Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sweetness and Light


A still life of mysterious beauty, to get you in the mood for Hallowe'en. Love how the crystal just glows.


(lovely photo by mai-linh for baccarat & yann kersalé)

Buffet


This week's links. Enjoy.

P.D. James Writes Jane Austen Sequel
Normally I tend to be rather leery of the whole industry of other people writing sequels to Jane Austen novels, but this one by P.D. James (a mystery!) sounds excellent. Can't wait.

Celebrating Home Movie Day
This sounds great. Founded in 2002, Home Movie Day is a celebration of home movies and amateur filmmaking — the bizarre and the brilliant, the obscure and the famous. This year, Home Movie Day took place at 66 sites across 13 countries.

Where I Go: Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter discusses her favourite holiday getaway — Florence, Italy — and shares her favourite things to do there, too.

James Casebere's Ghost Towns
Fun New Yorker slide show of the work of James Casebere, who takes slightly eerie photographs of deserted model houses and towns (think Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice opening credits). Fascinating.

50 Breakfasts From Around the World
Traveling and wondering what you'll be eating in the morning? Have a look at what might be in store for you everywhere from Morocco to Iceland. Fun, though not necessarily accurate — the Canadian one sounds like an odd local variation, as I've never seen anyone eat perogies for breakfast here! Via The Morning News.

How to Survive the Titanic and Sink Your Reputation

Review of a fascinating new book about J. Bruce Ismay, who owned the Titanic and said it would be fine to put just 20 lifeboats on a ship that could hold 2,800 people. On the night it sank, he jumped into the last lifeboat and overnight became the most universally despised man in the Western world.

Agents Provocateurs
Slide show featuring hip-hop star Nicki Minaj, transformed by artist Francesco Vezzoli into living reproductions of paintings of the most famous courtesans in history — the Marquise de ­Montespan, Comtesse du Barry, Madame de Pompadour, and ­Madame Rimsky-­Korsakov. She looks great.

Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
The always wonderful Tartelette offers a lovely recipe of seasonal produce this week — perfect for warming up chilly late autumn evenings.


(photo by joanna henderson)
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