The legend of Junior Braithwaite is that he came into the studio, sang a single song—one written by Bunny Wailer, or Wailers as they still call him in Trench Town (“B. Wailers,” it says on the original disc), a song called “It Hurts to Be Alone.” And that the song was astonishing, that it was heartbreaking, that it was immortal. That the lyrics were so elemental they could have been by ABBA or by Sappho.
—John Jeremiah Sullivan, “That Chop on the Upbeat”
Foiled Again. Mix by Otis Blue. Sculpture by Tom Friedman.
Write a song with a title that uses any three contiguous words. E.g., “Dance of the Dreaming Rose,” “Goodbye Crybaby,” “Beautiful Eyes Don’t Dance,” etc.
"Of all the portraits Grant had seen this afternoon this was the most individual. It was as if the artist had striven to put on canvas something that his talent was not sufficient to translate into paint. The expression in the eyes—that most arresting and individual expression—had defeated him…. Grant paused… to consider the face a moment longer. A judge? A soldier? A prince? Someone used to great responsibility, and responsible in his authority. Someone too conscientious. A worrier; perhaps a perfectionist. A man at ease in a large design, but anxious over details. A candidate for gastric ulcer."
—Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time, 1951
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1. by John Everett Millais (1852)
2. by John William Waterhouse (1889)
3. by Constantin Meunier
4. by Theodor von der Beek (1901)
5. by Brad Kunkle (2010)
6. by Marek Fijalkowski
7. by Wouter Steel
8. by Jeremy Lipking
9. scene of Melancholia by Lars von Trier