Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sweetness and Light


The first snowfall always makes being inside seem extra cosy.


(photo by cox & cox via wit + delight)

Buffet


This week's links. Enjoy.

Leonardo's To-Do List
In his soon to be published book on Leonardo da Vinci, historian Toby Lester relates how Leonardo used to travel with a small notebook hanging from his belt, and would jot down a note or do a quick sketch whenever something caught his eye. Buried in one of those notebooks is a to-do list of things Leonardo planned to do one week, or month, in the early 1490's. I totally feel like a slacker after reading this. Via Andrew (thanks!)

100 Notable Books of 2011
It's the annual New York Times round up of the best books of the year — have a browse for holiday gift ideas (or jot a few down for your own reading list). Via Jane of Ill Seen, Ill Said.

The Forger's Story
Strangely melancholy but true story of Mark Augustus Landis, the man responsible for the longest, oddest forgery spree the American art world has known. Via Andrew (thanks!)

The Entrepreneurial Generation
William Deresiewicz of the New York Times contrasts the entrepreneurial spirit of today's youth with earlier (and angrier) generations. Not sure I agree with his point (the younger people I meet are just as socially committed as before while still doing their thing), but an intriguing read nonetheless.

Prescriptions for Peace: How to Combat Anxiety
Sensible advice from the site Tiny Buddha, on how to deal with panic attacks and general anxiety. Good to keep in mind with the holiday season coming up!

The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson

HGTV Design Star Winner and host of Secrets from a Stylist Emily Henderson has put together a great holiday guide — 238 pages of gift giving ideas, downloadables, giveaways, and more. Lots of design blogger faves have contributed, too, like Victoria of sfgirlbybay!

Top 10 Books About Tiny People
Author Conn Iggulden picks his favourite children's books about miniature people, from early classics like Tom Thumb and Gulliver's Travels to The Borrowers and The Carpet People.

Infra
Check out these stunning landscape photos from the Infra series by Richard Mosse, taken on a series of trips to the Congo. From the gallery description: "Richard Mosse brings to this subject the use of a discontinued military surveillance technology, a type of color infrared film called Kodak Aerochrome. Originally developed for camouflage detection, this aerial reconnaissance film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson, and hot pink." Beautiful and eerie at the same time. See the show until December 22 2011 at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City. Via BLDGBLOG.

Draw a Stickman
Having a bad day? I guarantee this will make it totally better. Just love this.

Spiced Ginger Cakes & Rosemary Apple Butter

A lovely late autumn recipe from the wonderful Roost — perfect as a hostess gift, or to enjoy on a chilly Sunday afternoon with coffee or tea.


(lovely photo by line klein)
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