Images (clockwise from top left): Jack London (Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images), Haruki Murakami (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images), David Mitchell (Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty Images), Anne Bronte (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
This week in author birthdays, Jan. 12 seems especially blessed by the muses …
Jack London – Jan. 12, 1876
“He had no conscious knowledge of death, but like every animal of the Wild, he possessed the instinct of death. To him it stood as the greatest of hurts. It was the very essence of the unknown; it was the sum of the terrors of the unknown, the one culminating and unthinkable catastrophe that could happen to him, about which he knew nothing and about which he feared everything.” - From White Fang
Haruki Murakami – Jan. 12, 1949
“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.” - From Kafka on the Shore
(Here’s Murakami on sharing a birthday with Jack London and that strange moment his birthday was announced as a public event on the radio.)
David Mitchell – Jan. 12, 1969
“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” - From Cloud Atlas
Anne Bronte – Jan. 17, 1820
“The human heart is like india-rubber; a little swells it, but a great deal will not burst it." - From Agnes Grey
Ann Getty home–The dining room’s circa-1720 chinoiserie panels were originally made for the king of Poland. Read more: Ann Getty’s San Francisco Home - Pictures from Ann Getty’s San Francisco Home - Harper’s BAZAAR
It started as a mistake, transformed workflow for architects, and revived Japanese print-making.
Created as a result of mixing blood, potash, and iron sulfate while trying to make red cochineal dye, Prussian blue was announced officially in 1710.
Paper covered with ammonium ferric citrate plunged into potassium ferricyanide turned Prussian blue and preserved the image of objects set on top of the paper in the process. And thus the “cyanotype” was born.
From there, architects found these “blue prints” useful to make copies of one drawing. Sound familiar?