#47: This was all enchanting stuff

Flying machines, roller-zoku, snail warfare, and other worldly delights.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

The Library at Grey Gardens
“The formal gardens, the claw-foot bathtubs, the elaborate butler’s pantry, the wicker dressing tables: this was all enchanting stuff, but what enthralled us most were the Grey Gardens libraries, the bulk of which were also inherited from the Beales; their books dwelled coquettishly alongside the Bradlees’ later imports. More than anything else in that storied house, the books gave us an intimate, voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of the people who’d lived there over the past century. Each evening, our little entourage bathed and dressed as if for a Beale cocktail party—and then, champagne in hand, we settled in the living room, playing records and communing with the tomes.”

‘Groundhog Day’ Writer Danny Rubin Lived His Movie
“This is the story of how Danny Rubin wrote Groundhog Day not once but twice — maybe more times than that, but who’s counting. It’s unusual for any artist to live so long under the shadow of a single work, let alone a story that is itself intimately concerned with limits and repetition. It’s more unusual still for an artist to return to that story in another medium for an encore nearly three decades later. Yet here Rubin is, in a Broadway theater, listening to his words echo, again and again and again, into the dark.”

Confessions of a Watch Geek
Hodinkee is the brainchild of Ben Clymer, a thirty-four-year-old watch impresario. In the outside world, no one really understood me, or the value of tempered blue screws. My sister-in-law pointed out, not incorrectly, that I might be suffering a midlife crisis. But, in Watch World, you enter a room and everybody wants to discuss micro-rotors with you. As Cara Barrett, one of the few women writers on Hodinkee’s staff, told me, “Micro-rotors are pretty damn adorable.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

Intricate cardboard flying machines.
19th century astronomical drawings.
Portraits of Tokyo’s roller-zoku gangs.
Germany has some very impressive pipe organs.
Rickshaw school buses of India.
Mumbai’s time capsule cafés.
The gloriously arty metro stations of Stockholm.
The nail-free churches of Kizhi Island.
Mongolia’s puzzle museum.
Hidden museums of the world.
And from Etsy, mid-century cat furniture and a salad hat.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

How a sign language interpreter makes music visual.
Recreating history for the movies.
Brene Brown on the spirit of connection.
The origins of graphic communication.
And essay title of the week:
The Snail in Gothic Marginal Warfare.