Nov. 5, 1922: Lulu McGrath is greeted by a diver in “Wonders of the Sea,” filmed off the Bahamas during the early days of underwater motion pictures. A report the following spring on a project by J.E. Williamson, the film’s director, related the perils of camera work at the time: “Not so very long ago, an intrepid photographer, when attempting to get a picture from an airplane of the crater of Vesuvius, just saved himself from falling into the seething, angry lava. This same cameraman, who is employed by Fox News, had another narrow escape from death in an airplane a few weeks ago. But he is inoculated with the spirit of adventure and keeps going.” Photo: The New York Times
A welder at a boat-and-sub-building yard adjusts her goggles before resuming work, October, 1943. By 1945, women comprised well over a third of the civilian labor force (in 1940, it was closer to a quarter) and millions of those jobs were filled in factories: building bombers, manufacturing munitions, welding, drilling and riveting for the war effort.
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For what must have been a magazine story on skate-dancing, published April 12, 1953, the caption noted the pride of the troupe master, likened to a Prussian general, who transformed these girls — who hailed from “the Russian zone of Germany” — into performers of pirhouettes in a matter of weeks. The girl on the right was a former cyclist. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times
you fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye
- Margaret Atwood (via mikiwaswong)
“Digital writing is both compiled and original. The thoughts of the writers of words today lie between the words and the way they’ve been assembled. But the real novelty of digital writing comes when words are repurposed, when they are reflown, for that is when we begin to detect multiple intentions and, like archaeologists, discover meaning lying below meaning. Our texts the many layers of Troy.”
“On the one hand, a lover is allowed, indeed encouraged to do things that would disgrace him if he did them for any other motive than that of love. He may beg and beseech and perform services of such slavishness that a slave would disdain them and this is regarded as something wholly beautiful […] It is always honorable to yield to love if honor may be obtained by the yielding. Such love is heavenly love associated with a heavenly goddess. Such love is precious.”