[Alternative Muses] Coming and Going: Maxwell Anderson/Charles Laughton Mashup

“If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right.”-Maxwell Anderson (born 15 December 1888)

Charles Laughton by Carl Van Vechten, 1940

Charles Laughton (died 15 December 1962) by Carl Van Vechten. 1940.

Happy Birthday, James Thurber!

James Thurber, my hometown boy, was born on 8 December 1894:

James Thurber by Fred Palumbo, 1954

James Thurber by Fred Palumbo, 1954

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”-James Thurber

Also check out: A Sunday Afternoon Virtual Tour of the (James) Thurber House Museum

[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] Sixth Stop: Literature Lodge

I love bookish goodies almost as much as I love actual books, and reading. Being a bookworm is not a hobby: it is an all-enveloping, personality-defining lifestyle. The holiday season is just getting started, which means it is time to go shopping the literary way! Over the next two weeks, I will take you on a virtual bookish shopping spree to some of my favourite lit sites!

In 2013, we visited some wonderful literary museums. This year, I am delighted to showcase several amazing book-themed Etsy shops. Let’s get started!

LITERATURE LODGE

This shop makes two products: writer’s blocks and customizable author key chains. Sometimes, less is indeed more. They are wonderful, out-of-the-box gifts/stocking stuffers for your favourite classic book nerd.

TWO GREAT PIECES:

SHOP INFO:

  • LITERATURE LODGE: ETSY STORE
  • LOCATION: TAUNTON, MA
  • ARTIST: ROBERT SADLER
  • NOTE: THEY ARE ACCEPTING HOLIDAY ORDERS THROUGH FRIDAY, 12 DECEMBER

[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] Fifth Stop: Badly Drawn Authors

I love bookish goodies almost as much as I love actual books, and reading. Being a bookworm is not a hobby: it is an all-enveloping, personality-defining lifestyle. The holiday season is just getting started, which means it is time to go shopping the literary way! Over the next two weeks, I will take you on a virtual bookish shopping spree to some of my favourite lit sites!

In 2013, we visited some wonderful literary museums. This year, I am delighted to showcase several amazing book-themed Etsy shops. Let’s get started!

BADLY DRAWN AUTHORS

I have so much love for this shop. Maybe my inner hipster is showing, but I think it’s a genius idea. You can buy cards and posters of some awesome writers in a fun style that is anything but generic. The prices are also totally affordable for most budgets.

TWO OF MY (MANY) FAVOURITE PIECES:

SHOP INFO:

  • BADLY DRAWN AUTHORS: ETSY STORE
  • LOCATION: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
  • ARTIST: SEAN RYAN
  • ARTIST INFO: HERE

[Alternative Muses] Coming and Going: Georges Seurat/Robertson Davies Mashup

Port-en-Bessin: The Outer Harbor (Low Tide) by Georges Seurat, 1888

Georges Seurat (born 2 December 1859): Port-en-Bessin: The Outer Harbor (Low Tide), 1888.

“The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”-Robertson Davies (died 2 December 1995), Tempest-Tost