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European Wolf

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Summer (top) and winter coats.

October 7, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sue Thompson is dead at 96

Strange song that went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.

I loved it then and I still like it.

Your experience may differ.

Neil Genzlinger's September 28, 2021 New York Times obituary of the singer, who died last month, is a masterpiece.

October 7, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Suprematist Composition (Eight Red Rectangles) — Kasimir Malevich

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Russian artist Kasimir Severinovich Malevich (1878-1935) painted this oil on canvas in 1915, the same year he laid down the foundations of Suprematism in his manifesto, "From Cubism to Suprematism."

It measures 24" x 20".

It is one of Malevich's earliest Suprematist paintings, and first went on public display in the legendary "The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings '0-10' (zero-ten)," the first exhibition in which Malevich presented a group of nonobjective paintings demonstrating his ideas about a new art that he called Suprematism.

From the Stedelijk Museum:

Malevich sought a form of art that was free from previous conceptions of color, shape, and perspective.

He believed that the purely pictorial aspect of painting was superior to all other elements in painting, and needed to be liberated from recognizable representations of reality.

Suprematism was influenced by Russian Cubo-Futurism.

Principal elements were movement, simultaneity, and cosmic insights.

The painting is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Stedelijk holds the largest collection of Malevich's work outside Russian.

October 7, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"I have only one passion in life — cooking." — Virginia Woolf

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From Paper and Salt:

Constant self-effacement is a theme that runs through Virginia Woolf's letters. Her talents didn't really lie in the library, she would tell you. They were in the kitchen. "I have only one passion in life — cooking," Woolf wrote to her friend (and occasional lover) Vita Sackville-West. "I have just bought a superb oil stove. I can cook anything... I assure you it is better than writing these more than idiotic books."

Where Woolf hesitated to praise her own writing, she wasn't nearly so shy about her talent for baking. "Cooked lunch today and made a loaf of really expert bread," she wrote. Bread was her specialty, particularly a traditionally British double-decker creation: the snowmanesque cottage loaf (top). Her dedication to the kitchen was unusual for a woman of the upper-middle class. She did, however, draw the line at doing the dishes ("How servants preserve either sanity or sobriety if that is 9/10ths of their lives... God knows").

In "Recollections of Virginia Woolf, Louie Mayer, the Woolfs' cook, marvels at Virginia's calm expertise. "She showed me how to make the dough with the right quantities of yeast and flour, and then how to knead it. She returned three or four times during the morning to knead it again. Finally, she made the dough into the shape of a cottage loaf and baked it at just the right temperature."

From Woolf's letters, the time she spent cooking seemed to be its own rest cure, clearing her head of everything else but the dough. "My bread bakes well," she writes in her diary, and it resounds like a soothing mantra. "If all else fails, I tell myself, my bread bakes well. My bread bakes well."

We don't see many cottage loaves today. Even in the early 20th century, when Woolf was writing, they were going out of fashion. It's believed they were originally shaped to save space in an oven — rising vertically instead of spreading out over the oven floor — but their unusual dimensions make them harder to cut or use for a sandwich.

But Woolf wasn't the only literary champion of the cottage loaf. George Orwell, ever the expert about traditional English cooking, extolled its virtues as among the best food the U.K. had to offer, good just on its own. "If there is anything quite as good as the soft part of the crust from an English cottage loaf," he wrote, "I do not know of it."

October 7, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bubble Wrap Tissues

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Want.

From the website:

When stress is your issue, reach for Bubble Wrap Tissues.

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Whether you're feeling the crunch of everyday life, or just the uncontrollable urge to squeeze those perfect little air-filled pockets, every burst bubble is another step closer to ultimate relaxation.

Now you can stop using your local FedEx as your personal therapy spa.

Features and Details:

• Bubbles occupy their own squares for individual popping fun

• Addictive: too much fun to stop

• Sheets measure 6.5" x 6"

• 14 sheets per box

• Recyclable

$5.99.

October 7, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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