February 18, 2011

Clippings: Anything Goes

This green dress is for you, Miss Hale.  (Marc Jacobs via For Me To You)

+ These photos of a 40's lipstick counter are hilarious (via Miss Moss)

+ For the ultimate NY Fashion week photos check out the amazing tumblr From Me to You (above). PS. According to reports main color themes include sapphire blue, deep gold, and rust.  And hemlines are considerably longer.  And they're wearing hats. Thank goodness.

+ Terry Teachout's bi-weekly Sightings column in the WSJ is about George Shearing.  Who we love.

+ A new (old) edition of the Dictionary of of Modern English Use reviewed by New Criterion

+ As RCA said: now all we need is a ticket to England: Watercolour at the Tate

+ I haven't seen the Jeopardy matches with Watson yet (though I saw who won), but thanks to Margaret Cabaniss for drawing my attention to Ken Jennings piece in Slate about the experience:
Watson has lots in common with a top-ranked human Jeopardy! player: It's very smart, very fast, speaks in an uneven monotone, and has never known the touch of a woman. But unlike us, Watson cannot be intimidated. It never gets cocky or discouraged. It plays its game coldly, implacably, always offering a perfectly timed buzz when it's confident about an answer.
+ Photographer Irinia Werning has done a really neat photo series where she restaged adults from their childhood settings--Back to the Future:

+ Today is the feast of Fra Angelico!  Hurrah!  We love him lots and lots.  Remember?

+ Also, in case you missed it: The Courtier had a wonderful piece in local blog The Georgetown Patch about Valentine's Day Art in the National Gallery.

Best Thing I've Read All Week: Don't let this stunning warm spell fool you, Winter is not over. Mark Helprin has a beautiful meditation on the terrifying yet loved season of Winter (WSJ, but sadly subscriber only):  
On its way to Moscow in June of 1812, a Napoleonic army of 422,000 crossed the River Nieman near the Russian-Polish frontier. By the time it recrossed in December, it was only 10,000 strong. In conjunction with battle deaths, illness and desertion, winter famously played its part as temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius froze men and animals into ghastly plinths as hard as stone. In the Caucasus more than a hundred years later, 10,000 soldiers of the Turkish Ninth Corps froze to death in a matter of hours. And many Germans, Italians and Romanians would suffer the same fate...

Me, elsewhere:
+ I announced our next piece of music and RCA and J had lots of wonderful things to say about Mahler.
+ I am cutting back on LLB, one review a week.  I'll probably cross post it here as well.
+ Yesterday I wrote a piece about Comedy in film.  It's been getting a lot of attention, thanks to the lovely Julie at Happy Catholic.  I'll be developing this thought more, I hope.

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