Isabel learns why Brandeis trusted her immediately.
I’m always on the lookout for paracosmic material about others’ imaginary worlds, and I just stumbled across an article on Slate concerning the elaborate world created by Elmer, Arthur, and Walter Nelson, who grew up on a farm in Goshen, New Hampshire. During the 1890s, they created copious amounts of paracosmic material, including newspapers, magazines, maps, illustrations, and [my favorite] seed catalogs. The Amherst College Special Collections has digitized all the related ephemera, which can be seen online.
Actually, though, the best introduction to the Nelson brothers’ world is a Web site, The Worlds and Works of the Nelson Brothers, created in spring, 2014, by a group of Amherst students who studied the works for a course. This site provides context about the family, town, and times, as well as summaries and transcripts of selected ephemera. Fascinating, even though I’m not really interested in all the martial details that constitute much of the paracosm.
Kitty cats make everything better!
Oh for fuck’s sake, people! Just because I have one person who likes to wear exaggeratedly high heels, that doesn’t mean that nearly every single pair should be some sort of skyscraper and/or platform and/or pointy and/or stiletto thingy!
Also, I violently detest open-toe or peep-toe shoes with an unreasoning antipathy. They look silly and unfinished, like the cobbler forgot to add a toe cap. Also I keep worrying that the people who wear them will have no protection when they stub their toes.
Isabel finds out more about the person crying in the cemetery.
I got my latest shipment of Rement Pose Skeleton accessories this afternoon, i.e., those that Isabel uses with her dolls Beth and Death. One set, the bicycle, came with a bike, kickstand, and pump with movable handle. The other set, the office set, came with an wheeled office chair, a laptop with working hinge, a tie [for the skeleton to put around its neck], and a smart phone. Rement’s usual marvelous attention to detail makes these worth the rather high import prices. I just wish the toys were heavier so they wouldn’t fall over so easily. I used pieces from each in the following photostory.
Isabel finds out who’s crying in the cemetery.