“Dracula’s Tango”: Toto Coelo

I'M A SUCKER FOR YOUR LOVEvia Kindertrauma … [Read more...]

Edward Gorey’s Tarot Set

YES PLEASE: Since he supplied us with a visual vocabulary for cutesy dread over many decades, perhaps it comes as no surprise that Edward Gorey designed a set of whimsical tarot cards. The set is called the “Fantod Pack,” the word fantod signifying “a state of worry or nervous anxiety, irritability” and thus possibly the most Edward Gorey word ever. (David Foster Wallace was fond of the word as well, using the phrase “howling fantods” multiple times in Infinite Jest; the main clearinghouse websi … [Read more...]

“Chthonic,” “Miasma”: David Bowie Answers the Proust Questionnaire

and it goes about how you'd imagine it would: Which living person do you most admire? Elvis.Who are your heroes in real life? The consumer.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? While in New York, tolerance. Outside New York, intolerance.What is the trait you most deplore in others? Talent. more … [Read more...]

PEW PEW PEW PEW!: A Lyre Bird

imitates a laser gun. Glorious.via Andrew Sullivan. … [Read more...]

Ballroom Dancing, Men Made of Honey, And Other Things Prayer Is Like: Leah Libresco’s Book Is Coming!

I love this book, y'all. Go pre-order it! Here's her description of Arriving at Amen: Being a convert and learning to pray is a little bit like studying a foreign language.The trouble is that it’s a lot like studying a foreign language in the new language.It’s hard to even pose a question, when you’re relying on what feels like a pidgin-level of prayer fluency.  So, I wound up cobbling together a creole as best I could, building up my understanding of spiritual life using the tools and a … [Read more...]

17th-Century Wind-Up Drinking Robot Goddess Game

It's like a Mad Libs of awesome: It turns out our modern drinking games are weak sauce compared to how European aristocrats partied in the 17th century. Today it’s often about how many shots you can handle in under an hour or what word will signal a waterfall on the latest Bachelorette. Back then, it was apparently about mechanical, heavy, often pointy, and usually animated objects that carried a ton of booze. more … [Read more...]

A Piano That Ate a Violin

Here's a thing! Designed but never built by Leonardo da Vinci, the viola organista is shaped like a piano but the strings are played by a bow. Weird and fascinating.Via Libresco. … [Read more...]


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