Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Occasional Joys of Cataloging

Sometimes plowing through a cart of new books for the Liberry is rewarding. Today's interesting find is:

A splendid mixture of the grotesque and sublime. My favorite section is called "Memorial Photography," and features lovingly posed archaic images of dead children and old people. There are also several fantastic and mysterious brooches entwined with the hair of one's dearly departed. Troubling, yet interesting stuff.

The author's photo is perhaps the best I've ever seen: she's dressed in full 19th century mourning regalia, standing before a huge mortuary monument with an angel before a cross that must be fifteen foot high, smiling in a wholly inappropriate manner.