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Natural sculptures by Andy Goldsworth

“Andy Goldsworthy is an extraordinary, innovative British artist whose collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal and intense artworks. Using a seemingly endless range of natural materials—snow, ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, feathers petals, twigs—he creates outdoor sculpture that manifests, however fleeting, a sympathetic contact with the natural world. Before they disappear, or as they disappear, Goldsworthy, records his work in superb colour photographs.”

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Planche de “Le dernier jour d’un condamné

Stanislas Gros



Sankai juku

Kagemi: Beyond the Metaphor of Mirrors

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Hey, folks. I’ll be publishing a new comics anthology next spring. Perhaps you’d like to pitch a story for it?

New World is a black-and-white sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology with the theme of exploration, colonization, conquest, assimilation, “going native,” appropriation, imperialism, strained relations… essentially, what happens when mutually un-contacted cultures, continents, and species collide.

The deadline for submissions is November 20th. Head on over to the official page to see how to submit, and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got.


if i were a bird


if i were a bird

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Le retour du classico suprême de la presse féminine courtesy Biba : “mesdames, ne touchez pas à la télécommande, en fait c’est sa bite”.

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during the autumn rutting season, red deer stag find themselves with elaborate bracken crowns from having rubbed their heads against the ground, which they do to strengthen their neck muscles so as to help them in battle with those competing for the affections of the does. photos by (click pic) mark smith, toby melville, luke millward and greg morgan in london’s richmond park. (see also: more autumn rut in richmond park)

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The idea behind this radical new treatment came from Africa, specifically from a slave named Onesimus, who shared his knowledge with Cotton Mather, the town’s leading minister and his legal owner. Boston still suffered dreadfully, but thanks to Onesimus and Mather, the terror linked to smallpox began to recede after Africans rolled up their sleeves—literally—to show Boston how inoculation worked. The story of how Boston began to overcome smallpox illustrates the strife that epidemics can cause, but also the encouraging notion that humans can communicate remedies as quickly as they communicate germs—and that the solutions we most need often come from the places we least expect to find them.

Mather had come close to choosing a career in medicine, and devoured the scientific publications of the Royal Society in London. As the society began to turn its attention to inoculation practices around the world, Mather realized that he had an extraordinary expert living in his household. Onesimus was a “pretty Intelligent Fellow,” it had become clear to him. When asked if he’d ever had smallpox, Onesimus answered “Yes and No,” explaining that he had been inoculated with a small amount of smallpox, which had left him immune to the disease. Fascinated, Mather asked for details, which Onesimus provided, and showed him his scar. We can almost hear Onesimus speaking in Mather’s accounts, for Mather took the unusual step of writing out his words with the African accent included—the key phrase was, “People take Juice of Small-Pox; and Cutty-skin, and Putt in a Drop.”

Excited, he investigated among other Africans in Boston and realized that it was a widespread practice; indeed, a slave could be expected to fetch a higher price with a scar on his arm, indicating that he was immune. Mather sent the Royal Society his own reports from the wilds of America, eager to prove the relevance of Boston (and by extension, Cotton Mather) to the global crusade against infectious disease. His interviews with Onesimus were crucial. In 1716, writing to an English friend, he promised that he would be ready to promote inoculation if smallpox ever visited the city again.

American History, but something I think a lot of people would be interested to read.

Do you know what this MEANS?? This means that all of our modern inoculation science can be traced back to West Africa (also Turkey).

West Africa, Ottoman Turkey, and China all had their own variations on techniques for inoculation against smallpox. These techniques were crude and risky by modern standards, but compared to having no defence at all, giving healthy people depleted smallpox virus CLEARLY saved lives. Thousands of lives.

Ideas from Turkey reached Britain at about the same time in the 1720s that this article describes news of the West African technique reaching Britain via Boston. The practice of inoculation was a hard sell for most Europeans (ha ha, it still is), but it did catch on. They adopted the Turkish technique whole-cloth.

It was in THIS environment, one in which Britons were already accustomed to applying Turkish and West African medicine to their children to reduce the spread of smallpox, that in 1798 Edward Jenner invented his more famous (and safer and more effective) smallpox inoculation based on the cowpox virus.


"A classic for absurdists of all ages!" - Art Spiegelman, talking up Cast Away on the Letter A by Fred, in the new Toon Graphics line. 

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