by Stefan Eggeler for a 1922 edition of Gustav Meyrink’s Walpurgisnacht
“De Wikkkelkinderen” or “The Swaddled Twins”, artist unknown, painting dated April 7, 1617. Currently housed in the Muiderslot-Muidin, the Netherlands. Scans of 2 d images in the public domain believed to be free to use without restriction in the US.
I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.
Gourma Rharous, Mali 1985
by Sebastio Salgado
But I like my stories to be true to life, which means there have to be wolves in them. Wolves in one form or another.
Why is that so true to life? She turns away from him onto her back, stares up at the ceiling. She’s miffed because her own version has been trumped.
All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel.
All of them?
Sure, he says. Think about it. There’s escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.
I think they do, she says. I think the story about you telling me the story about wolves isn’t about wolves.
Don’t bet on it, he says, I have a wolf side to me. Come over here.
—Margaret Atwood, from The Blind Assassin (via aubade)
Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen, born March 27, 1845, detected wavelength electromagnetic radiation, resulting in the discovery of x-rays.
Antique Winsor & Newton watercolor box