Next to a beautiful, elegant woman, between the silky spirals of her train, on the back of a chair, in a dark angle in the background, he accurately painted, although almost invisible, the animal that recalled the face of the protagonist. He thus had a series of ladies and gentlemen from the squirrel, from the lizard, from the sea horse, etc.
From "The Real Face,"
by Guido Gozzano
, "first and finest representative of the Crepuscolari
, the poets of the Twilight." [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on May 23, 2013 -
2 Tone was both a British music genre and a record label where black met white; fired by the great Thatcher divide.
The Two Tone story
More Music inside: - [more inside]
posted by adamvasco
on Jul 30, 2011 -
It's Parade Day,
the culmination of the island's biggest and best party of the year, Key West's Fantasy Fest 2008
. It's a small party, (in that Key West is only 4-by-2 miles in size), but it increases Key West's population from 27,000 to over 100,000! What's the attraction? Well aside from the body painting
], casual debauchery [NSFW, GGW, and possible WTF]
, great freakin' music
, freaks getting freaky over freak nakedness
, photo ops
], and a pretty much non-stop outrageous gay-straight-bi-leather-whatever One Human Family
sexy fun fun fun
] celebration, Parade Night is miles and miles/five hours of out-of-this-world partying island festival
[possible NSFW, whatchutink
]! Come now!
posted by humannaire
on Oct 25, 2008 -
Who will volunteer to be our new Space Messiah?
In these selfish times, maybe a little good old-fashioned self-sacrifice in the name of space exploration is just what the doctor ordered to restore humanity's faith in scientific truth and reason. On the other hand, could this bold proposal somehow be connected to recent revelations about the potential influence of mind-controlling parasites on human culture, as discussed in this MeFi thread on toxoplasmosis
? Could it be that these little red guys from the sky
are actually martian invaders who've been the secret puppet masters behind the world's recent troubles all along, as they carry out their fiendishly clever plot to drive humanity to the brink of self-destruction just so we'll be desperate enough to willingly offer up one of our own in a gesture of symbolic heroism? Will our new astronaut saviour ultimately end up as nothing more than a quick snack for the unnameable horror that awaits on the surface of the red planet?
posted by saulgoodman
on Aug 4, 2006 -
What the World May Come To.
"THE school books tell us that the earth is a round globe, or, to be more exact, an oblate spheroid - a ball with the ends slightly flattened, as in an orange. This is, of course, true of the general appearance of the earth as it might be viewed from the moon or from Mars, and we may see it proved more or less by watching the earth's shadow on the lunar surface during an eclipse of the moon. But the earth is slowly but surely changing its shape, and already it is in process of becoming a tetraedron, or a pyramid." (Via Incoming Signals
, which quite properly calls the author "sort of the Time Cube guy
of the World War One era.")
posted by languagehat
on Jan 17, 2005 -
The Air Loom Gang
were undercover Jacobin revolutionaries, bent on forcing Britain into a disastrous war with Revolutionary France; operating a device hidden in a London basement, they beamed their diabolical rays directly into the brain of James Tilly Matthews
, who drew detailed technical diagrams of the device while confined at Bedlam
. The spiritual father of all paranoid schizophrenics since, he had a fascinating set of delusions. [More inside.]
posted by languagehat
on Sep 4, 2003 -
II. In the original post, we had a blast exploring odd sites in which people displayed eccentric talents. MOs walk a thin line between genius and madness. These are people with "too much time on their hands." How I envy their crackpot devotion, energy and perfectionism. These are the True Geeks! (Fresh examples inside...)
posted by grumblebee
on Sep 19, 2002 -