I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to illustrate this autobiographical piece by my amazingly talented friend John DeVore.
Read The Witches of the Confederacy at Medium.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to illustrate this autobiographical piece by my amazingly talented friend John DeVore.

Read The Witches of the Confederacy at Medium.

Mini framed mermaid art just added to my Etsy store! Can be purchased as a pair or individually.

via Etsy

Just added to my Etsy store. A small framed print based on the gorgeous 1994 movie Queen Margot.

Via Etsy

During which Charlie Chaplin has a birthday.
via Society 6

During which Charlie Chaplin has a birthday.

via Society 6

I added a new mermaid to my Society 6 store.
I’m really happy with how some of the products look for this one - particularly the tote.

I added a new mermaid to my Society 6 store.

I’m really happy with how some of the products look for this one - particularly the tote.

Society 6 is once again having one of their periodic sales - free shipping* and $5 off everything! Through Sunday night Midnight PST.

So, now is an excellent time to indulge in all your mermaid and monster needs. Find my store here.

*I have heard of some issues to with the free shipping in Canada, so, if that’s where you live you might want to hold off until it’s sorted

I just created this image for the “Fear Itself” edition of No, You Tell It

I just created this image for the “Fear Itself” edition of No, You Tell It

12. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Before you ask, no, I haven’t read The Goldfinch yet, but it’s sitting on my shelf and I’m looking forward to it.
I loved her first novel about murderous classics scholars attending a fictional version of Bennington College. It’s on my list of books that are wonderful, top notch mysteries that are never characterized as such.
12/40 in my Literary Lent Series

12. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Before you ask, no, I haven’t read The Goldfinch yet, but it’s sitting on my shelf and I’m looking forward to it.

I loved her first novel about murderous classics scholars attending a fictional version of Bennington College. It’s on my list of books that are wonderful, top notch mysteries that are never characterized as such.

12/40 in my Literary Lent Series

Look. I know I’m very, very behind. But I’m going to get back on track (i.e. desperately catch up on) with my Lent Project. If it kills me.
11. Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said (AKA Essad Bey, AKA Lev Nussimbaum, etc.).
A really beautiful novel about a Muslim boy and a Christian girl who fall in love in the last days of Imperial Russia in Baku. The book first came to my attention when I read the extraordinary biography of the author, The Orientalist by Tom Reiss. Kurban Said was actually born Lev Nussimbaum, a Russian Jew, the son of a wealthy oil man in Azerbaijan. His mother was a suicide (and possibly a spy for Stalin, who also - perhaps - occupied the Nussimbaum’s house after the Revolution). He attended high school with the Nabokovs in Germany, converted to Islam (pretending to be a Persian prince). And wrote and wrote and wrote under various pseudonyms and identities.
Ali and Nino was first published in Vienna, in German, in 1937 under the name E.P. Tal Verlag, a pseudonym for a German Countess whose family still claims she is the author (really. you can’t make this stuff up.). Most people, however, believe that Said/Bey/Nussimbaum is the author, as it’s impossible to believe it was written by somebody who hasn’t spent substantial time in Baku. Bey fled to Italy when the Germans occupied Austria and died there in 1942 at the age of 37.
11/40 in my Literary Lent Series

Look. I know I’m very, very behind. But I’m going to get back on track (i.e. desperately catch up on) with my Lent Project. If it kills me.

11. Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said (AKA Essad Bey, AKA Lev Nussimbaum, etc.).

A really beautiful novel about a Muslim boy and a Christian girl who fall in love in the last days of Imperial Russia in Baku. The book first came to my attention when I read the extraordinary biography of the author, The Orientalist by Tom Reiss. Kurban Said was actually born Lev Nussimbaum, a Russian Jew, the son of a wealthy oil man in Azerbaijan. His mother was a suicide (and possibly a spy for Stalin, who also - perhaps - occupied the Nussimbaum’s house after the Revolution). He attended high school with the Nabokovs in Germany, converted to Islam (pretending to be a Persian prince). And wrote and wrote and wrote under various pseudonyms and identities.

Ali and Nino was first published in Vienna, in German, in 1937 under the name E.P. Tal Verlag, a pseudonym for a German Countess whose family still claims she is the author (really. you can’t make this stuff up.). Most people, however, believe that Said/Bey/Nussimbaum is the author, as it’s impossible to believe it was written by somebody who hasn’t spent substantial time in Baku. Bey fled to Italy when the Germans occupied Austria and died there in 1942 at the age of 37.

