One of our favourite Flowers, Count Eric Stenbock, turns 159 today. Thanks to Meelis Rondo for alerting me to the video below of David Tibet – the foremost expert on the count’s life and work – talking about his past and future Stenbock-related projects. In the background you may notice a naive drawing which ran here when David kindly dropped into answer a few questions.
I am currently reading the anthology featured, Of Kings and Things, and I highly recommend it. Even at their most outlandish and provocative, stories like the Wildean ‘Narcissus’ have a haunting quality that will not be denied. A few days ago I ventured out to a musical instrument museum here in Berlin, as winter offered its last resistance on storm-lashed streets that looked like they’d been swept by an angry drunk. There I encountered, for the first time that I could recall, a viola d’amore, or viol d’amor. That night I turned to the next story in the book which was – ‘Viol d’Amor’ (and if you think that’s spooky, you should read the story – yikes).