Let’s start this edition of External Influences off with this video of Amanda Palmer being exceptionally badass. I really wish that names like hers and Tavi Gevinson could replace things like Miley Cyrus and those awful reality tv women in the lives of young girls, and that twerking could be replaced with standing up for yourself and appreciating your body and your mind.
A girl can dream.
- Really wish I had made it to Paris this year to the Musee d’Orsay to see The Angel of Odd exhibit, Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst.
- This article from Scientific America, Beyond Ishtar : The Tradition of Eggs of Easter, was absolutely fascinating.
- Have you ever heard about the theory from the early 1900s of the Mammoth Eye of Mars, a “vast eye, upon which a tenuous, flexible, transparent neck raises itself high above the surface of Mars and can watch the growth of its vegetable body upon any part of the surface”?
- Wait But Why
- The Order of the Good Death wants you to Remember What Read Dead Bodies Look Like.
- Samsa in Love, Murakami’s version of Kafka’s Metamorphosis.
- Atlas Obscura’s brilliant article on the Origins of the Iconic Witch : Sex, Drugs, & Broomsticks.
- The Natural History Museum in London is opening up their own for-reals X Files.
- Can someone please bring Black Metal Yoga to New Orleans?
- Loved this collection of Twin Peaks tattoos!
- Sylvia Plath’s pen and ink drawings have been collected and published by her daughter, and they are simply beautiful.
- Finally, a young reader’s book that tells the truth about History’s Witches, telling the stories of thirteen women falsely accused of witchcraft & were persecutued, and doesn’t glorify any sort of sparkly supernatural abstinence nonsense.
- Alli at Kisses & Chaos put it pretty perfectly.
- Punks and ravers seem to grow out of it, but goths just keep on gothin’ it up. It’s like we said, It Wasn’t Just a Phase.
- The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art put together the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of witches in art, Witches & Wicked Bodies.
- Slutist.com’s Favorite Feminist Witches.
- The family of TARDIS creator, Tony Coburn, is seeking financial reimbursement for the use of the iconic Doctor Who blue box. Fucking ridiculous.