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Swamp Pulp

Posted in absurd, Books, film, humor, retro, vintage with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Through dear old Pinterest, I discovered a most unexpected literary (and film!) subgenre: SWAMP PULP.

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Swamps strike me as one of the LEAST sexy ecosystems to cozy up with someone…but what do I know? Swamps are clearly infested with rampant sexuality.
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Apparently there was such a market for this that multiple authors and film makers chose the same swampy titles.

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Oh, we’re still going…

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Yes, there are more…

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Why stop now?

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Are you enjoying yourself? Are you thinking about swamps?

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Not yet? Okay, have some more…

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And this was just the small sample I found. I’m intrigued (not intrigued enough to read about swamp nymphs…but quite astounded that they have been such a prominent feature in dime store novels).

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

Posted in Books, medicine, wish list with tags , , on February 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration appears to be a very interesting book, though perhaps not altogether pleasant to thumb through. For me, this is not an issue, as fascination tends to trump aversion when it comes to how people process, depict and publish the daunting mysteries of an era.

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The Sick Rose is a visual tour through the golden age of medical illustration. The nineteenth century experienced an explosion of epidemics such as cholera and diphtheria, driven by industrialization, urbanization and poor hygiene. In this pre-color-photography era, accurate images were relied upon to teach students and aid diagnosis. The best examples, featured here, are remarkable pieces of art that attempted to elucidate the mysteries of the body, and the successive onset of each affliction. Bizarre and captivating images, including close-up details and revealing cross-sections, make all too clear the fascinations of both doctors and artists of the time. Barnett illuminates the fears and obsessions of a society gripped by disease, yet slowly coming to understand and combat it. The age also saw the acceptance of vaccination and the germ theory, and notable diagrams that transformed public health, such as John Snow’s cholera map and Florence Nightingale’s pioneering histograms, are included and explained. Organized by disease, The Sick Rose ranges from little-known ailments now all but forgotten to the epidemics that shaped the modern age. It is a fascinating Wunderkammer of a book that will enthrall artists, students, designers, scientists and the incurably curious everywhere.

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

Alien and Predator as Little Golden Books

Posted in art, Books, humor, sci-fi with tags , , , on February 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

If these were actually real…I hope (well, know) my father would have gotten them for me when I was a child.

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(Dad…look at Predator! How excellent is this?)
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Would it be in bad taste to paste these over the covers of books I give to other peoples’ children? Just checking.

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Daniel Martin Diaz: The Soul of Science

Posted in anatomy, art, Books with tags , , on January 7, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Daniel Martin Diaz: Soul of Science is a series that speaks to me on such a personal level, as I am always steeped in some swirling combination of art, science, consciousness and philosophical musings…

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In the artist’s own words:
In the fall, I became immersed in scientific and philosophical theories. In particular, I was obsessed with scientific diagrams, which explain theories and properties through drawings.

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My interests also included subjects such as self-aware systems, philosophy, cellular automata, phase transitions, time travel, mystical behaviors at atomic and sub-atomic levels, and the mysteries of consciousness.

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Although these rudimentary drawings were without any leanings towards aesthetics, I found them to be beautiful, though that is clearly not their intention. I was inspired to create my own interpretations of the concepts of consciousness and other theories on a scientific, philosophical, and spiritual level through a simplified means such as drawing.

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All of the projects I have created begin as drawings, which I feel have a beauty and intimacy that paintings cannot capture. The subtle lines that graphite creates and the quickness with which one can capture an idea makes this medium alluring.

Daniel Martin Diaz: Soul of Science

Mary Shelley’s Handwritten Frankenstein Manuscript

Posted in antiques, Books, monsters with tags , , on November 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

There is something special about seeing a classic piece of literature exactly as is came from the hand of its creator. Now you can view Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s own original manuscript.

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See the story of how she came to write the novel here if you’re not familiar. She said this about her inspiration:

When I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw — with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, — I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion.

She was only 19 when she wrote this classic piece. Wow…what were WE all doing at 19?…not this!

See the pages here.
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Desktop Goodies: Books

Posted in Books, humor, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , on November 21, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

This week I’m starting a new phase of my medical journey, involving looooooong intake appointments, so I’m afraid I’ll have to give you a “wordless” DG post today!

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Creative Book Centerpieces

Posted in Books, craft, inspiration, nature, wedding with tags , , , , on November 18, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Technically, these were featured as wedding centerpieces…but I happen to think they’d make a great decorative item in the home.

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One could even “match” the plants to the theme of the book! I love the idea of literature blooming with life. It’s going on my craft to-do list.

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Much Loved

Posted in Books, photography, toys with tags , , on November 12, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Much Loved is a book containing portraits of stuffed animals; beloved pets of children who adored them into gorgeous ruin.

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This series serves as a great reminder of meaning and symbolism. The objects I’ve imbued with most significance in my life were never the ones that cost a lot…they were simple treasures. In a culture so drenched in materialism, adults tend to lose sight of the magnificent magic of loving something with no value, save for where it comes from or how it makes us feel.

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These remind me of a passage from The Velveteen Rabbit:

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
― Margery Williams

(Jim, that one’s for you, your lovely wife and baby girl!)

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Guillermo del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities

Posted in Books, film, monsters, oddities, undead, wish list with tags , , , , , on November 9, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities has me drooling with anticipation!

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Over the last two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own, astonishing audiences with Cronos, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and a host of other films and creative endeavors. Now, for the first time, del Toro reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, sharing the contents of his personal notebooks, collections, and other obsessions.

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The result is a startling, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries. Complete with running commentary, interview text, and annotations that contextualize the ample visual material, this deluxe compendium is every bit as inspired as del Toro is himself.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Does anyone have this yet???

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Dancing With Cats

Posted in Books, creatures, humor with tags , , on November 2, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Awful Library Books dug up a real gem here:

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“Photographs and text celebrate the joyous communication that can exist between humans and their feline companions as they engage in movement and dance together.”

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