From Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic:

quote5Look, I don’t know what’s hidden within you. I have no way of knowing such a thing. You yourself may barely know, although I suspect you’ve caught glimpses. I don’t know your capacities, your aspirations, your longings, your secret talents. But surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.

Generally, this is a feel-good book. Then again, I’m often accused of being overly judgmental – which I am. Hate being told things I already know…and don’t do much about. But sometimes it’s the right time. And this paragraph was the right one – needed a reminder that there’s still work to be done…

two men eating at a humble tableTwo Young Men Eating At A Humble Table
Diego Velazquez, artist
c. 1622


failing and flying complete
divider separator

study of ellie sleeping_oconnorStudy of Ellie Sleeping
Liam Marc O’Connor, artist
oil on zinc, 2015

[Above poem from the book Refusing Heaven …]

…time to let it fly…

new yorker carrier pigeoncartoon by
Will McPhail
The New Yorker, 1/18/16 issue

…dress warm…

my weekend is all booked hoodie

More bookish fashion at LookHuman

via Saatchi Art:

“Dutch artist Daniel Martin‘s most recent work comprises explicit portraits of defiled faces, and the images have an unsettling expression. It feels like the portraits were deliberately damaged after the painting was completed. This consciously cultivated spontaneity in painting is intrinsic to Martin’s work. A misshapen tree, that imperfection of beauty, is a source of inspiration to Daniel Martin.”


[h/t to this isnt happiness…and Empty Kingdom…]

…and time to coffee up!

tundra 1_16_16Tundra Comics
by Chad Carpenter

He was always in a sharp suit or tux. Regularly at the Met Gala or the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards to support his wife. Never caught stumbling out of the hot club at 4 a.m. He’d already been to a lifetime’s worth of parties.

He read a lot. He collected art. He painted. He and Iman socialized with the parents of their daughter’s friends at school. He spent his remaining time meaningfully and productively, and largely here.

He understood that in our minds we all held a picture of David Bowie, or Ziggy, or the Thin White Duke. It allowed him to walk among us disguised as himself, David Jones.

– excerpted from David Bowie: Invisible New Yorker
The New York Times, 1/17/16

bowie NYT 2David Bowie outside the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, circa 1980.
Credit Art Zelin/Getty Images

Post-eulogies…it was this photo that did it for me…famous, anonymous, style & elegance…

chance encounter_lewis_2Chance Encounter
Martin Lewis,1940

Comb your hair, pleads your face
Try to wipe out every trace
Of all the other days in the week
You know this’ll be the Saturday reachin’ your peak

Stop on the red, goin’ on the green
Tonight’ll be like nothin’, you’ve ever seen
Barrelin’ down the boulevard
Looking for the heart of Saturday night

Is it the crack of the poolballs, neon buzzin’?
Telephone’s ringing, it’s your second cousin
The barmaid that’s smilin’ from the corner of her eye
The magic of the melancholy tear in your eye

– Tom Waits, Looking For The Heart Of Saturday Night
[video/audio here]


text combined 2
– excerpted from A.J. Liebling’s essay “Ahab and Nemesis (Rocky Marciano
vs. Archie Moore)”, The New Yorker, October 1955
Found in The New Yorker collection, The 50s: The Story of a Decade

bellows club nightClub Night
George Bellows, artist

Note – For those who want to know, Bovril was developed in the 1870’s by John Lawson Johnston and sold primarily in the UK. According to the University of Cambridge Research News,” Johnston saw the potential for a beef extract with added protein…made by heating carcasses of cattle and reducing the liquids that came off into a residue which was mixed with powdered dried meat.” As a decades old brand, Bovril ” still boasts iconic status in the public imagination” and “encapsulated notions of health and energy, stamina and stoicism.”

Think I’ll take a pass…

…are you ready?

zits 3Zits
by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

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