Self-portrait by Olive Edis, c. 1912
Oh, for Pete's sake—I've forgotten Olive Edis!
Olive was the instigation for the British-themed post yesterday. And then what did I go and do but leave her out altogether. I'd say I'm getting absent-minded, but I've always been absent-minded. I'm just getting more absent-minded. (One of my takeaways from the otherwise overwhelming The Thing About Life is that One Day You'll Be Dead by David Shields, a book about aging, is that as we get older, we tend to get better at the things we were always good at and worse at the things we were always bad at. Which means I ought to be a superhero as a lover by now, and yet...oh, never mind.)
Anyway. The excellent Olive Edis (later Edis-Galsworthy), who was a discovery for me, is in the middle of a show called "Fishermen and Kings" at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, in Norwich, a city in East Anglia, an area rich in photographic history. "Although relatively unknown," says a posting at the Heritage Lottery Fund, "Olive Edis was one of the most important photographers of the first half of the 20th century and the first accredited female war photographer. Edis also used portraiture to record the lives of influential women of the time to demonstrate the changing role of women in society." There are 190 of her photographs on display in Norwich, taken between 1900 and 1955.
Here's another self-portrait—taken for a tour, she's wearing the badge of the National War Museum to signify her status as an official war photographer.
There's more (much more) here.
(What's worse, I can't recall who sent me this tip—thanks, whoever it was. UPDATE: It was Andrew Lamb, who sent me the link to this article at the Times Literary Supplement. Thanks Andrew!)
Mrs. Einstein and Albert were leaving the house for a dinner. Before they got in the car, Albert turns to his wife and says, "Do I look all right?"
"Albert," says Mrs. Einstein, "your socks don't match. Go back in the house and put on matching socks."
Albert is gone for ten minutes, too long a time, and when he returns he is wearing one sock.
"Albert, you got distracted and forgot what you were doing, didn't you? You were to put on matching socks."
"Oh, yes, I remember," says Albert, and disappears into the house again.
This time he is gone even longer, and when he returns he is wearing no socks at all.
"Albert! We're going to be late! Go back in the house and put on socks!"
This time he is not gone very long, but when he returns, he is again wearing socks that don't match. "I've forgotten what I went in there for," he says, "But I noticed I'd neglected to put on socks. Have I forgotten anything else?" he asks.
"You look fine, dear," says Mrs. Einstein. "Get in the car."
Best joke I know about absentmindedness.
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David Miller: "thank you for the introduction to Olive Edis. Wow! (And other inarticulate exclamations of amazement.) Let's see—with the money I'm going to save because these images have wiped out my desire to buy new flash equipment, could I get a cheap flight to Norwich before the exhibition closes?"
Andy Crouch: "It's a great exhibition in my home town of Norwich, England. The exhibition is in the Norman Keep of the Castle in the centre of our 'fine city.' The Castle has had many great exhibitions, e.g. Jeff Koons, and a permanent display of Norfolk Artists. If you're over give the Castle a look! N.B. I haven't received any money for saying this!"