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An incredible likeness…

Lux Lisbon, The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides

He couldn’t say she was beautiful because all he could see were her eyes. The rest of her face the pulpy lips, the blond sideburn fuzz, the nose with its candy-pink translucent nostrils-registered dimly as the two blue eyes lifted him on a sea wave and held him suspended… Lux held in one red fist a candy apple whose polished surface reflected the baby fat under her chin…Lux’s eyes, burning and velvet, glowed in the dim room.

Artist, musician, and writer Brian Joseph Davis has used law enforcement composite sketch software to convert descriptions of literary characters into portraits…

Ignatius J. Reilly, A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs. In the shadow under the green visor of the cap Ignatius J. Reilly’s supercilious blue and yellow eyes looked down upon the other people waiting under the clock at the D.H. Holmes department store, studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste in dress.

See them all at The Composites.

As we look forward to the line-up, we might recall that it was on this date in 1955– two days before his 44th birthday– that Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York.  The play won Williams his second Pulitzer Prize.

 Barbara Bel Geddes and Ben Gazzara in the premiere (source)

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