When a giant angry turnip was elected president of the United States last year, I started to feel a little down. Naturally my response was to buy an unabridged copy of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. My get-out-of-bed-without-crying-plan is to read a little piece of this gargantuan lump of knowledge daily, and I will illustrate it as I go.
When the matter is diverse and confused, how should it otherwise be but that the species should be diverse and confused? This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.
What is melancholy made of made of? What is melancholy made of? Snips and snails and puppy dogs’ tails. That’s what melancholy is made of: If the humour be cold, it is, saith Faventinus, “a cause of dotage, and produceth milder symptoms: if hot, they are rash, raving mad, or inclining to it.” If the […]
Would you buy this wallpaper? Probably not! But I had fun drawing it. I spaced out while I was drawing it and messed up the edges sadly, so it wouldn’t repeat correctly. I guess I’ll just keep on drawing these things obsessively until I get it right. Did I mention that I now work in […]
Inspired by a prompt from @buyusyour.tv over on Instagram: “Give Octavio a fire extinguisher and show us what happened.” If you are on Instagram, I highly recommend following @buyusyour.tv. I’m on the fence about whether Instagram makes me feel better or worse about life, the world, human nature, myself, etc., but @buyusyour.tv is good. Please follow […]
Were you born under Saturn? Do you live in a climate that is too cold? Too hot? Too moist? Are you too moist generally? Is your head unusually small? These are just a few of the many sources of a saturnine temperament. Here Burton also addresses the hotly debated topic of whether melancholy affects […]
This is my drawing of my daughter’s drawing: “This is a house person. These people live in the house person. This is an alien” I left the alien out of mine, and that was probably a mistake. Her ideas are so much better than mine. It is absolutely crushing. Here is the original:
Hey look! I made it to Member III! I didn’t even know that I was in Member II before! What are Members?! And why didn’t I notice them before?! I am pretty sure that we have four levels of sections and subsections going on here: Parts, Sections, Members, and Subsections. Wow. So anyhow, at last: […]
Those natural and vegetal powers are not commanded by will at all; for “who can add one cubit to his stature?” These other may, but are not: and thence come all those headstrong passions, violent perturbations of the mind; and many times vicious habits, customs, feral diseases; because we give so much way to our […]
“Squid Socks” Squid in socks. Socks on squid. Who put socks on squid? Did you know that it is Cephalopod Awareness Week? Well it is. Please follow me on Instagram! Facebook?
In this subsection I learned that there are fourteen “species” of understanding, so I drew fourteen things: Now these notions are twofold, actions or habits: actions, by which we take notions of, and perceive things; habits, which are durable lights and notions, which we may use when we will. Some reckon up eight kinds of […]