Also #amreading About Leonardo da Vinci and Dragons


Found in the London Review Bookshop, May 2017

No matter how many times self promises never to buy another book, she always caves. This time, though, she successfully resisted buying anything from the London Review Bookshop, anything except for the above book, a publication of the Royal Collection Trust in London. Every page is a veritable feast for the eyes:


The Frigate Pelican, by John James Audubon (The Birds of America, 1827 – 1838)

Among the sketches found in Leonardo da Vinci’s studio after his death were a series about dragons. In his mind, there was absolutely no question that the creatures existed:

  • Several kinds of dragon were thought to have possessed wings sprouting from the shoulders. Leonardo, as an experienced and extremely knowledgeable comparative anatomist, would have pondered the bodily mechanisms that such creatures must have possessed to operate such limbs. On a sheet of studies of a saint on horseback who might tackle such monsters, he does indeed give his dragon a pair of wings — and the practical comparative anatomist in him very sensibly makes them a modified version of a pair of forelegs, like the wings of a bird, rather than a more improbable extra set of limbs operated from the shoulders.

Simply fascinating.

Stay tuned.


#amreading: Sunday, 2 July 2017



Exhibition Catalogue, SFMOMA: Jim Goldberg’s “Raised By Wolves,” Photographs of Seattle’s Street Children (1995)


A Parent of a Runaway, Quoted in the “Raised by Wolves” Exhibition Catalogue

Gendry Is Back In Season 7!

Gendry is back! He’s back! He’s back!

OMG so many feels!

Way back in Season 3 of GoT, self shipped Arya/Gendry with intensity.

Then, no more Gendry in Seasons 4, 5, and 6.



Self was pissed!

An article in The Independent (from 21 October 2016 — but self only stumbled upon it today) says the actor who plays Gendry, Joe Dempsie, has been spotted on set: “Actor Joe Dempsie was spotted on the Season 7 set recently, and this week a cameraman with a telescopic lens got a glimpse of what the unacknowledged bastard son of King Robert Baratheon will be up to when he makes his big return, and it’s pretty spoilerific.”

There’s confirmation from fan site Watchers on the Wall.

According to The Independent: “Gendry is back and he’s got his dad’s warhammer.”

This is no ordinary warhammer, this is a Baratheon warhammer, made of the strongest Valyrian steel!

Gendry is so awesome because he actually got nasty with Melisandre and survived the experience with all his parts intact.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



#amreading: Saturday, 1 July 2017





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