William Butler Yeats, “No Second Troy” / Sinead O’Connor, “Troy”

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Part Two: this one dates back to my teen years.

Even if I had tried, I wouldn’t have been able to keep track of the times I listened to Sinead O’Connor’s debut album “The Lion and The Cobra,” first on vinyl and then on CD. I loved nearly every track on that album, but “Troy” was one of my favorites. It ran well over six minutes long and it really did feel epic (long before that word became overused) — it had highs and lows of volume and emotion.

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William B. Yeats Sesquicentennial!

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I’m doing some studying up on John Singer Sargent this month, for work-related purposes, and last week I was admiring Sargent’s 1908 drawing of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats. The, just a few days ago, I heard this radio story on WNYC (now illustrated on the WNYC website with the same image!). I didn’t realize until now that 2015 is the 150th anniversary of Yeats’s birth. All kinds of events are being held in the poet’s honor, so I think I’ll be writing my own series of short posts about Yeats this month, featuring four of my favorite poems by Yeats and the ways I first learned about them.. Stay tuned…

Image: John Singer Sargent, William B. Yeats, 1908. Private collection.

Product Review: Anna Sui Nail Polish Relaunch (2015): Shimmers, Sparkles, and More

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As promised, here is my second review of some nail colors from the revamped Anna Sui collection. Last time I looked at three speckled cremes; here, I’ll show you a few other shades and textures.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the packaging design last week — it’s a new one, with a bell-shaped bottle and a little bird in some flowers on the cap.

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Product Review: Aroma M Camellia Cleansing Oil

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The independent perfume line Aroma M has quietly expanded its catalogue to include a line of camellia oil-based skincare products, adding new items one by one. I’m already a devoted fan of the collection’s facial oil and hair oil, but the Camellia Cleaning Oil took me a while longer to try. That’s only because I’ve never cleansed with oils before, as much as I love them for post-washing treatment. I don’t know why; the time just had to be me right for me to experiment.

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