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FEBRUARY 13, 2014
Another winter storm is knocking on the door today but it's cozy inside. Winter: another reason to curl up and procrastinate with a second cup of coffee and ponder that teetering pile of books next to my work table and bed.
a Seattle Art Museum monograph titled "Hopper's Women". Inside I found two Hopper sketches of fashionable Parisians (1906-07) that startled me. They remind me the Italian illustrator: Lorenzo Mattotti
from Mattotti's "Private Room" series
This winter I've been leisurely taking in the delights of "À la recherche de la temps perdu" by Marcel Proust. I never knew…! But I procrastinate here too and find at the library a book about Proust and turn-of-the-century Paris. The cover is adorned with an idealized portrait of young Marcel by Jacques-Emile Blanche (which reminds me of our own fabulous Gerard DuBois).
Montaigne was the original blogger. He invented a form of writing we take for granted: the essay. Pretty amazing. His curiosity, sense of humor and fearlessness are inspiring. I see similar traits in Christoph Neimann's "Abstract City". Brilliant work. It gives one faith in humanity while looking it squarely in the eyes.
"Keeper" is in my bedside queue (cover illustration by August Hall). I just finished illustrating a wonderful rhyming picture book by Kathi Appelt so I'm anxious to read this prose work. To the right is a loving biography of E.H. Shepard. Who was E.H. Shepard?
Ernest H. Shepard? He of Winnie The Pooh, Punch, and The Wind In The Willows fame? Of course!
A few more Shepard sketches done in his 90's for Punch. He led an amazing life in a world that doesn't really exist any longer.
Help! I can't keep up! Just yesterday the cursed mailman brought my latest New Yorker with a cleverly sweet cover illustration by Jorge Colombo. It goes on top of the stack (imho: I recommend Sasha Frere-Jones review of the new Beck album).
The bane of my existence and why it takes twice as long to get anything accomplished. Beware of kittens: They distract and turn the brain -and the internet- to mush. Yet another cause of procrastination. OK: back to work!