I'm rating this book as a parent who loves reading children's books. The story and the illustrations are charming in the way children's books rarely aI'm rating this book as a parent who loves reading children's books. The story and the illustrations are charming in the way children's books rarely are anymore. The story is imaginative but not too complex. My 7 yr old daughter and I read this together and we equally enjoyed it....more
This tetralogy took me several months to get through. The readers see Christopher Tietjens transform between before the first world war to after the mThis tetralogy took me several months to get through. The readers see Christopher Tietjens transform between before the first world war to after the marriage to Sylvia. He has changed and so has England.
Yes, Sylvia. I haven't vehemently loathed a female character since Catherine in "East of Eden." Vile bitch. Ever ready to break her man just because she can.
A very long story about the end of Edwardian England. It was long but worth it. I enjoyed the pre-raphaelite references and learned that Dante Rosetti was Ford Maddox Ford's uncle....more
As I was reading The Atlantic, I read the article about the Twee movement and Marc Spitz' book. The names Edward Gorey, Wes Anderson, and The Smith'sAs I was reading The Atlantic, I read the article about the Twee movement and Marc Spitz' book. The names Edward Gorey, Wes Anderson, and The Smith's caught my attention in the article. These names are definitive in my small existence. I knew I had to read more and I ordered the book. The book itself is twee in size. I enjoyed Spitz' way of stringing one twee element to another. It reminded me of a mixed barrel of monkeys that with care, and slight precision, are hooked and connected together to make a line. Bands, books and people that I adored growing up and have learned about as an adult were like mixed monkeys and Spitz strung them together year by year and that ended with a DING! I love me some Tarantino but in my heart of hearts it appears that I am and have always been, Twee.
The best part about this book was that Spitz not only introduced me to movies and music but also explained in reader friendly detail why these elements of pop culture would fall under the Twee category. For example, I had heard of Zooey Deshanel, but not really knowing how she fits into a beloved Twee icon. I understand now and am grateful for Spitz explaining this.
The best part I love about Twee culture is how bullying is not tolerated, small business and creativity is relished, and beauty can be found in horror. It's very difficult for some people to understand the beauty in Donny Darko or Edward Gorey's work. But there are those of us who get it. You may not like certain bands, books or icon figures of Twee. The book mentions the cartoon strip Peanuts. I have never liked Charlie Brown and the gang but it is not a pre-requisite to enjoy everything else.
Most importantly, though, is that Twee embraces the innocent elements of childhood and says it's ok to still love these as an adult. It's called whimsy. "In this way, White, Sendak, and Seuss become new romantic poets who all chose to look backward and celebrate childhood, nature, and individualism over herd think and scheming vulgarity and religious hypocrisy while remaining fully aware of how bloody and cruel things get out there." Yes! Some one else gets it, too!
The book references Roald Dahl, Weetzie Bat, Pee-wee, James Dean, Vonenegut, Joy Division, Holden Caulfield, and Harold and the Purple Crayon. "You've got Harold, and he's just young enough to look at the world around him and say, 'Fuck this.' And he's got this crayon that enables him to draw and create whatever he imagines and it becomes real." Yes!
I had a lot of favorite lines in this book but my all time favorite was: "You don't outgrow the Smiths any more than you outgrow your favorite organs. They are unrenounceable, and as long as they never reunite." How perfectly true!
Another great book from Ross King and a great perspective from behind the scenes of Impressionism. The book is dense and intense chock full of detailsAnother great book from Ross King and a great perspective from behind the scenes of Impressionism. The book is dense and intense chock full of details that don't make it into "Gardner's Art Through the Ages". I loved appearances by Gustav Dore, Baudelaire, and Rossetti. I had no idea Rossetti loathed Manet's work. It's well known that Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe did not make it into the Salon but I had no idea how many times Manet's works were rejected after his initial submission. Ross' quote from Manet that launched the novel was very appropriate: "In this bitch of a life, one can never be too well armed."
The book covers the dates between 1863 and 1874. Ross executes an eloquent parallel account of what is happening to French art under the rule of Napoleon III and the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war. Ross has the talent to provide and describe history in a very readable format. Both Ross and Irving Stone are my favorite biographers when it comes to telling about the lives of famous artists.
While reading this I wondered how Bob Ross would have fared when presented to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Probably a big red "R" for Heureux peu arbres....more
A peculiar and uniquely written book instructing children how to draw. Loaded with Art History quips and 67 short and simple drawing lessons. A gem foA peculiar and uniquely written book instructing children how to draw. Loaded with Art History quips and 67 short and simple drawing lessons. A gem for artistic children....more
A lovely graphic novel. I can see giving this as a gift to my own daughter as she enters high school. An excerpt of one of my favorite (of many)partsA lovely graphic novel. I can see giving this as a gift to my own daughter as she enters high school. An excerpt of one of my favorite (of many)parts of the book: "I suppose all moms have an idea who they HOPE their daughters will be. Like a connect-the-dots picture where you think you know what the shape it will become. But then it's the daughter who draws the lines, and she might connect dots you didn't intend making a whole different picture. So I've gotta trust the dots she's given me, and she's gotta trust me to the the picture myself." Whoa. Lovely heavy....more