MYTH BABIES - Set 3
They’re tiny, they’re adorable, they’re myth babies! The third set out of four.
Which one is your favorite? Is there one you’re excited to see in the future? Would you be even interested in a button or keychain of one these babies?
John William Waterhouse,The Naiad,detail,1893.
Los Angeles is home to a few hundred public stairways, whose presence throughout the city is largely forgotten. Officially defined as streets made of stairs, these passages were built during the streetcar era of the early 20th century so commuters who got off in the valley could reach their homes in the hills. The writer Dan Koeppel started to walk them himself about a decade ago, and he hasn’t really stopped.
“As I walked I started uncovering more,” he says. “I got really obsessed with the idea of finding stairways.”
In his new book “Serpentine,” Mark Laita captures hypnotic portraits of dangerous and colorful snakes from across six continents.
According to the text of the Madrid manuscript of the “Synopsis historion,” a Byzantine chronicle written by John Skylitzes, “There were some Varangians dispersed in the Thrakesion theme for the winter. One of them coming across a woman of the region in the wilderness put the quality of her virtue to the test. When persuasion failed he resorted to violence, but she seized his Persian-type sword, struck him in the heart and promptly killed him. When the deed became known in the surrounding area, the Varangians held an assembly and crowned the woman, presenting her with all the possessions of her violator, whom they threw aside, unburied, according to the law concerning assassins.” In the image depicting these occurrences, the woman uses a spear to kill her attacker, and the other Varangian men approach her with armfuls of clothing.