William Caxton’s 1483 version of the legend of St. Eustace, from The Golden Legend.
This is the wall painting in Canterbury Cathedral that inspired Russell Hoban’s novel Riddley Walker.Continue reading
Images from a project by art collective AEF+F called Action Half-Life
Look at this:
To some extent, you can judge a book by its cover. The original cover of Red Harvest, first published by Knopf in 1929, exhibits many of the characteristic features of art deco, the dominant design style of the era.
Note the angularity of the lettering. The way the title itself has been squeezed so tightly it forces a break in the word “Harvest.” The bold black on white. The flat, bright patterning of the borders. These are all signifiers of a new cultural phase of modernity. They represent a conscious rejection of the curvilinear font and rich, embellished illustration found in an art nouveau poster like this advertisement for biscuits (what Americans call a cookie):Continue reading
Golden Gate park
(Note on terminology: After struggling with it awhile I opted to use the n-word once in this essay because it is literally part of the name of the object discussed. This single use of the term was placed in quotes to indicate that fact, as well as the fact that I would never use it otherwise.)
The characters and events described by Charles Chesnutt in The Marrow of Tradition give dramatic form to Black people’s experience of racist discrimination and violence during the Nadir of the Negro. Deprived of many civil rights, targeted by lynch mobs, and subjected to daily indignities, African Americans struggled to survive the Nadir as best they were able.Continue reading
Choose your Saladin.
Ian Keith in The Crusades (DeMille 1935):Continue reading
Images of Saladin:Continue reading
Caspar David Friedrich
Monastery Cemetery in the Snow