June 27th, 2011

Fancy that

On the slippery slope

Here's a portion of visual whimsy from me, albeit on a fairly unseasonal subject.

This Guardian article about reading on holiday introduced me to a charming quote from Theodor Adorno's Minima Moralia (no, I haven't read it either). But instead of just requoting it, I decided to combine it with a pictorial tribute to one of my fave illustrators, the great René Gruau, and particularly to this poster.

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While we're on the topic, here's a bonus piece of trivia. Slippers may in themselves be monuments, but I was charmed to discover that in the city of Tomsk* in Russia, there is a real-life monument to slippers. I suppose that if anyone's going to have a deep understanding of the importance of keeping your tootsies warm, it's the Siberians.

* If, like me, you are of a certain age, you are probably thinking of the Wombles now. I blame great Uncle Bulgaria and his map of the world...