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Great Gallery of Bookish Art From BookRiot

Stories From the Sunworld by Chiara Bautista

Stories From the Sunworld by Chiara Bautista

Kelly Jensen over at BookRiot has assembled a gorgeous gallery of “Bookish Art” culled from the pages of tumblr.

Reading on the Rovos Rail by Faustio Becatti

Reading on the Rovos Rail by Faustio Becatti

The Bookworm by Fiona Marchbank

The Bookworm by Fiona Marchbank

Girl Reading in Lawn by Miles Hyman

Girl Reading in Lawn by Miles Hyman

And much more at the full gallery.

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Stargazers across the UK got a glimpse of a rare meteorological phenomenon last night as a glowing ring encircled the full moon.

The incredible sight occurs when light from the moon reflects off ice crystals in the atmosphere.

The high stratus clouds and the freezing temperatures last night led to hundreds of people (who could bear the cold) taking incredible pictures of the ‘moon halo’. link

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All images were found via this search.

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HEXES the sometime spectra: William Mortensen

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I received an early (and lovely) birthday gift from a beloved sister:

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American Grotesque is a lavish retrospective of grotesque, occult, and erotic images by the forgotten Hollywood photographer William Mortensen (1897–1965), an innovative pictorialist visionary whom Ansel Adams called the “Antichrist” and to whom Anton LaVey dedicated The Satanic Bible.

Mortensen’s countless technical innovations and inspired use of special effects prefigures the development of digital manipulation and Photoshop. Includes a gallery of more than one hundred striking photographs in duotone and color, many of them previously unseen, and accompanying essays by Mortensen and others on his life, work, techniques, and influence.

You can buy this amazing book on evil amazon.

1965?! Wait, what?! Maybe I’m MORTENSEN’S REINCARNATION!

Nah, doubtful. There’s an old maxim about erotic photography: if it’s out of focus, it’s art. If it’s in focus, it’s porn. And all the shit I shoot is tightly, tightly in focus.

Mortensen’s images are gloriously out of focus, blurred, distorted, like snapshots of dreams.

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Painterly, surreal, sinister, sexy… It’s no wonder hardcore realists like Ansel Adams hated Mortensen’s guts. He depicted a strange inner world that unsurprisingly shook up a lot of people in the first half of the 20th century. Maybe artists like Adams took offense that Mortensen’s images resembled the fake ghost photographs so rampant in the spiritualist movement that seized the imagination of both America and Europe decades earlier. It’s possible. Realists are notoriously uptight. Mortensen, while perhaps obsessed, was anything other than uptight.

Explore and enjoy his work, his world. It’s worth the trip. But send me no letters of complaints regarding the nightmares, nor the nocturnal emissions.

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Alice’s Wonderland: A Visual Journey through Lewis Carroll’s Mad, Mad World!

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Alice’s Wonderland dives down the rabbit hole and looks at the dazzling ways that Wonderland has been imagined by artists, filmmakers, writers, and more. Get a behind-the-scenes looks at how the books were created, meet Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the fictional Alice, and view the original manuscript copy of Alice in Wonderland, illustrated in Carroll’s own hand.

The fantastical world imagined by Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) – where a white rabbit carries a pocket watch, a crying baby morphs into a squealing pig, and a flamingo is used as a croquet mallet – has inspired countless artists to produce some of their best work. Illustrators such as John Tenniel, chose to tackle the work directly, producing illustrations, films, and shows that strive to accurately depict Wonderland. Others, such as artist Salvador Dali and director Tim Burton, freely adapted Dodgson’s creation, using it as a springboard for their own incredible interpretations. Lushly illustrated paintings, artwork, and sketches, Alice’s Wonderland explores how artists in different fields like art, music, theater, film, and more have interpreted Carroll’s works through the ages. A must-have book for any Alice fan.

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An interview with the author:

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Treading slowly and carefully this January. Hello, everyone.

Photo Credits: Immer barfuss, et al 

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Artist’s conception of Orion module in Lunar Orbit

A spacecraft built for humans left the domain of low-Earth orbit Friday for the first time in 42 years when NASA’s first Orion soared 3,604 miles above Earth and returned safely hours later, having accomplished a flawless flight test as part of NASA’s journey to Mars. — NASA

Yesterday’s test of the unmanned Orion capsule was intense, at times excruciating (when the livestream signal dropped), and ultimately exhilarating. Below are a few of my live screencaps:

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Look at that angle of descent, baby.

It has been said many times that Orion is an initial step toward the transportation of humans to Mars and the asteroids. Of course it is. But let’s not lose sight of the first real trip Orion’s going to make: back to The Moon, my friends.

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Soon. It will be Hello AGAIN, Beautiful.

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