Cemetery Gone to Seed - Jean-Leon Gerome
A child gathers watermelons in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 27, 2013
Steeple Cock (Coq de clocher)
Iron with inlaid copper eyes
The Barnes Foundation
I’m full of poetry now. Rot and poetry. Rotten poetry.
Churchgoers, French Polynesia
天地同根 Heaven and earth and I are of the same root,
萬物一體 The ten-thousand things and I are of one substance.
Zen Master Sêng-chao/Sõjõ (僧肇 384-414)
Tanzan wrote sixty postal cards on the last day of his life, and asked an attendant to mail them. Then he passed away.
The cards read:
I am departing from this world.
This is my last announcement.
July 27, 1892
Shaseki-shu ( Collection of Stone and Sand)
Today’s top item in Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Latin America’s most prominent living novelist, has been hospitalized in Mexico City for a lung and urinary tract infection, Mexican health officials told The Associated Press. Author of masterpieces such as One Hundred Years of Solitude andLove in the Time of Cholera, Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”
Also today: A lost book by historian Will Durant will be published this December, plus new work from Anne Tyler and Kazuo Ishiguro — and Cara Hoffman has an editorial on the harm done when women are left out of combat narratives.
The Holy Kaaba in Mecca, during a flood, 1941
Miniature from a copy of Firdawsi’s Shah-nama. “Isfandiyar’s Fifth Ordeal; He Must Slay the Simurgh”. Iran, Tabriz; between 1520 and 1535. Miniature: 26.5 × 23 cm.