Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
"The ornaments of some modern memorials give them a fantastic and ridiculous appearance. A cherub's head, with puffed cheeks and outspread wings, formed by one continuous line of clever flourishing, adorns the upper part of the memorial, while the inscription, written in letters of various shape and character, is also embellished with a profusion of unmeaning flourishes. Such specimens of ornamental penmanship may be necessary in the writing-master's copy book, but are utterly unbecoming the gravity of sepulchral memorials. On the same principle gaudy colouring ought to be excluded. Yet the undiscriminating mania for mediaeval taste commends the one and condemns the other. A tomb, the receptacle of man's perishing remains, should not be tricked out with gorgeously emblazoned ornaments or illuminated letters, which give it a gaudy and flaunting appearance, perfectly inconsistent with its real nature and purpose. However brightened by the resurrection of our Lord, and robbed of its terrors to the true Christian, the grave is still a solemn object".
Friday, August 09, 2013
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
The Book Elves are big Dr. Who fans, so this week they decided to have a party in the Cataloging Cave to watch the BBC announcement of the new actor to play The Doctor next season. They could have decorated the Cave with the Dalek models they made for last year's Christmas Special Party, but those all burned up during this year's Fourth of July Debacle. Next to Daleks, the Book Elves next favorite Dr. Who characters are the Weeping Angels, but since it was very short notice to make up a load of Weeping Angel statues, the Book Elves just went down to the hardware store for some baby blue paint ("for Angel tears", I was told), and then, without further explanation, loaded up some blocks & tackles and implements of destruction into the red VW microbus and headed south on Route 91…
But before The Cloisters called, wondering if we knew anything about 15 missing Medieval angel statues, and long before the State Police arrived, the Book Elves finished our latest catalog, which can be viewed or downloaded as a .pdf file here->