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dr seuss painting pink tuted small beast

theodore geisel (the one and only dr. seuss) was a man of oh so many talents. aside from his background in advertising that helped compartmentalize platforms for the greatest children’s literature ever penned, ted was a phenomenal painter and illustrator. he did not consider himself such, only working on this hobby after midnight. you can see more of his hobby here, and read lovely blurbs by another children’s literature genius, maurice sendak. this painting, known as the ‘pink tufted small beast in a night landscape’ was done by seuss in 1960. it exemplifies traces we’ve seen in the lorax, not to mention escher’s relativity. by sv

flash fiction

for sale baby shoes never worn

the shortest story ever told? maybe the most meaningful? i’ve read some discrepancies about hemingway’s origination of the quote, but no matter who wrote it, this is some consummate flash fiction. by sv

fifteen things i’ll never do by mae west

mae west black and white

1] Take another woman’s man. Not intentionally, that is. Even though all’s fair in love and war and it ain’t no sin.

2] Try to be anything but myself at all times, publicly and privately, except on the stage or screen, for that’s where acting belongs.

3] Cook, bake, sew, wash dishes, peel potatoes, eat onions, or bite my nails.

4] Wear white cotton stockings or join a nudist colony.

5] Like opera, number thirteen, yodelling, cold spaghetti, rats, snails, men who shave their necks, or over-ripe bananas.

6] Care for people who whistle in dressing rooms or checks that bounce as high as the stratosphere.

7] Play mother parts, sad parts, dumb parts, or a virtuous wife, betrayed or otherwise. I pity weak women, good or bad, but I can’t like them. A woman should be strong either in her goodness or badness.

8] Go nuts about classical music, sandwiches, cigar smoke, places that smell like hospitals, and black nail polish.

9] Get excited over night clubs, contract bridge, fan dancing, bobby sox, the stock market, badminton, or bust developers.

10] Be thrilled to death by orchids, anonymous love letters, souvenir postcard folders, earthquakes, slave bracelets, or beds with hard mattresses.

11] Be bothered by Scotch money-lenders or boys who lisp.

12] Believe the worst about anybody without complete proof nor will I believe that it’s useless to struggle against so-called Fate – the phony!

13] Walk when I can sit, or sit when I can recline. I believe in saving my energy – for important things.

14] Write a story that is unsophisticated, because I believe that innocence is as innocent doesn’t.

15] Marry a man who is too handsome, a man who drinks to excess or doesn’t carry his liquor like a gentleman, a man who is easy to get, easily led into temptation – unless I do the leading.

 

wise words from the blonde goddess of doing wrong but making it feel oh-so-right. such the temptress! by sv

love song

rainer maria rilke german poet

How can I keep my soul in me, so that
it doesn’t touch your soul? How can I raise
it high enough, past you, to other things?
I would like to shelter it, among remote
lost objects, in some dark and silent place
that doesn’t resonate when your depths resound.
Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin’s bow,
which draws one voice out of two seperate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh sweetest song.

some beautiful words from rainer maria rilke on this friday; to lighten and enlighten. by sv