Black Swan tribute: erotic intensity at the ballet

Tanaquil LeClercq in "Jones Beach"

Before the Black Swan, the White Swan and the dichotomy between them ever existed, there were pioneering 19th century ballerinas who defined different types in ballet. The most famous is Marie Taglioni, the first to reinforce her ballet slippers and rise up on pointe, creating the impression of floating or flying—a creature of the air, innocent … Continue reading

Kitsch design

Venus de Milo on speakerphone ad

Kitsch is a theory of the kind of bad taste that emerged in an era of reproduction—where the Venus de Milo can be reproduced as a garden statuette, or imagined using a speakerphone. Like pornography, it follows an “I know it when I see it” standard. Kitsch is a watered-down, false, or inappropriately used reference … Continue reading

Book cover awesomeness bloggers

Holgalicious Book!s flickr set

Book cover design #1: Victorian color, Atomic Age twist

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Penguin Poets 1963

White House Cook Book

Sirloin of beef

I clipped the cover image of the White House Cook Book when I saw the book for sale because I was intrigued by the swashes and the attractive, haphazard layout. Published in 1913, it’s in the public domain, and can be viewed in full online. The first chapter on carving has cute line drawings of … Continue reading

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