The Wandering and Watercolours of Hermann Hesse

“This wind, into which I am climbing, is fragrant of beyonds and distances, of watersheds and foreign languages, of mountains and southern places. It is full of promise.” ― Hermann Hesse, Wandering I was very lucky yesterday, while mooching through piles of 2nd hand books at a Spanish fleamarket,  to spy and purchase a copy … Continue reading The Wandering and Watercolours of Hermann Hesse

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Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself – Brain Pickings

How can man know himself? It is a dark, mysterious business: if a hare has seven skins, a man may skin himself seventy times seven times without being able to say, “Now that is truly you; that is no longer your outside.” It is also an agonizing, hazardous undertaking thus to dig into oneself, to … Continue reading Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself – Brain Pickings

Harry Clarke’s Looking Glass | The Public Domain Review

  With their intricate line and often ghoulish tone, the works of Irish artist Harry Clarke are amongst the most striking in the history of illustration and stained glass design. Kelly Sullivan explores how, unknown to many at the time, Clarke took to including his own face in many of his pictures.       … Continue reading Harry Clarke’s Looking Glass | The Public Domain Review

The Gold Tree, with initials designed by Austin O Spare

The gold tree. With initials designed by Austin O. Spare and cut in wood by W. Quick. Published 1917 The Gold Tree is a short story written by Sir John Collings Squire, in which he describes in detail an imagined bookshop that appears frequently in his dreams.  It can be viewed and read here: https://archive.org/stream/goldtreewithinit00squiuoft#page/n5/mode/2upContinue reading The Gold Tree, with initials designed by Austin O Spare

“He was an illumination thrown upon life.”

" Specialism consists in seeing the things of the material world as well as those of the spiritual world in their original and consequential ramifications. The highest human genius is that which starts from the shadows of abstraction to advance into the light of specialism. (Specialism, species, sight, speculation, seeing all, and that at one … Continue reading “He was an illumination thrown upon life.”

The Hermit; or, The Unparalleled Sufferings, and Surprising Adventures, of Philip Quarll (1814) | The Public Domain Review

A story thought to be by Peter Longueville – writing under the pseudonym of Edward Dorrington – about Philip Quarll, a Crusoe-style castaway, who spends 50 years alone on an uninhabited island island of monkeys and pomegranate fields far off the coast of Mexico. When eventually he is eventually found in 1715 by the narrator … Continue reading The Hermit; or, The Unparalleled Sufferings, and Surprising Adventures, of Philip Quarll (1814) | The Public Domain Review

Left-hand synchronicities

Three images I came across in quick succession, a nice little synchronicity thereby demanding attention   Robert Longo (American, b. 1953), Mark. Lithograph with embossing, 1982-83, from Men in the Cities   Robert Maguire 1969 edition cover design by Alfred Zalon

On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand

1969 edition cover design by Alfred Zalon I picked up a copy of this book some years back, in a charity shop.  I wanted it for the content, but if I had found a copy of the 1969 edition that I came across online recently, with the cover design by Alfred Zalon, I would probably … Continue reading On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand

P.D. Ouspensky: Strange Life of Ivan Osokin – Ivan-Osokin.pdf

"At six years of age Ouspensky was reading on an adult level. Two books made a strong impression on him—Lermontov's A Hero for Our Time and Turgenev's A Sportsman's Notebook. Lermontov's book is noteworthy since the ideas it expresses—the plasticity of time and questions of predestination, fate and recurrence—are those that would occupy Ouspensky throughout … Continue reading P.D. Ouspensky: Strange Life of Ivan Osokin – Ivan-Osokin.pdf

Max Ernst – La femme 100 tetes

"Max Ernst's collage book "La femme 100 têtes", originally published in 1929. directed by Eric Duvivier The book consisted of a surrealist picture per page, with a little legend. But the story depended on the ability of the reader to interpret the collages, and was not relying that much on the legends. The book was … Continue reading Max Ernst – La femme 100 tetes