Men Act, Women Appear (NSFW)

"The mirror was often used as a symbol of the vanity of woman. The moralizing, however, was mostly hypocritical. You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, you put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting "Vanity", thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your... Continue Reading →

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(Fiction) The meaning of magic

Dad was on big important phone calls all the next day, with bankers I think. Mr. A. Tranjay had said at dinner that his work would be done soon, and that was quicker than anyone expected. I didn’t want him to go. I liked having him there. I didn’t know where he loved but I... Continue Reading →

(Music) Why hit songs sound the same

The data visualists over at The Pudding have put together a fascinating analysis of pop music going back to the 1950s using an eight-point measure originally developed at MIT. From the article: In 2005, Tristan Jehan, a PhD student at MIT, published his dissertation, “Creating Music By Listening,” a framework for AI-created music. The immediate... Continue Reading →

(Music) Fine and Mellow

Lester Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. After achieving prominence in Count Basie's orchestra, Young became one of the most influential players on his instrument. In contrast to many of his hard-driving peers, Young had a relaxed, cool manner that he paired with... Continue Reading →

The feral femininity of Charlotte Grimm (NSFW)

Charlotte Grimm (@espiritconfus on Instagram) is an art therapy student and fairy tale-esque photographer based out of Leipzig, Germany whose dark fantasy-inspired works explore, or perhaps expose, a sexually potent yet unapologetically self-assured femininity. But despite the nudity, these are not erotic works. Grimm's subjects are not handing themselves to the gaze of the viewer.... Continue Reading →

(Fiction) Time for dreaming

“Is the stag waiting for something?” I stood in the doorway of the old garage. I was supposed to go to a hospital in a couple days. Or was it tomorrow? I could never keep track. But I knew I was almost out of time. I needed help. Maybe I had to break my promise.... Continue Reading →

The celestial art of Julie Dillon

Wikipedia: Julie Dillon (born in 1982) is an American artist specializing in science fiction and fantasy art. A freelance illustrator, Dillon has created images for games, book and magazine covers, and covers for musical albums. Dillon's work has been nominated for the Chesley Award three times; she won the 2010 Chesley Award for Best Unpublished... Continue Reading →

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