“If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
— Shel Silverstein, Invitation
Did anyone else know about Shel Silverstein’s start as a cartoonist with Playboy?
I didn’t, and I find it strangely fascinating.
Playboy not only launched Shel Silverstein’s career, but he also probably had a hand in helping to launch theirs. Read more.
“A revolution is on the way, and it’s partly because we no longer take our standards from the tweedy top. All over the country young girls are starting, shouting and shaking, and if they terrify you, they mean to and they are beginning to impress the world.” — Pauline Boty, The Public Ear, 1963
Pauline Boty is one of my all time favorite artists, but she’s a bit of a mystery.
She was most known for her role as an artist in the British pop art movement, but she died very young. As a result, a large majority of her art was stowed away by her family, most of it not to be seen up until the last two decades. Read more.
“56. Camp taste is a kind of love, love for human nature. It relishes, rather than judges, the little triumphs and awkward intensities of “character.” . . . Camp taste identifies with what it is enjoying. People who share this sensibility are not laughing at the thing they label as “a camp,” they’re enjoying it. Camp is a tender feeling.” — Susan Sontag, ‘Notes on Camp’
Today is Susan Sontag’s birthday.
Most people have seen this name all over Facebook or Pinterest following cutesy quotes like these:
“Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.”
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
Susan Sontag is much more than a fleeting cliche. Read more.