they made people different in the dark ages—pale as martyrs, long-fingered hands folded in prayer or turned up, stigmatic blood collecting in their palms. Their necks are always craning, bodies unnaturally posed, as though looking up or bending down were not humanity’s natural states.

—a different species, wearing colors brighter than we know—richer blues, headier greens. The medieval mind was a thing of interlaced vines and celtic knots, holy days writ in red—the world was a circle unraveling, the liturgical calender turning and turning until it would be anno domini iterum, in saecula saeculorum. amen.

everything was germanic forest and blank spaces on the map, miracles and monsters embedded in the skein of the world. (how else is god to show his power?) all is ordered, and aristotle’s spheres are fixed tending towards the center—the earth, the heart.

there are angels with illuminated wings at the edges of the manuscript, their heads bent together, whispering about dragons and the Kingdom on the next page.

William-Adolphe BouguereauDante and Virgile in Hell, detail, 1850.


Speaking of how incredibly talented our fans are, here is the latest piece of fan art for tonight’s episode, Takiawase from granpappy-winchester!


Hellenistic, Alexander the Great in a Himation, after an original by Lysippos, late 4th or 3rd century BCE


Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Fall 2005


On the eve of the Boston Marathon, we at Spartan Race, along with the country, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors of last year’s attack.
Pictured are athletes and citizens who lived through the events and won’t let tragedy grind them to a halt. This series shot by Robert X. Fogerty for Dear World captures the resilience of those affected that can’t be dampened. Please visit their site to learn more about these people’s stories and pay tribute. 

Boston is as strong as community as the world has. We are proud to be part of it. On Marathon Monday, we will be there and along with the rest of the world, we will be watching a city recover as one.  

The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter.

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Revised Standard Version-Catholic Edition, Rom. 13.10

Passage - Roberto Bolle & Polina Semionova

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