So when people I like do something terrible,” I said, “I just flense them and forgive them.”
”Flense?” he said. “What’s flense?”
“It’s what whalers used to do to whale carcasses when they got them on board,” I said. “They would strip off the skin and blubber and meat right down to the skeleton. I do that in my head to people—get rid of all the meat so I can see nothing but their souls. Then I forgive them.
—  Bluebeard, Kurt Vonnegut

It’s not so bad, my darling. Being dead. It’s like being alive, only colder. Things taste less. They feel less. You forget, little by little, who you were. - Catherynne M. Valente

❖ for my sophia ❖

HIDDEN UNDER LOCK AND KEY - SONGS FOR BLUEBEARD’S LATE WIVES

i. shankill butchers - sarah jarosz // ii. the master’s house - alexandre desplat // iii. bird song - florence + the machine // iv. flesh and blood - the waifs // v. devil’s resting place - laura marling // vi. secret garden - patrick wolf // vii o master -  susanne sundfør // viii dig a grave - dark dark dark // ix the ghost who walks - karen elson // x dance of death - andrew bird // xi bang bang (feat. 2 cellos) - sky ferreira // xii identity tokens - rasputina // xiii keeley - emily jane white

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Last month, we made a post featuring some of the work of Arthur Rackham, one of the preeminent British illustrators of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  This month, we’ve decided to feature a few other similarly prolific illustrators from that time period.  These Edmund Dulac illustrations come from Arthur Quiller-Couch’s 1910 edition of The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales.