"You know, I like to imagine sometimes that I’ve done a lot of evil, many, many horrible things, that I’ve worked at it quietly for a very long time, and then all the sudden everybody finds out about it."
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Gibson girl pattern
hair envy pattern
I knew I’d seen this before! Credit goes to http://www.totallysevere.com
Alas, if only I had made it… the artist is Charles Dana Gibson, and much of his work is now public domain.
A famous ballroom dancer walks into a bar. A monkey is serving drinks. And, believe it or not, this is not a joke. There is no punchline. It apparently really happened. Vernon Castle - a very well-known ballroom dancer in the early 20th century, who popularized the Foxtrot and performed with his wife Irene in Broadway productions such as Irving Berlin’s “Watch Your Step” - apparently opened a “private American bar, with the latest New York cocktails” in Paris back in 1916. Vernon also seemingly decided to “teach a monkey he [had] just bought as a mascot to do his bit as a bartender.” This, at least, according to the Buffalo News in this epic clip found by our own curatorial associate Kailen Rogers while she looked through scrapbooks from the Robinson Locke Collection in the Theatre Division at our Library for the Performing Arts. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
"There are 10,000 books in my library, and it will keep growing until I die. This has exasperated my daughters, amused my friends and baffled my accountant. If I had not picked up this habit in the library long ago, I would have more money in the bank today; I would not be richer.” - Pete Hamill
"I majored in English and Philosophy, and minored in Religious Studies."
“Awesome, so what are you doing now?”
“I work at an office supply e-retailer.”
I’m almost positive I worked at the same company as this woman, just at different times. The bad news: That place is where dreams go to die, and the longer you stay the more your morale will sink. The good news: There’s a strong (and rapidly expanding) community of ex-employees who have almost universally landed better careers, so don’t give up!
Lorenz Ladue was an actress at the Folies Bergère. She was shot to death on stage by a Russian prince who had loaned her the Hope Diamond. The Russian prince was then killed two days later by revolutionaries.