Watership Down cover for class with handlettered type. The plants that make up the wreath are Hazel, Blackberry, Buckthorn, Acorn, Dandelion, Speedwell, and Hawkbit - the botanical names of some of the main rabbits from the original warren.
"These two feelings, this knowledge of a world so awful, this sense of a life so extraordinary — how am I to resolve them?"
Richard Flanagan, Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (with thanks to whiskey river)
My wishes are flowers
staining my days.
— Adonis, from “Celebrating Childhood,” Selected Poems (Yale University Press, 2010)
"Please destroy me, please destroy me, please destroy me."
The splendor of Strahov Library
I am typing this while looking at the building where these images were taken: the library of Strahov Abbey, towering high above Prague. While the monastery was established in 1143, the library dates from 1720. It is one of the most impressive I have visited: thousands of books placed in what looks more like a museum than a library. I hope you get a sense of the atmosphere from these images.
Pics (my own): Strahov Abbey Library, Prague.
Conjunction of young crescent Moon and Venus in dusk. The pairing in this image also shows Venus as a small crescent.
When Venus is near to the orbital position between the Earth and Sun it appears as a crescent, large enough to resolve with a mid-sized binocular or a small telescope or to image with a telephoto lens.
Box Seats at the Theater, the Gentleman and the Lady - Félix Vallotton
Georges Lacombe (French, 1868-1916)
La Forêt au Sol Rouge (The Forest with Red Soil), 1891. Oil on canvas.
Penguin has in the last few years published a number of very readable books on European history, four examples of which are shown here. I’m on an active quest to mow through them, and can so far warmly recommend what I’ve seen of these breath-takingly epic, detailed, erudite and exciting page-turners.
I think it’s a very commendable enterprise by Penguin, to give us these books that allow for a historical understanding of Europe that takes on the excitingly intermeshed history of this little continent considered as the integrated and complex whole that it actually is, rather than to stare myopically on a single country.
Fan Bing Bing at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Jeune & Jolie, May 16th