"The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale… wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies."

Marc Bloch, The Historian’s Craft

7/23 strolling sight no. 4

7/23 strolling sight no. 4

7/23 strolling sight no. 3

7/23 strolling sight no. 3

7/23 strolling sight no. 2

7/23 strolling sight no. 2

7/23 strolling sight no. 1

7/23 strolling sight no. 1

Three cat idol paste-ups at 14th St and Florida Ave, Washington, DC

14th and U St, Washington, DC

14th and U St, Washington, DC

fieldmuseumphotoarchives:

Fossil Friday, Ground sloth descendants.
© The Field Museum, GEO80231.
Ground Sloths Descended from Tree Living  Ancestors. Hall 38 Case 37 completed and installed.
8x10 negative
7/12/1943

fieldmuseumphotoarchives:

Fossil Friday, Ground sloth descendants.

© The Field Museum, GEO80231.

Ground Sloths Descended from Tree Living  Ancestors. Hall 38 Case 37 completed and installed.

8x10 negative

7/12/1943

Thoughts on taste and comfort

Q: How often is one’s taste (visual, musical, etc.) tied to a feeling of home or comfort?

A: Often, I think. Something can be in your taste if it reminds you of yourself, of a place in your mind, of some Acadia. Alternately, something can also be in your aesthetic if it subverts something of that feeling of home, if it takes you to a strange or scary place far from what you know. - at least this is what I’ve observed from friends, etc.

What does this mean - this taste for for uncomfortable forms, colors, or themes? Is this linked to an affinity for taboo subjects, or simply a need for excitement? Are we just trying to get away from ourselves and what we hold as our true values and qualities?

- Thoughts upon reading The Unknown Matisse and also considering a friend’s alarmed reaction to my skewered shrimp at dinner. The same friend likes images, movies, etc that are “dark”, but is afraid of spiders …and apparently shrimp.

Again, I find myself returning to the play of the uncanny and of fear/disgust in relation to aesthetics. Hello again, weird friend.

artmagnifique:

VINCENT VAN GOGH. Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, 1890, oil on canvas.

Electric

artmagnifique:

VINCENT VAN GOGH. Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, 1890, oil on canvas.

Electric