Here is a first world problem: I got a new smartphone and all the apps are insisting on syncing my contacts and location and searches and tethering me invisibly, irrevocably to the cybersphere. I feel like the apps are whispering about me behind my back. Hungry whispers. I would like to go back to pencil and paper, now, please. Not really. But it is possible to yearn for some privacy even as one reaches out through the world wide web.
So, because I am in a darkish mood, and because I wanted to bring you a gift after my long hiatus, I would like to share with you some exquisitely creepy illustrations by John R. Neill that recently caught my eye and breath. The illustrations are from Glinda of Oz by Frank L. Baum, and the ones I am sharing today are from the pastedown inside the front cover. The image as a whole is stunning:
But here are a few of my favorites pulled out:
If you have never read the books, you should do so. Oz is a vast world better viewed through words, line sketches and the reader’s imagination than on a screen. I would be interested to hear what catches your eye in the illustration. If you like this post, let me know and I will share a few more images.
Smart phones. Can’t imagine living without mine, but sometimes the tethering does get old, doesn’t it?
I know! I love my phone, but I don’t like not feeling in control of my information. And I don’t love how every app I use isn’t yet in its proper place. And until I get it all properly straightened out, the phone’s defaults keep hijacking me. I could have upgraded my phone a year ago, but I just had it broken in. Now I am starting all over again, but at least I have a ton of memory and battery life. Grudging props, there.
But what figure beckoned to you? I think there may be a personality test in this, so don’t pick something weird.
I kind of like the Card Bird, cause he’s a bit different. 🙂
different is good!