Tag Archives: France

1750: First Sleep, Second Sleep

That dreaming is a less sound species of sleep, appears from the familiar fact, which has probably been observed by every individual; viz. that the first sleep is much freer from it than the second. We retire to rest, fatigued … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1950: Rumble at the Café des Poètes

Stolen poems incite a rumble in Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus (1950).

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1592: More Books on Books

All I can say is that you can feel from experience that so many interpretations dissipate the truth and break it up. Aristotle wrote to be understood: if he could not manage it, still less will a less able man … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

1509: The Most Curious Book in the World

The following entry appears in Charles Carroll Bombaugh’s Gleanings from the Harvest Fields of Literature: A Melange of Excerpta, Curious, Humorous, and Instructive (1867): THE MOST CURIOUS BOOK IN THE WORLD The most singular bibliographic curiosity is that which belonged … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1885: Moonrise

Henri-Joseph Harpignies: Moonrise (1885)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1946: Beauty and the Beast

Jean Cocteau, director: La Belle et la Bête (1946)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1865: The Storm Cloud

Félix Bracquemond: The Storm Cloud (1860-1870)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1897: Orpheus

Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau: Orpheus in Hades (1897)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1307: Qualiter caput hominis situatur

This llustration from an early fourteenth century compendium shows the five functions of the brain: perception, imagination, estimation, cogitation, and memory. Drawn from the works of Thomas Aquinas and the Arabic philosopher Avicenna, the theory posits that sensory information enters … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1784: Whimsical Associations

From Paul Fussell’s Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (1965): “In ‘The Poplar Field’ …William Cowper…unwittingly allows the whimsical associations of triple meter to work against him.” The poplars are felled, farewell to the shade And the whispering sound of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment