What are you laughing at?!

I was unable to go out last night like I planned to try some techniques that are in this lovely book by Ian Morison.  So, I went out at sunset this evening. There was supposed to be a window of clear sky for about an hour. As you can see it was pretty cloudy instead.…

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Cataphracts

  Cataphracts by Erich Anderson Blurb: Cataphracts were the most heavily armored form of cavalry in the ancient world, with riders and mounts both clad in heavy armor. Originating among the wealthiest nobles of various central Asian steppe tribes, such as the Massegatae and Scythians, they were adopted and adapted by several major empires. The…

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Scratch

Scratch by Manjula Martin Blurb: A collection of essays from today’s most acclaimed authors—from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen—on the realities of making a living in the writing world. In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides:…

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The Art of Selling Movies

The Art of Selling Movies by John McElwee Blurb: From the silents through the mid-1960s, the Classic Era of American Cinema saw men and women with no aptitude for art become artists, wizards with words, master persuaders. Unlike other ad folk, theatre operators sold nothing more tangible than a couple hours’ amusement, and gave customers…

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Smoke Drink F*#k

Smoke Drink F*#k by Esme Oliver Blurb: Screw Eat, Pray Love! Esme Oliver vows to Smoke, Drink, and Fuck her way to happiness. Newly-dumped, staring headlong into the barrel of 40, and veering towards a nervous breakdown, Esme heads to Italy for two weeks of carnal excess aimed at distracting from a life that is…

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An Archaeological Study of The Bayeux Tapestry

An Archaeological Study of The Bayeux Tapestry by Trevor Rowley Blurb: An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry provides a unique reexamination of this famous piece of work through the historical geography and archaeology of the tapestry. Trevor Rowley is the first author to have analyzed the tapestry through the landscapes, buildings and structures shown,…

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The Mighty Healer

The Mighty Healer by Verity Holloway Blurb: Verity Holloway’s nineteenth-century cousin Thomas Holloway’s patent medicine empire was so ubiquitous, Charles Dickens commented that if you’d murdered someone with the name Holloway, you’d think their spirit had come back to torment you. Advertising as far away as the pyramids in Giza, it was said Holloway’s Ointment…

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Mad Enchantment: Clause Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Mad Enchantment: Clause Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King Book blurb: Claude Monet is perhaps the world’s most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the…

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In Bed With Georgians: Sex, Scandal & Satire in the 18th Century

In Bed With Georgians: Sex, Scandal & Satire in the 18th Century by Mike Rendell Blurb: In Bed with the Georgians provides a fascinating insight into life under the bedclothes in Georgian England, where the Madams and pimps were able to thrive in the eighteenth century like never before. It looks at high-class seraglios as…

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