February 6th, 2020

franz_marc_foxes

Midweek

Wednesday turned into one of those days when everything felt oddly discombobulated. I think it was mostly because I woke up way too early, and couldn't get back to sleep. After that everything just naturally fell out of place. Also I think I had some very weird dreams the night before, but I couldn't remember them. It was just that feeling I get when I wake up that something is terribly off.

But I still managed to make another trip to the Goodwill store, and found a few more books, so now I have two days worth to write about. I've picked up three arty coffee table books, one about Salvador Dalí, another about Frank Lloyd Wright, and the third is The Oxford Project, a book of black and white photos by Peter Feldstein of all the residents of the tiny town of Oxford, Iowa, in 1984, and updated photos of many of them from around 2005. The accompanying text by Stephen G. Bloom tells a bit about the subjects of the photos. It's quite fascinating.

Then there is an interesting reference book, Dictionary of 20th Century Design, which features a nice assortment of photos too, though all black and white and mostly small. The text predominates, and is made of short articles mostly about various designers and styles of the period. And then I got a big paperback edition of The California Missions, a pictorial history and guide published by Sunset magazine. I had a few pictorial books published by Sunset, but not this particular one.

Finally, I got three books of fiction. There are two more volumes from Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, and copy of George MacDonald's classic fantasy novel At the Back of the North Wind, a facsimile of the 1919 edition with the original illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith. I remember seeing this book when I was very young and wishing I could read it, but I hadn't learned to read well enough yet. I guess I should read it soon, before I forget how to do it well enough.

It is very, very chilly tonight, and I am not enjoying that. It's supposed to get up into the mid-sixties tomorrow, which I'm looking forward to. I'm also very tired right now, and need to go crawl under the covers. I've been awake since nine o'clock this morning. But first there are dishes to wash. I hope I don't end up too tired to sleep.