September 21–27 is Banned Books Week, and this year NYRB Classics will continue to pay tribute to our books that were once censored or banned. Last year we wrote about Gabriel Chevallier’s Fear, Andrey Platonov’s Happy Moscow, and Alberto Moravia’s Agostino. This year, we’ll…
saturn as seen from behind the moon
Empress Elizabeth of Austria Franz Xaver Winterhalter 1865
Lord Frederic Leighton, “Mrs Henry Evans Gordon”.
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Tentaciones de San Antonio (detail)
Fresco in the Monestir de Pedralbes in Barcelona by Ferrer Bassa, 1346
Located at the National Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Picture Taken by A. Davey
Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
— Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Even then she wore the look of certain fanatics who think of themselves as leaders without once having gained the respect of a single human being.
— Jane Bowles, Two Serious Ladies
Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world
— Jean-Luc Godard (via richardlinklaters)
What the eyes see, the mind believes.
— Houdini (via bestsnogever)
Tourism is sin, and travel on foot virtue
— Werner Herzog, Minnesota Declaration (via roadlessco)
All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.
— Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor
Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.
— Samuel Johnson, Works of Samuel Johnson (via wordsnquotes)