Friday, December 7

10E2623: Queen Victoria's "Journal of a life in the Highlands"


The Journal of a Life in the Highlands by Queen Victoria covers years 1862-1882 (the period of Victoria's ensconcement at Balmoral in Scotland after the death of her husband Prince Albert) - includes all day to day activities and the closeness with her Highland attendant Mr. Brown.  Better than most lifestyle blogs, probably because not aspirational...      You can read the whole thing courtesy of the InternetArchive.  Abbreviated versions are in print as well.





If you have not seen the fantastic film Mrs Brown (as Victoria became colloquially known due to this close relation with Mr Brown) starring Judy Dench as Victoria and Billy Connolly practically inhabiting the role of Brown... get it on your list. Anglophilia sure - but great stuff. The movie was directed by John Madden who immediately followed up with Shakespeare in Love - another 90s classic ("that woman - is A WOMAN!" etc...) where Dench reprises as a monarch this time with cameo as Elizabeth I and a knockout line.

The Mrs Brown trailers are horrendous... just go rent it.  Read some first though...






Wednesday, November 14

10E2622: Heavey | Concord MA 11/15/18



We just happen to live next to the painter Whitney Alexanderson Heavey who has a showing in Concord, MA (11 Main Street) with reception tomorrow (Thursday 11/15, 4-7pm).  Really dig the  drippy marsh series as well as rough seascapes. Heavey lives in Chatham, MA half the year so makes sense. Once a year she opens her studio to visitors in nearby Maynard - but a common gallery presence on the Cape and Portland, ME. (site)

What are you doing on a gross stick season evening? Come by tomorrow. Shot of culture and high fives. Essential. Going wire to wire myself...





The artist name checked in the last 2 House & Garden's for those following along at home. Looking forward to this.






Monday, November 12

10E2621: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

 






Coen brothers, American filmmakers known for their stylish films that combine elements of comedy and drama and often centre [uk - ed.] on eccentric characters and convoluted plots.
- via Britannica

 In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, they gleefully embrace the conventions and clich├ęs of the genre, but to strangely melancholy — even troubling — effect. 
- via NPR

On Netflix this Friday. File under "night in". 

Thursday, November 8

10E2620: Things I didnt win on eBay...





And absolute banger from SS18 Junya Watanabe pollocking stock chore coats in drill duck. Nails.

Monday, October 29

10E2619: Chester Grimes documentary 1971 PBS

A VTIFF archived version of a documentary shown by PBS in 1971 on Vermont logger Chester "Chet" Grimes who worked with horses almost exclusively.  Slow it down Monday...






Essential further reading;  Strickland, Ron. “Chester Chet Grimes Horse Logger and Storyteller.” Vermonters: Oral Histories from Down Country to the Northeast Kingdom. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1986. 58-64.
1985 interview with Vermonter Chet Grimes, former logger and teamster as he describes using horses for logging work, various other teamsters and their habits in the woods. At time of interview Grimes had no indoor plumbing but would still spend social security check on his two horses, knowingly dubbed "hayburners." Interview edited but generally left in the vernacular.

This monograph (fancy name for a book), Vermonters, by Ron Strickland is a pitch perfect collection of characters and amazingly available via google books; so read away. It features oral histories (not transcribed... cleaned up a bit) from Chet Grimes (horse team logger), Jay Craven (the interview is with a young Jay Craven, best remembered for Where the Rivers Flow North IMHO), and Fred Tuttle's father, Joseph Tuttle. Tons more... a must read for those interested in the vanishing ways of old timers. Worldcat tells me most library copies are in academic libraries, but you can read it as above or just go buy it.

Monday, September 24

10E2618: FIELD NOTES - END PAPERS Edt.

One of my last classes at Simmons (now Simmons University) library school was "History of the Book". Lot of latitude there for that professor but it centered on paper, and decorative paper such as marbled end papers. Dripping oil paint onto water and manipulating the designs, then laying down paper. Long/short the venerable FIELD NOTES have just shone a light on this process in their new release END PAPERS - good stuff.










The designs were inspired by the University of Washington Decorated and Decorative Paper Collection
  



For a primer - and really digestible - grab the Eyewitness reference book to the BOOK.