During a recent search for public domain art to spruce up this blog, it came to my attention that there are a lot of fantastic portrayals of women and girls reading—or at least holding books while being interrupted or drifting—out there.
In a different kind of article, I might theorize as to why it is that paintings of human females reading generally seem more interesting than those of men reading and why it seems so many more exist (complex sexist society? poofy dresses?).
Right now, though, I just want to share some of the gems I came across—the strange, the beautiful and (more often than not) the potentially hilarious.
While some of these are truly fascinating on their own, I couldn’t quite resist the urge to add my own touches, and for that I apologize in advance.
“Yeah, I’d be having a great weekend if it weren’t for that psycho Sally across the street.”
“Books? Sure, I like books. They can be a bit long for my tastes, though…”
“So how long do you think we have to spend here before they give us magic wands and start letting us act like entitled douchebags?”
“Don’t mock me, Timmy. I swear to God…”
“The Dangers of One-dimensional Flying Objects: Part Two.”
“Well, wouldja look at that! The NASDAQ’s up again.”
“Mom, I can’t move. The floor is lava.”
“Don’t even think about dragging me into this.”
“Nothing in the police blotter, darling. We’re safe.”
10) Girl Reading a Letter by Candlelight, With a Young Man Peering over Her Shoulder by Joseph Wright of Derby
“Good God, what’s a nice girl like her doing with a sheet of paper like that?”
Just a couple of girls…aaaand a FISH!
“Are you all getting drunk and looking askance at books again?”
*snoooooooooooore* “Goddamn it, Gertrude. Never again.”
“Honey, do you smell toast?” “Don’t touch me.”
“So Bertha, how do you know if a boy likes you? Physically, I mean?”
“Are you still here?”