Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thomas Browne Hydriotaphia, or Urne-Buriall (1658)
Why the Female Ghosts appear unto Ulysses, before the Heroes and masculine spirits? Why the Psyche or soul of Tiresias is of the masculine gender; who being blinde on earth sees more then all the rest in hell; Why the Funerall Suppers consisted of Eggs, Beans, Smallage, and Lettuce, since the dead are made to eat Asphodels about the Elyzian medows? Why since there is no Sacrifice acceptable, nor any propitiation for the Covenant of the grave; men set up the Deity of Morta, and fruitlesly adored Divinities without ears? it cannot escape some doubt...What Song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, though puzling Questions are not beyond all conjecture...

Monday, November 08, 2010

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
John Sloan (American, 1871–1951)
Chinese Restaurant, 1909
Oil on canvas; 26 x 32 1/4 in. (66 x 81.9 cm)

book lovers never go to bed alone

A little library, growing larger every year, is an honourable part of a
man's history. It is a man's duty to have books. A library is not a
luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.

Henry Ward Beecher