No, it is not Cooper Mountain Vineyards. You know who you are.
In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors. ~William Blake
Well, it is, isn’t it? Theatre, that is. And now: Love emblems as a genre. The image at left (c. 1600) comes from a compilation of love emblems published a few years ago as Theatre D’Amour that I bought in hardcover on abebooks for $3.50 in Fine condition!
From the page:
The first and longest series… the twenty-four images from Daniel Heinsiusus Quaris Quid Sit Amor?(‘You Want to Know What Love Is?’), which was, when it was published in Amsterdam in 1601, the first emblem-book solely devoted to the vexed subject of love. (More historical background and review).
Well, of course, I don’t know what love is. (There’s a better Chet Baker version: here.).
Full discussion here. Has half a dozen cutesy pictures, not as sweetly sentimental as much of what you see on SU, but almost. Just 400 years older.
The book itself is well-written. Evidence: You can read several pages from Theatre d’Amour at the publisher (Taschen) with even more color pictures of the genre). Oh, be careful of that door.
Let’s start putting first things first. But first I need a nap. Good night.
The Heart Book – 1550
The Heart Book is regarded as the oldest Danish ballad manuscript. It is a collection of 83 love ballads compiled in the beginning of the 1550s in the circle of the Court of King Christian III. Shown here is the beginning of ballad no. 43, Store laengsel, du gor mig naer (Great Yearning, thou touches me).
If you are a book lover, chances are that you have books all over your house. On the shelves, on the floor, even on the stairs. When you try to find a particular book you want to read, you have no idea where it is. Or you go to the bookstore and purchase a book that catches your interest, only to find that you already had a copy that you had forgotten about.
Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2009
How we Decide
What you think you know about thinking is wrong
Jonah Lehler addresses how we make decisions on a neuron level. Much more interesting than I’d expected. In the Sample first chapter, he relates decision making to the instant decisions required of a successful quarterback.
An interesting read.
From his personal blog, Jonah Lehler interviewing himself:
Q: Why did you want to write a book about decision-making?
A: It all began with Cheerios. I’m an incredibly indecisive person. There I was, aimlessly wandering the cereal aisle of the supermarket, trying to choose between the apple-cinnamon and honey-nut varieties. It was an embarrassing waste of time and yet it happened to me all the time. Eventually, I decided that enough was enough: I needed to understand what was happening inside my brain as I contemplated my breakfast options. I soon realized, of course, that this new science of decision-making had implications far grander than Cheerios.