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“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns.”*…

… and so many more in a beautiful 1878 book of brick patterns, published in France by architect J Lacroux: “Brick Tease,” from @presentcorrect.

* Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor


As we muse on masonry, we might send carefully-designed birthday greetings to John W. “Jack” Ryan; he was born on this date in 1926.  A Yale-trained engineer, Ryan left Raytheon (where he worked on the Navy’s Sparrow III and Hawk guided missiles) to join Mattel.  He oversaw the conversion of the Mattel-licensed “Bild Lili” doll into Barbie (contributing, among other things, the joints that allowed “her” to bend at the waist and the knee) and created the Hot Wheels line.  But he is perhaps best remembered as the inventor of the pull-string, talking voice box that gave Chatty Cathy her voice.

Ryan with his wife, Zsa Zsa Gabor. She was his first and only spouse; he, her sixth.


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November 12, 2021 at 1:00 am

Lurid is as lurid does…


Readers can craft their own sensational pulp novel covers (your correspondent’s first essay, above) at Pulp-O-Mizer.

[TotH to Richard Kadrey, whose example your correspondent follows in this, as in so many things…]

For inspiration, readers can browse Steven Brower’s wondrous Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants- the Art of the Paperback.


As we prepare to turn the page, we might send glamorous birthday greetings to Sári Gábor, better known in the U.S. as Zsa Zsa Gabor; she was born on this date in 1917… or so the preponderance of sources suggest.  While the month and day of her birth are agreed, other sources suggest the year was 1918, 1919, or 1920.  Ms. Gabor has not been forthcoming on the question.

Crowned Miss Hungary in 1936, Gabor emigrated to the U.S. five years later, and began a career as an actress.  But while she had some success in supporting roles on stage and in films, her celebrity was as a socialite and as a frequent visitor to the altar.  She has been married nine times.  She is the second of three sisters:  her elder sister, Magda was a socialite; her younger sister, Eva, an actress and businesswoman.  Together, they were known as “The Gabor Girls”– in the words of Merv Griffin, “glamor personified… All these years later, it’s hard to describe the phenomenon of the three glamorous Gabor girls and their ubiquitous mother. They burst onto the society pages and into the gossip columns so suddenly, and with such force, it was as if they’d been dropped out of the sky.”

A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.

I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it.



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February 6, 2013 at 1:01 am

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