I Want My Own Empire
By Sean O'Hara and Jeff Ocampo of Wide EyesQuailBellMagazine.com
Eliza Spell is less jewelry maker and more a black magic conjurer. We have recently had the chance to sit down with her in her studio while she worked on her ceremonial adornments. She is working on her empire and we were lucky enough to witness some of the work she puts in. Check out one of the more interesting and innovative characters I have met in years.
Eliza is leaned over her work bench. Her elbows sit amongst bags of beads, chains, crystals, crosses, panels of leather, and a few half drank coffee cups. Her drill press takes up an entire side of the table.
A lamp stays lit on the other end. Her eyes are transfixed on the leather pouch she is working on. The way she looks at her is work is like someone out of time. She sees what it could be and is almost working backwards. Retroactively creating the image she sees. At least that is how it seems to me.
She holds the leather and chain in her one hand with pliers in the other. Her fingers move as if each had its own mind. Each knowing exactly what to do. I have rarely seen hands outside of musicians work like this. She is so concentrated on her work, you ask her questions and she doesn’t even raise an eyebrow. She will occasionally pull herself from the table and rummage through shelves and bins full of materials she likes using.
By Fairy Godmother
By Christine Stoddard
to read the autobiography of a renowned author and think, “Damn, you're whiny.”
to eat designer truffles and mass-marketed chocolate in the same sitting.
to stand before your bedroom mirror in nothing but a pair of satin opera gloves on a Friday night.
to feel that the $5 pink champagne from the drug store really does do the trick.
to abandon your Ph.D. studies in '70s Serbian folk cinema a semester or two after starting the program.
to still wonder how on earth Cinderella walked around in glass slippers.
to ask a salamander if he's really a newt and if you may borrow his tail for a spell (emphasis on 'ask.')
to hold onto all of your original mid- to late-90s Ty Beanie Babies for 'nostalgia's sake.'
to turn your spring vacation into a staycation that involves more books than booze.
to paint all of the eggs you're hiding for the community Easter egg hunt the exact same shade of green as the grass.
Where the heck is this?
So evidently our loyal fledglings (and plenty of newbie readers, too) love polls. We pose a question, you submit your answer with a mere click. Done! How do we know this? Because our "Bell(e) of the Week" feature, which includes a poll, has been tremendously popular. Thus we've decided to throw more polls at you! We'll start with this: Test your history and geography knowledge by guessing the location of the mystical door pictured above.
Please cast your vote by Saturday at midnight EST. We'll reveal the answer, along with a smattering of interesting facts, next week!
Whole Otter Love
By QB Camera Eye
Maybe your Prince Charming wears fur instead of a crown.
Australia's Oral History
By Julie DiNisio
In the Western world, the idea of the family has undergone drastic changes in the last century. The Australian Generations Oral History Project (AGOHP) is working to document the “formation and significance of Australian generations.” Specifically, it will explore how members of a generation relate to one another in their perception of a shared cultural experience. Think the 'Baby Boomers' and Generations X and Y. The researchers of the AGOHP argue that this relationship between members of the same generation is more influential than class and other social differences.
The Project is being lead by a variety of professors and authorities on oral history, working in collaboration with audio and archival experts. They will be interviewing 300 Australians from 1920 to 1990 and asking questions like “How do age and generation intersect with other social differences such as class, gender, ethnicity and race?” and “To what extent is Australian memory – both individual and collective – shaped in generational terms?”
The results of this highly academic undertaking will contribute to two books and an online archive of 1500 hours worth of oral history interviews. To learn more about this project and even apply to be an interviewee (assuming you're Australian!), visit The Australian Generations Oral History Project's website.
Sarah is spunky...and crude!
By QB Curator
Sarah Silverman, the protagonist of "The Sarah Silverman Show" (not to be confused with the actual performer Sarah Silverman) is racist, immature, lazy, and selfish. But she is also funny and quirky--and perhaps in that small respect [marginally] lovable. Her show will inspire you to sing poop songs, go on psychedelic trips, and maybe even sabotage your perfect nurse sister's life with your adolescent antics. If nothing else, Sarah's show promises some geek humor and bizarre animation. Check it out on Netflix next time you're wondering what to watch next.
Bell(e) of the Week: March 26th
By Tykeya O'Neil and Lindsey Story
You have until Thursday, March 29th at midnight EST to cast your vote! We'll announce the winner on Friday, so please check back, fledglings <3
There are good gifts and there are bad gifts. Your favorite cousin always know what book or CD to get you. Your least favorite aunt probably became your least favorite because of the matching knitted bloomers and booties she makes you every year. In Maori culture, the aria—a form of evil spirit--brings the nastiest of gifts: disease, misfortune, and general ill will. If you've ever eyed Geico's gecko mascot and thought he looked suspicious, you might have an ounce of Maori in you. According to Maori tradition, the aria sometimes assumes the shape of a green gecko. Of course, sometimes the aria just resembles a possessed fetus.
Show Quail Bell some love by attending Imagimania! on Sunday, May 20, 5 - 7 p.m. At this free, open-mic event, staff members will be reading a selection of works from the website at Chop Suey Books in Richmond, Virginia. It will also celebrate the approaching publication of Quail Bell's anthology. No true Quail Bell(e) should miss it! More information to come, featherlings!