I drew another containing/contained/spirit snail drawing, inspired by The Anatomy of Melancholy. But this one is also inspired by a lesser-known Patricia Highsmith short story called “The Quest for Blank Claveringi,” originally published in her 1970 short story collection, The Snail-Watcher and Other Stories. I couldn’t find it online anywhere, sadly, so I can’t link […]
Poor Boxghost. He makes no sense. I’m not on Facebook much anymore, because who is? But you can follow my stuff on Instagram – @devon_isadevon
And here we have Dido’s ghost haunting Aeneas.
‘Omnibus umbra locis adero : dabis, improbe, poena.”
Have you ever wondered how ghosts are shaped? Like, really thought about it. What shape are ghosts? Squares? Circles? Rhombi? Well apparently four hundred years ago Jean Bodin thought about that question a lot: Bodine goes farther yet, and will have these animae separatae [abstract souls], genii, spirits, angels, devils, and so likewise souls of […]
I drew some ghost things for my kids. They like ghosts. I am pretty sure that my younger one believes in ghosts, because when it is dark he points outside and says, “DARK. BOO.” Please follow me on Instagram! Facebook?
In this section Burton discourses on common sense, phantasy (or imagination), and memory. On imagination he writes: In melancholy men this faculty is most powerful and strong, and often hurts, producing many monstrous and prodigious things, especially if it be stirred up by some terrible object, presented to it from common sense or memory. In […]
“What are you drawing, honey?” “Oh just a bottle of souls in space, something cute our kid said.” Or in my kid’s precious little words: “Have you ever heard of a space bottle? It has air in it. From all the people who have dried out in space.” Yeah, she is going to turn out […]
Thanks so much to those of you who reached out with kind comments yesterday. I will continue to post this stuff and nonsense to social media, since that seems to be where it is at, whatever it is. I myself will just try to be on there much much much less I think. The […]
The common division of the soul is into three principal faculties–vegetal, sensitive, and rational, which make three distinct kinds of living creatures–vegetal plants, sensible beasts, rational men. How these three principal faculties are distinguished and connected, Humano ingenio inaccessum videtur, is beyond human capacity, as Taurellus, Philip, Flavins, and others suppose. The inferior may […]
Well, I could have drawn more anatomical pictures for the last section, but probably no one needs to see me get into membranes and ventricles. So I am moving on to spirits and souls, because I really prefer ghosts to blood and guts. And I may be reading too much into this, but wow, look […]
Yup, I drew another snail. Maybe tomorrow I will read past page 148. My daughter really likes snails, ghosts, and pink and purple, so maybe I will hang this on her wall. Is this a weird thing to hang in a child’s bedroom? I think this is a weird thing to hang in a child’s […]
1. Matthew McConaughey: Episode 141 (Season 5, Episode 12) 2. Daniel Dae Kim: Episode 169 (Season 6, Episode 5) 3. ??? Link to Matthew McConaughey’s segment here but fyi I think this particular unsolved mystery is really kind of disturbing even when delivered via a cheesy reenactment starring the “alright alright alright” guy from Dazed and Confused. It is […]
My daughter really likes ghosts. I don’t know where she gets it from. More pictures from parenting here. Do you like pictures? Follow me on Instagram or Facebook. I have two children. One is smaller and one is bigger. THIS IS NOT A MOMMY BLOG.
That is not a typo. Sottish, not Scottish, meaning like a sot – stupid, possibly intoxicated. Continuing with the uplifting topic of the world’s madness, Burton describes the various failings and hypocrisies of so-called “wise men.” He calls Pythagoras a half-wizard half-witch and that sort of thing, concluding: “If these men now, that held Zenodotus’ […]
Okay, so the world is a fool’s head, and now Robert Burton explains why: Shall I tell you the reason of it? Fortune and Virtue, Wisdom and Folly, their seconds, upon a time contended in the Olympics; every man thought that Fortune and Folly would have the worst, and pitied their cases; but it fell […]
In these four pages, Burton criticizes readers and critics who evaluate books “not by the character but by the outer garb.” So I drew some books playing dress up. Also, “If you like not this, get you to another inn” is a useful insult fit for revival. “I resolve, if you like not my writing, […]