Annemarie Bilclough

68 Flips | 2 Magazines | 3 Following | @abilclough | Keep up with Annemarie Bilclough on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Annemarie Bilclough”

The Wizard of Oz, Reimagined by Beloved Illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger

As a lover of vintage children’s books, especially ones that have elicited exquisite illustrated reimaginings over the years, I was thrilled to come upon an extraordinary 1996 edition of <b>The Wizard of Oz</b> (<i>public library</i>), illustrated by <b>Lisbeth Zwerger</b> — one of the most remarkable, original, and …

Mr. Bliss: Tolkien’s Little-Known Children’s Book for His Own Kids, Lovingly Handwritten and Illustrated by the Author Himself

<b>J.R.R. Tolkien</b> firmly believed that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and yet, unbeknownst to most, he joined the ranks of famous authors of literature for grown-ups who wrote little-known children’s books — including Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, James Joyce, Aldous Huxley, Virginia …

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on How a Simple Human Smile Saved His Life

Though researchers since Darwin may have spent considerable effort on the science of smiles, at the heart of that simple human expression remains a metaphysical art — one captured nowhere more beautifully and grippingly than in a short account by <b>Antoine de Saint-Exupéry</b> (June 29, 1900–July 31, …

George Orwell’s Animal Farm Illustrated by Ralph Steadman

In 1995, more than twenty years after his irreverent illustrations for <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, the beloved British cartoonist <b>Ralph Steadman</b> put his singular twist on a very different kind of literary beast, one of the most controversial books ever published. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the …

Drawing Autism: A Visual Tour of the Autistic Mind from Kids and Celebrated Artists on the Spectrum

Autism and its related conditions remain among the least understood mental health issues of our time. But one significant change that has taken place over the past few years has been a shift from perceiving the autistic mind not as disabled but as differently abled — and often impressive in its …

Lisbeth Zwerger’s Imaginative Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s <i>Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland</i> and <i>Through the Looking Glass</i>, commonly shorthanded to <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, isn’t only one of the most imaginative and influential children’s books of all time, but also one of the most enduringly alluring to artists for visual reinterpretation — no …

Carson McCullers’s Little-Known 1964 Illustrated Children’s Book

As a lover of little-known children’s books by famous authors of literature for grown-ups — including these gems by Mark Twain, Aldous Huxley, Maya Angelou, James Joyce, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and J.R.R. Tolkien — I was thrilled to discover that in 1964, <b>Carson McCullers</b> …

Ten Days at the Mad-House: How Nellie Bly Posed as Insane in 1887 in Her Brave Exposé of Asylum Abuse

In 1887, two years after she launched her career with a response to a patronizing chauvinist and two years before she raced around the world in a quest to outpace Jules Verne’s fictional eighty-day itinerary, pioneering Victorian journalist <b>Nellie Bly</b> (May 5, 1864–January 27, 1922) pulled off one of …

What the Science of “Sleep Paralysis” Reveals About How the Brain Works

<i>“In both writing and sleeping,”</i> Stephen King wrote in his meditation on “creative sleep” and the art of wakeful dreaming, <i>“we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”</i> But while he was exploring the …

May 9, 1933: Helen Keller’s Scorching Letter to the Nazis about Book-Burning, Censorship, and the Inextinguishable Freedom of Ideas

In 1933, as the Nazis began taking over Germany, their parasitic despotism spared no effort in co-opting the country’s people, ideas, and culture. Among the many oppressive tactics was a command to destroy all books deemed to reflect an “un-German spirit.” Nazi leaders enlisted mobs of students in …

Lisbeth Zwerger’s Rare and Soulful 1984 Illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant”

From Austrian artist <b>Lisbeth Zwerger</b> — who also gave us those impossibly imaginative illustrations for <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> and <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> — comes a rare 1984 illustrated edition of <b>The Selfish Giant</b> (<i>public library</i>), one of the five short stories in Oscar Wilde’s 1888 collection for children, <i>The</i> …

Rare and Stunning Etchings for Ulysses by Italian Artist Mimmo Paladino

I have a soft spot for visual artists’ reimaginings of literary classics, including Allen Crawford’s gorgeous hand-lettered take on Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” William Blake’s paintings for Milton’s <i>Paradise Lost</i> and for Dante’s <i>Divine Comedy</i>, Picasso’s drawings for a naughty ancient Greek …

The Pilot and the Little Prince: Beloved Illustrator Peter Sís Captures the Bittersweet Story of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

<i>“The Little Prince will shine upon children with a sidewise gleam. It will strike them in some place that is not the mind and glow there until the time comes for them to comprehend it.”</i> So sang a 1943 review of <i>The Little Prince</i>, published a few months before the beloved book’s author disappeared …

