Nouvelles de Saint-Pétersbourg.
But I must admit I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby. I go to bed early and rise late and feel as if I have hardly slept.
Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters


I thought you had many lovers. I mean when I saw you for the first time, at the Cinématheque, you and Theo, you looked so cool, so sophisticated. Like a movie star.




John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), Roses, c.1901. Watercolor and gouache over pencil on paper, 14.2 x 10 in.

Between what is said and not meant
And what is meant and not said
Most of love is lost

بين منطوق لم يقصد
و مقصود لم ينطق
تضيع الكثير من المحبة

Khalil Gibran 


Alla Sizova


Waves Breaking against the Wind (detail), J.M.W. Turner, ca. 1840


Redécouverte (by Memoon)


Ram’s Head Dagger

India (likely Jaipur), Mughal, 18th or 19th century

Hilt: Gold, enameled and set with precious stones; kundan technique Blade: steel

Often tucked into a sash or horseman’s boot, daggers in Mughal India displayed the wealth and power of their owners. An intricately patterned ram’s head pommel adorns the hilt of this dagger, made in the kundan technique in which gems are set into malleable pure gold foil, allowing them to be arranged in any pattern or density over curved surfaces. In this dagger, pieces of quartz adorning the cross guard are surrounded by raised borders of gold which form the curved lines of a flower. The ram’s head is decorated with a floral scroll and is separated from the hilt grip by a quartz collar, also in the kundan method.

This dagger bears a striking resemblance to another dagger posted recently.

Arthur Rubinstein, in his foreword to the American edition of Casimir Wierzynski’s The Life and Death of Chopin, 1949.


Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began erupting in spectacular form this week. But terrifying as it may first appear, that hasn’t stopped one UK tour operator offering visitors the chance to fly over the action.

Photo: RTH Sigurdsson/Discover the World



Persia, 16th century

The Metropolitan Museum of Art