Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Francesca Gavin’s The Book of Hearts, an exploration of the meaning and representation of love and emotion through one of the most recognizable signs in the world, in 160 pages and 164 color illustrations of hearts.


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People everywhere are gearing up for the chocolate dripping, thorny-wrapped-flower giving, waxing-candy-poetic-love holiday by which millions will spend their hard earned money to show just how much they love one another. How do I love thee, let me count the diamonds.

The actual Valentine didn’t have it so good. Here are what some of the legends and history tell us…

  • Three hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ, the Roman emperors still demanded that everyone believe in the Roman gods. Valentine, a Christian priest, had been thrown in prison for his teachings. On February 14, Valentine was beheaded, not only because he was a Christian, but also because he had performed a miracle. He supposedly cured the jailer’s daughter of her blindness. The night before he was executed, he wrote the jailer’s daughter a farewell letter, signing it “From Your Valentine.”
  • Another Valentine legend was of an Italian bishop who lived at about the same time, AD 200. He was imprisoned because he secretly married couples, contrary to the laws of the Roman emperor. Some legends say he was burned at the stake.
  • The Christians had come to celebrate February 14 as the saint day that celebrated the several early Christian martyrs named Valentine.

Not quite all glitter and rainbows by far.

For those who are anti-establishment here is the best ‘Valentine’s Day Sucks’ card for all your single friends, whether they are from the male or female persuasion.


You can buy this being single on Valentine’s Day Sucks card on Etsy.

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A series of absolutely gorgeous twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature from Penguin Books, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by Jessica Hische. The series design of exquisite drops caps encompasses a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six books, which ranges from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Shadow in the Wind.


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This fun and whimsical animated music video for “Catch Of The Day” is the second single off Sally Seltmann’s ”Hey Daydreamer”.


Fun fact: the Australian singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann is known for having co-written Feist’s hit “1,2,3,4″.

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Artist Nilüfer Usta who hails from Balikesir, Turkey, paints hauntingly beautiful oils. Here are some samples of her paintings.


Beginning of Spring

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At a quick glance, Alex Roulette’s paintings could be mistaken for photographs. However, upon further inspection, one can see the beautifully rendered pieces have a personality much deeper than any photograph could express.

Roulette describes his process:

“Through painting, I depict fictional and occasionally fantastic scenes that explore the blurred sense of time and place within memories. The dreamlike landscapes incorporate familiar elements of suburban life that both stylistically and symbolically represent a quasi-nostalgic ordinariness. The isolation and dislocation of cars, houses, and figures, and the exploration of subtle spatial relationships, recall the hazy state of dreams in which certain details fall into place while others fade away into the unconscious.”


Waiting, Oil on Panel

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Take a sneak peek at the creative force behind the main title sequence for HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series True Detective. The project was created by Jennifer Sofio Hall at Elastic and directed by Patrick Clair through the studio Antibody.


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