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Weekend links 4


Will at A Journey Round My Skull turned up this hand-coloured picture from Ronald Balfour’s illustrated Rubáiyát some of whose other drawings were featured here recently. That distant volcano is a curious detail. Related: Golden Age Comic Book Stories posted plates from Willy Pogány’s edition.

• Authors on authors: China Miéville on JG Ballard; Rodrigo Fresán on Jorge Luis Borges; AS Byatt on Lewis Carroll.

• Events: Alan Moore & Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley present Simultaneous Conjugation of Four Spirits in a Room at the Laing Art Gallery on March 13th, 2010 (via Arthur); in October Weirdstone will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.

• New blogs: Wonder Kabinet / Wunderkammer, “curiosities, ephemera, and fragments from The Cutting Room Floor and Evan J Peterson”; Pencil Tool, a Tumblr by Charity Pomaybo; and another Tumblr from Mountain*7.

Perversity Think Tank is a new book from Supervert. Download it for free or order the delicious limited edition.

• The Casual Optimist lists 10+ Flickr Groups for Book Design and Inspiration.

• Via BibliOdyssey: 400 woodcuts by Eric Gill.

• “At least in self-abuse / There’s a little dignity…” Song of the week was Hands 2 Take by The Flying Lizards from their second album, Fourth Wall (1981). I bought this when it came out but hadn’t listened to it for years. Thrilling, urgent stuff with the fabulous Patti Palladin on vocals. Play loud.



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6 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Evan


    Thanks so much for repping the new blog!

  2. #2 posted by John


    You’re welcome. :)

  3. #3 posted by Thombeau


    Great links (Hi Evan, thanks for linking my own Wunderkammer!), a fantastic picture, and: Patti Paladin! OMG, I totally forgot about her, used to LOVE her “Nun’s New Clothes” on that old Batcave comp. Yay!

  4. #4 posted by John


    Heh. Patti did a great version of Mick Jagger’s Memo from Turner which I’ve been trying to find for years.

  5. #5 posted by mlle ghoul


    That Balfour illustration is stunning! I am always awed and amazed at the things you find – thanks for always sharing so generously!

  6. #6 posted by Evan


    Quite welcome, Thom. Hoping we can exchange oddities.






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