Victor Hugo’s original handwritten manuscript of Les Misérables.
In an email interview, del Toro said that he started keeping notebooks in his 20s, and that sharing them with readers is an extension of his commentaries on DVDs. “I wanted to open my process a little bit more,” he said. “Dick Smith, Ray Harryhausen, Hitchcock, many of my idols had an open process and inspired me.” He hopes aspiring filmmakers will learn to “embrace your passions wholeheartedly, obsessively, and enshrine images, collect them and study them as a code.”
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The Ransom Center has acquired the archive of artist Ed Ruscha. The materials reveal Ruscha’s creative process and offer a unique perspective of one of the most influential artists working today.
From The Gorgeous Nothings, a collection of Emily Dickinson’s handwritten poems on repurposed envelopes.
Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637. Epitaph for Cecilia Bulstrode, 1609.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
First page of Charlotte Brontë’s letter to her friend Ellen Nussey on the death of Emily Brontë (22? Dec 1848) [via Berg Collection, NYPL]
(Begins: ‘Dear Ellen Emily suffers no more from pain or weakness now. She never will suffer more in this world — she is gone after a hard, short conflict.’)
Sappho’s poem “An Old Age” (lines 9-20). Papyrus from 3rd c. B.C.
From the TATE blog for Paul Klee, as part of the upcoming exhibition.
“This week in our A-Z of Paul Klee, curator Matthew Gale looks at how the Bauhaus teacher kept a diary for over a decade - only to go back and edit his entries years later.”
Guy Debord, Sociedade do Espetaculo, 1967
The Original: John Cage, “4’33” (In Proportional Notation)” (1952/1953)
John Cage, “4’33″ (In Proportional Notation)” (1952/1953), ink on paper, each page: 11 x 8 1⁄2″…
Wow. So great that this is going on view at MoMA in New York!