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Reads tagged with “vintage”

Star Wars Reimagined as a Muppets Comic: A 1983 Mashup
Star Wars Reimagined as a Muppets Comic: A 1983 Mashup

Two of pop culture’s greatest cults, together at last.

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T. S. Eliot’s Iconic Vintage Verses About Cats, Illustrated and Signed by Edward Gorey
T. S. Eliot’s Iconic Vintage Verses About Cats, Illustrated and Signed by Edward Gorey

Two grand masters of delight, together.

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The Art of Observation and Why Genius Lies in the Selection of What Is Worth Observing
The Art of Observation and Why Genius Lies in the Selection of What Is Worth Observing

How to master the crucial difference between the empirical and the intuitive.

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A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Vintage Illustrated Verses for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Vintage Illustrated Verses for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

“William, William, writing late by the chill and sooty grate, what immortal story can make your tiger roar again?”

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How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life
How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life

“We must gain victory, not by assaulting the walls, but by accepting them.”

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The Paris Review Origin Story and Their Secret to the Art of the Interview
The Paris Review Origin Story and Their Secret to the Art of the Interview

“Authors are sometimes like tomcats: they distrust all the other toms, but they are kind to kittens.”

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On Loves, Lunacies, and Losses: The Little-Known Poetry of Mark Twain
On Loves, Lunacies, and Losses: The Little-Known Poetry of Mark Twain

“Advance your cue and shut your eyes / And take the cushion first.”

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Gay Talese’s Field Guide to the Social Order of New York’s Cats, Illustrated
Gay Talese’s Field Guide to the Social Order of New York’s Cats, Illustrated

A rare and wonderful 1961 taxonomy of Gotham’s feline fraternity from the godfather of literary journalism.

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Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Mischievous Vintage Illustrated Verses by Shel Silverstein, A. A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, and Ted Hughes
Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Mischievous Vintage Illustrated Verses by Shel Silverstein, A. A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, and Ted Hughes

“Moral: Never stew your sister.”

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Cats vs. Dogs: A Poem by T. S. Eliot, with Stunning Vintage Illustrations by Dame Eileen Mayo
Cats vs. Dogs: A Poem by T. S. Eliot, with Stunning Vintage Illustrations by Dame Eileen Mayo

“You now have learned enough to see / That Cats are much like you and me / And other people whom we find / Possessed of various types of mind.”

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