“Vicky’s Five Dollars,” by Dr. Gustav Sebald
Note: 'Ding!' is an onomatopoeic word which here can also mean 'Ring!'
FILE UNDER: Stain’d-by-the-Sea; Colonel Colophon (?)
He looked at me and I looked at him. We both wanted to know each other’s secrets, and we both wanted the other person to go first. This is something that happens quite a bit, which is why you so often see children and adults staring at one another in nervous silence.
Lemony Snicket, "Shouldn’t You Be in School?"
Can’t wait until September?
Read chapter one of Lemony Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions #3: “Shouldn’t You Be in School?” here.
FILE UNDER: Stain’d-by-the-Sea, accounts of; arson, investigations of; Hangfire; pedagogy; Haines family, suspicions concerning; et cetera
We cannot ask you to find anyone in this lineup who looks remotely like Count Olaf, the notorious villain and master of disguise. It would be impossible. Instead, perhaps you can locate the thirteen eyes that are hidden in the scene—not including the ones on the faces of these unsavory characters. Can you spot them all before someone spots you?
Art by Brett Helquist
— Daniel Handler
In a monthly feature, The Wall Street Journal sends a bottle of spirits to a writer who is tasked with getting to the bottom of it. This month, novelist and cocktail enthusiast Daniel Handler mixes cocktails with the herbal liqueur Génépy des Alpes, and writes about it. (April 17, 2014)
"There is no such thing as a vodka Martini, just as there is no such thing as a just war or a charming child who is awake at 9 p.m."
Read the full story here.
Sun Ra — Looking Outward
Q: Who is your biggest literary inspiration?
Lemony Snicket: My biggest inspiration remains Sun Ra, although “literary” might not be the best word.
If you ever need a letter of excuse signed by Lemony Snicket, here you go.
SETH signing his latest, Palookaville #20 at WONDERCON 2011, san francisco, CA (sunday afternoon, april 3, 2011)
portrait by chris anthony diaz & reinterpretation by graham willcox
Multi award-winning cartoonist Seth appears innocent, but looks can be deceiving. He is no stranger to a town that is fading, and has portrayed suspicious circumstances and shady characters in much of his work, which includes Palookaville, Clyde Fans, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, and All The Wrong Questions.
Self-portrait, by All The Wrong Questions-illustrator Seth