“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”–Robert Henri
My book consumption slowed to a trickle in the weeks surrounding our move. Too much to do, too little sleep, no time to think or, after a certain point, properly process words. It was that draining. No joke.
Now that most of the volumes are back on their shelves, my reading is nearly back to its normal, healthy pace. Yay!
Here’s what I’m actively digging at the moment:
- Murder in St. Augustine: The Mysterious Death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley by Elizabeth Randall (I’m including this book, even though I finished it last night.)
- Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer Edited and with an Introduction by Antonio D’Ambrosio
- Hollywood Character Actors by James Robert Parish with Earl Anderson, Richard E. Braff, John Robert Cocchi, and Harry Purvis
- A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon
- Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge by Eleanor Herman
- A Little Tour in France by Henry James
What are you reading this week? Please share in the comments!
Woman Reading (Portrait of Sofia Kramskaya), after 1866, by Ivan Kramskoi:
I should probably rename this regular feature, as it often spotlights artists, musicians, and other creative-types. Until I decide on a new one (suggestions welcome!), however, Book Nerd Links it shall remain.
- The Perseverance of Eve Babitz [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Step Inside Louise Bourgeois’s Beautifully Sacred Realm [ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST]
- The Interior Decorators of Bloomsbury [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Literary Critic Harold Bloom has died at 89. [LITERARY HUB]
Hey all! Please accept my apologies for my (totally unintentional) protracted absence from ASPL. Life got in the way (working, vacation, moving, and computer problems…mostly the latter, really).
We’re in our new rental house. Yay! I’m typing these words on a brand new laptop. Double yay!
What does this mean for ASPL? Daily posting. Again. FINALLY!
Here is the promised Mary Cassatt painting. It’s a repeat, but a favorite. Enjoy.
See you tomorrow, you lovely, patient people.
Here’s what my hometown boy had to say about art:
“Art–the one achievement of man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.”–James Thurber
I’ve always loved this photo of Frida Kahlo (which was taken by her dad), but I’m especially digging it today. She looks how I feel.
She was born on this day in 1890:
Pouring Tea by William Worcester Churchill: