Red Scharlach (redscharlach) wrote,
Red Scharlach

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.

But the slippers and pyjamas shown are very much my very own...

Slippers are designed to be slipped into without help from the hand. They are monuments to the hatred of bending down. -- Theodor Adorno

Tumblr link

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...
Tags: random art, trivia
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