A Different Stripe: "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." – Samuel Johnson
Authors’ complaints about publishers have been voiced on many different tunes, but their concert generally amounts to endless variations on the same theme: money. Either they moan piteously, like Henry James writing to his publisher: ‘The delicious ring of the sovereign is conspicuous in our…
2:51 pm • 9 August 2013 • 12 notes
A book the size of a ladybug. (Which happens to be the first chapter of Genesis.)
11:42 pm • 8 August 2013 • 19 notes
Top 20 Female Artists Fetch $1.8 Billion; Mitchell Leads
Combined, the top 20 female artists sold $1.8 billion of art, with American painter Joan Mitchell leading the list as the best-selling female artist of all time, closely followed by Mary Cassatt.
1:21 pm • 6 August 2013 • 27 notes
The new book Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl looks at the challenges of designing covers for the Nabokov classic. Co-editor John Bertram tells The New Yorker that “designing a cover for a controversial novel is always a fraught endeavor, but few novels come with as much visual baggage as Lolita.”
Read more at the New Yorker.
One of my favorite book nerd fun facts remains that the Vintage 50th Anniversary cover with the pale half-mouth was originally supposed to have the lips vertical, but that was too provocative.
1:18 pm • 6 August 2013 • 113 notes
Celebrating Shark Week with plants that have strikingly similar characteristics…
Pictured above: Shark’s Tooth Succulent, Shark Aloe Plant, Shark-skin Agave, Shark-fin Succulent, Agave ‘Little Shark’.
(Images via Pinterest & Flickr)
We love The Sill for many reasons. Not least because they’re so on the ball with current events. The next time I have an opportunity to pair a spiny succulent with a Sharknado reference, you can guarantee I’m doing it. —MN
Plants, much safer than sharks
1:16 pm • 6 August 2013 • 53 notes
This painting by John Sloan shows how the neighborhood near The High Line in New York used to look.
Sloan, a PAFA alum and an influence on generations of artists including Edward Hopper, was born on this date in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, in 1871. Happy birthday!
"Sixth Avenue and Thirtieth Street, New York City," 1907, by John Sloan, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
10:28 am • 2 August 2013 • 52 notes
Lee Miller in Fashion advances are here, and they are just the right size (with these velvety rose-colored endpapers)! Compare this gorgeous photo of Lee, and her famous back, with some of Picasso’s portraits of her here.
Read more about the book, and pre-order it here, or you may never know the story of how she once incurred Picasso’s wrath by eating the tomatoes off a small plant that he had cultivated throughout the occupation of Paris (his inspiration for a dozen paintings).
1:27 pm • 23 July 2013
Riffle Home and Garden: Book Giveaway Alert ! "The Art of the Party" by David Stark
So excited to be able to GIVEAWAY a copy of this beautiful book, The Art of the Party, by one of the most creative, surprising party planners around! Author David Stark has staged events from the from the New York Metropolitan Opera opening gala to Target’s large-scale charitable events…
12:49 pm • 23 July 2013 • 3 notes
We had a beautiful Sunday in Southampton and were even more delighted to find our Portrait of Long Island by Jake Rajs on display at Book Hampton. Look inside the book (like our friend Jenni) here
11:38 am • 8 July 2013