Firstly, a big wet kiss (some tongue, maybe an opportunistic arse-grab) to the 50 000 + visitors who've thrown caution to the wind and patronized this blog thus far.
Just thought I'd replay some stuff we particularly enjoyed and toot my own horn into the bargain. Behold-
Favourite Original Art & Illustration
I hope some of these gifted freaks are paying the rent with this stuff, because they surely deserve to.
Favourite Photography (by others)
So much more difficult to single out photographic images, both because of the sheer weight of numbers and the diversity of subject matter. More of a representative grouping than a 'best of'.
Favourite Photography (by us)
"Not anywhere as much as I'd have liked to have taken, but it's the holidays now." he murmurs.
Almost sounds like a threat, doesn't it?
I still don't know what those numbers mean but whatever. Shut up! I hit the button.
Favourite Blog Text
Other highlights for me include the film reviews.
I'm unjustifiably proud of all my reviews;
And of course the eternal sound of my own voice.
A few essays/opinions-
But the best thing I've written this year and by far the most difficult was The Stellar Other.
I'd never even attempted a lament. It feels like a lost art, such a distant and spectral idiom; in practise it was profoundly affecting. It's not often acknowledged that this time of year is a bitch and a grind for so many of us and we'd like to express solidarity with everyone fending off the old black dogs. With that in mind, I've just posted a link, rather than assailing you with the text.
It's not exactly festive. Seriously- if you're struggling, try writing it down. You've got nothing to lose.
Special Mention - The Triumph of Venus (circa 1400)
"The Triumph of Venus" birth tray (The Master of Charles of Durazzo/Francesco di Michele)
If Hercules thought Aphrodite played with a safe word, he obviously hadn't been paying attention.