two links for my more cultured readers.
Mark Liberman at the Language Log investigates the history of Dr Syntax.
Syntax was a satirical character who enjoyed some fame between 1807 and 1820, thanks in large to the excellent aquatints by the great Thomas Rowlandson. He was a lampoon upon one Dr Gilpin whose fahionable principles of the picturesque were joshed by Jane Austin in Nothanger Abbey (two lovely paragraphs quoted).
(link via drjon)
Stephin Merritt from The Magnetic Fields plays songs from the band's new album, Distortion, and talks about his music.
"I want to be an artist's model,The best song writer of our times, if you ask me.
an odalisque au naturel,
I should be good at spin the bottle,
while I've still got something left to sell."
(link via Hayley Campbell)
And one that is an oft visited subject here at Campbell blogspot, Courtroom Sketch Artists.
"Is courtroom sketching a full time job? Are these people fine artists or commercial artists? And what kind of artwork do they do outside the courtroom? I decided to contact a range of courtroom sketch artists and see what I could find out."