Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891

Lettres

Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Going to be a trifle busy, I’m afraid

Penned upon the 9th of October, 2007

Hallo, all! The next few weeks might be a bit thin, I fear. I’m all at once working on a few small pieces about turn-of-the-century Irish nationalism; William Morris’s News From Nowhere and aesthetic Utopianism and Eutopianism more generally; research into history teaching methods, not to mention the fascinating Paterson family; my everpresent interest in romanticism, particularly the links between Schelling’s philosophy and the Daoist worldview; not to mention moving house, preliminary wedding planning and the need for regular naps, repasts, siestas and sit-downs.

It’s not all hectic busymaking news, though! For a start, my friend Cassandra is bringing her hair-extension and fashion business Wildilocks to Melbourne! This means both pretty things to buy and employment opportunities for hair-talented (hairy-thumbed?) people, so take a look! Cass is cool cool stuff: she blends jury-rigged beauty with responsible enviromnetal sensitivity in her art. There are evermore folks doing work like this – have a gander at these bicycling breeks in wool or hemp – and it’s exactly what the world needs more of.

On a hugely vain lighthearted note, I found a rather nice frock coat on eBay in my size – rather like finding a furious camel in an upmarket Manchester outlet, as you’ll know if you’ve ever tried. Why don’t they make coats to look like this anymore? It looks good! (That’s probably why.)

Photograph by Lady Tanah


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