Makers of whiskey (and of whisky), makers of wine, and makers of other spiritous beverages that age in barrels all know that a certain portion of their production will be lost through evaporation, vanishing into air as if sipped by invisible supernatural beings. That disappearing portion is known as "The Angel's Share." The particular angel involved is likely to be the happily tipsy one who adorns the facade of the Cathedral at Reims, in Champagne:
I keep track of numerous weblogs using Google Reader, and I recently began to use Reader's "Share" function for items that I particularly liked, or wanted to remember, but that weren't necessarily fodder for a full post of my own. Those who are so inclined can follow those shared items here, and the true zealots can subscribe to them via Reader or any other RSS tool. Beginning with this post, I hope to collect them semi-regularly here, under the title of "The Angels' Share."
Here, then, in no particular order, are some of the items that caught my eye over the past week or two:
- At 3QuarksDaily, Elatia Harris goes on at deserved length on James Ensor, in connection with the huge retrospective now on show at MOMA. (Huge, but missing one key item we southern Californians have kept for ourselves.)
- Just in time to accompany his new novel, Inherent Vice, it's the Unofficial Thomas Pynchon Guide to Los Angeles.
Bonus: visit the intersection of Western Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard with your celebrity host, Charles Bukowski.
- Ron Silliman is your one-stop Merce Cunningham shop.
Speaking of Italy, look who's in Rome and sending back photos both fascinating and (literally) Fascist:
- David Byrne has seen the future and it is broken.
- Far flung C-Monster.net correspondent SanSuzie provides an eye-opening tour of the legendary Cinecittà studios.
And to conclude, via the m john harrison blog, a masterful display of unconventional guitar technique, not involving rats: