Friday, July 27, 2012

A Retreat

cape cod

We are off to the Cape for the weekend! I have been looking forward to this for weeks. Sometimes you just need a break, you know? And sometimes that break involves a lobster roll.

Above: Cape Cod by Katie de Heras.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Guest Post: Shary Boyle

hello length x wit readers! my name is kaitlyn and i blog at isavirtue. liza was good enough to let me guest post on her blog - an online space which i was originally attracted to for liza's amazing finds - we both share a love for unique art pieces. i've loved art deeply for five years but the first artist who really blew my mind is shary boyle. her porcelain sculptures pristinely straddle the chasm between ladylike victorian personas and shocking sexual expression. what is your reaction to these works (don't forget to do a double take!)


Thanks for sharing, Kaitlyn!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Johnny Rocks

Johnny Rocks sells rocks, and only rocks (and minerals and fossils), but I would by a print of his photographs in a second. Aren't these beautiful?

In addition to these lovely pieces, I've got a couple nice things lined up for you this week. Kaitlyn of isavirtue suggested a post swap and I, naturally, was immediately all about it. She will be here tomorrow sharing something particularly awesome, and I'll be over on isavirtue on Wednesday. Have a wonderful week!

Friday, July 20, 2012

It's Friday

And I plan on turning up the music real loud this weekend.

The Beatles, photographed by Harry Benson.
Seen on Pleasing Aesthetics.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Paper Type

These paper letters by Sabeena Karnik have made the rounds many times before, but I came across them again over the weekend and was completely taken all over again. Those curls and swirls are delicious.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hello, Handsome

Peter O'Toole by Douglas Kirkland (1964).

One of my favorite O'Toole stories, as told to David Letterman:
[In Lawrence of Arabia,] there was a famous scene of a charge in which my face was described by Time magazine as with a look of ‘messianic determination’ as we charged.  
…Well came the day of the charge, we were given Moroccan plow camels, who had never had a human being on their hump. We were doing a mile down a shaley hill... 50 camels and 400 horses. Well, it was going to be very dangerous indeed. So I went to the caravan which Omar [Sharif] and I were sharing. As you may know, Omar is a gambling man. He was looking very solemn. 
He said, "Well, I’m working up the odds, Peter….whether or not the camel will fall over, or whether I will fall off the camel. The odds on the camel falling over are 6:4 against, but the odds of me falling off the camel are even money." I saw the sense of that so I asked, "What do you intend to do?" He said, "I’m going to tie myself onto the camel."  I thought, well, I don’t really fancy being adhered to a camel. So I said, "I’m not going to do that, Omar. I’m going to get drunk." And Omar said, "Oh, I’m going to get drunk as well!"
So we got a bottle of brandy and two bottles of milk and we drank the brandy and the milk. And of course by this time we were supremely confident of doing anything. So he was tied to the camel. Off went the rockets - boom! - and of course the camels, out of sheer terror, bolted.  
And this look of ‘messianic determination’ on my face was, in fact, a drunk actor. 

Photograph discovered on Ned Hepburn.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Home Is the Sea

Beautiful, hazy paintings by Clare Elsaesser.

From the top: Northern River; Favorite Place; Summer Girl; Married to the Sea; Undertow.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Clay Cuttings

Michelle Weddle of Waterstone Succulents has quite an eye for one of my favorite plant families.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Can you believe that these are worn out frying pans? Who knew that astral landscapes were hiding at the bottom of your cookware? Christopher Jonassen's Devour series just blew my mind a little.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Plant Lady

rooftop garden Rooftop garden Balcony Gardening - 3.8.11 Balcony garden balcony garden

Aren't these balcony gardens beautiful? I'm trying to cultivate one of my own (not pictured -- it's pitiful) and have been on the lookout for both presentation ideas and amenable species. So far I have about a 70% survival rate, which aren't the greatest odds, but they have definitely improved since college! Back then it was good for cactus, sad for everything else. Poor little things. Now, I'm determined to do better, which means hardy, sun-thirsty plants that can stand to be shadeless for most of the day. I've gotten a few herbs (basil, sage, mint, and rosemary), but I think it's time for some flowers. Or something enormous and leafy. Actually, just something that will live.

Wish me some nursery luck! Have a wonderful weekend, everybody.

Photo credits from the top: Irene Mason; Brandy HartleyBrave Little SoulPicklin' Paul; Looli.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Ship Breaker

Angelika J. Trojnarski.

From the top: Rot (2011); Kolossos (2012); Raub II (2012); Ahab (2008); Raub I (2012).

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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