1. Pigeons, from Life and Its Marvels (1960).

  2. From Life and Its Marvels (1960). I love the delicateness and color in some of these painted children’s textbook illustrations from this era.

  3. O what a marvelous world! Another from Life and Its Marvels (1960), this one was meant to illustrate a polluted environment and how bacteria can “bring life back to it.”

  4. Amoeba action! From the 1960 children’s textbook Life and Its Marvels. I’m into these old painted nature and science illustrations, and this book really is a marvel.

  5. Following my previous Cocteau post, another gravity-defying (and time-defying) Cocteau moment, Rêve du Poete. So much “going on” in this one.

  6. "Genghis & Sylvia Khan" by B. Kliban, from his book Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head & Other Drawings.

    Sylvia looks like someone who’d know how to make a scrumptious yak casserole.

  7. Rev. Louis Overstreet and his sons at the St. Luke’s Powerhouse Church of God in Christ in Phoenix, AZ, mixed media, by Lynda Barry, from The Good Times Are Killing Me.

  8. levon76:


    The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March (1928), the book that William S. Burroughs said made him want to be a writer. It’s an entertaining poem about a night of 1920s-style debauchery. This is the 1994 edition, filled with illustrations by Art Spiegelman. If you order this book, make sure to get the hardcover edition, which is out of print—so get one now.

    For the first photo, I’ve removed the dustjacket to show the Spiegelman illustration embossed into the front board. The second photo shows the book’s soft felt endpapers. Many people say how much they love the feel of a nice book in their hands, and this is about as good as it gets.

    Is this the book that the 1960s movie was based on?

    There was a 1975 Merchant-Ivory production with the same title that starred Raquel Welch and was loosely based on the poem. The original distributor of the film cut it down to a shorter version, which did poorly at the box office and did not receive good reviews. I haven’t seen it. I think the book is great, but doesn’t seem like fitting material for a feature film adaptation. It’s a cleverly told story that can easily be read in a single sitting.

  9. "Mystery" by the Finnish painter Juhani Linnovaara, as reproduced on the cover of the album Heavy Life by Edward Vesala.

  10. January 1951, a husband comes in the door carrying Coronet magazine: “Hi, honey, I’m home! Here, I found this article on beauty through housework. So when you clean the house, you can do it on tiptoes to tone your legs or whatever. Well, I had a tough day working, so I’ll be in the den making myself a highball. I dropped my coat by the front door. Imitate a windmill when you pick it up.”

  11. Finally finished painting the new dining room built-ins to hold the ever-growing library. Still need to put in the lower shelves and install the doors on the lower cabinets. The color of the backings matches the paint on the upper parts of the room’s other walls (a charcoal gray with a slight brown undertone). Most of these will hold LPs, not books, so book storage remains a concern as always!

  12. "Death on Horseback" illustration from the humanist poem Der Ackermann aus Böhmen (The Plowman of Bohemia), written by Johannes von Tepl ca. 1401 and printed ca. 1463. Here we see not only Death as a hunter on horseback but the now-familiar image of Death as a reaper. Reprinted in Four in Hand by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

  13. Just announced for October. I’m just so happy. They could not have chosen a better illustrator for the artwork than David Merveille.

  14. CD tray insert by Chris Ware for the Basta Music release James Scott, The Complete Works: 1903–1922. Scott was one of the most important ragtime composers, whose career began in Missouri around the time of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, thus Ware’s lovely illustrations of the fair grounds here, in daylight and under a starry sky.

  15. Fraternity hazing gone horribly wrong, by Steve Ditko, from Strange Suspense (orig. The Thing #13, 1954).