Ceci n’est pas une Rene Magritte’s “Not To Be Reproduced”

not-to-be-reproducedThe book is reflected. The man is not. Both are closed. At the moment.

(Image found at Wikipaintings.)

The Best Written Title for a Memoir About Gravedigging You Will Read Today


The book is coming out in the spring from the U of Minnesota Press. Read excerpts and more at Rachael Hanel’s blog.

(Found at We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down.)

Handmade Journals From Vintage Books

The cover of a used book. A few pages from that book interleaved with 75 pages of quality blank paper. A spiral binding. That’s the recipe for an Ex Libris Anonymous journal or sketchbook.

There are dozens and dozens: large, small, Dr. Suess, Hardy Boys, cookbooks, classics, textbooks, Little Golden Books. Dozens, each one 14 bucks.

The Tin Man, aka The Tin Woodman, aka Nick Chopper

The local high school put on The Wizard of Oz last weekend. While we were waiting for the lights to go down and the curtain to go up, my daughter leaned over to me, pointed at the program, and said: “The ‘Tin Woodman’? I thought he was just the Tin Man?”

Yup, his real name is the Tin Woodman. And his real real name is Nick Chopper.

Which is hilariously, grotesquely, punningly/pun-ishingly apt since he wasn’t always made of tin but was a flesh and blood man until The Wicked Witch of the East put a spell on his ax so that it nicked and chopped one part of his body off after another. He replaced these one at a time with tin parts.

In The Tin Woodman of Oz, he comes across a Tin Soldier who got that way in the same way: the Wicked Witch of the East had enchanted his sword. The Tin Woodman and the Tin Soldier both got into their predicaments due to love of the same woman. (Don’t ask me how–I haven’t read the Oz sequels…though now I kind of want to.)

(Found, with other Tin Man facts, at palisadespete.)