I’ve been watching a lot of Parks and Recreation lately. Of course you do not need to know this information at all. But after reading about Charles Lummis (a man with many talents who also had a strong interest in women and drink) I couldn’t help but think of the character of Ron Swanson. Back in 1884 Lummis journeyed on foot from Cincinnati to Los Angeles (a total of 148 days) to take a job with the Los Angeles Times, dispatching reports along the way. Basically he live-tweeted his way across the country. During his adventure he broke his arm (he had to reset it himself by jumping out of a tree) and survived the harsh winter outdoors in New Mexico. If only our our own twitters can be as interesting. Anyway, because he was a man’s man, Lummis built his own home with his own hands. Over a twelve-year period between 1898 and 1910, Lummis worked on creating his distinctive El Alisal “castle” along the Arroyo Seco just off the 110 Freeway using granite river rock, concrete and old Sante Fe Railroad poles. After all, every man’s home is his castle. The home, a blend of mission architecture and arts & crafts, is furnished with hand-crafted wooden furniture, which I’m sure would have met Ron Swanson’s approval. Not only was Lummis a journalist, but he was also an artist, photographer, author, and Indian rights activist. After he died, he was cremated and his remains were put into the walls of the house. Today the Lummis Home & Gardens is home of the Historical Society of Southern California, which the government-hating, libertarian government official known as Ron Swanson would not toast a big glass of scotch to and most likely try to shut down. But fortunately this odd little house museum is here to stay.
Racked took a whole bunch of nice photos of the new Goods for the Study store on Mulberry Street.
We’re not saying scissors made by samurai would make a great present, but if you don’t know anyone who would be excited by samurai scissors maybe you should start rethinking some things.
Shop online here: http://mcnallyjacksonstore.com/
Shop in real life at 234 Mulberry Street (right around the corner from the bookstore).
Yesterday’s City Council vote—the result of years of collaboration—will bring an iconic Bronx landmark back to life. The Kingsbridge Armory will soon become the world’s largest indoor ice rink facility.
Read Mayor Bloomberg’s statement on NYC.gov on this historic moment for the Bronx and New York City.
A vegetarian Postcrosser asked for postcards with food. She assured that she would not be offended to get postcards with meaty dishes on them, but innocently wondered: “Do postcards with such food even exist?”
Well, in Estonia, for example, blood sausages make appearance on Christmas cards regularly.
The first postcard is a reprint of a Christmas card from first half of 20th century.
The second is a recipe-card from 1973. Printed in Moscow as part of a postcard set “Dishes of Estonian kitchen”
The third, a New Year postcard from 1971, also features home-brewed beer in a wooden vessel. Artist E.Pikk, photo by V.Sillam.
The fourth card is also sausages and beer one and is produced by a collective of disabled people “Valve” (does the name of the collective mean just a female first name or is it a propaganda name “On guard”? I cannot make up my mind. Lack of context. I would not be so confused if the word appeared in connection with other words, like in tädi Valve/ aunt Valve or valvekoondis/guard collective ) was sent to my mother in December 1958
Estonian Christmas traditions are something else :) I’ve never seen a Russian holiday postcard with sausages on it.
I’ve seen this going around on Facebook as well and I swear I am going to break my computer if people don’t start THINKING for ONE FUCKING SECOND about how ODD it is that Oscar Wilde would be talking about God damn FANCY CARS when he DIED IN 1900.
Also, Wilde was a genius at bon mots and this one FUCKING SUCKS.