11/40 in my Literary Lent Series

A detail from my Princess White Deer piece.
Up through March 31. Please swing by.
THE CHORUS GIRL SHOW by Carolyn RashipI’ve been creating a series of large works on paper depicting the interesting and scandal filled lives of women who began their professional lives in the chorus - then wound up as movie stars, writers or infamous.
Dixon Place 
61 Chrystie Street, NYC

A detail from my Princess White Deer piece.

Up through March 31. Please swing by.

THE CHORUS GIRL SHOW by Carolyn Raship

I’ve been creating a series of large works on paper depicting the interesting and scandal filled lives of women who began their professional lives in the chorus - then wound up as movie stars, writers or infamous.

Dixon Place

61 Chrystie Street, NYC

I’ve been drawing a lot of eyes.

I’ve been drawing a lot of eyes.

10. The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Here is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:  
"Chorus girls, burlesque dancers and aspiring starlets appear in all kinds of hard boiled crime fiction, vintage and modern, from S.S. Van Dine to Raymond Chandler to James Ellroy to Megan Abbott. They appear as shady dames, victims and comic relief, but only in The G-String Murders are they both author and heroine. I actually found it kind of thrilling. She very effectively creates a backstage world that simply no longer exists. The nuts and bolts explanations of how a burlesque house was run in the 1930s are fascinating, her dialogue is funny and gritty. It’s a plot point that she makes her own costumes (oh, the story is told in first person by a burlesque star named "Gypsy Rose Lee"), and in the 1940 New Yorker piece she shows off her thrift store finds that she will be using to make new outfits - something many a modern burlesque performer has done. It’s gritty and bawdy and charming.”
You can read the rest here.
10/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

10. The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Here is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:  

"Chorus girls, burlesque dancers and aspiring starlets appear in all kinds of hard boiled crime fiction, vintage and modern, from S.S. Van Dine to Raymond Chandler to James Ellroy to Megan Abbott. They appear as shady dames, victims and comic relief, but only in The G-String Murders are they both author and heroine. I actually found it kind of thrilling. She very effectively creates a backstage world that simply no longer exists. The nuts and bolts explanations of how a burlesque house was run in the 1930s are fascinating, her dialogue is funny and gritty. It’s a plot point that she makes her own costumes (oh, the story is told in first person by a burlesque star named "Gypsy Rose Lee"), and in the 1940 New Yorker piece she shows off her thrift store finds that she will be using to make new outfits - something many a modern burlesque performer has done. It’s gritty and bawdy and charming.”

You can read the rest here.

10/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

09. Kindred by Octavia Butler.
Kindred gets my vote for my favorite American novel about slavery, a category in which the competition is shockingly thin on the ground (in a facebook conversation on the subject we are basically talking about four novels: Kindred, Beloved, The Known World, Uncle Tom’s Cabin). Considering, it was the centuries long institution that is our nation’s greatest shame and the thing that influences, basically, everything.
Butler is the iciest and smartest of sci fi authors (though, truth be told, it’s not really my genre). For non-genre readers, I don’t think this book would ever be defined as “sci fi” if it had been written by somebody else. There is a time travel element, which I usually loathe, but here, it works. It gives the modern reader a devastating entry point into a brutal past.
(and I know I’m behind. I’ll be posting more later.)
9/40 in my Literary Lent Series.

09. Kindred by Octavia Butler.

Kindred gets my vote for my favorite American novel about slavery, a category in which the competition is shockingly thin on the ground (in a facebook conversation on the subject we are basically talking about four novels: Kindred, Beloved, The Known World, Uncle Tom’s Cabin). Considering, it was the centuries long institution that is our nation’s greatest shame and the thing that influences, basically, everything.

Butler is the iciest and smartest of sci fi authors (though, truth be told, it’s not really my genre). For non-genre readers, I don’t think this book would ever be defined as “sci fi” if it had been written by somebody else. There is a time travel element, which I usually loathe, but here, it works. It gives the modern reader a devastating entry point into a brutal past.

(and I know I’m behind. I’ll be posting more later.)

9/40 in my Literary Lent Series.

08. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Here I will share the full title: “The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu’d Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv’d Honest, and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.”
Awesome.
8/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

08. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Here I will share the full title: “The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu’d Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv’d Honest, and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.”

Awesome.

8/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

07. The Vagabond by Colette. 
Released just over a hundred years ago, he autobiographical novel of a thirtyish divorcee supporting herself in the music halls is well worth reading if you haven’t already.
7/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

07. The Vagabond by Colette.

Released just over a hundred years ago, he autobiographical novel of a thirtyish divorcee supporting herself in the music halls is well worth reading if you haven’t already.

7/40 in my Literary Lent Project.