TOKYO CITY SYMPHONY (by roppongi hills)
Young Icefish, Chaenocephalus Aceratus - These fish are highly adapted to life in cold water with anti-freeze, but no red blood cells, in their blood.
Few people realize just how rich in biodiversity the Southern Ocean is - even a single trawl can reveal a fascinating array of weird and wonderful creatures as would be seen on a coral reef. These animals are potentially very good indicators of environmental change as many occur in the shallows, which are changing fast, but also in deeper water which will warm much less quickly. We can now begin to get a better understanding of how the ecosystem will adapt to changes. British Antarctic Survey
6. Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel that famed wit Oscar Wilde ever wrote, and it tells the story of a man of unsurpassed beauty who has his likeness painted as a portrait. To make a long story short, Dorian sells his soul in order to maintain his youth and beauty while the painting version himself ages instead. It’s a bit of a strange and supernatural tale, but the character of Dorian Gray, believe it or not, was based on a real man named John Gray.
John Gray was an acquaintance of Wilde, and that’s really just a nicer way of saying he was one of Wilde’s many trysts. The real Gray was a poet who traveled in the same social circles as Wilde, and was reputedly an “Adonis” of a man. While Wilde did not bother to change his last name for the fictionalized version, he did change John to Dorian, but it was for a very specific purpose. The Dorians were an ancient Greek tribe that famously practiced and engaged in sex between men. Apparently, when the story came out the real Gray was mortified, as it was abundantly clear that the titular character was based on himself, and the connection caused a rift between he and Wilde.
Japanese Purse by YAGUCHI Kanako 矢口加奈子
literature meme: poets [1/5]
Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Neruda became known as a poet while still a teenager. He wrote in a variety of styles including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and erotically-charged love poems such as the ones in his 1924 collection Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. He often wrote in green ink as it was his personal symbol for desire and hope with his poetry.
Here is my Miles Davis Primer. The 100+ songs that every Miles Davis fan or fan of great musical artistry should know. From his very very early work all the way to his last album.
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Tuesday Coffee (by *Cinnamon)
Isabel Allende, Paula
And also, for me, the word “inspiration” does not have a purely musical meaning—not only. For me, it’s more a matter of discovery—a new kind of image, a new vision of the world and the human soul itself. The original impulse does not come from the music, but is embodied in it. First of all, there is something like a new conviction—a bit like when, while reading a book, you sometimes reach a point where all thought converges, where all the mysteries unfold: there is a release, liberation, a feeling of happiness, and at one and the same time it is often very sad.
Jordi Savall, “A conversation with Arvo Pärt”. Music & Literature. An Arts Magazine, 1 (Fall 2012).
Arvo Pärt - Tabula Rasa for 2 violins, prepared piano & chamber orchestra: Ludus. Violín: Gil Shaham, Gotemburg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi
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Gong Li photographed by Jean-Marie Périer
The Artful Dodgers of Wrangel Island, arctic foxes steal as many as 40 snow goose eggs a day and cache them for their pups
Photo: Sergey Gorshkov