The Codex Seraphinius, originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect, and industrial designer Luigi Serafini. Reminiscent of medieval, mysterious works like the Voynich Manuscript, the Codex is written in an undecipherable language of Serafini's own design. The illustrations show familiar objects and animals interacting and morphing according to some sort of dream logic. Although it can be enjoyed according to the pleasant surreality of the images, there are more complex questions that can be pondered. What does it all mean? What is truth, and does ours look just as fantastical to other worlds?
Using interlocking mesh that prevents prey from escaping, these carnivorous plants lure spiders, beetles and ants with alluring mucus before snapping shut and digesting them. Despite this vicious reputation, Venus Flytraps are delicate and require a very specific set of conditions to grow properly. Because of this they have become rare in the wild, and we recommend you purchase your flytraps from a licensed dealer. This is for your own safety as it is a felony to remove Venus Flytraps from their natural habitat, a 60-mile radius around Wilmington, North Carolina.
The heart is a lonely hunter. That's where the 4D Anatomical Heart comes in, which can be shared with friends and family. There are four flaps that open up to reveal the interior workings of the organ, just part of the full representation that is viewable in pieces but becomes hidden once put together. This is much like the metaphysical heart, which is often hidden until the surface is lifted to reveal what's beneath.
This roving, kaleidoscopic novel tells the story of the Visceral Realists, a gang of young poets in 1970s Mexico City. They exist somewhere in the bohemian tradition, disrupting readings and workshops, drinking and philosophizing in hovels and parents' houses. Bolano captures the energy of youth and young writers, but his perspectives - the diary of their newest recruit, latter day interviews with former poets and acquaintances - give the book an atmosphere of melancholy and make it a serious rumination on the ephemeral power of art and youth.