from around

- so great! How to Write About Contemporary Art, by Andrew Berardini

- love these animated gifs by Matthew DiVitto - make sure to look at the multiple pages

- i am a long time fan of Silke Otto - Knapp. See her new exhibit, Seascapes and Moondresses. Be sure to watch the videos of the dance

- been listening to the new album from Bing & Ruth

- very excited to see the Ron Nagel show

- Ouli - on Sight Unseen :)

- Neil Young, my forever favorite. Musician, Writer and Painter

- staring at these beautiful photos of the Jardin des Plantes

- opalized bones - mind blown

- PEARLS! - Tears of the Gods“The pearl is the opposite of the diamond, which is completely mineral, the hardest thing known in nature. The pearl is soft, the product of a living organism. Its mystique lies in the mystery of its creation. The ancient Greeks believed pearls were formed from the tears of the gods. In Christian times the birth of the pearl was seen as a kind of immaculate conception, symbolising purity and closely associated with the Virgin Mary.”
In fact, as he goes on to explain, the pearl is just “a piece of s---”: generally a tapeworm larva that gets stuck inside the shell of a mollusc. The shellfish reacts to protect itself, building up layers of shell tissue, called nacre – or mother of pearl – around the invading particle."
- the interesting 500 year history of the infamous La Peregrina pearl, the largest pearl in the world

David Arsham - Formal Confrontations with Fauna