|I started copying some lady faces.|
Erica studied history, I, literature. She usually reads the history. I usually read the literature. When she arrived with a thick copy of MELVILLE this visit, I got to thinking about biographies. They are a hard thing to read sometimes, for those of us who want everything to be a story. Or more accurately, who want everything to have layers of meaning. How can this be, with biography? Last semester I dragged through a well written, detail-filled, critical biography of Milton. The Lewalski. Indispensable to a Milton scholar, but summer reading it is not. Erica and I talked about biographies. Turns out, few of them are summer reading. Aubrey Beardsley happens to be an exception.
|Ended with creeps.|
(Click for a close-up!)
So it began with the copied lady faces (and other parts) like the illustration above, and ended with my own characters like this sleazy fin de siecle fellow on the left.
Now, back to reading about Beardsley!
|My drawing of the Beardsley photograph in Weintraub's book.|