Author Archives: D. L. Pughe

About D. L. Pughe

Freelance writer and artist. https://thedreamofknowledge.com/about/

Two Poets of the Street

Originally published in Serpentine Magazine by D. L. Pughe Maeve Brennan and Vivian Maier shared a lifelong rummage for meaning in the corners of their solitary lives. In the continuous bustle of urban existence, they each paused not to stare … Continue reading

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Black Narcissus

by D. L. Pughe Well before CGI made spectacular vistas so common, there was the 1947 technicolor film Black Narcissus. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, it is about the passions of nuns in the high Himalayas.  Their convent … Continue reading

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The Miniature Natural History Museum and Laboratory has its own site now!

You can reach it here: http://theminiaturenaturalhistorymuseumandlaboratory.com/

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The First Dioramas in the Miniature Natural History Museum

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The Beginnings of the Miniature Iowa City Natural History Museum, Laboratory and Herbarium

We are making a miniature museum full of tiny sometimes hand-made specimens, a Herbarium, and a very small laboratory with itty bitty slides. Wildlife dioramas are still under construction, as is the suitcases which will hold it all…working with the … Continue reading

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Snow and Ice and Water

  Gustav Fjaestad- Tarde De Invierno Junto A Un Rio 1907 A little over a century ago the great Scandinavian artists of nature painted so many evocative paintings of snow and ice—but I’m particularly drawn to the works which capture … Continue reading

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A short tribute to Edmund Gwenn

    He was the quintessential avuncular Englishman, poised and proper, but thoughtful and full of insights.  While he is most often known as Santa Claus in Miracle on 49th Street,   and who could make a better Santa Claus, my … Continue reading

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Bergkristall

by D. L. Pughe A century and more ago…in 1845, Adelbert Stifter wrote the most amazing short story, Bergkristall, translated as Rock Crystal and in a wonderful new edition by the New York Review of Books. The story is deceptively … Continue reading

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Cybermobs

I’ve just arrived back in the Bay Area and discovered the Shih Storm.  You all are probably aware of the start up guy Peter Shih who tweeted 10 pretty sexist and stupid things he hated about San Francisco that resulted … Continue reading

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Le Notte Bianche

In English, to stay up all night in feverish consciousness is to ‘pull an all-nighter’—such a flat alternative to Le Notte Bianche, Nuit Blanche.  Visconti’s 1957 film with Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell captures all the mystery and beauty of … Continue reading

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