Full many a stoic eye and aspect stern
Mask hearts where grief hath little left to learn;
And many a withering thought lies hid, not lost,
In smiles that least befit who wear them most.

Lord Byron, The Corsair
https://coldewey.cc/2017/01/full-many-a-stoic-eye-and-aspect-stern-mask/ »

False color image of the Gibson Desert in Western Australia (ESA)

https://coldewey.cc/2016/12/false-color-image-of-the-gibson-desert-in-western/ »

La Luz – “Easy Baby”
Damp Face EP

Channeling Roy Orbison on the closing track, this was La Luz in their early but impeccable surf-sway mode instead of the sparking, driven surf-psych of Weirdo Shrine. (bandcamp)

https://coldewey.cc/2016/12/la-luz-easy-baby-damp-face-ep-channeling-roy/ »

The sea had leeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul. Not drowned entirely, though. Rather carried down alive to wondrous depths, where strange shapes of the unwarped primal world glided to and fro before his passive eyes; and the miser-merman, Wisdom, revealed his hoarded heaps; and among the joyous, heartless, ever-juvenile eternities, Pip saw the multitudinous, God-omnipresent, coral insects, that out of the firmament of waters heaved the colossal orbs. He saw God’s foot upon the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick
https://coldewey.cc/2016/12/the-sea-had-leeringly-kept-his-finite-body-up-but/ »

RGB XYZ – David OReilly

https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/rgb-xyz-david-oreilly/ »

A vision of London in 2500 AD, from Greys, cigarettes notable for “their exceptional Bigness.”

https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/a-vision-of-london-in-2500-ad-from-greys/ »

The Shadows – “See You In My Drums”
The Shadows

A few of The Shadows’ surfy ‘60s tunes may sound familiar, as songs from that era often do. But there are otheres where they hit their stride and do something they like and you feel they wish they could jam on it forever. This is one, with a wonderful extended drum solo by Tony Meehan.

https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/the-shadows-see-you-in-my-drums-the-shadows/ »

In man or fish, wriggling is a sign of inferiority.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick
https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/in-man-or-fish-wriggling-is-a-sign-of/ »

Vocabulary: Midleaf Crasis Edition

surcingle: belt worn with a cassock; also one used to strap burdens to horses
crasis: blending or mingling; also combining two vowels into one sound
pasquil: also pasquinade, a satire or lampoon, usually posted publicly
poetaster: an inferior poet (-aster is a universal pejorative suffix)
aerolite: a meteorite, esp. one composed of silicates
caoutchouc: also cauchauc, archaic term for rubber
appetence: desire, appetite, affinity, or tendency
hibernian: relating to Ireland, or an Irish person
chark: to create charcoal, or the material itself
jakes: an outhouse or other outdoors lavatory
wain: an open-topped wagon or cart
collogue: to secretly conspire or plot
putid: morally or chemically corrupt
propugn: to defend or advocate for
harridan: a scolding woman or nag
succade: candied citrus peel
quondam: former, erstwhile
imposthume: an abscess
trivant: truant

https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/vocabulary-midleaf-crasis-edition/ »

The Blue Rondos – “Little Baby”

Produced by Joe Meeks, this and a handful of others were all this short-lived British band put out in the early ‘60s. Still, “Little Baby” is note-perfect: very much a bouncy pop song, yet ever so slightly bent. (official site – watch for autoplaying music)

https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/the-blue-rondos-little-baby-produced-by-joe/ »

Failure is less frequently attributable to either insufficiency of means or impatience of labour, than to a confused understanding of the thing actually to be done.

John Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture
https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/failure-is-less-frequently-attributable-to-either/ »

Love has many masks; masks of submission and of oppression; and even more terrible masks that make Nature a stranger to herself and ‘turn the truth of God into a lie,’ as St. Paul wrote.

Ray Russell, Sardonicus
https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/love-has-many-masks-masks-of-submission-and-of/ »

The lady may accept the escort, or the lady may ‘give him the mitten.’

https://coldewey.cc/2016/11/the-lady-may-accept-the-escort-or-the-lady-may/ »