lat
03/22/2011 02:01:00 AM
The March Hare from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by
Lewis Carroll. Illustration by Sir John Tenniel. The Hare
wears straw on its head, a sign of madness in Victorian times.
The saying "mad as a march hare" is an old one, and refers t
03/21/2011 02:01:00 AM
When I think of a monastery I picture a very austere place, bare, somewhat dank, with tiny little rooms with cots for the monks, a large church, and gardens, a brewery and a winery, and bees. If I'm in a romantic mood and
03/18/2011 02:01:00 AM
Eric "Badlands" Booker
Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, Crazy Legs Conti, Eric "Badlands" Booker, Elizabeth "Rubber Gut" Canady, Ivan "The Invader" Hickman, Joey Chestnut, Gentleman Joe Menchetti - sound like a Mafia family to you? Well, they a
03/17/2011 02:01:00 AM
The Western Wall in Jerusalem.
In March 2000, eleven years ago, Pope John Paul II visited Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust memorial in Israel. He also made history by going to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where he left the following note:
03/16/2011 02:01:00 AM
Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits...
...and Leon Russell.
"This is supposed to be a hall of fame...if they renamed the place 'Rock and Roll Hall of Artists You Should Have Liked More Than the Ones You Actually Did'
03/15/2011 02:01:00 AM
Aysash?r? Akinori at the January 2008 tournament.
This Mongolian champion is 30 years old, weighs 330 lbs. and is 6' tall.
Photo by Eckhard Pecher via Wikipedia.
The guy above is a rock star. Sort of. In Japan, he was one of the top su
03/14/2011 02:01:00 AM
Assortment of bookguns from the 90s by Robert The.
"Obsession with the semiotic erosion of meaning and reality led me to create objects that evangelize their own relevance by a direct fusion of word and form. Books (many culled from
03/11/2011 02:01:00 AM
Six hundred years ago, a rebel leader named Lê L?i used a magical sword to drive out the Chinese from his country. He had gotten the blade from a fisherman who found it in his nets. The blade had no handle but was engraved wi