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Brain Pickings: Ralph Steadman’s Rare and Rapturous Illustrations for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451


In his magnificent 2013 monograph, Proud Too Be Weirrd (public library), Steadman admits to having grown jaded with illustrating other people’s prose — “not much more than shameless self-indulgence” — but writes of having gladly completed the Bradbury project due to its “vitally important theme — the burning of all books.” He reflects on the significance of Bradbury’s masterwork:

As someone once said, I think it was me: There is nothing so dangerous as an idea. Particularly one whose time has come…

And who can forget the ever-timely ideas emanating from Bradbury’s glorious lines? “Stuff your eyes with wonder… live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” Here was a rare integrated man — even in his fiction, he channeled the wholehearted truths by which he lived his life.

* To see the rest of the article by  (as well as the rest of the illustrations) click here:


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The Raven Like You’ve Never Seen

The Raven: Lou Reed’s Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Italian Artist Lorenzo Mattotti


A graphic novel “meant to be heard in the mind.”


* Click the link above to read more about this beautiful collaboration.

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Brain Pickings: Famous Advice On Writing

~ The website Brain Pickings recently rounded up some insightful advice on writing by some of literature’s most renowned authors. In need of a motivational pep talk? Inspiration perhaps? Then follow the link below.

As a side note, I find there isn’t anything more comforting than knowing our literary heroes struggled with writing as well. Their words always seemed so flawlessly composed. Effortless. Artful. These quotes, however, prove otherwise. It also doesn’t hurt to gain their wisdom either.

Enjoy the legends; enjoy the solidarity.



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A Little Tree Tells One Great Big Story


Brain Pickings recently posted a delightful article about graphic designer and book artist Katsumi Komagata. One of his most famous pop-up creations being Little Tree, a children’s book detailing the cycle of life from a tree’s perspective. Elegant in its simplicity this story is one adults and children both would cherish.

To learn more about this wonderful story (and about Komagata) then click the link below. The Brain Pickings article is well worth the read.


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R. Crumb Illustrates Bukowski


The delightful website Brain Pickings delves into the short lived partnership of R. Crumb and Charles Bukowski. Read the article to see even more illustrations, read excerpts from Bukowski’s stories and to marvel at the beautiful work these two created together. Below is the link. Now, go fawn over it like I did!


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140 Years of Grimm Illustrations


The website Brain Pickings collected some of the best art inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairytales. Follow the link to view them all:


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The Dreadnought Hoax

The Dreadnought Hoax

(via the explore-blog:)

February 7, 1910: The Dreadnought Hoax – young Virginia Woolf pranks the Royal Navy in drag and a turban in one of history’s most daring hoaxes.

Learn more about it here:


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