Wednesday, January 17, 2007

January 17, 2007

11 Comments:

Blogger Phil said...

May I borrow the book "Seeing Through Clothes"?

I presume it is about x-ray vision?

8:05 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

At least you don't want to borrow the book on Syphilis, or that book called "Merde" (French) ...a book about ecrement.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Sharkbait said...

I call dibbs on the foot and shoe book!


PS Nice piggy :-)

8:18 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Miss Engaged Shark: I've actually given that book as a gift in the past. And one of my friends, who reads this blog and has a thing about "feet" was given "Footsucker" one Christmas, actually a serious piece of fiction. He went to Metro Center (I think) and had his picture taken reading it.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Momentary Academic said...

Is this a "pay to read" library? :)

9:15 PM  
Anonymous John said...

You have an interesting collection of books (which is about the highest praise I know to give a person).

10:05 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

i'm quite interested in syphilis

...ooh should i have said that?

3:56 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Which version of Men In Black is that? I can't imagine that you have the one based on the movie....

10:10 AM  
Blogger The Lily said...

Oh hey, I had one of those once.

*mumbles* never was any good at saving money.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Phil: Seeing Through Clothes is by Anne Hollander and it's an illustrated history examining the representations of the body and clothing in Western art from Greek sculpture to fashion photography. In other words...a SERIOUS book.

MA: The time I lent a first edition of William Burroughs Naked Lunch to a friend and never got it back ceased the Cubie Lending Library. Tell Gary to give me by book back, and maybe I'll rethink it.

John: Thank you. I have the bulk of my childhood books, as well. Last year when D.C. bloggers took on a poetry day blogathon, I scanned pictures from some of them and wrote about my lifetime exposure to poetry. I gave away a huge portion of books about three years ago to friends, yet still have too many. My new rule has become: bring one in, sell one, or give it away.

POD: Do you want to know how I acquired that medical tome on a veneral disease? It's rather interesting. Wait...I think I'll add it to my "things to blog about" list....a list that grows daily. I am SO behind in my writing.

Rachel: Men in Black is not based on the movie at all. It is by John Harvey and it studies men's fashion throughout history, but particularly focusing on the wearing of black clothing. It also is a cultural study of the color black: and why in the 19th century, an age of supreme wealth and power, men wanted to dress as if going to a funeral.

Lily: I never had a piggy bank I liked as a child. My brother had the good one. About three years ago at Christmas time, I was in a terrible place, emotionally, with a major upset in my life, and I had really done major damage to my foot in a gym injury. My podiatrist worked so hard in following insurance directives to go to the next step, and so I was in a lot of agony with a massive torn ligament the length of my foot and limped and was in pain for about one and a half years. No stilettos during that phase. I could hear my shoes whining in my closet.
My insurance never would authorize this surgery which was new and deemed, by them, experimental, even though Blue Cross had begun to recognize it and they were paying for it. I wound up paying out of pocket, and the doctor was right...all fixed. No more problems now...foot wise.

Anyway. I was at a mall and went into Nordstrom's and they had just started carrying these white china pigs, and they were hand painting them with gender appropriate designs and putting your names on them in decorative script. (Note you cannot see Cubie ;). Mine has lavender flowers and pink hearts.

I got into the habit of dumping my silver change into the pig every night, and pennies into that duck I photographed the other day. At the end of the year I cash it all in and treat myself to something.

I took this picture because my friend said she wanted one, and I wanted her to see what they look like. He's a nice little pig. I gave the bigger version to my friend's tiny daughter for Christmas, and I was told her Daddy puts money in it every night for her.

There is also a copy of The Velvet Underground on that case, a kinky little book that Lou Reed et al took as their group name.

There is also a social etiquette book from the 1800's that has whole chapters on how the new bride should train her lady's maid, her cook, her coachman. I used to photocopy those chapters as part of a wedding gift, as a joke.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

i eagerly await the syphilis story....

6:39 PM  

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