Wednesday, December 5, 2012


"The Yellow Wallpaper" One!

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles
Julia Callon took up her tools once again,
Cut up a bunch of stuff and – miracle of miracles
Turned them into 19th century female novelist dioramas!

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles-
I was afraid that Julia would fail,
But like she did so long ago, at Home,
Julia just made a series of walls stand up!
When Moses softened Pharaoh's heart, that was a miracle.
When God made the waters of the red sea part, that was a miracle too!
But of all the miracles large and small,
The most miraculous one of all
Is that out of a worthless bunch of papers,
Julia Callon has made a 19th century lady novelist's diorama today.

(Photo, if not showtune, used with permission from the artist.)

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raised amongst catalogs

Jane Eyre! I hoped/knew there would be Jane Eyre!




"The Yellow Wallpaper" was probably my favorite piece of writing I had to read in high school. Why don't people love short stories more?!? They are like the youtube of literature-- perfect for those of us with short attention spans.


@KKMF God, it was probably my least favorite thing I had to read, but that was because I had to read it for like, 4 different classes and it started to, well, make me crazy. "The Yellow Wallpaper" was my yellow wallpaper.


Can I say that I love the sidebar ad for the romance novels? Clicked through by accident but actually so good.


@rimy (and I really love these dioramas)


I agree that it is sooo awesome! I actually skimmed all of the threads to see if anyone else wanted to talk about it. I always appreciate the application of science to smut-finding. And the little descriptions! They warm my heart so! ("Sparks Fly. Literally.")


ALSO: is "historical" really a spectrum? I mean, is it just how far back things are in time? Or is it about the extent of the author's effort to give the characters period-appropriate mindsets versus simply using the past as an exotic setting? SO MANY QUESTIONS

Priscilla Peel

I love these so much! The Wuthering Heights diorama is perfect.

fondue with cheddar

These are great, but I find it very disconcerting that the images sweep from left to right even when you're going backwards.


Those gave me the serious heebie-jeebies and then I had to go and re-read "The Yellow Wallpaper" and now as an unemployed married lady I feel like creeping.


@mooseketeer Just thinking about it I am reminded of my evolution of understanding with The Yellow Wallpaper. I first read it when I was about 10 and received a 1000 page anthology of 'children's stories'. I don't know what sick mind edited this collection but it also had The Tell Tale Heart and another story about a bride who turned out to be a skeleton. None of this grisly stuff was cute or horror-for-kids, it was all realistically illustrated. Anyway, I thought wow, crazy lady with the yellow wallpaper, hmm I don't quite get it but yeah, crazy. I found the book again as an adult and now all of a sudden I'm like my god, I completely understand this woman, CREEP WITH ME SISTER.

Heat Signature

Ever since reading "The Yellow Wallpaper" in high school, I've been deeply unsettled by the story. In a good way, of course, but also super creeped out by anything even remotely referencing the story. Now I'm shivering.


Ah, Diorama-Rama, my favorite event next to Hearing Test Thursday!

But seriously, I love these. Jane Eyre's Red Room has always haunted my imagination.


Is the Wuthering Heights one supposed to be the Lintons' house? I always envision Wuthering Heights as a little more dark and dank than that.


If you go to the artist's website, there's one for The Awakening (my favorite) and The Lifted Veil. The tiny red shoes, guys. They're in every one.

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