A Dialogue With The Universe
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by S. Elizabeth
2d ago
Remedios Varo, Ojos Sobre la Mesa As a writer, blogger, and (most importantly) a voracious reader, I’ve long been beguiled by the weird, wonderful threads that stitch seemingly random experiences together. These uncanny echoes, what Carl Jung called synchronicities, are like tiny magic tricks the universe performs for the observant soul. They have been a constant companion in my literary journeys, often leaving me breathless with wonder and pondering the hidden mechanics of our universe. A recent example, and the thing that actually inspired this blog post, happened just this morning. Within t ..read more
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The Secret Songs Of Charles Burchfield’s Sunflowers
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by S. Elizabeth
3d ago
Charles E. Burchfield, Summer Days, 1921 In the hazy heat of late summer, when the sky feels too vast and the cicada’s ceaseless shriek all but deafening, I turn to Charles Burchfield’s sunflowers.  These are not the cheery picture-perfect rows that grace so many cottage-core garden beds or the charming yellow bouquets of Mary Englebreit greeting cards.  No, Burchfield’s sunflowers throb with an eerie vitality, their petals seeming to vibrate with unseen energies, their stems twisting like dancers caught in the ecstatic trance of an errant breeze. Born in 1893 in Salem, Ohio, Burchfi ..read more
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Roget created his thesaurus to combat the funk
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by S. Elizabeth
6d ago
  The title of this post is taken from Melancholy Maaret’s audio poem “Paper Butterflies.” I originally pondered this bit of weirdness, this memo on melancholy, if you will, for the Coilhouse blog back in 2011, and my thoughts often return to it. I can’t believe I never shared it here, so I am sharing it today because it continues to enthrall me, even now. I’m embedding that particular audio installation because I loved it so much at the time (and still do but with an older, craggier heart and more life experience), but I also find the creator herself incredibly captivating. Melancholy M ..read more
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When Life Gets Weird, Look at Dresses
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by S. Elizabeth
1w ago
Robert Wun Fall 2024 Yesterday was a weird day. So weird, in fact, that now it’s got me thinking that it’s actually the whole week that’s been weird. But maybe it was just yesterday. I got bitten by an ant early in the morning, which felt like an ill-omen. Sitting at my desk at the start of the day, I felt an extremely unsettling sensation of something crawling at the back of my neck, and then further down my back. I would not usually be so desperate about it, but it just felt so uncommonly strange that I leapt from my chair, violently yanked my dress off, and frantically slapped and scratched ..read more
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Blossoms on the Edge of Time: The Fragile Eternity of Margaretha Roosenboom’s Floral Still Lifes
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by S. Elizabeth
1w ago
Margaretha Roosenboom, Silver Vase of Flowers To gaze upon a painting by Margaretha Roosenboom is to be transported into a realm of heightened sensory experience, to lose oneself in the velvety darkness of a peony’s innermost petals, to trace the delicate veins of a translucent leaf, to feel the weight of a dewdrop trembling on the edge of a petal. Margaretha Roosenboom, A still life with roses near a bird’s nest   Margarete Roosenboom, Still Life with Flowering Lilac This extraordinary 19th-century Dutch artist broke new ground in floral still life painting, developing a unique, impressi ..read more
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Dark Fantasy Fragrances from an Overactive Imagination
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by S. Elizabeth
1w ago
from Jean Rollin’s The Iron Rose Today on the Midnight Stinks Patreon, I have concocted a trio of fantasy perfume collections that speak to the darker corners of art and fashion and, well, frankly, just things I am permanently obsessed with: the surreal eroticism of Jean Rollin’s films, the haunting beauty of vanitas paintings, and the avant-garde allure of macabre runway couture. Envision scents that capture the essence of Rollin’s “Living Dead Girl” and “Fascination,” where notes of blood accord and decaying flowers mingle with absinthe and velvet. Picture fragrances inspired by the fleeting ..read more
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This Is Where I Am Talking Myself Through Something
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by S. Elizabeth
2w ago
Marie Spartali Stillman: Beatrice (1895) (I know I said I was taking a digital breather, but I think we all know what that really meant was a break from social media. Writing and blogging is totally different!) (Or so I assure myself!) It’s a July morning, a weekday at 7 am, and I’m curled up on the sofa with my coffee, lost in the pages of a book. The house is quiet, save for the gentle hum of the AC. I don’t have to work today – it’s the 4th of July, and my office is closed. I’m lingering leisurely, savoring the rare luxury of unhurried time, yet I presently find myself here at my desk anywa ..read more
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A Summer Retreat
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by S. Elizabeth
2w ago
Mihály Munkácsy, Woman Sitting On A Sofa As July unfurls its sticky, sweltering tentacles across Florida, I find myself once again at odds with summer’s exuberant cheer. For those more attuned to autumn’s melancholy or winter’s quiet introspection, this season can be… challenging, to say the least. To say the most, it’s really fucking awful. It’s a peculiar form of reverse seasonal affective disorder if you will. While others bask on the beach and barbecues and patio pool brunches and trips to Disneyland — you absolute freaking psychos– I find myself yearning desperately for cozy layers of clo ..read more
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June Perfume Reviews
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by S. Elizabeth
2w ago
Orchid by Sergei Pavlovich Lodygin 1917 Sometime in 2022, I wrote a very long and very personal and very “ma’am, this is a Wendy’s” essay review of this scent, but I am not sure that I shared it here. The gist of Soul of My Soul from Etat Libre d’Orange is that it’s soft and cozy sandalwood-y musks; the cocoon of your feet touching your person’s feet under a fleece blanket when you’re comfort-watching LotR for the bazillionth time. It’s a spot on your person’s chest sculpted perfectly to cradle your head at night. It’s their funny murmuring snore when you shift your body in bed, and your butts ..read more
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On Selfishness, Social Media, and Staying True to One’s Creative Voice
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by S. Elizabeth
3w ago
Lou Marchetti, The Tentacles, paperback cover. Gouache on board The following is something I have been thinking about for years and years. It first started percolating back in the days when blogs were more prevalent, and I’d see lots of bloggers getting burnt out and fretting because they’d niched down to the point where they felt trapped, and they wanted to write about other things–but worried their audience wouldn’t follow. Now that blogs have been replaced by YouTube and TikToks, I see lots of baby creators asking questions like, “I want to start an account, but what if I don’t get lots of ..read more
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