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“A Special Spirit”: Angeles Gonzalez reproduces Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work in miniature.

“A Special Spirit”: Angeles Gonzalez reproduces Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work in miniature.

“An artist or creator expresses a feeling through the work…. An artist pleases himself. If the work pleases you too, perfect!” Detail of a finely detailed replica washstand, around five inches high. When we discovered Angeles Gonzalez’s exquisitely detailed miniature furniture, we were immediately hooked. From flamboyant piano to elegantly practical washstand, these pieces are...
Holiday Reading:  Sara Gruen's Hatchimal Scandal

Holiday Reading: Sara Gruen’s Hatchimal Scandal

The metaphor could not be more apt: A best-selling author attempts to raise funds to free a prisoner by selling the year’s must-have toy–a cute mammal that hatches from an egg.  But now Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants, At the Water’s Edge)  finds herself trapped in a storm of angry parents, unfriendly journalists, and difficulties reselling her haul.  —-...
From Our Pages: "Making Friends with Midge," on your best friend and Barbie's. By Susann Cokal.

From Our Pages: “Making Friends with Midge,” on your best friend and Barbie’s. By Susann Cokal.

This weekend spend some time with Midge, Barbie’s best friend. Besides being a literary critic, novelist, teacher, and Broad Street‘s editorial director, Susann Cokal is a lifelong scholar of all things Barbie, with several pieces published on the subject. In this essay, Cokal explores what it means to be a best friend through the medium of...