Happy #museumcats day. This holiday is my favorite because I am named after the Getty Museum in California.
My humin says this is because I has the same colors in my furs as the Getty Gardens—desert browns, dappled sun, dark shade, travertine, smogs, white stone, and pretty bronze. But I think the real reason is that I has impeccable taste in arts and belong in a villa.
Anyway, I read every new post on the museum’s blog, the Iris. And I sneef and re-sneef all of their tweets. You should, too! thegetty
Mmm. I want to know more about achieving a better world through chivalry.
Alice Kent Stoddard (1885-1976)
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Sparhawk-Jones was herself a painter, and a bit of a prodigy. However,
in 1913, a hereditary struggle with mental illness overwhelmed her and she disappeared from of the art world. It was the year of the controversial Armory Show in New York, in which the storm of European modernism overwhelmed its American audience. It was the year her only sister married and moved away, leaving Elizabeth the sole provider of their domineering widowed mother.
Incredibly she returned to painting two decades later ‘with an original style that sparked a second success’.
— Walter Benjamin, Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism
In cities, and on the ‘Net, we seek in endless crowds the one we’ll know we could have loved, when she has passed us by forever.
Frack me. I’ll never get a positive review from James Wood.
"Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Piketty : 2.4%
Yes, it came out just three months ago. But the contest isn’t even close. Mr. Piketty’s book is almost 700 pages long, and the last of the top five popular highlights appears on page 26.
I don’t quite understand the methodology [what if the good stuff is mostly towards the end or the beginning?], but I’m impressed with how well Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch fared [98.5%]. Disappointed in Gatsby [or the summer readers thereof]: I know there’s plenty of good stuff towards the end.