The Art of Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is one of the most successful and celebrated authors of our time, not only for his beloved books, but also for his un-self-righteous and widely resonant wisdom on the creative life, the psychology of storytelling, the secret of genius, what it takes to be a successful writer, and …

Astronomy and the Art of Verse: How Galileo Influenced Shakespeare

William Shakespeare — to the extent that he existed at all — lived during a remarkable period in human history. Born the same year as Galileo, a founding father of the Scientific Revolution, and shortly before Montaigne, the Bard witnessed an unprecedented intersection of science and philosophy as …

Allen Ginsberg Sings William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience”

In December of 1969, <b>Allen Ginsberg</b> (June 3, 1926–April 5, 1997), one of the most beloved and influential poets of the twentieth century, recorded a strange and wonderful LP, setting William Blake’s <i>Songs of Innocence and of Experience</i> to song. Accompanied by an eclectic orchestra — Cyril Caster on …

How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

<i>“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope,”</i> Helen Keller wrote in her 1903 treatise on optimism. But a positive outlook, it turns out, isn’t merely an intellectual disposition we don — it’s a deep-seated component of our evolutionary wiring and the product …

Maurice Sendak’s Rarest Art: His Vintage Illustrations for William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence”

J.R.R. Tolkien famously asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children”. Decades later, <b>Maurice Sendak</b> (June 10, 1928–May 8, 2012) would come to echo this belief — and yet he remains one of the best-loved and most influential children’s book authors and illustrators of all time, a …

Vintage Illustrations for Tolkien’s The Hobbit from Around the World

Writing about the allure of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien famously asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children” — that’s perhaps why his stories continue to enchant generations and attract admirers of all ages. Tolkien’s first major work, <b>The Hobbit</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the prequel to his …

How to Learn: Lewis Carroll’s Four Rules for Digesting Information and Mastering the Art of Reading

Long before he met the real-life little girl who inspired him to write <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> under the pseudonym <b>Lewis Carroll</b>, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was a prominent mathematician and logician. In addition to his scientific bend and his love of language, Carroll also had strong convictions about …

Tove Jansson’s Rare Vintage Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland

As a lifelong lover of Lewis Carroll’s <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, I was thrilled to discover one of its most glorious creative permutations over the past century and a half came from none other than beloved Swedish-speaking Finnish artist Tove Jansson. In 1959, three years before the publication of her …

The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

On July 4, 1862, English mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson boarded a small boat with a few friends. Among them was a little girl named Alice Liddell. To entertain her and her sisters as they floated down the river between Oxford and Godstow, Dodgson fancied a whimsical story, which he’d …

Visionary Neurologist Oliver Sacks on What Hallucinations Reveal about How the Mind Works

While our delusions may keep us sane, hallucinations — defined as perceptions that arise independently of external reality, as when we see, hear, or sense things that aren’t really there — are an entirely different beast, a cognitive phenomenon that mimics mysticism and has no doubt inspired …

Vibrant Vintage Illustrations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey by Alice and Martin Provensen

Few artists have done more to enchant generations of children with storytelling than wife-and-husband duo Alice and Martin Provensen, whose vibrant mid-century illustrations span everything from classic fairy tales to an homage to William Blake. (Their 1944 gem <i>The Animal Fair</i> was featured in my …

Broken dreams: Walker Evans's 1930s Americana – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/jul/18/walker-evans-america-moma-in-pictures<p>720<p>From New York molls to Negro churches, a new …

Design in a Nutshell: One-Minute Animated Primers on Six Major Creative Movements

From the fine folks at Open University — who have previously brought us delightful 60-second animated primers on philosophy’s famous thought experiments and the world’s major theories of religion — comes <i>Design in a Nutshell</i>, a lovely six-part series of their signature animated primers on six major …

The First Ads for Famous Books

In <b>Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements</b> (<i>public library</i>), <i>New York Times</i> book critic <b>Dwight Garner</b> offers “a visual survey of book advertisements, plucked from yellowing newspapers, journals and magazines large and small, from across the United States during the twentieth …

Dr. Seuss’s World War II Political Propaganda Cartoons

<b>Dr. Seuss</b> (1904-1991) may be best-remembered for his irreverent rhymes and the timeless prescriptions for living embedded in them, but he was also a prolific maker of subversive secret art and the auteur of a naughty book for adults. Though his children’s books have already been shown to brim with …

If you read one thing today, make it this: The pace of productivity and how to master your creative routine http://j.mp/13LCskI

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …